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tour inside the Itaipu Power Plant, Foz do Iguaçu

The Special Itaipu Tour at the Itaipu Power Plant It is one of those that far exceeds expectations.The world’s largest hydroelectric power plant in terms of generating clean and renewable energy is located in a neutral territory that belongs to both Brazil and Paraguay, called Itaipu Binacional.

It is one of Foz’s main attractions. do Iguaçu, the city of waterfalls in Paraná, southern Brazil.

This tour lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes and takes you to the heart of the plant, which is jaw-dropping with such grandeur and complexity.Seeing one of the giant turbines up close would be worth the tour.But there’s still so much more!

Check out how it isthe Itaipu Special, what you’ll see, why it’s worth it, how to buy the ticketand how to getto the Itaipu Power Plant.

Start of the tour at the Itaipu Power Plant, Paraná

How to get to the Itaipu Power Plant

The entrance to the Itaipu Binacional Complex is located approximately 12 kilometers from the center of Foz do Iguaçu.

  1. From bus: Lines 101, 102 and 104 pass at different points in the city.If they don’t stop at your starting point, take a bus to the Foz do Iguaçu Urban Transport Terminal and make the “connection”.You will not need to pay the ticket again, which costs R$3.90 (Aug/2021).Estimate about 45 minutes to get there, as the buses stop a lot in the neighborhoods.
  2. By taxi: It takes about 15 minutes and is better if you are in a group.Some contacts are Sinditaxi: +55 (45) 3524-6016 and Coopertaxi: +55 (45) 3524-6464
  3. From car: go to Av.Tancredo Neves, 6702. The Visitor Reception Center is at the end of the avenue, on the right.There is parking at R$20 per day (Aug/2019) for cars and motorcycles.If you need to rent a car to visit the region, compare prices from different rental companies through this link.It’s easy to use, to find the best price, it’s possible to pay in installments and pay only on collection.We’ve already noticed that the sooner you book, the better the prices.
  4. From excursion: one of the options is to hire the tour to the Plant, which does not include a ticket.

What is Itaipu Especial at the Itaipu Power Plant

The tour starts in the auditorium of the Tourist Reception Center and it is recommended that you arrive a little earlier.In addition to exchanging the ticket, it is necessary to leave your belongings in a locker, paid separately.

It costs BRL 10 for the regular one and BRL 20 for the large one (Aug/2020).Put the ID badge that was delivered at the ticket office and then just wait in the hall.Take the opportunity to see photos, maps, models and information available there.

The monitors open the auditorium doors and invite visitors to watch a short film about the history of the plant’s creation.

After this step, everyone goes through the metal detector and gets on a bus heading inside the Itaipu Power Plant.The trip is short, the bus is air-conditioned and has mineral water available.

The monitor provides more interesting details of the location, while mandatory safety equipment (helmets) is distributed.The bus passes two huge iron objects that were used at the time of construction and the Bosque dos Trabalhadores, where everyone who turns 15 in Itaipu plants a tree.

It also passes through the spawning channel. , made to reconnect the fish to the river.According to the monitor, only 2 of them would be enough to pass all the water of the average flow of the falls: each one has the capacity to transport 700 cubic meters of water per second.

Tip:place your hand on the ducts to feel the vibration of the water.

Then we head inland.

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Notice the giant conduits

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A We stayed at Hostel Poesia, which has great service and location.It’s 196 meters high (equivalent to a 65-story building) and you feel tiny inside.The reason for the majestic shape is explained during the visit and on panels in the spaces visited.We can see the old bed of the Paraná River láááá in the background.

  • We visit the Plant’s Central Command Room, with technicians from Brazil and Paraguay and a symbolic border between the two countries.She explains how their work routine works and the meticulous rotation between employees and supervisors.There are more than 25 thousand points monitored 24 hours a day.We can see the old analog controls (which currently work as a backup) and the digital ones.
  • We can see the huge power generators from above, in the Generators Gallery, highlighted by red circles, in uninterrupted operation.There are information panels at all points of visit.
  • We also visit the Transformers Gallery.There are 60 in total, 3 for each generator.
  • And the most impressive moment of Itaipu Especial at the Itaipu Power Plant: the axis of a turbine in full operation.We descend by a curious elevator that marks the altitude, not the floors, to an underground area where the giant turbines that weigh 1 million and 700 thousand kilograms each are.The heat and noise allow us to spend a little time there, but it’s enough to leave impressed by the power of the water.
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    Repair the cathedral shape

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    Trying to see the old bed of the Paraná River

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    Control Room

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    With “one foot in Brazil and the other in Paraguay”

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    Gallery of Generators

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    In operation

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    Transformers Gallery

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    Important detail: and beyond the countryside?

