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Foz is one of Brazil's top tourist attractions, renowned for the famous Iguašu Falls.  There is a total of 275 individual falls that occupy an area more than 3km wide and 80m high, making it wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls - and more beautiful than both. 

The town of Foz is very close to the Iguašu Falls and shares a border with Argentina and Paraguay. 

Foz do Iguašu is a small Brazilian town with a population of approximately 260,000 that has grown around the famous Iguašu falls. It lies on the edge of the Iguašu river and the Paranß river, which separate Brazil from Argentina and Paraguay. From the center of Foz you can reach the borders to Argentina and Paraguay within 25 minutes.

In Foz you'll not only meet Brazilians, but probably also Argentineans and Paraguayans who cross the border by bus to come to school in Brazil every day - an international town!!

Most of the local economy is based on tourism, so there is plenty for you to do here. There are bars, restaurants, cinemas and bowling to keep you entertained and mixing with the lively locals. The natural setting of the town is beautiful and the people are friendly, accommodating and interesting to talk to. Avenida Brasil, the avenue in the center of town, is brimming with jewellery stores, edgy boutiques, travel agencies and a stretch of river front.

Foz do Iguašu has the added bonus that it is very close to the sublime Iguašu Falls. Wider than Victoria Falls, higher than Niagara and more beautiful than both, photos and words cannot do justice to this awe-inspiring feat of nature. It must be seen - and heard! - to be appreciated. Foz attracts thousands of local and international visitors each year , most of whom spend an average of two days at the Falls, seeing them from both the Brazilian side and the Argentinean sides. The decision as to which country offers the best side of the Falls always promotes a lively debate amongst locals, who will be determined to 'win' you over. Make sure that you experience both sides so that you can decide for yourself! 

Evenings in Brazil will typically start with dinner at around 9 or 10 pm, usually at a local 'Churrascaria'. This is a traditional Brazilian BBQ where you'll help yourself to a buffet of salads, pastas and potatoes. Smartly dressed waiters then circulate the restaurant with an endless variety of flame grilled meat for you to choose from, which will be sliced straight onto your plate. A spoonful of Manioc flour (made from the locally grown cassava root) is then sprinkled on top of the meat. This gives a unique, slightly salty flavouring and is strangely more-ish! Your plate can be replenished again and again!!

Authentic experiences such as these are a great way to eat out affordably and provide the best opportunities to try out the variety of Brazilian cuisine available. Dinner is commonly washed down with a couple of beers or cocktails, and then its time to let the music take over! Nightlife, even in the smaller regions like Foz, doesn't get going until at least midnight, where live music and dancing are nearly always the focus. You'll soon find yourself picking up the infectious Samba beat!

The proximity of Argentina means that you can also experience the traditional way of life here. Past volunteers have even crossed the border for a night out - a good way to rack up some extra stamps in your passport!

Foz has a subtropical climate, reaching 35║C in the height of summer, whilst winter is a more bearable 5║C - 22║C.

Bird Park: The bird park in Foz is located close to the entrance to the falls and contains many rare and colourful birds in aviaries and enclosed walkways, enabling you to get up close to many exotic species without netting. As well as over 500 birds there are a variety of snakes, butterflies and crocodiles. 

Iguašu Falls: As above, make sure that you visit both the Brazilian side and the Argentinean side. If you are feeling adventurous, there are many sporting activities on offer at the falls. You can do a bungee jump, have a go at abseiling, try your hand at rock climbing, hire bikes, follow a guided trail, take a boat trip or fly across the falls on a helicopter flight!

Itaipu Dam: Visit the huge Itaipu Dam and Hydroelectric project which altered the course of the Paranß River. This incredible structure took 30,000 people seven years to complete and now provides 25% of Brazil's electricity. It is the largest of its kind in the world. The dam was built in order to use the water from the Paranß river more effectively to help both Brail and Paraguay have enough water for cattle, factories, industries and crops. Millions of visitors from around the globe have taken the guided tour to learn about the dam's construction.

In the region surrounding Foz there is also a local golf course, water park and if you feel the need, a casino! With the lively nightlife and variety of restaurants in Foz itself you won't be short of things to do in this area. 

The Iguašu Falls is an immense natural wonder dwarfing even Niagara Falls with its beauty and power. Among the most spectacular sights in South America are the Iguašu Falls. They are located on a stretch of the Iguašu River that forms the boundary between Brazil and Argentina. 

At two and a half miles wide these horseshoe-shaped falls are four times the width of Niagara Falls in North America. The falls divide into some 275 separate cascading waterfalls catching the light and creating a kaleidoscope of rainbows in their spray.

Many of the individual falls are broken midway by protruding ledges. The deflected water and the spray that arises cause this barrage of rainbows to glisten ethereally over this natural majesty. From the foot of the falls, a curtain of rainbow-colored mist rises 500 feet into the air.

In 1986 the area surrounding falls was declared a UNESCO Natural Heritage site, and two national parks were created on either side of the falls for the preservation of the natural setting. Within these parks there are approximately 225 hectares of tropical forest, with rich and varied vegetation and many endangered wildlife species. The park entrance fee is used to maintain and preserve the area. Tourists on the Argentine side have complete freedom of movement, whereas there are restrictions on the Brazilian side. From the Brazilian shore, the falls can be seen in their entirety. On the Argentinean side, boat trips taking you up to the 'Devil's throat' are popular - even if you are wearing waterproofs you will be drenched after being in the spray for a matter of seconds!

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