The majestic Iguaçu Falls

You’ve probably see waterfalls before and marveled at the majestic sight. But there are waterfalls and then there are waterfalls. Until you’ve seen (and heard) Mother Nature at her finest in the roar of Iguaçu Falls, you ain’t seen nothing. The powerful thundering of the water as it falls over the edges of cliffs will leave you in awe. The Iguaçu are most famous of the attractions in Foz, and consist of approximately 257 individual falls. The Falls have a flow capacity equal to three times that of Niagara Falls. How’s that for power?!

The Iguaçu Falls are over 2.7 km long and were chosen collectively as one of the “New Natural Seven Wonders of the World. Straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil, part of the falls are on the Brazilian side and the others are on the Argentine side. “Devil’s Throat” is the tallest of the falls and is 97 meters high.

Foz do Iguaçu is the Brazilian city on the border of Iguaçu Falls. The city is the 7th largest in the
state of Paraná. The city’s population is approximately 265,000 inhabitants. It is located approximately 650 km west of the capital of the state, Curitiba, being the westernmost city in that state. The inhabitants of the city are known as iguaçuenses. Apart from the Falls, the city is filled with various different and amazing tourist attractions.

Another big attraction is the Itaipu Dam. The dam is the first-largest generator of hydro-electric power in the world, in the Parana river, between Brazil and Paraguay. The Itaipu Dam produces about 20% of Brazil’s electricity needs, and employs (directly and indirectly) about 5,000 Iguaçuenses. The Omar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque is the largest in Latin America and is another must see sight in Foz do Iguaçu. The Bird Park (Parque das Aves), which features a collection of wild birds, and the “Bosque Guaraní” the city’s zoo. The city does not operate its own municipal transport networks, but instead licenses four private bus companies to operate services on its behalf. The bus fares are set by the municipality for all four companies. Passengers pay a standard fare within the city zone, which enables them to transfer routes, even when these may be operated by another company. This makes transportation very convenient for tourists.

The Foz do Iguaçu Destination have been noted by various national and international media. The British newspaper The Guardian says it is the best foreign destination for the UK. The U.S. World Network CNN classifies it as one of the 14 most romantic destinations.

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