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Foz do Iguaçu is located in the far west of Paraná, a region with three borders. The city has a little more than 250,000 inhabitants, and is based on two pillars: the Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, and tourism. The city has a very multicultural background, with immigrants from places all over the world, especially from European, Arab, and Asian countries.
Obviously, if you visit the city of Foz, you have to see the actual Iguaçu Falls. Close to the Falls is the Parque das Aves, where you can find many native bird species from Latin America. A visit the the dam is also recommended. Finally, a photo at the three borders is a great souvenir. Try to visit the Argentine city Puerto Iguazu and try your luck at the casino.
Foz do Iguaçu is a place for shopping. Millions of Brazilians cross the Ponte da Amizade to the neighboring Paraguayan town of Ciudad Del Este to buy everything from clothes to electronics. Be careful not to buy fake or defective products, though. For wines, alfajores, and dulce de leche, head to Puerto Iguazu.
Food in the three borders region also caters to tourists. In Foz do Iguaçu, Avenida Jorge Schimmelpfeng has many bars and restaurants. Try the Arabic cooking, which is popular in the region because of many Lebanese immigrants. In Puerto Iguazu, it’s possible to enjoy Argentine cooking, especially the meat and wine. There are excellent restaurants with agreeable prices.
Public transit in Foz do Iguaçu is road based and efficient enough. It’s possible to take a bus to Puerto Iguazu and Ciudad Del Este. Taxis are easy to find and prices are negotiable. Renting a car offers more freedom, but you can’t cross the border with a rented car. The city has many businesses that offer private transport options to the popular tourist spots.
Foz do Iguaçu has a good amount of crime, but tourists are almost never the victims. Travellers should be careful with their purchases, especially electronics. Basic precautions and common sense can also prevent nearly all problems you might encounter.
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