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Parque Nacional do Iguaçu

Spectacular waterfalls surrounded by a picturesque rainforest that is home to colorful wildlife make this national park a must-see when visiting Foz do Iguaçu.

Discovering the scenic beauty and wildlife of Parque Nacional do Iguaçu is often the highlight of a visit to Foz do Iguaçu. Spread across a vast area of rainforest and woodland, this national park straddles the Iguazu River on the border of Brazil and Argentina.

The park’s main attraction is the set of 275 waterfalls that are collectively known as Iguaçu Falls. Follow walking trails to viewing platforms, from where you can enjoy unrivaled panoramic views and take postcard-perfect photos. Check out the thundering water of Devil’s Throat, which, at 262 feet (80 meters) tall, is the park’s tallest waterfall.

Adventure activities abound inside the park. Enjoy walks through the jungle and speedboat rides beneath waterfalls on the Macuco Safari. Join a kayak or whitewater rafting tour on the Iguazu River. Splurge on a helicopter ride for a bird’s-eye view of the waterfalls. Keep an eye out for raccoons and monkeys, butterflies, parrots and toucans.

Throughout the park find several cafés and restaurants in addition to picnic areas, ideal if you want to bring your own lunch. Watch for coatis, Brazilian aardvarks that are happy to steal food from tourists.

The national park stretches across the river into Argentina. It’s worth visiting both sides to appreciate the full magnitude of the waterfalls. Experience close-up views of the falls, including an incredible top-down perspective of Devil’s Throat. Relax on an island beach, swim in the river or discover the park’s myriad flora.

Parque Nacional do Iguaçu is is a 20-minute drive from Foz do Iguaçu’s city center. It is easily accessible via public buses. If you are driving, you can park for a fee at the entrance. To visit the Argentine side of Iguaçu Falls, catch a public bus or join one of many organized tours that depart from the city hotels. If crossing to Argentina, remember to have your passport and be aware of visa requirements.

The park is open daily. Find complete opening hours and information on guided tours and activities on the park’s official website. A separate fee is applicable when entering the park in Argentina.


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Belmond Hotel das Cataratas $404
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Rodovia Br 469 Km 32, Iguassu National Park, Foz do Iguacu, PR
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Foz do Iguacu hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Iguazu Falls and Iguazu National Park. Iguacu Falls and Parque Nacional do Iguacu are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    San Martin Cataratas Resort & Spa $54
    San Martin Cataratas Resort & Spa

    San Martin Cataratas Resort & Spa

    Rodovia das Cataratas Km 21, Parque Nacional Iguaçu, Foz do Iguacu, PR
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Foz do Iguacu hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Bird Park and Entrance to the Iguassu Falls. Acquamania and Guira Oga are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Pousada Guata Porã
      Pousada Guata Porã

      Pousada Guata Porã

      Rodovia das Cataratas Km 21, Foz do Iguacu, Pr
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this pousada is within a 15-minute walk of Bird Park and Entrance to the Iguassu Falls. Catuai Palladium Shopping Center and Three Borders Mark are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Canzi Cataratas Hotel $49
        Canzi Cataratas Hotel

        Canzi Cataratas Hotel

        Av. das Cataratas, km 20.5, Foz do Iguacu, PR
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cataratas Avenue and Bird Park. Entrance to the Iguassu Falls and Dreamland Wax Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Hotel Colonial $35
          Hotel Colonial

          Hotel Colonial

          Rod. das Cataratas, Km 20, Parque Nacional do Iguacu, Foz do Iguacu, PR
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Foz do Iguacu hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cataratas Avenue and Bird Park. Entrance to the Iguassu Falls and Three Borders Mark are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Resort Wish Foz do Iguaçu $95
            Resort Wish Foz do Iguaçu

            Resort Wish Foz do Iguaçu

            Av.Das Cataratas, 6845, Foz do Iguacu, PR
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Foz do Iguacu, this luxury resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Acquamania and Cataratas Avenue. Dreamland Wax Museum and Bottega Churrascaria Show are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Pousada Golden Cataratas $18
              Pousada Golden Cataratas

              Pousada Golden Cataratas

              Rua Ibirama 269, Foz do Iguacu, Paraná
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Foz do Iguacu, this pousada is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cataratas Avenue and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bird Park and Entrance to the Iguassu Falls. Three Borders Mark and Iguacu Falls are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Nacional Inn Iguaçu $38
                Nacional Inn Iguaçu

                Nacional Inn Iguaçu

                Rod. Das Cataratas, Km 16,7, Foz do Iguacu, PR
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Foz do Iguacu hotel is located near the airport, just steps from Dreamland Wax Museum and Cataratas Avenue. Bird Park is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.