Foz de Iguacu is the 11th largest city in southern Brazil. This historical city is perhaps most famous for its access to the Iguazu Falls. The Iguazu Falls are an incredible site. Larger than Niagra Falls in North America, there are 275 total water drops in the chain of falls that extend for almost two miles. The opposite side of the falls is located in Argentina. Visitors often come to Foz de Iguacu to have a closer look at this natural wonder.
The falls are located in the Iguazu National park. This park is a World Heritage site. It contains five separate biosystems containing different forests and animal life. Birds are the most common wildlife found in the park, many which are endangered or area specific live in the park. The park is located in both Brazil and Argentina.
Visitors at the park can take a helicopter ride over the falls. A different type of ride, called a trike, will take you out over the lake and there you can also view the famous Itaipu Dam. This dam is the second largest producer of hydro electric power in the world. The Parana River, where the dam is located, is the river that creates the border between Brazil and Paraguay.
If you are interested in visiting all three countries, you can do so by visiting The Triplice Fronteira (Triple Frontier). Here, all three countries meet and there are markers to signify each country. Paraguay has a duty free market located very near the border, many locals and tourists cross one of the walkway bridges from Foz de Iguacu to enjoy the shopping.
Foz de Iguacu, despite its long history, is a very modern city. Visitors can enjoy staying at one of the many resorts in the town or choose accommodations in one of the quainter family owned hotels. There is a vivid night life featuring many clubs and restaurants. Avenida Brazil is filled with shops, cafes and other points of interest for the visitor to enjoy. While the population is generally Roman Catholic, there is a large population of Muslims and Buddhists in the city. The Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque is located in Foz de Iguacu, the largest mosque in the world outside of the Middle East. There is also a large Buddhist temple that travelers may visit.
Visitors will enjoy the sub tropical weather of Foz de Iguacu. The summers are hot and humid averaging about 80 degrees, the winters cool and dry with an average temperature of 60. Guests to the area can expect a little more than average rainfall in the spring, but because of their location, excessive rains are very rare.
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