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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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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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  • A huge structure that took decades to complete. At the time of its construction it was the biggest dam in the world although it has since being overtaken by the 3 Gorges dam in China. It supplies abou...  more »
  • I did the special tour at Itaipu and thought it was worth it. Only go to Itaipu if you have planned to stay one full day on the Argentine falls and at least half a day on the Brazilian falls. We had t...  more »
  • The Itaipu hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River on the border between Brazil and Paraguay is the world's second largest dam It is known for its nighttime light show and its 18 turbines.  more »