    The Itaipu tourThe Plant Special ends with the Itaipu Panorâmica, which passes through points outside the plant, such as the Itaipu reservoir lake, the spillway, the Central Viewpoint and others (depending on the time of the tour, this part is BEFORE the inside of the plant.Not to mention other awards in the tourism sector from renowned world bodies.

  • Because Itaipu is a masterpiece of engineering and we learn amazing things that place Brazil among the most important in the world in terms of energy generation.
  • Of course, a place of such importance would not be left out of our itinerary in Foz do Iguaçu.The only regret was having allocated time for only 3 tours (we also did the Kattamaram Tour at sunset), of those offered to the public.Discover all the tours of the Itaipu Plant.

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    How much does it cost and how to buy a ticket for the Special Circuit

    The Special Circuit at the Itaipu Power Plant has 8 hours a day, from Sunday to Thursday, and 12 hours on Fridays and Saturdays (see below).The tour lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes.

    1. At the ticket officeslocated in the Visitor Reception Center, right at the entrance to the Itaipu Power Plant.You can buy half an hour before and they accept cards.It costs BRL 128 (Aug/2020).
    2. Advance on the official site.The same is safe for shopping and very easy to navigate.You receive a voucher by email and exchange it at the ticket office before the tour.The advantageof buying in advance is the guarantee of a spot (which is limited to 25 people) at the time you’ve planned.Check it out here.

    Children from 0 to 6 years of age and those with physical disabilities do not pay admission.Children aged between 7 and 12, students, Brazilian teachers, people over 60, Brazilian regular blood donors and young people aged 15 to 29 registered with CadÚnico pay half price.

    Tips for those going do the Special Circuit

    1. It is not allowed to enter with bags and backpacks, camera cases and other objects.Luggage storage is paid separately, it costs BRL 10 for a regular size and BRL 20 for a large size (Aug 2020).
    2. Please note the rules of the Itaipu Special, you cannot enter in shorts , the minimum age is 14, wear closed shoes and don’t forget your ID.
    3. The tour is available in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

    Others tours in Itaipu Binacional

    In addition to the Special Circuit at the Itaipu Power Plant, there is the Panoramic Tour, which is faster and does not go inside the power plant, but only at the viewpoints and outdoor areas.There is the Kattamaramtour on the lake, the Ecomuseum, the Biological Refuge and the Astronomic Pole.throughout the day.You can also take an Electric Vehicle Test Drive, and there is Illumination of the Dam, a night tour, at 8 pm (9 pm in daylight saving time).

    In other words, it’s worth spending the whole day there.Even more, the infrastructure is excellent, the service is excellent and the restaurants and bistros have a full and varied menu.

    Discover all the tours of the Itaipu Power Plant.


    Extra tip:We took the tour of the plant at the last available time, at 15:30, to reconcilewith the tour of Kattamaram and see the sunset on the lake of the Itaipu reservoir, at 19:00.

    Then we ended our visit to Porto Kattamaram.

    The Tilapia with fries that we ordered cost R$36, the long neck beer was R$8.00, there were artisanal hamburgers for R$18 and several other more expensive or cheaper portions (values ​​from November 2017).

    >> Read also:7 reasons to go to the Foz do Iguaçu Wax Museum

    SERVI Ç O

    Itaipu Binacional

    • Av.Tancredo Neves, 6702 – Jardim Itaipu, Foz do Iguaçu – PR
    • +55 45 3576-7000 |[email protected]
    • Special Circuit Ticket: R$128 (Aug/2020)
    • From Sunday to Thursday there are 8 hours: the first is at 8:30 am, and the last at 3:30 pm.
    • Friday and Saturday there are 12 hours: the first is at 8:30 am and the last is at 3:30 pm.
    • Site |tickets

    What the Itaipu Special tour is like at the Itaipu Power Plant, Foz do Iguaçu – Paraná

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