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Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant

Address: Avenida Tancredo Neves, 6702, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 45 3529-2892
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Type: Dams, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This massive hydroelectric dam, the world's largest, supplies 90% of...
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Type: Dams, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This massive hydroelectric dam, the world's largest, supplies 90% of Paraguay's energy and 25% of Brazil's.
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Frankfurt, Germany
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Must see the ilumination of the usina If Im not mistaken only avilable on saturdays, its very pretty , and the guide explains all about the place and how was build etc.. Price is very cheap for what you get. An unique experience.

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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This is a gigantic infrastructure and the guided tour is very informative; most of the tourists spoke Portuguese or Spanish but our guide made a point of taking us aside and explaining things in English.

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Wilmslow UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

One hydroelectric is like any other. It's just used as a padding for tour operators to make the day seem more complete - try to talk your guide out of it and do something more interesting.

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Bytom, Poland
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Forget about panoramic tour, you need to visit the inside of the dam ("special tour", about every 2-3 hours), even if you're remotely interested in technology. The size of it all blows your mind. You get to see workers in the control room (which looks a little like James Bond supervillain's lair :-)) and you get as close as 2-3... More 

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Asunción, Central, Paraguay
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Itaipú Dam is definitely a feat of engineering worth visiting. The statistics on this thing are mind-boggling, even though much of the impressive stuff is not really visible on the surface. The tour was informative and the guide spoke good English, but there were one or two glitches (like, the video before the tour seized up a few times... More 

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Vernal, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The Itaipu dam is 10 times larger than the Flaming Gorge Dam! It is used solely for power generation, not water retention. In the center of a tropical area, the region does not need to retain water, but they do need the power for Paraguay and Brazil. It is one of the 7 man-made wonders of the world and well... More 

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Salvador, BA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

You can understand how the usina works in a trip inside of it. Really interesting, eventhough I am not an engineer.

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Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Itaipu offers a great tour of its premises with a structure similar to US and European parks (something a bit rare in this part of the world). With great infrastructure and well prepared guides, the tour is a must-see even in raining days (as was my case). Albeit a bit pricey, try the "Circuito Especial" tour in order to visit... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

excellent experience, extremely interesting. We visited the hydroelectric station, the ecologic reserve and the ecomuseum. All guides were very well prepared. They provided commentary in English, even if it was only for two people. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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Brasilia, DF
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

It is the second largest hydroelectric power station in the world, with total installed capacity of 14 GW, provided by 20 turbin units, although it is the number one in terms of annual energy generation: 98.6 TWh in 2013. The panoramic view tour is already interesting, but the special tour which guides you to get inside the power plant and... More 

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