Welcome to Foz do Iguassu!
Located in the border between Brazil and Argentina, Foz do Iguaçu stands out for its natural beauty found mainly in the Iguaçu National Park, among them the Iguassu Falls with over 275 waterfalls enchant its visitors coming from all over the world.
The Foz do Iguassu-Hotels website is maintained by the Falls Vision Receptive Tourism Agency, located at the International Airport of Foz do Iguaçu, has experienced staff and always seeks the complete satisfaction from customers, since a simple accommodation booking to a complete package including transfers and tours to Iguassu Falls.
Legend goes that a supernatural being fell in love with a beautiful native girl, Naipi and wanted to marry her. However, she ran away with her lover Taroba in a canoe. In anger, the deity cut the river, which formed the waterfalls, and condemned them to death in their waters. On the Argentinean side, two waterfalls are named after the two Europeans who discovered them. The first one was the Spanish Conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca who discovered the falls in 1541. The waterfalls were rediscovered in the late 19th century by Boselli.
The waterfalls, totaling 275 in number, stretch for 2.7 km or 1.67 miles along the Iguazu River. (The waterfalls are located at Latitude (DMS): 25o 40' 60 S and Longitude (DMS): 54o 25' 60 W). Around 900m of this total length does not have any water flowing over its edge. A majority of the waterfalls are around 64m in height, although some of them are as high as 82m.
The most impressive falls, which also marks the border between Brazil and Argentina, are the Garganta del Diablo (also known as the Devil's Throat in English and Garganta do Diabo in Portuguese). This is a 150m wide and 700m long U-shaped cliff, two-thirds of which is within the territory of Argentina. The edge of the basalt cap recedes at the rate of 3 mm every year! The water of the lower Iguazu drains out into the Rio Parana in Argentina after collecting in a gorge. One of the best ways to view the falls is with a personal Iguassu tour.
On seeing Iguassu, which is significantly larger than the Niagara Falls of North America, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly remarked, "Poor Niagara!" Iguassu is rivaled only by the Victoria Falls of Southern Africa which divide Zambia and Zimbabwe. While Iguassu is wider because it is split into around 270 distinct falls and islands, Victoria has the largest curtain of water in the world at over 1600m in width and 100m in height. Watch some impressive videos of Iguassu Falls.
In peak flow, the water falling from Iguassu has a surface area of around 40 Ha (1.3 million ft2), as compared to over 55 Ha (1.8 million ft2) in the case of Victoria and under 18.3 Ha (600,000 ft2) of Niagara Falls. Victoria's annual peak flow at 9100 m3/s is also bigger than Iguassu's peak flow of 6500 m3/s. However, during times of extreme flood, the two have recorded a similar maximum water discharge, which exceeds 12000 m3/s. In contrast, Niagara's annual peak flow is only around 2800 m3/s. Victoria and Igaussu oscillate to a great extent in their flow rate. The mist at Iguassu's Garganta do Diabo rises from 30 to150m as compared to over 300m above Victoria.
Iguassu allows better views and walkways than Victoria and its shape provides spectacular vistas. The Garganta do Diabo has water pouring over it from three sides, and at a particular spot a person can experience being surrounded by 260 degrees of water falling! In addition, because Iguassu is split into numerous smaller waterfalls, you can view these as separate sections, which is not the case with Victoria Falls.
On July 24, 2006 a severe drought hit South America and caused the river waters that feed Iguassu Falls to dry up. This reduced the amount of water flowing over the falls from the normal flow of 1,300 m3/s-1,500 m3/s to 300 m3 per second. According to tourists visiting the area, the flow was normal again by early December, which was not unusual since dry spells last only a few weeks.
The Iguassu Falls National Park - whose main attraction is the Iguassu Falls - was added to the list of World Heritage Sites on the Argentinean side. This was primarily done for two reasons - for its spectacular natural beauty, and for the fact that this park is home to a number of rare and endangered species of animals. The Brazilian side of the park is also a World Heritage Site.
Those who visit Foz do Iguaçu, on the border between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, will be surprised with the culture from more than 70 ethnic groups that compose the local population. With lots to things to see and do in Foz do Iguassu, this region is a mix of different customs and nationalities.
