Itaipu Dam

Itaipu Dam, Foz do Iguacu: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Itaipu Dam Reviews: 4.5/5

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About
Largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, Itaipu is the current world record holder in power generation and is considered one of the 7 wonders of modern engineering. Built on the Parana River, the seventh largest river in the world, between Brazil and Paraguay, it is 8 km wide, has a maximum height of 196 m and a lake of 1350 km². Itaipu enchants not only for the dimensions and technical aspects, but also for being a vanguard in sustainability and tourism, with several options of visits, from the classic Panoramic Tour and the award-winning Special Tour, that leads to the interior of the plant, to boat trips on the lake and night tours of the plant. Visiting Itaipu is to know, closely, what human capacity can accomplish.
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wdl
Sunnyvale, CA492 contributions
Educational
Oct 2019
We did the panoramic tour; the engineering tour would require all participants to be over 15, so we would not be able to bring our daughter.

This is a educational tour and will probably wow some more than others. Our teens definitely didn't consider the most memorable part of our trip to Foz do Iguacu, but played along pretty well.

The panoramic started with a shuttle taking you to the main view area, where we have a front view of the dam with several posters bringing facts about the dam construction and about hydroelectric dams in general. That particular day, the water level was particularly low, so there was not much in terms of "action" (no water flowing from the dam, which typically happens with water at higher levels). In addition, the little exhibit on site was interesting but a little poor. It could take some hints from other engineering sites in the word, like the London Bridge or the Golden Gate bridge, with organized displays and mini museums. Maybe in the future.

The panoramic tours actually starts from the main view, and go all the way to the dam itself. This part is more interesting: as you get closer to the dam, the better impression you have of the scale of things there. Things are really gigantic and you wonder the amount of trouble to manufacturing one large screw. The tour bus traverses the top of the dam, so you can have a panoramic view from the dam. It ends in an area to pick up refreshments before backtracking all the way to main viewing area.

In general, I thought the tour was nice, but I can see how uneventful it can be for some. It would be nice to have some better organization of displays and exhibits, and explanatory materials, taking hints on some of engineering marvels around the word, like the golden gate bridge or the london tower. Itaipu history and construction is definitely no less interesting than of these more known places, so I see a lot of potential for improvements.

One last comment and food for thought. Itaipu is actually the second largest hydroelectric dam in the world and used to be first for a long time until China's three gorge dam. It used to be the poster child of Brazil greatness and engineering prowess in the late seventies but also proved to be problematic, given the high costs of its constructions, its effect on environment (it changed the behavior of fishes) and risks of leakage (years ago, water overflowing the dam flooded a city in Argentina, which was completely reconstructed, paid by Itaipu). If history repeats, I wonder how much we will hear about these stories in Three Gorges in China.
Written September 21, 2020
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Nicholas N
Copenhagen, Denmark722 contributions
Impressive
Mar 2020
This massive dam is the nr. 1 power producing dam. It's impressive how big this dam is and definitely worth seeing.
Written March 19, 2020
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Amanda S
Ascot, UK90 contributions
Panoramic tour
Mar 2020 • Couples
We went to Itaipu and was only able to do the panoramic tour as we had a flight booked for the afternoon. This is mostly a bus tour with 1 opportunity to get off and take photos. The tour guide spoke in both Portuguese and English and explained the volumes of water in the dam and the electricity produced. The tour only lasts and hour but I’m my opinion very much worth it.
Written March 19, 2020
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Christian P
3 contributions
Incredible Industrial tourism
Mar 2020
The largest hydroelectric dam in the world. You should book in advance the Engineer tour forbidden to children under 15 years old. They give you your helmet at the end of tour. For the non Engineer people take the panoramic bus tour. Also very impressive. A must see anyhow
Written March 18, 2020
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Mu Z
Lake Oswego, OR204 contributions
Civil Engineering at its best
Jan 2020
I took the afternoon excursion as an option on a 1/2 day Brazilian side falls tour. It was well worth it. I only wish I had booked ahead and taken the full technical dam tour. You hop onto a double decker bus for the panoramic views for a couple of hours which is narrated by a guide. The short video in the information center showcases the cooperative joint venture required by the neighboring countries to create the world's largest hydroelectric plant. After viewing both sides of the falls, it was a nice contrast between nature and man made structures. The added bonus was spotting capybaras and a variety of interesting birds including owls on the grounds.
Written March 6, 2020
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kazganymede
Oyster Bay, Australia294 contributions
book the special tour
Feb 2020
This enormous dam is an engineering marvel, straddled on the river between Brazil and Paraguay. The special technical tour saw us don hardhats in order to enter the dam, viewing the control room, turbines and other areas.
As the dam is quite a long way from Foz, one should book the special tour which also incorporates the panorama tour. Not cheap but well worth it.
Written February 29, 2020
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Mike C
Narberth, UK42 contributions
Impressive engineering
Feb 2020 • Friends
We took a panoramic trip around the exterior of the dam which included an interesting and informative 10 minute film in Portuguese with English subtitles. It is hard not to be impressed at the numbers and scale of the project. Not a life-changing experience but well worth the R$40 entry cost and 2 hours spent there. A nice contrast to the natural wonders of the nearby Iguazu falls.
Written February 28, 2020
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alisonbenson7
Urmston, UK187 contributions
An impressive structure
Feb 2020 • Solo
We booked on the circular panoramic tour. They do offer tours inside too. You begin be watching a short video about the construction and the man power needed to create such an impressive landmark. Then you board a bus to take you to a viewing point over looking the dam. After that you get back on the bus and it takes you around the top of the dam to see the water and structure up close
Written February 28, 2020
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Andrius
Vilnius, Lithuania158 contributions
Worth a visit
Feb 2020 • Solo
Worth a visit if you are in Foz or nearby. Basic tour with a bus stopping for some pictures, takes about 45 min. Impressive structure.
Written February 18, 2020
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cmx51
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany109 contributions
Impressive
Feb 2020 • Solo
Born in the late 70s, I wasn't around when it was built and the international hype about it was all over the media. The facts and figures delivered during the one hour movie and bus tour I did are remarkable. The sheer size and dimensions of the plant is hard to grasp. An absolute must when in Foz.
Written February 10, 2020
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