Foz do Iguaçu Travel Guide

  • The falls from the Brazilian side.
    The falls from the Brazilian side.
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  • Foz do Iguaçu
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  • Viewing platform over water's edge.
    Viewing platform over water's edge.
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Foz do Iguaçu Highlights

  • Pro
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    Chris_T says…

     Better overall view, less actual walking 

  • Con
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    perfectly_zen says…

     Not much to do in town... =( 

  • In a nutshell
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    Sam_Hall says…

     Come here to feel how mother nature rules and how insignificant you are! 

Foz do Iguaçu Things to Do

  • Rafain Show

    Churrascaria Rafain has been in Foz do Iguacu for over 50 years and it has attracted millions of tourists all year round, who leave the place taking in their bags an unforgettable experience to tell the others.. The place with central air conditioning hosts up to 1,200 people and to make convenient for parents, it also has an area for children...

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  • Devil's Throat - from Brazil

    There is a walk along the top of the gorge to Devil's Throat. You can hear the roar of this might fall and see the spray long before you get to see the fall itself. Unfortunately, due to visa issues, I have only got my friend Peter's photos to see. Thanks to Peter for the use of his pics.

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  • View the Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian...

    From the Brazilian side you can get some awsome views of nearly all the Iguazu Falls. Unfortunately, due to passport and visa problems, I didn't get to see these for myself. Thanks to P Jones for the use of his photographs.

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Foz do Iguaçu Hotels

Foz do Iguaçu Restaurants

  • Working Class Churrascaria

    A churrascaria is a Brazilian style restaurant where they bring out good quality meat in an all-you-can-eat fashion, and generally it is a fairly expensive place.There are lower grades of churrascaria which are less expensive, but also have less variety of meat available. The Churrascaria e Pizzaria Tropicana is one such place.They have a very good...

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  • Rafain Churrascaria Show

    This restaurant located in the road that leads to Iguassu Falls (aka Cataratas do Iguacu). It is a brazilian steak house (churrascaria). They also include a buffet with salad, pastas and desserts. Although it is mostly frequented by tourists (they give good tips to guides), some locals do attend there at weekends. The Rafain Churrascaria is best...

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  • Mad Scientist Masters of Ice Cream...

    In Brazilian Portuguese, the word "oficina" is used to describe a shop - not a store type shop, but a shop as in the small shed out in the back yard where you tear equipment apart and repair it, or build new creations out of the various parts.When a mad scientist creates a new machine to control the world, it is in an Oficina.That picture of the...

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Foz do Iguaçu Nightlife

  • Beer anyone?

    If you want to go to what locals call "barzinho", a place to sit down, drink and eat something, without loud music or dancing floors, this is the place for you. You can just relax with your friends, drink some "Chope" (cold beer served in long glass - ask for the best brands: Antarctica, Brahma or Skol) and see local people.If you want to eat...

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  • Nighttime orchestra

    One day I shall go there at night,around 3am perhaps and sit and listen for a long time and be back at the hotel for breakfast Dress normally.

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  • Adjusting the lights

    Listening to the sound of a thousand insects and playing with the lights of the hotel :-( Evening dress.

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Foz do Iguaçu Transportation

  • City Bus Services: Reasonably Good

    The city of Foz do Iguaçu has reasonably good bus services, but it is best to know a bit of Portuguese in order to use them - or at the very least it is good to have a Brazilian Portuguese travel language book with you so you can try to communicate what you need.Some of the bus routes do not operate very frequently, and some of them are only once...

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  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport (IGU)

    When you are looking to visit the Foz do Iguaçu, you have two good options in terms of flights. The first is to fly into the Brazilian side, or the second option is to fly into the Argentinian side. The decision of which to fly into will likely be determined on where you are starting and ending your trip. If you are flying through Buenos Aires, you...

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  • TAM Airlines

    The regional airline that we chose to fly to Foz do Iguaçu was TAM Airlines. TAM is the largest of the Brazilian based airlines, and serves many cities in Brazil as well as a few other South American cities. When we flew into Foz do Iguaçu, we went through Curtiba (pronounced Curcheeba) and on the return we went direct to Rio (GIG).Sarah and I were...

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Foz do Iguaçu Shopping

  • Many Gift Ideas from a Wide Range

    Unfortunately this store falls into the standard tourist line: it is positioned to maximize the exposure to tourists, and it is equipped with a parking lot arranged so that tourist buses may come in and go out easily. It is very much your standard issue tourist shop in a major tourist market.At the same time, they also have a little bit of just...

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  • One-day-tour to Paraguay

    For everyone who thinks of government as a nightmare and for those who pray to the bible of Laisser-faire, Ciudade del Este is a paradise. The fifty years old city of Ciudad del Este grew much during the construction of the huge nearby hydroelectric project, and now survives by being Argentina´s and Brazil´s shopping center for all sorts of...

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  • Fine linen and lace

    In this shop you can buy the finest linen and lace, tablecloths, napkins, blouses, and so on.But I do not know, whether the items are hand-made or not. Brazil is not famous for its lace-making industry. Linen and lace.

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Foz do Iguaçu Local Customs

  • Guarana

    One of my favorite beverages while I was in Foz was the local drink Guarana. Although there are multiple different brands of this beverage, the consensus of my research pointed to Antarctica as the preferred brand. Similar to the Coke vs. Pepsi controversy, sometimes in Brazil you are not able to get exactly what you want, because certain...

