As the largest operating facility in terms of energy output, the Itaipu Dam and Dam has been named one of the seven modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. This hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River is located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.
You'll have to sign up for the Tourist Excursion tour to enjoy a panoramic view from the Central Belvedere (central tower). From this vantage point, you'll realize the dam's truly gigantic size as you walk along the dam. Then, you can stroll along the top of the immense concrete wall for a view of the reservoir.
To visit the inside of the power plant, you'll have to book the Special Tour Circuit, which also includes access to Central Belvedere. Inside, the building's hollow shape is reminiscent of cathedral architecture, built on the former Paraná River bed. In the Production Building, you'll have the opportunity to view the command room that controls the turbines and generators, as well as the gigantic gallery where you'll view the generator covers. Your tour around this dam enables you to see the channel that passes water from the turbines back into the river.
Children under 14 years are not permitted inside the facilities, and sandals, high-heeled shoes, flip-flops, and shorts are not permitted anywhere during your visit. For Itaipu Dam and beyond, use our Foz do Iguacu online holiday planner to get the most from your Foz do Iguacu vacation.
Tours to Itaipu Dam
Brazilian Falls, Bird Park and Itaipu Dam from Foz do Iguaçu BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $76
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Itaipu Dam Reviews
Mesmo sendo uma obra de engenharia incrível, com as comportas fechadas não tem tanto para ser visto. Talvez o passeio ao interior da Usina (que não fizemos) valha mais a pena. more »Even though it's an incredible engineering work, the closed floodgates don't have so much to be seen. Perhaps the ride inside the plant (which we did not) is worth more.
Usina Hidrelétrica de Itaipu é uma usina hidrelétrica binacional localizada no Rio Paraná, na fronteira entre o Brasil e o Paraguai. A barragem foi construída pelos dois países entre 1975 e 1982, onde... more »Itaipu Hydroelectric power Plant is a binational hydroelectric plant located on the Paraná River, on the border between Brazil and Paraguay. The dam was built by the two countries between 1975 and 1982, where each country was 50% of the production, but Paraguay consumes only 10%, so Brazil buys the remainder. The day we visited the floodgates were not all open, which was a pity. We did the panoramic tour, because we were with elderly people, has 4 types of tours.
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