See must-see attractions on a trip to Foz do Iguaçu

With a privileged location in the west of Paraná, Foz do Iguaçu is on the border between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Combining excellent location, historical context, natural wonders and excellent shopping opportunities, the city attracts over 1.8 million tourists a year.

The sights of Foz do Iguaçu they are very democratic and please from families and couples to those who are addicted to adventure and adrenaline.

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Traveling through the three countries is very easy and fast – the attractions end up mixing and forming part of a large tourist complex. There are faster tours and others that require a little more time, but they are all worth the visit.

Foz do Iguaçu  It is a city more than prepared to receive tourists and has a friendly hotel system with a lot of options. From the attractions that are already part of the city's tourist route to those that are lesser-known and even unusual places, we have selected the most incredible places to visit on a trip to Foz do Iguaçu.

Things to do in Foz do Iguaçu

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Iguacu National Park

THE Iguacu National Park shelters the largest remnant of Atlantic Forest in the southern region of Brazil. It is where one of the 7 wonders of the world is located, the Iguazu Falls. It is impossible not to be impressed by the imposing waterfalls and the nature around them.

At waterfalls of Iguaçu are located on the border between Brazil and Argentina, allowing visitors to use two cities to start exploring the beauties of the region.  There are 19 main jumps, five of them on the Brazilian side and the others on the Argentine side.

Omar Ibn Al-Khatab Mosque

Located in the center of Foz do Iguaçu, the Islamic Mosque Omar Ibn Al-Khatab was built by a small Arab community that inhabited the city. One of the most visited places in the land of the falls, its architecture was inspired by Islam's second-largest holy center, Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

bird park

Located next to the entrance to the Iguaçu National Park, in the bird park you will be very close to more than 1020 birds of around 150 different species – 50% of which have been rescued from abuse and trafficking. It is the largest bird aviary in South America. You will be enchanted by the show of color and beauty that the different birds show to the visitors.

Casinos (Argentina)

Another interesting attraction for Brazilians visiting the triple border are Casinos, which are banned in Brazil. However, they are present in Puerto Iguazú. It's worth taking a little time to make some bets, always with a lot of responsibility.

Rafain Steakhouse

Rafain Churrascaria is one of the most traditional in Foz do Iguaçu and offers a hearty dinner together with a Latin music show in a lobby with space for more than 1500 people. On stage, there are more than 45 artists who take turns in beautiful and fun performances.

Ruins of San Ignacio Mini (Argentina)

Located about 250 km from Foz do Iguaçu, the San Ignacio Mini Jesuit Mission is the best preserved of all the missions and once housed more than 5000 indigenous people. The place is extremely beautiful and yields perfect photographic records, but it should only be visited by those who have a little time to spare during their stay in Foz do Iguaçu due to the distance.

Free Shop (Argentina)

Just before the access to Argentine customs is the Duty Free on the border, a true shopper's paradise. Beautiful and gigantic, there are many offers of imported products, but the values are not as attractive compared to Paraguay. The tour is valid for those who prioritize beauty, organization and safety when shopping.

Itaipu Binacional Power Plant

The grandeur of a power plant built between two countries is surprising. Visitors who can opt for two possible tours, the panoramic one, which offers a privileged view of the dam through a bus tour, and the special one, which allows accessing the concrete cathedrals and observing the activity of the rotor of one of the generating units, in addition to knowing the central command room.

Bela Vista Ecological Refuge

THE Bela Vista Biological Refuge is one of the tours that depart from the Itaipu Binacional Power Plant complex. Created with the aim of recovering the area of fauna and flora that suffered impacts during the formation of the Plant's reservoir, it currently houses more than 50 species of animals and 960 genera of plants.

On a trail of approximately 2 kilometers it is possible to observe the environmental restoration action in the area and observe the species diversity that live in the place such as ocelots, coati, alligators, king vultures and snakes.

Shopping in Ciudad del Este (Paraguay)

Dedicate a few hours to strolling through the chaotic and exciting city of the east is one of the programs that you cannot miss on a visit to Foz do Iguaçu, since the values compensate a lot for Brazilians – even with the higher dollar. There are every type of product you can imagine and different store patterns. Always inform yourself to avoid falling into holes.

Three Borders Landmark

The place that celebrates the union between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, known as the Marco das Três Fronteiras, is one of the must-see places to visit when visiting Foz do Iguaçu. On site, a beautiful scenic village represents the Jesuit missions in the 16th and 17th centuries. The breathtaking view of the Paraná River gives tourists one of the most beautiful sunsets in the city.

