There is little doubt that Iguazu Falls are one of the world’s great natural wonders. Where the debate lies is in regard to which side is better to view the falls from, the Argentinean or Brazilian. The Argentinean side offers a more extensive view of the falls, however the Brazilian side is much less busy and offers the better panoramic views of the falls. However, when it comes to deciding on where it is better to base yourself for your exploration their is very little debate. The Argentinean town of Puerto Iguazu is a much better base of location, even if you want to see the Brazilian side. However, if you feel it necessary, or it fits better into you plans staying in the town of Foz do Iguaçu isn’t the worst thing in the world.
Things to do in Foz do Iguaçu
- Three ways to see Iguazu Falls: The most obvious way to see the falls is by foot. This side of the falls is much easier to see and thus a lot faster. On foot you’ll probably want about 3 hours to properly explore the falls. You can also check out the falls by speed boat, the only thing is that the prices are much more expensive here than on the Argentinean side, however, if you set on the boat trip on this side it is more than possible. If you’re hoping to see the falls via helicopter this is the side to do it on. The view from above is unbelievable. You can book a trip across from the bird park for about 80US$.
- The Bird Park: Across from the helicopter pad you will find the bird park. This is actually a very good stop and will put you front and center with some of the tropical birds that exist in this area. There are even large enclosures that put you in with the birds including beautiful toucans.
- The Dam: You can visit the absolutely massive Itaipu Dam by taking a quick tour from Foz do Igauçu. There is no cost to visit the damn if you can get there on your own.
Where to Eat in Foz do Iguaçu
The place to grab food in Foz do Iguaçu is anywhere along Avenida Jorge Schimmelpfeng although some of the best places are on adjacent streets. I only spent one evening eating in town and did so by eating at a local churrascaria called Bufalo Branco which is actually on Rua Rebouças. It is pricier than other options but the 20US$ I spent on this huge meal was worth every penny.
Where to Stay in Foz do Iguaçu
I spent the night at a hostel called Klein Hostel which was very pleasant and had a nice clean pool to cool into after spending the day out in the 33 degree tropical weather. The cost of a dorm bed is about 20US$
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