Itaipu Dam Tours

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Set near the convergence of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, Itaipu Dam is considered one of the World’s Seven Modern Wonders, clocking in at 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometers) long and 65 stories high. With a maximum flow up to 40 times more powerful than nearby Iguassu (Iguaçu) Falls, the dam’s hydroelectric power plant produces roughly 20 percent of Brazil’s electricity. 

The Basics
Most tours of Itaipu Dam include a catamaran ride on Itaipu Lake and allow you to take in views from the observation deck and spillway, while some options also include a technical tour of the hydroelectric power plant. Don’t miss the Bela Vista Biological Sanctuary, which features a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) walk around the Piracema Canal and harbors animal species such as jaguars, quati, alligators, king vultures, and snakes. Nearby, the Casimiro Montenegro Filho Astronomical Pole features a planetarium, observatory, and an observation platform that allow travelers to view the night sky. Itaipu Dam tours typically leave from Puerto Iguazú or Foz do Iguaçu, and are frequently combined with excursions to the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Itaipu Dam is a must-see for first-time visitors to the Iguassu Falls area. 
  • Be sure to dress appropriately; sandals, high heels, miniskirts, and shorts are not allowed. 
  • The visitor complex at the dam is fully wheelchair accessible and has a tactile floor to aid travelers with decreased vision.

How to Get There
Most visitors arrive at Itaipu Dam via prearranged tour. Cabs are available from downtown Foz do Iguaçu, and car parking is available for independent travelers. To get there via public transportation, take the Conjunto C Norte or Conjunto C Sul bus lines, which depart from the central Foz do Iguaçu terminal. 

When to Get There
You can visit Itaipu Dam year-round. Twice a week, there is a nighttime light show from the Central Lookout, which features music and views of the dam illuminated by nearly 1,000 spotlights and light fixtures. 

Itaipu Dam History
The Itaipu hydroelectric plant marks the spot where an epic cascade was once the centerpiece of Guaira Falls National Park. The Seven Falls of Guaira (actually 18 cascades on the Parana River, gushing twice as much water as Niagara Falls) were drowned in 1982 when the dam was under construction. The national park was dissolved and the cliffs were destroyed with dynamite to ensure safer navigation on the new Itaipu Lake.
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Address: Avenida Tancredo Neves 6702, Foz de Iguacu, Brazil
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Itaipu Dam Half-Day Sightseeing Tour from Foz do Iguaçu

Visit Itaipu Dam, the largest functioning hydroelectric power plant in the world, during this 4-hour outing from Foz do Iguaçu. Learn about this excellent example of modern architecture from your knowledgeable local guide, as well as its environmental impact, its construction and its importance in the lives of the Paraguayan and Brazilian people. Round trip transportation from Foz do Iguaçu hotels is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Itaipu Dam Tour with Catamaran Ride

Learn about the Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam during a 6-hour educational tour and catamaran ride. With your local guide, tour the dam, including the observation deck and the spillway, or opt to upgrade the tour to include a tour inside the facilities (additional expense). Board a catamaran to sail out on Itaipu Lake to get a panoramic perspective of the dam, which spans 5 miles (8km) of waterfront between Brazil and Paraguay. Learn about the dam's role in providing power for both countries, as well as its local provisions for protecting wildlife. Round-trip transportation from both Foz do Iguaçu and Puerto Iguazu is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Itaipu Lights Evening Tour

Get a sense of the raw power coming from Itaipu Dam during this dramatically lit nighttime presentation. During this 3-hour event, watch the water-powered turbines work while illuminated by almost 1000 spotlights and light fixtures. Listen to a custom-composed soundtrack that further heightens the drama of the presentation and watch a documentary detailing the operations of the dam. Round-trip transportation from most Foz do Iguaçu and Puerto Iguazu hotels is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Itaipu Lake Catamaran Ride

Cruise on Itaipu Lake, with view of the 5-mile (8-km) long Itaipu Dam, aboard a catamaran. During this 2-hour activity, board a luxury power catamaran to explore the lush scenery around the lake. Fully-equipped with a bar, restaurant, solarium and spacious decks, this catamaran can accommodate up to 200 people and allows up-close views of the impressive dam linking Brazil and Paraguay. Round-trip transportation from most Puerto Iguazu and Foz do Iguaçu hotels is included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls and Itaipu Dam Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Puerto Iguazú

Pair a tour of Brazil's Iguaçu National Park with a visit to Itaipu Dam during this full-day sightseeing tour from Puerto Iguazú. Cross the border from Argentina into Brazil to take a guided tour of the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, including the best views of Devil's Throat. Head over to Itaipu Dam to view the biggest hydroelectric power plant in the world.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Iguassu Falls All-Inclusive Overnight Tour of the Brazilian Side and Itaipu Dam

Explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls and Itaipu Dam during this all-inclusive, two-day tour. With a knowledgeable local guide, see the highlights of the spectacular falls and learn about the history of the mighty hydroelectric dam. Round-trip airport transfer and 3-star hotel accommodations are included.
  • Duration: 2 days
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