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Bela Vista Ecological Refuge

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Address: Av. Tancredo Neves, 6702 | Itaipu, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana, Brazil
Phone Number:
0800 645-4645

Daily (except Tue) 08.30am-3.30pm (booking needed)

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Simple but very nice!

I had a great tour guide and enjoyed the walk! It was about 2 kilometers and passed through the forest, the animals' habitats, and some of Itaipu's sustainability features... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Melanie M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great tour guide and enjoyed the walk! It was about 2 kilometers and passed through the forest, the animals' habitats, and some of Itaipu's sustainability features. Everyone on the tour got to plant a seed that will eventually be used for the reforestation efforts. We also passed by the dam itself in the bus to the refuge,... More 

Thank Melanie M
Florianopolis, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

It is a simple and an amazing attraction. The ecological Refuge is the place injured animals are rescued to.

Thank Leogarin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

One of the greatest tours ever. Honestly it was only the five of us so it was a VIP tour with the managers of the guides!!!! Arthur has been working for 11 years as a guide at the refuge and he is the manager now. He was very good with his English and personal with the kids! I'm very impressed... More 

Thank Filipe F
Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, SP
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

The refuge reserve is very nice but the part that they have for tourists to come see the animals isn't worth it. I understand their good intentions however it's a zoo without exotic animals. They have almost exactly the same animals as the free city zoo however the reserve gives you a tour guide and the cages are much more... More 

Thank Sungil F
Chelsea, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2015

I don't like zoos. This is not a zoo. It is run by the Binational project that operated Itaipu. Animals who are injured, often by poachers, orphaned, or ill are brought here to recover and if possible be released back to the wild. If they cannot be rehabilitated they remain at the Reserve. There are many projects for the preservation... More 

1 Thank ToniV1
Bermondsey, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

We had an amazing time with our very good English guide "Diego". He made the tour very interesting and had a lot of stories to tell. He spoke excellent English and had a great sense of humor! Everytging was very well organised and there was always someone there to help.

2 Thank BVD725
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

It is a very interesting attraction, with plenty of animals that were rescued from traffickers. Just be aware of the weather because the tour can be cut short or canceled if it is raining or the wind is too strong.

2 Thank AgulhasNegras
Pereira, Colombia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2014

We had a super guide who really burned for the Project and was able to explain in Spanish and English. That made the day perfect for the tour. We ended up seeing the Jaguars late afternoon close to feeding time - extraordinary and very interesting

Thank jorn l
Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

The refuge takes care of illegaly trafficked animals, mainly birds, recovered by the police and usually in bad conditions. The tour consists in a ride in a sympathetic "trolley", a video and a trail in the middle of the forest (reforested), passing through some animals, like in a zoo. The highlights of the tour are the jaguars. If they are... More 

4 Thank LeoGM

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