Foz do Iguacu: The City
The city of Foz do Iguacu is just over 263,000. We stayed at a hotel on the outskirts of the city, close to Iguazu falls, even closer to Parques das Aves and right across the street from a wax museum.
My girls liked staying at a hotel because it had a pool with a water slide and a breakfast buffet. This was a nice change from the Airbnbs we stayed at in Peru.
Visitors to Foz do Iguacu use the city as a departure point to go shopping in Paraguay at a big center called the Mona Lisa. It is advertised on many billboards with a picture of the famous Mona Lisa painting, so I thought they were referring to a museum!
Outside our hotel, the street vendors were selling hammocks and coconut water that you drink right from the coconut. We tried the coconut water but were not big fans of it.
One day we took the public bus to the supermarket. It was uncomfortable as there was no A/C on the bus and it was quite hot and humid that day. We enjoyed the A/C in the supermarket and made it there and back without getting lost!
Iguazu National Park
The Iguazu falls are located in Iguazu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. People generally come to see the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian side (or by helicopter). We didn’t have visas to go into Argentina, so we stayed on the Brazilian side. A park bus will drive you to different points throughout the park. You can go hiking, go on a tour of the park’s flora and fauna, and even take a speed boat into the falls. We did the latter two and just loved the speed boat ride! Unfortunately, we didn’t take our camera with us on the boat ride.
We couldn’t get over how many butterflies were in the park. My daughter was overjoyed when two of them landed on her! On the bus, there were signs that said ‘Do no feed the coati’, but we didn’t know what a coati was or what it looked like. It wasn’t long before we came across one though!
Parque das Aves
The next day we went to Parque das Aves. It is basically like a zoo of birds, with a few other animals and butterflies as well. I loved seeing all the different kinds of birds. My younger daughter was happy, because the scarlet macaw was one of her favorite birds and she got to see one close up. I think my older one liked the ice cream the best 🙂
While I recommend seeing the falls and Parque das Aves, 2 days at Foz do Iguacu is more than enough. Next, it’s onto Rio de Janiero!