Parque Nacional do Iguaçu Warnings and Dangers

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    Kingdom of the Mist

    by solopes Updated Mar 7, 2013

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    The mist and haze are present everywhere in the falls. So, be prepared to wear your raincoat all the time, or to get wet.

    Of course, you have the solution of buying locally a light poncho, not expensive, and that may become part of the fun.

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    "walking on water"

    by solopes Updated Mar 7, 2013

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    The strongest sensation from the brazilian side is caught by crossing the tiny wooden bridge over the river.

    Be warned: nor even your poncho will free you from getting really wet, and the sensation of the water flowing rapidly under your feet may get you sick.

    Of course, you have the chance to go back at any time.

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    Quati / Cuati: Agressive Food Hunters

    by glabah Updated May 18, 2011

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    While anyone has trouble passing up a small furry animal, the fact is that these little guys should be ignored as much as possible. They are agressive when looking for food, and will climb up people's legs and bodies in their search for food. The will climb into your bags if they think food is around. They will be very agressive and they may injure people if they feel their food is at risk.

    Therefore, it is best to either not have food with you when you visit the park, or if you do to keep it very well hidden and inside plastic bags so that the smell does not leak out. Quati / Cuati have very strong sense of smell, and will use that to find food from a very long distance away.

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    The Hazards of Heat

    by csordila Written Sep 11, 2008

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    Sun in the tropics........

    The sun in the tropics is stronger than anywhere else, even when it doesn’t feel that way and even when the sky is overcast. The higher temperatures can quickly break down the body's normal responses, causing fatigue, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stoke. Here some recommendations for people who had not been yet on tropes:
    Walk slowly, use comfortable clothing, keep yourself dry and hydrated, without proper hydration your blood becomes thicker, like old motor oil, feed yourself, about 25 percent of a human's daily water intake comes from food, conserve your energy, talk to help personnel in any kind of emergency, pay attention and respect all the signs.

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    Jogue o Lixo Na Lixeira

    by ATXtraveler Written May 26, 2008

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    The National Park is filled with plenty of interesting wildlife, and because of this, travellers are required to be a little more responsible about where they put their refuse. In most locations, an open trash container would be welcome and most people would put their trash in it, however in this location, you must make sure you put the trash in and secure the lid. Of particular danger here, is the Coati, a cute and loveable anteater looking animal, that has a major love affair with human food. These scavengers would be all over any trash left out, and obviously that would not be good for the health of these little guys.

    Be safe, and enjoy your trip, but also be smart with your trash.

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    Respect nature

    by AMOQUE Updated Dec 14, 2005
    Do not feed the animals

    -Please treat the animals with respect and do not feed them. Human food is not good for them. The animals can get ill or even die from human food.
    -It's a good tip as wel to keep your bags away from the coati's and take no plastic bags as the coati's at the entrance will try to steal it.
    -Trow your waste in the carbagecans and otherwise keep it in your bag till tou see one.
    -Boycot the helicopter fight as it wil pollute and disturb the environment.

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    Wildlife

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    A Lurking Lizard

    Because it is located in a protective area, Parque Nacional do Iguacu has a great abundance of flora and fauna. However, the profusion of tropical plants makes spotting the creatures that much more difficult.

    During our 2-hour visit to the Parque, the only animals of significance we saw were some road-side Coatimundis (related to Raccoons) as our double-decked tour bus travelled along the road from the Garganta del Diablo back to the Visitor's Centre. You are strongly cautioned not to feed these little creatures because it is not good for their health and they can also become quite aggressive. The other creature we saw was this well-camoflaged lizard at the side of the walking trial as we left the overlook area near San Martin Falls.

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    The gangways

    by andal13 Written Apr 17, 2004

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    Gangways

    The trail to the waterfalls is a loooong way; the gangways, besides, have many steps, so if you have any walking problems, better take the bus and get off at the belvederes.
    The gangways are narrow, so those people who have vertigo (like me) do not feel really happy at those stretches over the river!!!

    La senda hacia las cataratas es un laaaargo camino; las pasarelas, además, tienen muchos escalones, por lo que si tienen alguna dificultad para caminar, mejor tomen el bus y apéense en los miradores.
    Las pasarelas son angostas, por lo que aquellas personas que padecen de vértigo (como yo) no se sienten verdaderamente felices en esos tramos sobre el río!!!

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    Native fauna

    by andal13 Written Apr 17, 2004

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    Don't feed the animals!

    The National Park is a protected area; wild life must be respected, so do not take any plant and do not feed the animals. Several researchs have demostrated that the "coaties" have health disorders like obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, cavities... because visitors give them food.

    El Parque Nacional es un área protegida; la vida silvestre debe ser respetada, por lo que no se lleven ninguna planta y no alimenten a los animales. Varias investigaciones han demostrado que los coatíes tienen problemas de salud tles como obesidad, diabetes, colesterol, caries... debido a que los visitantes les dan comida.

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    Prepare to walk

    by acemj Updated Oct 30, 2003

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    wet lens, into the sun . . . sorry!

    When I visited in October of 2003, the elevator that brings you back up to the bus after you've viewed the Devil's Throat was not working. Construction crews were working hard and there were signs warning visitors that they would have to walk back up the hill. It really wasn't a big deal, but if you are traveling with elderly or physically challenged people, you should be aware that this is a possiblity.

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    Peligroso . . . caution in Ciudad del Este

    by acemj Updated Oct 30, 2003

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    There are over 200 murders a year in Ciudad del Este, a city with a population of under 100,000!! Yikes. Sounds like a dangerous spot. Yep, if you decide to cross over the Friendship Bridge connecting Brazil to Paraguay, be sure you bring a lot of common sense and don't stay too long.

    I found information about this place on a website called www.comebackalive.com. That should tell you all you need to know. Most people go over the bridge to do a little shopping and to see a new place, just be sure you leave by 3 or 4 in the afternoon when most of the stores close.

    For more scary information on this place, check out my Ciudad del Este page.

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    Animals

    by Bert_Pearson Written Jun 3, 2003
    Name ????

    There is an animal coming to us most of the time cause people keep on feeding them.
    they might be dangerous if not treated in a friendly manner. If someone knows the name of this animal, please, let me know. thanks.

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    Dress for the occassion ;-)

    by Sharrie Updated Apr 1, 2003

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    Ladies, leave your see through blouses, your leather shoes, leather handbags, anything that's not waterproof in your hotels before heading here. As for your spouse, if he looks great without his top, let this be his stage ;-)

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    drink enough water

    by L-A Written Feb 25, 2003

    The weather is hot at Iguacu and with a lot of walking you can get dehydrated. I went through 5 bottles of water and near heat stroke since I wasn't used to the weather (it was very cold where I had just come from before coming to Iguazu/Iguacu).

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    SHOCK

    by solopes Updated Oct 23, 2012

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    I saw in a Portuguese magazine (Visão) a recent photo of the falls.

    The contrast with what we saw was... SHOCKING!

    WHAT ARE WE DOING TO THIS PLANET?

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