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    The Bird Park

    by hekate Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Tucan

    The Bird Park is situated on 12 acres of native subtropical forest. You will enter huge 8-meter high forest aviaries where you can photograph the birds in their natural habitat without the restrictions of netting and cages. The visit is carried out through well identified catwalks through native vegetation.

    Some idea of what you are going to see:

    The Park keeps over 900 birds from 150 species, the majority being Brazilian birds. One third of these species is considered threatened.

    Birds from Southwestern Asia, Oceania and Africa are also exhibited.

    There is an aviary sheltering regional butterflies and hummingbirds.

    In another natural environment you will find caymans and boas in the space reserved for reptiles.

    Duration:
    It took me about 2 hours to go around.

    Price:
    I think I paid something like USD 15 for my visit thre. The official site says that if you go there and buy a ticket, it would cost USD 8 :)

    Open:
    8:30 to 17:00 h.

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    Explore the gigantic falls !

    by WStat Written Jun 12, 2008

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    One tiny part of the gigantic falls !

    Walking the trail on the Brazilian side is possible via the main trail, approximately 1,600 meters (one mile) long, which leads one along the river with its many smaller falls to the base of the biggest waterfall where small bridges extend out over the brink of the series of falls which make up Devil´s Throat. This side provides a good general view of the falls. After walking the catwalk, there is a tower with an elevator/lift to get people to the top of the falls from where one can have a spectacular panoramic view. At the top the trail leads to the end of the tour in front of the Iguassu River above the falls. Here, one can find a souvenir shop, a restaurant and a fast food restaurant. Transportation is available to return the visitor to the starting point and the hotel.
    70% of Iguassu Falls is located on Argentinean territory, but most of the Falls face Brazil. For this reason it is advisable to see the Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides.

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    Missions

    by patricia28 Written May 4, 2005

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    my friend  in San Ignacio mini

    The Jesuitical Missions of the Guarani are located in several places of the province of Missions in the North-East of Argentina and in the State of Big Rio do Suth of Brazil.
    The missions are: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto y Santa María Mayor (Argentina), ruinas de Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brasil).
    These Missions were constructed in the XVII century, for Spanish Jesuits to evangelize the aborigines and to develop the indigenous communities in the agricultural activities and in the handcrafted work. The style was combining the colonial baroque with contributions of the Guarani culture.
    Actually they were 30 accessions granted by the Spanish wreath located 15 in Argentina, 7 in Brazil and 8 in Paraguay (Declared Patrimony of the Humanity for the UNESCO in 1994).
    San Ignacio Miní has the ruins best preserved of the missions, in the surroundings of the locality of San Ignacio (in Missions, Argentina). This Mission was constructed in 1632, together with Ignacio Guazú's mission. A real village was constituting, with workshops, Church, kitchens, housings, etc.
    If you go from Foz do Iguassu the trip will take like 4 hours to arrive to missions by bus.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

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    OBA OBA Samba show

    by patricia28 Written Apr 21, 2005

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    Come to spend a beautiful night with all the sounds of Brasil. The Oba Oba show is a trip across all the dances and sounds of this wonderful country, the dancers are great and the suits are fantastic. You can also enjoy a good Caipirinha or another drink while you are watching this unforgettable spectacle.

    Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday 21:00- 1:00 am
    price: 13 dollars

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    Iguacu Explorer

    by patricia28 Written Apr 21, 2005

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    Is a beautiful trip sailing for the river. The yacht are for 40 people and are very comfortable. The trip start in Porto Meira, then the boat navigates a section of the Iguassu River passing under the Tancredo Neves Bridge (Brazil - Argentina) and in front of the Landmark of the Tree Frontiers, you will have a fantastic view of the bridges and of the native people who are fishing in the river. This is a very calm trip, you can relax and enjoy the landscape, you can also enjoy some great drink.
    The environment becomes more exciting when two typical Brasilian Dancers start to give some "Zamba" lessons.
    Excursion Length: 3h30min.
    Departures: 7 days-a-week, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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    • Sailing and Boating

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    Bird's Park

    by patricia28 Written Apr 21, 2005

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    A spectacle of colors is the best description of Bird Park. Hundreds of species of birds as well as reptils are in this area of 17 hectares of preserved rainforest. This park is perfect to enjoy the beauty of the jungle, you will be able to see parrots, tucans, crested crane, Boa constrictors, turtles, Iguanas and many butterflies, is a really beautiful, safe and interesting tour.
    To come you can take the public bus service . Take the bus marked "Parque National"from the town center or any buss top in front of the hotels along the Avenida das Cataratas. The most people take the busses in their own hotels.
    open
    Winter hours: 8.30 to 17.30
    Summer hours: 8.30 to 18.00
    Price: 8 dollars

