Foz do iguacu has quite a few beer gartens due to a lot of brazilians of german decent.
don´t miss out on spending an evening chilling out there with a few beers.
They are mostly located in the center of town and you should find one easily just by taking a stroll around the center.
The Guarani or Tupi people call this part of the country Iguaçu, which literally is translated at Big Water. The first non-native to experience the falls was Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, whose name translates to Cow's Head. I am certainly glad they chose to use the original name of Big Water over the name Cow's Head Falls.
As you look at the picture here, please leave a comment if you think the Guarani people have misnamed this place!
Favorite thing: Foz do Iguacu was a lot larger than I expected, the population soared from around 34,000 to almost 300,000 after the construction of Itaipu dam. There is a significant Muslim population which explains the REALLY bad soap operas on TV with the Arabic credits. It's a much bigger city than Puerto Iguazu where you would stay on the Argentine side so you'll find more hotel, dining and nightlife options on this side of the border.
Favorite thing: I believe there are several different types of Gavião, which is a type of a hawk. We were so lucky to see this one, as we were driving away from the falls. We stopped the car, and watched it walk through the grass. It was amazingly graceful, and seemed even prehistoric to me.
Favorite thing: When you look up into the trees, you might see a toucan! I saw two of them, and what we learned is that the toucan actually uses her beak to pull out her own eggs and eat them! Well, I suppose that's a handy way to get a quick snack, but it makes it rather difficult to propagate the species.
Keep watching all around you - on the ground, in the air, in the trees - you never know what you'll see!
Fondest memory: The flora and fauna is so completely different than anything I see where I live. Well, if I go to a nursery or if I take a look at my houseplants, I can see the things that I saw in this forest. The animals I would have to go to a zoo to see - and wouldn't anyone rather see them in their own native habitat? It's thrilling!
I don't much like touristic places and try to pass them by but this was different maybe it is not a touristic place really but a wonder of nature..
Fondest memory: While walking back took one last look at the gigantic falls between the bushes i could see and took this picture I wish to be standing there again now...
During our roughly one hour in downtown Foz do Iguacu, we wandered in a very small part of the city close to where our tour bus was parked. It seemed to be a pleasant enough area, with very nicely treed streets. However, the traffic was definitely a factor to contend with when wanting to cross a street. It was easy to see that we were now in a city of 270,000 people instead of the 30,000 in sleepy Puerto Iguazu on the Argentine side!
There seemed to be no shortage of nice stores and shops to explore if you had time and knew what you were doing! Neither condition applied to us!
Favorite thing: When you are wandering the trails of Iguacu lookout for these cute little animals. I belive they were called Cuaties (not sure on the spelling). Unfortunately because of the number of tourists around they are not afraid of you and will go through your bag in search of food if you are not careful
The waterfalls, no doubt!!!!! Amazing, breathtaking, wonderful, awesome... What else can I tell you? Just come and LIVE them!!!
(The picture shows the "Devil's throat", and I took it from an helicopter!)
Las cataratas, sin duda!!! Impresionantes, imponentes, maravillosas, espectaculares... ¿Qué más puedo contarles? ¡¡¡Vengan y VÍVANLAS!!!!
(La foto muestra la "Garganta del Diablo", y saqué la foto desde un helicóptero!)
Favorite thing: While Foz do Iguacu might seem like a small town in a faraway remote location, it is actually one of the main hubs for this part of Brazil and in fact, this part of the jungle itself. The airport is the main artery for visitors into this region. However, it is also a hub for some more shady activities. There is a lot of illegal smuggling that goes through the border between Brazil and Paraguay and the city is somewhat notorious for attracting an international gathering of criminals and other sordid characters.
Favorite thing: The three cities in this part of the world are Foz do Iguacu in Brazil, Puerto Iguazu in Argentina and the slightly more seedy Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. From the perspective of Foz, the Rio Iguacu provides the border between it and Argentina and the Rio Parana divides it from Paraguay. It's a bit strange, though that the city doesn't seem to come right up to the river's edge. There are no long boardwalk sor high-priced condos taking up valuable riverside locations. In fact, it's actually rather difficult to get yourself down to the edge of the river, so I'd suggest just enjoying it from the higher vantage point of the center of Foz do Iguacu's downtown.
Favorite thing: On the weekend, the internet joints are packed and it's really hard to get a computer around here! This is probably because there are a lot of young people here. Right on the main street in Foz, you'll find this high school and throughout my visit here, I noticed lots of kids walking around the streets.
Sometimes when we travel, the weather can really set the tone. Prior to visiting Foz do Iguacu, I was in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador for almost a week where the weather was mostly wet and gray. It was a wonderful relief to fly into Foz and look out over the vast jungle and see nothing but blue skies. The weather was warm and it felt great.
My first evening in Foz was gorgeous- perfect for walking around with shorts and a tee shirt. The town itself is small, but for some reason, I loved it right away. This picture was taken on Rua Marechal Deodoro just a block up the street from my hotel.
The main tourist information center is located just off of Avenida Jorge Schimmelpfeng, Foz do Iguacu's main drag, on Rua Almirante Barroso. I popped in here to get a few details on the best way to visit Paraguay (Ciudad del Este) as well as the Argentine side of the falls. I also asked the young, English speaking girl who worked here what she would recommend for a good, quick and inexpensive lunch and she came through with a great choice (see my restaurant tips). You can pick up some free brochures including a free map as well as detailed information on visiting the falls and the hydroelectric plant in Itaipu.
The exact address is Rua Almirante Barroso, 1300. The website is www.fozdoiguacu.pr.gov.br
There are two other smaller tourist information booths at the airport and the main bus station (Terminal Urbana on Av. Juscelino Kubitschek).