Foz do Iguacu On a Budget
The falls itself are quite impressive. Over three times as much water flows over Iguacu Falls as does over Niagara Falls. You can enjoy the various hiking trails and viewpoints that are in the area as well. There is a designated national park on the Brazilian side of the river and a shuttle bus is available to connect the Visitor's Center to the falls. There are also a handful of tour operators who are eager to show you the area. Here is a great guide to tours in Brazil if you're interested. Another interesting option is to take a boat ride offered by Macuco Safari.
The city has a humid subtropical climate. There are two seasons, a hot and humid summer and a dry and cold winter. Average summer temperatures are around 80 degrees Fahrenheit and average winter temperatures are around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain falls mostly in the spring and summer months. Warmer clothes may be required during the winter months between late April and early September.
SightsThe most obvious reason for visiting the city is to see Iguacu Falls (or Iguazu Falls). This is one of the most famous sights in the country and it is a truly spectacular area to explore. The surrounding area has many trails which offer viewpoints of the falls. There are also many tour operators that can help organize a trip to the falls for you. This guide to Iguacu Falls can help you plan the details of your trip.
In addition to Iguacu Falls, there are a handful of other sites in Foz do Iguacu. Parque das Aves is an interesting bird park that is near the waterfalls. You can wander around on your own, or hire a guide to show you the park.
Also nearby is Itaipu Dam, which is the world's largest electric power generator, and is interesting to see.
There's also a photo opportunity at Three Borders Landmark, where you can see Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil all at once.
NeighborhoodsFoz do Iguacu has a populations of about 265,000 people. The falls is located on the border of Argentina and Brazil and there are about 257 individual falls spread over 2.7 kilometers.
Avenida Brasil (Brazil Avenue) is the main road in the city. The road is 5 kilometers long and runs through the city's downtown. It has many retail shops and is a place of activity for the city. There are major revitalization proposals in place for the avenue, many of which focus on making the street more pedestrian friendly.
ActivitiesAs Foz do Iguacu is a major tourist destination, numerous tour operators have set up shop in town and offer any number of activities for visitors to the area. Helicopter tours are one interesting way to see Iguacu National Park and understand the enormity of the falls. There are also a variety of tours that use any number of vehicles to access the falls. Some of these tours combine electric cars with boat tours to let you get in close proximity to the falls.
Food and DiningAs a tourist destination, there are a decent number of amenities available for travelers. There are a reasonable number restaurants around town that offer a diversity of cuisine including pizza, grilled meats, or traditional fare. You can also grab a drink at a couple of different bars about town.
You'll also find hotels and hostels of varying quality and price. Whether you're on a tight budget or looking for some comfort and a splurge, there are a variety of options to choose from in Foz do Iguacu.
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Bus 120, heading towards the airport, also travels to the Brazilian entrance to the falls.
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