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    • Zoo
    • Theme Park Trips
    • Birdwatching

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    Raffting!!!

    by patricia28 Written Apr 20, 2005

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    The raffting in the Iguassu river is an optional adventure for those who do the Macuco safari, of this form they can decender on the station where the raffting team will be waiting for the adventurers. The raffting in the river Iguassu is very calmed, the rapids are not very dangerous but always it is necessary to take the precautions. The magnificent thing of this is the landscape in which the experience is lived, with an incredible view of Iguassu Falls.
    The adventure takes like 30 minutes and you will receive all the necessary equipment (special life-jackets which differ from the model utilized on the regular Macuco Safari boats, and a helmet).
    After the rapids you will be able to enjoy the view and to swim a little in the river. It is fantastic!!

    Duration: 30 minutes
    Boat Capacity: 8-12 people
    Minimum Age: 14
    Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Price: 22 dolars

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    • Safari
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    Macuco Safari ... a radical adventure

    by patricia28 Updated Apr 20, 2005

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    Some of the best things to do is this, you won't regret. To get the river is necesary to ride for about 20 minutes on a open trail through the rainforest of the Iguassu National park ( Brasil). Along the way, experienced guides will explain every aspect of the forest, then the tourist are invited to walk some mts to see the macuco fall and to get to the boat docks. First will be comfortably installed in their seats in the powerful launches that soon will be navigating the waters of the Iguassu river. But this isn't an ordinary excursion. Within minutes the calm waters and apparent tranquility of the river will be broken by the turbulence of river rapids, from there on it is only excitement. The view is spectacular and the experience becomes unforgettable when the pilot provides the adventurers with a shower in the waters of Iguassu Falls. Macuco Safari is a radical adventure.
    You are gonna get wet really wet!!! so take care of your cameras.

    Open: 7 days-a-week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Departures: Every 10 minutes
    Duration: 1h 45 mins.
    Boat Capacity: 25 people.

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    • Adventure Travel
    • Rafting

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    In helicopter over the falls

    by patricia28 Written Apr 20, 2005

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    This experience is amazing, the Iguassu falls are the most beautiful natural place that I have seen and of course that seen from a helicopter is a whole show. The flight is 60 dollars and it takes 15 minutes that maybe are gonna seem like 5 but it really worth it. The view is fantastic and you have to add the sensation of being in a helicopter. There is a momento when you will approach to the devil's throat and in this moment I am sure you heart is gonna beat like ever. You have to do it!!!

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    Iguassu from the air

    by PBY Updated Feb 13, 2005

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    This may not be in everyones budget, but if it is it is well worth the expense. The helicopter pad is near the airport and a flight over the falls lasting about 15 minutes costs $60 (US) or 150 Reis.

    Make sure you check you camera before you embark because the time over the falls is limited and you don't want to miss out.

    It is not at all frightening since helicopters appear to be remarkably stable (on the day I went up anyway).

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    Macuco Safari

    by hekate Updated Oct 8, 2004

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    On the boat

    It begins at the Macuco Safari entrance gate with an open carriage that provides a general view of the scenery along the trail. The ride is about three km long.

    The hike - The second stage, a stretch of 600 meters (optional), is a hike on a trail that leads to a waterfall baptized "Macuco Falls". The last stop is the Macuco Safari docks on the Brazilian side of the Iguassu River.

    In the water on double outboard motor inflatable boats. Before boarding you will get a lifesaver vests and plastic bags for your camera. Don't get surprised, you will be asked to take your shoes off :) The boat travels up-river passing the canyon facing the rapids. If you are lucky you could see some animals as well. I saw a little cayman.

    Waterfall shower - "The Three Musketeers", where the boat operator steers and brings the boat close enough to the waterfall in order to provide you with a quick waterfall shower. And, since at the end everyone is soaked, those who usually feel cold should bring an extra change of clothes for after the boat ride. No need to mention that this is the time when you should use the plastic bag for your camera.

    I was recommended to buy a rain coat. They sell it for 5 reals. But I would say you would better not because you will be soaked and wet with or without it :)

    Price:
    I remember somehting like USD 42.

    Duration:
    About 2 hours.

