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Discovering Foz do Iguaçu and Itaipu Binacional

The idea of ​​visiting the region of Foz do Iguaçu appeared in a bar in Lapa during the backpacking trip in Rio de Janeiro. Then they still say that a bar table only comes out nonsense. No, it was a sensational idea and less than a year later Adolf and I put it into practice, on the holiday of September 7th!

Despite the 2h delay, the flight from São Paulo to Foz do Iguaçu (GOL – R$204) was very smooth and we arrived in the city at 3pm.

Foz do Iguacu airport

From there, like good backpackers, we decided to go to the city by circular bus. And here’s the tip: it’s very easy and it’s much cheaper than the R$40 taxi, it costs R$2.30. Just take the one with the TTU sign, which crosses the city to the urban terminal. We got off in front of our hotel, Turrance Green, which is well located, has rooms with balconies and is very good. The daily costs R$132 for two singles. As soon as we arrived, we left to explore the city…

the street of bars

Avenida Jorge Schimmelpfeng, next to our hotel, seems to be the hotspot in Foz do Iguaçu. Full of bars and restaurants, it has options for all tastes and pockets.

Foz do Iguaçu

Av. Jorge Schimmelpfeng

Foz do Iguaçu

Captain Bar

If you go to Capitão Bar, be sure to try the Bolinho de Feijoada, delicious for R$20 for four.

Foz do Iguaçu

Bean stew cookie

Itaipu Dam lighting

Visiting Itaipu Binacional is already one of the obligatory programs in Foz do Iguaçu, but every Friday and Saturday, at 8 pm, a spectacle takes place: the lighting of the dam. With an impactful soundtrack, out of nowhere all that “pitch” becomes an incredible mega wall. The energy used in the presentation would be enough to light a city of 15 thousand inhabitants. The tour (R$12) also includes a bus tour around the plant complex. It is important to book the ticket online, as there is a shortage of places at the time.

Foz do Iguaçu

Itaipu lighting

Foz do Iguaçu

Itaipu lighting

After the visit, we returned to the street of bars, where we ended the night…

Foz do Iguaçu

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Rafael Carvalho

A fan of chicken with okra and a good beer from Minas Gerais, he currently lives in São Paulo. He has a degree in Radio and TV, a postgraduate degree in Journalism and has been working with Digital Content for over 16 years. He has worked for companies such as SBT and Jovem Pan FM. Passionate about travel, he founded Esse Mundo É Nosso and travels around Brazil and the world all year round, always looking for tips to share.

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