In the Guarani tongue, güirá oga means “bird house,” and at this rescue center you'll find scores of extravagantly plumed residents—toucans, macaws, parrots, parakeets, owls, eagles, guans, tinamous, and many more—flitting about their spacious jungle enclosures. Birds are brought to Güirá Oga for rehabilitation and possible future release.
This 49-acre (20-hectare) park is a refuge for a variety of injured wildlife beyond just birds. Admission to the park includes a guided tour of the property by one of the facility’s environmental educators. During these 90-minute tours, visitors learn more about the Iguazú forest environment while getting a closer look at some of the area’s 450 species of birds, as well as monkeys, anteaters, caimans, and capybaras.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Güirá Oga is a popular spot for families and animal lovers.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
- Much of the park is outdoors, so be sure to wear comfortable footwear and carry a rain jacket or umbrella.
- Güirá Oga is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
The park is conveniently located 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Puerto Iguazú, along the road to the waterfalls. The best way to reach the park is to drive or hire a taxi, possibly as a stop on the way to or from the falls.
When to Get There
The park is open daily throughout the year from 9am to 6pm, though the last tour of the day departs at 4:45pm. Since much of the facility is outdoors, plan to visit in the morning on a day with little or no rain in the forecast.
Güirá Oga Breeding Program
In addition to rescuing and rehabilitating injured and displaced wildlife, Güirá Oga also operates a successful breeding program for threatened and endangered species. More than 100 rare macuco birds have been born at the facility, as well as mountain guans, carayá (howler) monkeys, caí monkeys, and several other bird species.
Photo courtesy of Frank via Wikimedia Commons