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Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, Foz do Iguacu
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As the largest operating facility in terms of energy output, the Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam and Dam has been named one of the seven modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. This hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River is located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.

You'll have to sign up for the Tourist Excursion tour to enjoy a panoramic view from the Central Belvedere (central tower). From this vantage point, you'll realize the dam's truly gigantic size as you walk along the dam. Then, you can stroll along the top of the immense concrete wall for a view of the reservoir.

To visit the inside of the power plant, you'll have to book the Special Tour Circuit, which also includes access to Central Belvedere. Inside, the building's hollow shape is reminiscent of cathedral architecture, built on the former Paraná River bed. In the Production Building, you'll have the opportunity to view the command room that controls the turbines and generators, as well as the gigantic gallery where you'll view the generator covers. Your tour around this dam enables you to see the channel that passes water from the turbines back into the river.

Children under 14 years are not permitted inside the facilities, and sandals, high-heeled shoes, flip-flops, and shorts are not permitted anywhere during your visit. Make Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam a part of your Foz do Iguacu vacation plans using our Foz do Iguacu tour planner.
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  • Several tour options, internal and external. Paraguayan and brazilian side access with permission for the tourist meet all the operating gear of the power plant. Catamaran with views of beautiful pictures. Work of great magnitude with monitoring of bus tour guide, always giving us explanations of the historical part and working of the plant, in English and Portuguese.
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  • There is day ride which is wonderful, but the ride at night, with light show, is a must, to be moved.
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  • I went on a technical visit to the College. Excellent! Show all the history of the plant, its construction and curiosities. Excellent view as Itaipu works closely, I had no idea that the visit is so good! Worth it, especially for those who enjoy building and better understand how energy is generated. Recommend to all ages! I visited in 2012.
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