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  • Characters

    Taking the road BR 277 from Foz to Ciudad del Este is a quite particular "adventure"... Close to the Friendship Bridge you will find the "real" Foz, not the tourist one. Big wholesalers and replacement parts shops go along the road, and all kind of peddlers weave among the cars, buses and trucks trying to sell everything... Closer to the bridge,...

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  • Diversity

    The largest mosque in Brazil (according to a cabbie) is located here in Foz do Iguacu. I saw it from a distance and the gold dome is pretty impressive. You'll also see signs for a Buddhist Temple on your way out to the Itaipu Dam. And, of course, this is Brazil, a Catholic country, so you'll see a few churches in the area.All of these religions...

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Foz do Iguaçu Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for the coatis.

    The coati is a little racoon like animal that is also called long nosed coon.It's not dangorous as such but they are very annoying as they dig in to anything that looks like food and they are all over the place at the iguacu falls as soon as there is food in sight.At first you will probaply think they are really cute with their funny long noses but...

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  • Don't feed the animals

    The simple rule "Don't feed the animals " is not obeyed.There are lots of racoons and they come so close because tourists feed them .It is such a viloation against these wonderful animals to feed them whatever garbage we might have with us. And when these animals loose there natural instincts to stay away, it is all too late.

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  • Be prepared

    We were happy we brought ponchos...not only to protect ourselves but also our cameras. If you want to see it all here, you will get wet!!

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Foz do Iguaçu Tourist Traps

  • Don't pay with reais on the argentinian...

    If you pop over to Argentina to see the argentinian side of the falls (and you should do that) then you should either change some money in to pesos or just use creditcard as the exchange rate they give you for reais there is very very bad.Generally speaking 1 real is around 2,5 pesos but most shops and cafes on the argentinian side of the falls...

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  • Ciudad del Este - waste of time

    Supposedly known - and popular among the local (brazilians) - for its bargains, Ciudad del Este is one of the attractions you can book for an afternoon of shopping. Firstly, the traffic jam into Paraguay is quite a hassle, and the city itself (not even 90 years old, so no historic or original buildings and such) is a busy, dirty, chaotic and...

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  • The Space Needle of South America...

    Some years back, it was decided by people who really should know better that Foz do Iguaçu needed to have a new attraction, especially a new attraction that would really draw people to the Point of the Three Frontiers where it is possible to see Argentina, Paraguay and of course Brasil where one is standing.Obviously, being able to one-up the other...

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Foz do Iguaçu What to Pack

  • September Packing List

    Well, what can I say. You are likely going to visit the most voluminous falls in the world, and you are looking for tips on what to pack? One thing that is certain is that you will in fact get wet. The spray from these falls alone is more like a torrential downpour in certain places. But on the other hand, it is extremely warm and muggy here when...

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  • Bring or Buy a Raincoat!

    If you are on the Argentinian side, a raincoat is a must as the trails take you very close to the waterfalls. If you are there in the summer, getting wet might not be a big deal, but if you are there in the late fall, as we were, it can get quite chilly. Buy one in the giftshop, or bring your own if you don't want to get soaked!

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  • Be prepared!

    Foz is a really hot place... I was there in autumn (well... it was supposed to be autumn!!!) and during the day the temperature was about 35 - 40 ºC (95 - 104 ºF) and it is pretty damp... Something like an open air sauna!!! Foz es un lugar realmente caluroso... Estuve allí en otoño (bueno... se suponía que era otoño!!!) y durante el día la...

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Foz do Iguaçu Off The Beaten Path

  • Pop over to Paraguay for a day.

    Paraguay is just over the river from Foz do iguacu and a whole different world.Paraguay is a country that is not nearly as organised as brazil and it can be a little shock to cross the border.Because Paraguay is taxfree, shopping there is very cheap and you will see droves of brazilians over there to do some shopping.The border town Ciudad del este...

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  • Paraguay

    Located just on the other side of the river is the Country of Paraguay and its dirty city of Ciudad del Este. Despite the warnings of many posters here on VirtualTourist, Sarah and I decided to take an afternoon and cross the border just to see if it really was that bad. Yes, it really is, but at least now we can turn our map blue for this country....

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  • It is propaganda, it is free!

    This fancy propaganda exercise starts with 10-minute movie on the different building stages of the Itaipu dam; its parameters and bilateral dimensions. The president of Brazil at the time says something along these lines: "A nation which can build a facility of this magnitude cannot be considered as a third world country".Then immaculate buses take...

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Foz do Iguaçu Sports & Outdoors

  • Water sports

    At Itaipu lake (the artificial lake of Itiapu dam) you can practise all kind of water sports: fishing, windsurf, kayaking, sailing...En el lago de Itaipú (el lago artificial de la represa de Itaipú) se pueden practicar todo tipo de deportes acuáticos: pesca, windsurf, canotaje, vela...

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  • Quite a rush

    Visiting the national park, you'll have many different sporting choices. Obviously, you can spend all day hiking around the trails and seeing spectacular views of the falls, but for a slightly different perspective, you can also ride a boat at high speeds directly toward the falls or take a more leisurely pace along the Rio Iguacu. Contact the...

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  • Swim

    This is a view from my hotel room balcony down to the pool. It gets pretty hot in Iguacu and there's no better way to cool off than to take a quick dip in the pool. Most hotels in the area are modern and will have a clean and safe pool to enjoy.

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Foz do Iguaçu Favorites

  • Beergardens.

    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.

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  • Big Water

    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...

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  • Population

    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...

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