At the western end of the state of Paraná you will find Foz do Iguaçu, one of the most picturesque cities of the country, thanks to the majestic 275 waterfalls that form the Iguaçu Falls. Located on the border between Brazil and Argentina, in the Iguaçu National Park, the Falls attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world.
Declared as a Natural World Heritage Site by Unesco, the Park had its Falls selected as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and protects species of endangered fauna and flora, such as jaguars and araucarias. There you can visit Garganta do Diabo (the Devil’s Throat), the largest of the waterfalls, measuring 90 m tall.
Another tourist attraction of Foz (an affectionate nickname of Foz do Iguaçu) is the Parque das Aves, where you can enjoy 17 hectares of native forest and observe more than 800 species of birds (including macaws,golden parakeets and others) which live on the site.
Also visit the world’s largest hydroelectric plant, the Itaipu Hydroelectric Plant. In addition to being able to closely observe this gigantic piece of engineering, you can enjoy the activities offered for people of all ages, such as the visit to the photograph museum with historical pieces, and interactive, scale models museum, in addition to trails amid the local forest for observing plants and native animals. It is noteworthy that Brazil is a leader in biodiesel research.
The Three Borders Landmark is also another popular attraction among people who visit the region. There not only the Iguaçu and Paraná rivers meet, but so do3 of South America's major countries: Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. The site offers a commercial complex with craft shops and cafés, and you can still enjoy a beautiful sunset at the viewing spot.
From Foz, you can also visit Paraguay. The Friendship Bridge, inaugurated in 1965, gives road access to the city of Ciudad del Este, in Paraguay.
The Foz do Iguaçu/Cataratas International Airport receives international flights directly from Peru and several Brazilian cities.
The Foz do Iguaçu Bus Station is located at the entrance of the city and has routes to various cities of Brazil and an international line (Foz do Iguaçu/Ciudad del Este).
Personal or Rental Vehicles
Leaving from Brazil, you may access the city by BR-277 highway. Leaving from Paraguay, you may access the city by Ruta 7 highway. Leaving from Argentina, you may access the city by Ruta National 12 highway.
The city is entirely covered by several bus lines. See the lines that run past the main tourist attractions of the city.
A fast and comfortable transportation alternative is to take a taxi. The city has a fleet covering the main local attractions. Refer to the taxi fares here.
Several tourism agencies offer transfers to the main tourist attractions of the city. The services may with specialist companies at the airport or you may refer to some accredited ones.
The area code (DDD) for Foz do Iguaçu is 45.
TeleTur: 0800 451 516
Municipal Department of Tourism: +55 (45) 2105-8134
Tourist Police Station: + 55 (45) 3523-3036Citizen
Service Center: +55 (45) 2105-1000
To visit Ciudad del Este, tourists from countries that do not belong to MERCOSUL must present a passport and visa (when requested) at customs.
The best time to visit the Falls is from December to February, when the volume of water is higher and the trees are blooming.
To enter Brazil, vaccination against any type of illness is not mandatory. However, vaccination against yellow fever (a disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes) is recommended before your trip. If you have never taken the vaccine, you need to take it up to 10 days before the trip (this time period is not necessary if you have already been vaccinated).