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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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.
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).
|Águas do Iguaçu Hotel Centro Ltda||Av. Brasil, 84 Centro Foz do Iguaçu - Paraná||Hotel||-|
|Bella Italia Hotel e Eventos Ltda||Av. República Argentina, 1700||Hotel||-|
|Charm Iguassu Suites||R. Irian Kalichewski, 238||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Albergue Paudimar Campestre||Avenida Cataratas Km 12.5||Hostel||84|
|Hostel Bambu||rua Edmundo de Barros n 621 Downtown||Hostel||87|
|Hostel Natura||Avenida das Cataratas KM 12.5 Remanso Grande Neighborhood||Hostel||86|
|Hotel Del Rey||Tarobá Street 1020, Downtown Paraná||Hotel||84|
|Hotel Villa Canoas||Av Republica Argentina 926||Hotel||80|
|Paudimar Falls Hostel||Rua Antonio Raposo 820 - Centro||Hostel||82|
|Pousada Cataratas||Rua Parigot de Souza, 180 - Vila Yolanda - CEP 858||Guesthouse||-|
|Pousada da Laura||Av.Taroba 957 Rua Naipi||Hostel||-|
|Pousada El Shaddai||Engenheiro Rebouças , 306||Guesthouse||87|
|Pousada Sonho Meu||Rua Men de Sa nº267||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Panorama||Av. das Cataratas, km 12 Caixa Postal 1121 - Vila Carimã||Hotel||-|
|Katharina House||Avenida Tarobá, 952||Hostel||85|
|Klein Hostel||Rua Paris 230 Jardim Alice||Hostel||85|
|Best Western Hotel Tarobá Express||Rua Taroba, 1048||HOTEL||83|
|Iguassu Holiday Hotel||Avenida das Cataratas 5025 Km 10,4 - Vila Carima||Hotel||-|
|Park Golf Hostel Ipelandia||Km 12, Caebi Alley, Fundos||Hostel||84|
|Hotel Cassino||Rua Rio Branco 381||Hotel||-|
|Pousada Patts||Marechal Floriano Peixoto,1368 Centro||Hostel||-|
|Supernova Hostel Foz||R. Santos dumont 350 centro||HOSTEL||-|
|Harbor Hotel Colonial||Cataras avenue, km 20 Parque Nacional||Hotel||-|
|Pousada Caroline||Rua Irlan Kalichewski, 231 Vila Yolanda||Hotel||77|
|Green House Hostel||Rua Edmundo de Barros 1130||HOSTEL||85|
|Hostel Normandie||Rua Quintino Bocaiuva, 653 - centro||Hostel||77|
|Hostel e Pousada Natureza Foz||Rua Maximino Tosi, 253||Hostel||81|
|Iguassu Guest House||Rua Naipi, 1019||Hostel||86|
|Your Place Hostel||R. Joaquim Firmino, 222. Foz do Iguassu||Hostel||-|
|Pousada Naipi||Rua Astorga, 2727 Remanso Grande||GUESTHOUSE||83|
|Pousada Evelina||Rua Irlan Kalichewski, 171 Vila Yolanda||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Manga Rosa||Avenida Florianopolis, 1085||Hostel||86|
|The Blue House Hostel||Rua Coronel Caetano Rocha 567 Vila Yolanda||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Manga Rosa||Avenue Florianópolis, 1085. Jardim Santa Rosa||Hostel||-|
|Favela Chic Hostel||Rua Major Raul de Mattos, 78||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Bambu Jungle Lodge||Avenida das Cataratas KM 17.1||HOSTEL||-|
|Green House Hostel||Rua Edmundo de Barros||Hostel||-|
|Iguassu Eco Hostel||Avenida das Cataratas - KM 17||HOSTEL||84|
|Hostel76||Rua Belarmino de Mendonça, 521||HOSTEL||-|
|Pousada Bella Casa, Foz do Iguacu||Rua Belarmino de Mendonca, 509||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pousada das Flores Iguassu||Avenida Imigrantes, 344 Jardim Social Foz do iguaçu Parana 85853-060||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Dolce Toscana||R. Ptro. Venanti Otremba, 330 Regiao Central Avenida Brasil||HOSTEL||-|
|Iguassu Falls Hostel||Rua Ignacio Sottomaior, 668 Vila Yolanda||HOSTEL||85|
|Pousada da Angelica||Rua Heleno Schimmelpfeng, 59 Vila Yolanda||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Lanville Athenéé||Av. Jorge Schimmelpfeng, 827||HOTEL||-|
|Pousada Quati||Rua Minas Gerais 861, Maracana||HOSTEL||-|
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.
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.
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.
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