    Open:
    7 days-a-week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (During day-light Savings Time from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Departures:
    Every 10 minutes

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    The Iguassu falls

    by hekate Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    The falls

    The Iguassu Waterfalls are situated inside the Iguassu National Park.

    They were formed 150 million years ago and consist of 275 single falls, which merge into one large waterfront during times of flooding. There are 19 large falls, of which only 3 are to be found on the Brazilian side (Floriano, Deodoro and Benjamin Constant).

    The word "Iguassu" means "Great Water" in the language of the Tupy Guarani Indians.

    Before reaching the falls the river flows round a wide bend and down some rapids and then falls laterally to the bottom of a huge erosion fissure, forming the "Garganta do Diabo".

    Above the falls the river measures 1200m in width, it narrows down to 65 – 100m in the tectonic fissure which forms the bottom of the gorge. The width of the falls is 800m on the Brazilian side and 1900m on the Argentinean side, so all in all the semicircular waterfront of the falls measures 2700m. Including a rapid above the falls the height is 72m.

    Depending on the changing water level during the seasons the number of the falls varies between 150 and 275, their height varies between 40 and 90m. Depending on the rain fall the water flow varies between 300m³/sec and 6500m³/sec with an average flow of 1500m³/sec.

    This is what I found on the web. My personal expirience is that it was one of the most exciting sites I have ever seen in my life. If you check the site below, you will see that they say that the view from the Brasilian side is better. Not true. Bothe the Argentinian and the Brasilian sides are defenetly worth seeing.

    Duration:
    For the Brazilian side I had half a day but I needed more than that.

    Price:
    Can't say. It was included in my travelling package.

    Working hours:
    Check my tip for the Iguassu National park :)

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    Iguassu National Park - Brazil

    by hekate Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    The park

    Created on January 10, 1939, the Park comprises a total area of 185,262.5 and a length of about 420km, 300km of which are natural borders by bodies of water and the Brazilian and Argentinean sides covering in total around 225 thousand hectares.

    In 1986 the Park was listed as Natural Heritage of Humanity.

    The area of the park open for visitation and where the concession areas of Cataratas do Iguassu are located, accounts for approximately 0.3% of the total area of the park.

    Visiting hours:
    Monday:
    1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (winter) / 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM (summer)
    Tuesdays until Fridays and public holidays:
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (winter) / 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM (summer)

    Price:
    Don't know. It was included in the package price I paid for my whole trip.

    Duration:
    Half a day was not enough for me :)
    I could spend much more time staring to the falls...

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    Itaipu Dam tour

    by hekate Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    The dam

    I did not think that this tour would be a trill for me because I am not a tech person. Basically, I decided to go because there was nothing better to do that morning. but I was surprised by the imensity of that project and I should say that I do not regret for doing this tour a single bit.

    The tour includes a film about the construction and a bus ride around the dam where some view points were organized to allow the visitor a better view (not available Sundays and holidays)

    Price:
    I paid USD 13.

    Duration:
    It was about 2 hours.

    Here are some facts that you might find interesting:

    Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, the largest in operation in the world, is a bi-national enterprise developed by Brazil and Paraguay on the Paraná River.

    As a work of engineering the dam was elected by the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

    The installed power output capacity of the dam is 12 million and 600 thousand kilowatts, with 18 generating turbines of 700 thousand kilowatts each.

    The dam is responsible for supplying 89% of the energy consumed in Paraguay and 25% of all the demand in the Brazilian market.

    The spillway, the world's largest, has the capacity to control the flow of 62.000 cubic meters of water per second.

    I was told that the concrete used in the construction was 2,3 million cubic meters, enough to build an entire city for 4 million inhabitants.

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    Chelicopter ride over the Iguassu falls

    by hekate Updated Oct 6, 2004

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    The chelicopter

    It is an interesting expirience to see the falls from the air. Then you realise how big they are.

    I could do it but if you travel under a restricted budget and you have to decide between the chelicopter and rafting, better choose rafting. At least, that is my opinion.

    Approximate time of the tour:
    10 minutes

    Open:
    9:00 to 18:00 h (depending on weather conditions)

    Price:
    I have paid USD 70.

    The chelicopter leaves whenever it is full which meand about every 15 min.

    There is an option for extended flight which includes:

    Iguassu Falls and National Park,
    the city of Iguassu Falls,
    Itaipu Binational Hydroelectric Dam and
    the Landmarks of the three frontiers.

    It lasts about 35 min. I did not ask for the price of this one, so you would have to find out by yourself :)

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