Iguazu Falls – Brazilian side
Amazingly, history has spanish conquistador Cabeza de Vaca as first post renaissance european to have seen the grand Iguazu Falls. Following the ‘Peabiru’ ancient native trial that links the Atlantic coast to the Andes Cabeza de Vaca with some other 250 men would have seen the original falls which is speculated to have been 10 times larger. The tour of the Brazilian side of the Iguazu falls gives to the visitor an amazing panoramic view of the more than 200 waterfalls.
Iguazu Falls – Argentinian side
The Iguazu Falls stretch in width for some 2,700m (1.7 mi), and 82m in height (269 ft) making it taller than the Niagara Falls and twice as wide. From the Argentinian side, you can walk into the heart of the falls at the ‘Devil’s Throat’ and take a boat ride under the tumbling waters. The Argentinian Iguazú National Park is larger than its Brazilian counterpart having more trails to hike and some leading you right into the open water. You’ll need one or two days to see the whole complex and walk all of its trails. Getting from one spot to another is eased by the ‘tren de la selva’ (the jungle train)! On the blue and white side of the falls you’re bound to get much wetter as the walkways take you literally within arm’s length of some of the falls. So, wear waterproof clothing and bring protection for your camera and cel! Our tip is the boat cruise, amazing and unique sensation of getting wet, literally inside the might Iguazu waterfalls.
Marco das 3 fronteiras (triple frontier mark) – Brazil
It’s where the mighty Parana and Iguazu rivers meet up at the famous triple frontier of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay are forged in the ‘Marco das 3 Fronteiras’. The whole scene can be appreciated over lunch or dinner with leisure for the kids, historical museum and shops available. If you can stay till sunset the reward could be stunning. At Foz do Iguaçu – Brazil!
Dreamland Wax Museum and Dinosaur Park
A nice place to spend some free time, it takes around an hour to go through it all. Outside the museum there is one big transformers robot that attracts attention! And a big sign saying “I love Foz do Iguaçu” (Eu Amo Foz do Iguaçu), good for some pictures! At the wax museum there where some cool models and some frights too. Worth the visit though . You can also go to the dinosaur park which is just behind the museum and is an attraction primarily for children.
Birds Park – Parque das Aves
On a stay in Iguazu visitors can get a first hand contact with nature at the ‘Parque das aves’ (birds park) near the national park. One of the largest bird parks in Latin America the event offers the opportunity to tour around animals from different regions of the world. In addition to exhibiting specimens the iguazu bird park also develops conservation and breeding projects for certain specimens. A great tip for those wanting a closer encounter with nature. Located in Foz do Iguaçu – Brazil close to the national park.
Built on the Paraná River near the Brazilian – Paraguay border, the Itaipu Binational Hydroelectric Plant is the largest power plant in the world. On a tour you will pass through this engineering marvel, which generates some 12,600 megawatts, approximately, 20% of all the electricity consumed by Brazil and 95% of the energy consumed by Paraguay. After the fun try the excellent restaurant with affordable prices and a beautiful overlook of the Itaipu lake. A boat trip on the lake will take you to a close encounter with the typical native Atlantic forest.
A nice attraction to visit in ‘Foz do Iguaçu’ is the budist temple. A one hour tour of the structure will leave the visitor in an contemplative state. The big Buda statue with 7 meters is an attraction in itsself along with the 120 other statues, a beautiful garden and a temple where you can write your wish to the Devas (Buddhist gods). The place is next to the Itaipu Dam.
Puerto Iguazu Fair
The street market in Puerto Iguazu is an attraction apart, many sweets, alfajor, wines, cheeses, delicious olives and a rare quality of olive oil for reasonable prices. It also has some small restaurants, good places to eat the famous steak ‘chorizo’, to taste a typical Argentinean picanha or to eat the famous ’empanadas’. Some craftswork can be acquired nearby, and if you prefer, some famous restaurants are close to the Puerto Iguazu fair. Argentine cuisine is delicious!
Hito de las 3 fronteiras (triple frontier) – Argentina
A show of lights and waters. The ‘dancing fountain show’ lasts eight minutes and can be enjoyed in the evening at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. Children are the ones who enjoy the party playing in the middle of the bright waters! The obelisk identifies the meeting point between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina at the junction of the Iguaçu and Paraná rivers. With a beautiful show of lights and holograms, the sound and dance water system illuminated with the colors of the three countries is installed in the ‘Praça do Marco’ – Puerto Iguazu.
Latin American Show at Rafain Steakhouse
At the Rafain Churrascaria restaurant, there is an excellent dinner and show where you can enjoy typical Brazilian food like south Brazil Barbeque, while watching talented performers who’ll take you through the history and culture of South America. Enjoy a dinner with more than 200 Gourmet items and the famous Latin American Show, which in 2017 won the Guinness World Records award as “The Only Dinner with Show that features the largest number of national (country) dances.” Travels through the culture of 8 countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile and Mexico. The music is contagious and the performers are brilliant.