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Bela Vista Ecological Refuge, Foz do Iguacu

(4.3/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is a trail with a guide, which lasts about 3 hours, in which you step through nurseries with rescued animals: roadkill, victims of trafficking or mistreatment. Most back to nature. It takes a willingness to walk, but nothing too heavy, you can take children.
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  • Very tiring and boring. Few animals to see, long track, the guide talks too much and as the ride is guided you have to keep waiting. I was with my son and 1 year and a half, a terrible heat, on the trail have toilets but no changing table for babies. It is not allowed to consume food on the sidewalk, my son was angry hungry and the track didn't end ever. It was a 2 hour ride. I found totally expendable, you better go in the waterfalls and in the bird park.
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  • 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 »