Going to Brazil and not visiting Foz do Iguaçu is a good reason to plan another trip again. This incredible place is located in a triple-border area (Brazil-Argentina-Paraguay) in the Paraná State and offers several amazing attractions that make this trip worth doing (you just need 2 days to do all and there are daily direct flights from Rio and São Paulo). In my opinion the “must see” places are at least two:
- Of course the Falls, that, to give you an idea, have a flow capacity equal to three times that of Niagara Falls (someone claims they are the largest falls in the world, others say that the this award is owned by the Victoria Falls in Zambia…whatever it is the truth, we all agree on one thing: Iguaçu Falls are incredible). You can visit them both in the Brazialian side and in the Argentinean one. We only stayed in the Brazilian side: by far the most spectacular (you see the falls in front of you, whereas in Argentina you “walk above” the falls), even if it’s a shorter walk than in the other side.
- the Parque das Aves (Brids Park) with hundreds of different wild birds that can be a paradise for the kids
For those who are interested you can also have the chance to see other attractions like the Itaipu Dam, the first-largest generator of hydro-electric power in the world, and the The Tríplice Fronteira (Triple Frontier) location where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet with each side that has its own Marco (landmark).
We stayed at the Hotel das Cataratas , amazingly located inside the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu (Iguaçu National Park), just above the Falls. Remember to reserve a room at second floor “Falls view”…stunning.
Finally when you walk in the Park, pay attention and look around…if you are lucky you will see the Coati, a typical south american raccoon, very friendly and always hungry.
Herebelow a few snapshots from our trip. Enjoy.