Ice Bar (Argentina)

Another must-see attraction for anyone visiting the triple border is being inside the coldest bar in the world. The Ice Bar has a 150 square meter structure that offers an icy experience for children and adults alike. All benches, counters, tables, chairs and glasses were carved from crystal-clear ice.

Dreamland Wax Museum

Imagine coming face to face with personalities like Michael Jackson, Ayrton Senna and Pope Francis? This is the experience that the Wax Museum provides in an immersion in 16 scenarios with dozens of very faithful replicas of important characters from science, history and cinema.

Valley of the Dinosaurs

The Dinosaur Park has several life-size prehistoric animals that move as if they were really alive. The attraction that really pleases the kids, especially the replica of the Tyrannosaurus Rex with its 20 meters high. The scenario also reproduces the period when these giants inhabited the Earth.

Budhist temple

For those who want a little peace and spirituality in a different environment, you should take a tour of the Chen Tien Buddhist Temple. There are 2,500 square meters full of decorated gardens and statues, perfect for beautiful photographic records.

El Quincho del Tio Querido (Argentina)

the famous restaurant El Quincho del Tio Querido located in Puerto Iguazú, very close to the border. It is the perfect choice for those who want to taste the famous argentinian grill along with lively tango and Latin music performances that take place every night.

Friendship Bridge

The International Friendship Bridge was built during the 1950s and 1960s to link the city of Foz do Iguaçu, in Brazil, and Ciudad del Este, in Paraguay, crossing the Paraná River. The bridge symbolizes the union between the two sister nations.

Puerto Iguazú Market (Argentina)

The feirinha or La Feirinha, as it is called, is the ideal place for those who want to purchase more regional products from Argentina such as cheeses, salami, olives, alfajores and chimichurri, among other specialties. It is also an ideal place to taste good beer labels.

Other places to visit in Foz do Iguaçu

  • Bosque Guarani Zoo
  • Poço Preto Trail
  • astronomical pole
  • Itaipu Lake Artificial Beach
  • Itaipu Lake Water Park – Itaipulândia
  • Solar del Che Guevara – Missions

How to get to Foz do Iguaçu?

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By airplane

As it is a city that maintains tourism as one of its main foundations, Foz do Iguaçu has an airport that, despite being small, has a good structure. The Cataratas Airport is one of the main means of getting to the city and is located approximately 10 kilometers from the central region.

Another option to get to Foz do Iguaçu by plane is through Puerto Iguazú Airport (IGR), an Argentine city that borders Brazil. On the Paraguayan side, access can be made through the Guarani International Airport (AGT), which has direct flights with TAM, departing from Guarulhos, in São Paulo.

By car

The main access to Foz do Iguaçu It's on BR-227. Traveling by car in Foz is quite easy, mainly because of the good signage and the good condition of the streets. Another way to get around the city by car is to hire a transfer service, offered by many agencies, such as Iguassu Combo, which has driver-guides who also guide tourists to the main attractions.

By bus

As it is a strong destination for shopping, practically in all Brazilian capitals there are bus options to Foz do Iguaçu. But be aware: depending on the city of origin, it is worth researching the values of airlines, which are often more advantageous than by land.

Best time to visit Foz do Iguaçu

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The best time to visit Foz do Iguaçu It will depend on what you intend to find in the city. If you want to see the Falls at their maximum volume, the tip is to go during the summer, but during this period it is very hot in the city, with an average temperature of 26º.

During spring, the view is beautiful and full of flowering trees. If you want to see the beauty of the less intense falls, but more defined and without the risk of rain, go during the winter, when average temperatures are around 18º.

Furthermore, if you cannot define the exact period of your trip, know that Foz do Iguaçu is beautiful at any time or season of the year.

Where to stay in Foz do Iguaçu

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A lodging option with all the infrastructure to spend extremely comfortable days is the Tarobá Hotel. With a privileged location in the central region of the city, it has one of the best value for money in the region, in addition to modern and equipped spaces.

Booking offers more than 400 options for accommodation in Foz do Iguaçu. See all available hotels on Booking.com here.

Foz do Iguaçu has great accommodation options on Airbnb. The platform that offers house, apartment and room rentals can be much cheaper than hotels. And if you haven't registered yet, you can use this discount code.

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