Bela Vista Ecological Refuge, Foz do Iguacu

4.3
#2 of 16 in Wildlife in State of Parana
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
Put on your hiking shoes and get to know the region's varied fauna and flora at Bela Vista Ecological Refuge. The name of this sanctuary means "Beautiful View," and there is much beauty to see in this preservation area created in the 1970s and now providing animal and plant protection, research opportunities, environmental education, and even the city's water supply. Take a guided tour to follow trails amidst the woods and see up close animals native to this area. You can stand face-to-face with jaguars, capuchin monkeys, and skunks...in their enclosures, of course. Guides will show you forest species unique to this part of the world, such as the guaimbê vine that, while growing, embraces a nearly 300-year-old Angico Gurucaia tree. You can choose to walk one, or all, sanctuary trails. On the Trail of the Waters, for example, you can learn how important it is to conserve water springs and other water sources. Keep in mind that each of these walks may last up to two hours, so comfortable clothes and shoes are highly recommended. Bela Vista Ecological Refuge is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Foz do Iguacu Edition.
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  • Highlight the 3 ounces in captivity and the possibility of planting a tree seed. There are not many animals but it is interesting the rescue work carried out. I highly recommend the use of mosquito re...  more »
  • very interesting project with species rescued from the forest when the dam was built and with animals with some disabilities and uncapable to live in the forest. the high point is the jaguar!  more »
  • I had a great tour guide and enjoyed the walk! It was about 2 kilometers and passed through the forest, the animals' habitats, and some of Itaipu's sustainability features. Everyone on the tour got to...  more »

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Where to stay in Foz do Iguacu

Given the one dominant attraction in Foz do Iguacu, it's not surprising that the vast majority of accommodations sit on the south side of town, on the way to the waterfalls. To get as close as possible to the falls, stay in the southern neighborhoods of Jardim Eldorado or Jardim Iguacu. Many of the hotels in those neighborhoods line Avenue das Cataratas, the road that leads all the way to the falls. To get a better feel for the rest of the city, stay in the city center or its next-door neighborhood, Vila Paraguaia. From your hotel near the Parana River, you'll enjoy views over the neighboring city of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay.
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