The cultural variety is reflected in the peculiar habits, religion, clothes, cuisine and languages, only found in this area. It's common to hear the famous 'Good Morning' in at least three different languages. International tourism has brought foreign professionals to Iguassu and the region that work in several areas of service. It is easy to find Argentinean dancers who dance in the shows, foreign owners of travel agencies, French booksellers and hotels owned by Portuguese.
To get a better understanding of Foz do Iguassu take a look at our Foz do Iguacu Map of this area, if you are looking for more general information regarding Brazil you will find our Brazil Hotel Guide very helpful. We've also put together a Foz do Iguassu guide full of our local knowledge of the area.
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The Iguassu Falls are a spectacular collection of 275 waterfalls, extending over a length of almost 3 km in an enormous canyon on the Iguassu River. Visitors gain the best views of the waterfall on the Brazilian side.
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On the upper part of the falls, the river meanders between variable widths and contains some small islands. The river starts to broaden to about 1.500 meters forming a huge "U." This contains a large fault resulting in an abrupt drop and then the magnificent Iguassu Falls![more info]
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Take an exciting trip into the inner section of the dam, the biggest hydroelectric power producer of the world! We provide great services such as bilingual guides, access to a special room where a film on Itaipu is screened, and a luxury bus with water and guidebooks on board.[more info]
For this package the visitor needs two full days, it will show you our entire amazing region with all mains attractions. The Itaipu Dam, Argentina Side, Brazilian Side, Macuco Safari boat Ride and Bird Park.[more info]
Book with us and get a special tour around Foz do Iguaçu, where you will see Brazilian Falls, Bird Park, Itaipu Dam and have pickup transfer from Iguassu Airport round trip. Valid for 2 people.[more info]
From: R$ 276
A very confortable hotel, located in a nice green area with 213 luxury apartments and 11 suites, 63,000 m2 of leisure area with a recreation team, 18,000 m² of space for events divided into 3 complexes that if subdivided consist of up to 43 environments. [more info]
The Hotel das Cataratas is located in the Iguaçu National Park, surrounded by tropical nature alongside the famous Iguaçu Falls. This charming 203-bedroom colonial-style hotel, the only one inside the Brazilian Iguaçu National Park, is a unique spot for those wishing to experience living near the sounds and picturesque views of Iguassu Falls.[more info]
From: R$ 179,25
Falls Galli Hotel is located only 18 km from the international airport and 500 metres from the international bus station. The Falls Galli Hotel's prime location in Foz do Iguassu offers easy access to all the sightseeing in our region.[more info]
From: R$ 250
Hotel International Foz is a leisure and business hotel with great style. Located in the city centre, Mercure offers easy access to the region's main tourist attractions. There are 18 floors of comfortable lodging, event and leisure facilities.[more info]
Pousada Cataratas is a guesthouse with a great location, 1 km from the downtown area of Foz do Iguassu. The Pousada Cataratas is surrounded by green areas and the building itself is new and is an ideal option to accommodate you and your family with affordable rates.[more info]
Pousada Bella Casa is a lovely accommodation owned by a traditional family from Foz do Iguassu. It has been established in the city since 1920 and offers you personalized service. The Pousada Bella Casa is extremely comfortable and charming, with a beautiful garden to relax in. One of the best options in Foz do Iguassu.[more info]
Green House Hostel is the newest place to stay in Foz do Iguaçu. It has a great location, only 400 meters from Jorge Schimmelpfeng Avenue where you can find several great restaurants. There is also easy access to the international bus station or the Foz do Iguassu Airport. Excellent cost benefits.
From: R$ 150
The Foz Plaza Hotel is located in Foz do Iguassu city centre, close to many restaurants and bars. The Foz Plaza Hotel has a private parking and an easy access to the main tourist attractions in the region of Iguassu Falls.[more info]
Welcome to Foz do Iguassu!
Nice to meet you! We are Fabio and Letiele, your local connection in Foz do Iguaçu! Tourism became our passion, and we are passionate for our destination. Come and see for yourself one of the magnificent Natural Wonders of the World! We enjoy passing our knowledge on to the varied nationalities that visit us during the year. Our team is made up of local people who grew up here with their families and have a special interest in maintaining it for future generations.[more]
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