Iguassu Waterfalls - Brazilian Side
Iguazu National Park was created in 1939 and covers 185,000 hectares. The ecological reserve has been declared one of the Natural World Heritage sites of UNESCO. Following the walkways that border the canyon of the Iguassu River, it is possible to observe 275 cascades spanning over four kilometers until the last fall called Floriano Falls. There it is possible to see a complete view of Devil's Throat. Lunch or snacks are available at Porto Canoas Restaurant. On the way back, schedule a stop for shopping at the local crafts center. Duration: 3h.
The name "Iguaçu" comes from the Guarani or Tupi words "igu", meaning water and "açu" meaning big. Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In a rage the god sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.
Macuco Boat Safari
Within the boundaries of Iguazu National Park, an ecological tour is available: the Macuco jungle ride and boat trip. An open wagon pulled by a jeep goes through the jungle for three kilometers, while a specialized guide provides interesting information about the ecology of the region. The tour continues on foot to the banks of the Iguazu River. There, a specially equipped small inflatable boat takes the tourists as close as possible to the waterfalls, providing a thrilling adventure and a unique view of the falls. Duration: 2h.
Appreciate the most encompassing view of Iguazu Falls from the air by helicopter. Duration: 10 minutes or special 35-minute fly over of all three frontiers.
Macuco Adventure - Black Well Trail
The excursion begins on a 320-meter suspended footbridge in the heart of the National Park, followed by a 9 km one-way trail that can be covered on foot or by bicycle (conventional or electric). On this stretch, beautiful specimens of flora and fauna native to the National Park can be seen. At the end of the trail there will be a short break to rest. At this point, a suspension bridge leads to a rustic 500-meter trail, at the end of which exists a 10-meter high observation tower. From the tower a panoramic view of the forest can be seen, especially of Alligator Pond, in which a great diversity of aquatic animals are concentrated. Then, navigation of the upper River is made, passing by the Bamboo Archipelago, with the option of an excursion in ducks (inflatable kayaks) and snorkeling to observe aquatic vegetation.The entire excursion is made with the accompaniment of skilled guides.The return is made via the rapids passing Parrot Island, where at sunrise and sunset the flight of thousands of parrots can be seen. Disembarkation can be made at Banana Tree Port or Canoe Port.
Banana Tree Trail
This excursion begins with a 1.6 km trail that can be covered on foot or by bicycle . Nature lovers can walk by small ponds where aquatic habitat birds and exuberant vegetation can be seen. Nature lovers can see species of flora and fauna native to the National Park. The excursion combines navigation of the upper River in bi-motor boats to the Black Well docks, with a visit to a 10-meter-high observation tower from which Black Well Alligator Pond, rich in aquatic and land fauna, can be observed.
In succession is the Bamboo Island Archipelago, with the option of ducks (inflatable kayaks) to appreciate the scenery. Return is made to Banana Tree Port or Canoe Port, always accompanied by skilled guides.
The bird park is an ecological sanctuary which combines eco-tourism with environmental education. Visitors have the opportunity to enter the aviaries and watch closely the life of birds. The park has more than 900 birds, turtles, reptiles, butterflies and monkeys in huge aviaries, which are integrated with the lush subtropical forest. Duration: 1h 30min.
Iguazu Waterfalls - Argentinean Side
Leaving the Brazil/Argentina boundary, Argentina is reached through the Tancredo Neves Bridge, over the Iguazu River. Trails through the 55,500 hectares reserve provide the pleasure of a different and more complete view of the falls, specially the biggest one, the Devil's Throat. Lower and upper walkways permit a closer look of the waterfalls and San Martin Island. Duration: 5h.
Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant
The visit starts by watching an explanatory movie about the construction and operation of the plant. It continues by bus to the principal viewing platform where the giant spillways can be observed. An impressive water spectacle can be appreciated as well as a panoramic view of the entire power plant.The biggest hydroelectric power plant in the world, Itaipu consists of a storage dam and 18 turbines with a capacity of 700 mw each, totaling 12.6 mw of installed potential. It produces 76 billion kilowatts of electricity per hour per year, serving six Brazilian states in addition to the country of Paraguay. At the bi-national power plant, which produces 46% of the electricity generated in Brazil, the most advanced technology available is applied to the most sophisticated production of electricity in the industry.The power plant can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “ITAIPU” is a Guarani word for “rock that sings”. Duration: 2h.
Kattamaran Yacht Tour
For those who prefer a quiet adventure, the Kattamaran Yacht tour provides an opportunity to experience the beauty of water, horizon and a bit of culture, while enjoying a delicious dinner. The boat navigates a section of the Iguazu River, passing under the Tancredo Neves Bridge that connects Brazil to Argentina, the Three Borders Landmark (obelisks with the colors Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina located in the meeting of the Iguaçu and Paraná). The riverside landscape, made of rocks and native vegetation, completes the scene.
Iguazu Casino - Argentina
Located near the Brazil/Argentina border in Puerta Iguazu, the Iguazu Casino offers elegant European-style entertainment every night in its distinctive salons, with tables of Black Jack, Baccarat, Stud Poker and Roulette. Food and beverages are available from the sophisticated Bar/Restaurant. Duration: 4h
Shopping in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
Considered by many as a shopping paradise, Ciudad Del Este can be reached by just crossing the famous Amizade Bridge (amizade means friendship) and you will have at your disposal more than 5,000 stores selling products with enticing prices. It is best known for its trade in electronics, toys and small appliances although sophisticated perfumes, oriental carpets and other elegant gifts are also available.
All visitors must bring original identification document or Driver’s License. Foreign visitors must bring their passports. Be aware of the maximum values of purchases that may be imported without having to pay import tax.
The Spanish restaurant with capacity for 180 people offers the best of Spanish cuisine. With a complete menu including the traditional paella, this is the best seafood restaurant of the region.
Synonymous with tradition, comfort and quality, this restaurant offers a wide and delightful daily menu based on select seafood with the highest quality.