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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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  • Did the special Circuit, which has age restriction and some requirements, such as closed shoes. For those who like engineering, architecture, or simply admiring the human ingenuity.
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  • I did the full tour and thanks. Have great tourist infrastructure and good guides. Very interesting to see the operation of the power plant and in your interior.
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  • The place is amazing , the largest dam in world, south brazil in general is very safe to visit, just take normal precautions and u will be fine, very different from violent citties like salvador and r...  more »