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Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant

Avenida Tancredo Neves, 6702, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana, Brazil
+55 45 3529-2892
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Type: Dams
Description: This massive hydroelectric dam, the world's largest, supplies 90% of Paraguay's energy and 25% of Brazil's.
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Being an engineer, I quite enjoyed the massiveness of this project. Only issue, we thought it would be a bilingual tour but only in Portuguese. Not much to do while waiting for the tour bus to leave the visitor center. Be sure to pay for your parking when you buy you tour ticket or you end up going back.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The Itaipu Dam is the world's second largest hydroelectric power station, and the one that produces most electricity. It is an impressive structure with a height of 200 meters. We visited the dam when the river was low, which was a memorable experience, but if you are looking for a unique “wow” experience I would suggest that you visit the... More

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beijing, china
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We've been to a few famous Dam, namely The Three Gorges in China and Hoover Dam between NV and AZ and Kurobe Dam in Toyama, Japan. However, this is the only time we get to go inside the Dam and experience the turbine running beside us! Highly recomended! Must book ahead else, you may not get a spot for the... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Even though I visited during a drought! there was still a lot to learn and see. I did the 'special tour' into the actual power plant to see the generators. It was a great experience, I was the only English speaker on the tour so I was given my own guide who had amazing English. The guides have often spent... More

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london
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Yes, 180 meters deep (the reservoir) 14 GW installed, 20 turbines (10 for Paraguay and 10 for Brasil) a quantity of rocks useful to build a road up to New York, A quantity of steel needed for 380 tour eiffels. Great work and a peaceful environment to look at. The only? problem is the ecosystem completely changed and the people... More

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Blythburgh, United Kingdom
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We did the 'special' tour of Itapu that included access to interior areas of the plant like the turbine hall and the control room gallery. At this point I may have to admit to being on a nerdy busman's holiday (as during my day job I'm a tour guide at Sizewell B nuclear power station). The tour was fantastic though.... More

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Hermosillo, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We had a very good and complete explanation about how the power plant works and how it was built. And admire the most important of its kind in the whole world, just amazing. It provides power to 25% of Brazil !

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Curitiba, PR
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

There are three different tours into the ITAIPU hydroelectric power plant. We chose one which allowed us to enter into the buildings where we could see the engines and devices involved on producing electricity from water. It was a very interesting tour. This is an unique opportunity of seeing a great engineering piece of art!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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91 reviews 91 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a essentially a bus trip with a few stops to walk around on your own. The size of the dam is amazing! We were truly blown away. The bus also takes you across the Brazil boarder into Paraguy (but you'll not need your passport - so no stamps either). If you have the time and you are on... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you have never seen how they turn raw natural power from a river into electricity to light your home, this is a great chance to do so. This place is huge and well worth the stop when in the area.

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