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Foz do Iguacu

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Introduction

Foz do Iguacu is a city of approximately 300,000 inhabitants in the southwest of Brazil, at the confluence of the Parana and Iguazu rivers, which form the border with Paraguay and Argentina respectively. It is quite a large city though not really attractive. If you want to spend some time at the amazing Iguazu Falls, try and get a room on the other side in Argentinian Puerto Iguazu.

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Sights and Activities

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Weather

Winters last from June to August, but temperatures are generally still between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius or even more sometimes. Nights can be rather chilly though and frost is not unheard of though pretty rare. During this time, cloudy and cool days of just over 10 degrees make a visit to the Iguazu Falls not a great time.
Summers can be extremely hot and humid, with temperatures from November to March frequently hitting 30 degrees Celsius or (much) more. This is also when most of the heavy rainshowers fall.
Spring (late September - early November) and autumn (March to May) are actually quite pleasant times for a visit.

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Getting There

By Plane

The Foz do Iguacu Airport (IGU) is served by flights from Curitiba, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

By Bus

Local buses run from Foz do Iguaçu city to the falls on a regular schedule. Buses cost 1.85 reals and run every 20 minutes from Centro. The bus terminus on Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek has a Tourist Information Office where they speak excellent English.
Many buses go across the border to Ciudad del Este in Paraguay and Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, from where there is onward transport to other cities in both countries.
From Sao Paulo to the Iguazu Falls will cost approximately USD $79.00 leito (sleeper bus - Pluma). Conventional or executive buses will cost approximately US$49. Travel time - 16 hours. From Sao Paulo, buses normally depart in the evening and arrive the next morning.
Buses also go to Curitiba (10 hours) and Rio de Janeiro (22 hours).

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Águas do Iguaçu Hotel Centro LtdaAv. Brasil, 84 Centro Foz do Iguaçu - ParanáHotel85
Bella Italia Hotel e Eventos LtdaAv. República Argentina, 1700Hotel81
Charm Iguassu SuitesR. Irian Kalichewski, 238Guesthouse80
Hostel Albergue Paudimar CampestreAvenida Cataratas Km 12.5Hostel81
Hostel Bamburua Edmundo de Barros n 621 DowntownHostel90
Hostel NaturaAvenida das Cataratas KM 12.5 Remanso Grande NeighborhoodHostel86
Hotel Del ReyTarobá Street 1020, Downtown ParanáHotel86
Hotel Villa CanoasAv Republica Argentina 926Hotel82
Paudimar Falls HostelRua Antonio Raposo 820 - CentroHostel79
Pousada CataratasRua Parigot de Souza, 180 - Vila Yolanda - CEP 858Guesthouse-
Pousada da LauraAv.Taroba 957 Rua NaipiHostel-
Pousada El ShaddaiEngenheiro Rebouças , 306Guesthouse84
Pousada Sonho MeuRua Men de Sa nº267Guesthouse-
Hotel PanoramaAv. das Cataratas, km 12 Caixa Postal 1121 - Vila CarimãHotel-
Katharina HouseAvenida Tarobá, 952Hostel86
Klein HostelRua Paris 230 Jardim AliceHostel85
Best Western Hotel Tarobá ExpressRua Taroba, 1048HOTEL87
Iguassu Holiday HotelAvenida das Cataratas 5025 Km 10,4 - Vila CarimaHotel-
Park Golf Hostel IpelandiaKm 12, Caebi Alley, FundosHostel82
Hotel CassinoRua Rio Branco 381Hotel80
Pousada PattsMarechal Floriano Peixoto,1368 CentroHostel71
Supernova Hostel FozR. Santos dumont 350 centroHOSTEL76
Harbor Hotel ColonialCataras avenue, km 20 Parque NacionalHotel86
Pousada CarolineRua Irlan Kalichewski, 231 Vila YolandaHotel81
Green House HostelRua Edmundo de Barros 1130HOSTEL84
Hostel NormandieRua Quintino Bocaiuva, 653 - centroHostel77
Hostel e Pousada Natureza FozRua Maximino Tosi, 253Hostel84
Iguassu Guest HouseRua Naipi, 1019Hostel88
Your Place HostelR. Joaquim Firmino, 222. Foz do IguassuHostel-
Pousada NaipiRua Astorga, 2727 Remanso GrandeGUESTHOUSE73
Pousada EvelinaRua Irlan Kalichewski, 171 Vila YolandaGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Manga RosaAvenida Florianopolis, 1085Hostel87
The Blue House HostelRua Coronel Caetano Rocha 567 Vila YolandaHOSTEL-
Hostel Manga RosaAvenue Florianópolis, 1085. Jardim Santa RosaHostel-
Favela Chic HostelRua Major Raul de Mattos, 78HOSTEL77
Hostel Bambu Jungle LodgeAvenida das Cataratas KM 17.1HOSTEL-
Green House HostelRua Edmundo de BarrosHostel-
Iguassu Eco HostelAvenida das Cataratas - KM 17HOSTEL80
Hostel76Rua Belarmino de Mendonça, 521HOSTEL-
Pousada Bella Casa, Foz do IguacuRua Belarmino de Mendonca, 509GUESTHOUSE-
Pousada das Flores IguassuAvenida Imigrantes, 344 Jardim Social Foz do iguaçu Parana 85853-060GUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Dolce ToscanaR. Ptro. Venanti Otremba, 330 Regiao Central Avenida BrasilHOSTEL-
Iguassu Falls HostelRua Ignacio Sottomaior, 668 Vila YolandaHOSTEL-
Pousada da AngelicaRua Heleno Schimmelpfeng, 59 Vila YolandaHOTEL-
Hotel Lanville AthenééAv. Jorge Schimmelpfeng, 827HOTEL-
Pousada QuatiRua Minas Gerais 861, MaracanaHOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.

Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.

Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.

Post

Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.

Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.

For sending packages internationally, you can also used competitively priced private companies like TNT, UPS or DHL. They are generally much quicker and not much more expensive.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -25.5468978
  • Longitude: -54.5881716

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