Sprawled across the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Iguassu Falls is one of South America’s most celebrated natural wonders. But the mighty falls aren’t the only attraction in the region. Here are some nearby points of interest to add to your itinerary.
After you’ve experienced the natural power of the falls up close, pay a visit to Itaipu Dam to learn about how that power is harnessed at one of the world’s great engineering marvels. Tours of the dam, one of the World’s Seven Modern Wonders, include a walk-through the hydroelectric plant, as well as time to soak in the views of the impressive spillway from an observation deck.
Parque das Aves (Bird Park)
While the tropical birds of Brazil’s rainforests can be tough to spot in the wild, you can see around 150 species, including parrots, toucans, flamingos, and lorikeets, at the largest aviaries in South America. Combine a visit to the Bird Park, the Itaipu Dam, and the Brazilian side of the falls into a single guided tour.
Three Borders Landmark
The triple border of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay is marked by the natural boundaries of the Parana and Iguassu rivers; each side has its own monumental obelisk, painted in the colors of its flag, marking the end of its land. Certain guided city tours include a visit to this monument.
Brazil is a culturally diverse country, and that’s especially on display at the many spiritual monuments and institutions in Foz do Iguacu. Built by Chinese communities in this tri-border region, the Buddhist Temple is among the largest meditation centers, and places for Buddhist study, in Latin America. The views from the temple are alone worth the visit.