Foz do Iguaçu and the Iguazú Falls
May 16–19, 2019
Iguazú Falls or Iguaçu Falls—no matter how you spell it—is touted as one of the most beautiful places in the world! Visitors have used words like exhilarating, exciting, enchanting, and an outstanding natural wonder when describing their visit to the spectacular falls.
A section of the majestic Iguazu Falls is located in the interior of the Iguaçu National Park, an area of nature preservation. The other section is located in Iguazú National Park, in Argentina. The entire system of falls encompasses 275 waterfalls in the middle of the Paranaense Forest, near the mouth of the Iguaçu River in the waters of the Paraná River, where the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet. The word Iguaçu means “vast water” in the indigenous dialect Tupi-Guarani. Established as a National Park in 1939, the protected area around the Iguaçu Falls nestles a wide range of rich fauna and flora. Visitors can be lucky enough to gaze animals like jaguars, purple-chest parrots, alligators, and protected species of monkeys and coatis, symbols of the park. Among the vegetation you certainly will not be disappointed with the richness of the exuberant nature.
Your first day on this trip will start in Foz de Iguaçu where you will be met by your local guide who will take you to your hotel. From there you may enjoy a relaxing day and evening on your own at your leisure.
Day two will be spent at Parque das Aves (Bird Park) & Brazilian Falls Tours. The day starts with a 1.5-hour visit to Bird Park, an internationally recognized rescue and conservation center for birds, located in the middle of the rich and exuberant Atlantic Rainforest. Experience the native flora and fauna firsthand by following the trails through the forest, where you will have the exclusive opportunity to get up close to native Brazilian bird species, some of which are classified as endangered.
After visiting Bird Park, you will depart for a four-hour tour of the falls on the Brazilian side—some of the best views of the falls! Arriving at the falls, you will take a descending trail down the canyon, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of more than 240 falls. Then, board a glass elevator, which takes you to a platform where more exquisite views will be revealed. Your day will end back at your hotel where you may enjoy dinner at your leisure.
Day three includes a seven-hour Argentinian Falls tour. After breakfast at your hotel, you will depart from the hotel and cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, enjoying its lovely view of the Iguassu Canyon heading towards the Iguazú National Park in Argentina. At the entrance, a small train takes you on a tour through the park, making two stops: one to the upper circuit and another to the lower circuit. Follow the walkways to the top of the waterfalls, which provides spectacular views of the Cataratas (falls) set among the abundant nature filled with orchids, colorful birds, and other wildlife. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the Garganta do Diabo (Devil’s Throat) waterfall, the largest of the waterfalls in the park. After completing the visit of the Argentina side of the falls, cross the border and back to your hotel. Your evening is at your leisure.
Day four is a day to explore Foz do Iguaçu on your own or sleep in before you depart for Rio de Janeiro. Wake up and enjoy breakfast at the hotel. In due time, your local guide will accompany you to the IGU airport to embark on your flight to Rio de Janeiro (flight not included).
Included in the cost of trip:
- Transportation from IGU (Foz do Iguaçu) airport to hotel
- Transportation from hotel to IGU airport
- Transportation by private vehicle with local English-speaking guide during tours
- Breakfast at hotel.
- Three nights at Wyndham Foz do Iguaçu hotel or similar.
Not included in the cost of trip:
- Domestic or international air transportation. Upon registration for trip, you will have the option to work with AKORN travel to help book your international and domestic flights.
- Lunch and dinners are not included in the tour. There will be time on the trips for you to have lunch; please plan on bringing a means of payment.
- Tips for guides, drivers and hotel staff
- Room tax is not included; tax can be paid directly
- Extras at hotels (laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.)
- Transportation from Rio’s International Airport–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport to hotel in Rio.
- Any other items not mentioned above
Costs (in US Dollars)
Single: $395 USD
Double: $295 USD
Guests of Conference Attendees:
Single: $395 USD
Double: $295 USD
Minimum: 4 (Please note if we do not have at least four register for this trip, the trip will be cancelled. Fees for trip will be refunded. We will notify of cancelation by April 15.)