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Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam
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Itaipu Dam Tour with Catamaran Ride
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“A nice contrast”
Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

While in Foz do Iguacu it was nice to visit a man made structure to contrast with the natural beauty of the waterfall.

I did the 1 hour panoramic tour and 1 hour biological reserve tour. If I went again I would just do the 2 hour specialty tour which takes you inside the dam (wear long trousers and closed toe shoes if you plan on doing this).

The dam is huge and the guides give you lots of fun facts. I enjoyed this part of the tour. They have put a lot of work into conserving the forest and wildlife which was good to see.

I would give the biological reserve a miss. I expected to see some free roaming wildlife, but this was just a zoo in the middle of the forest. The guide was very knowledgeable, enclosures were decent, but overall it was not what I expected.

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“Watch the lighting of the dam”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

My suggestion is to go in a friday or saturday evening, when you can watch the beatiful lighting of the dam, with music in the background. The visit also includes a panoramic tour in a bus through the main parts of the power plant exterior.

Visited January 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“A wonder of engineering”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

While in Foz, you may see one wonder of nature (the Iguassu Falls) and also this wonder of engineering which is Itaipu. Still the largest generator of renewable energy in the world, Itaipu offers several options for visits. The "Circuito Especial" consists of a panoramic tour of the outside and inside of the power plant. Everything there is huge: the dam, the turbine, the reservoir (or lake as they say), the pipes, the amount of water and energy produced. This visit is a must not only for engineers. Placing your hand on the ducts and feeling the water passing through and also watching the turbine which generates the energy you are using spinning is priceless. Well, the visit is quite expensive, but very recommended.

Visited January 2013
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“Itaipu is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

The Itaipu Dam is part of the list of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, established in 1995 by Popular Mechanics magazine, U.S.. This list was based on a survey conducted by the American Association of Civil Engineers (ASCE) between engineers from different countries. Itaipu is located on the Paraná River on the border between Brazil and Paraguay. Built from 1975 to 1982, Itaipu is today the largest power plant in the world. The tour is very well organized and interesting. Initially you watch a short documentary. After you enter a full tour by Itaipu. For scientists and engineers is possible to realize a technical visit.

Visited January 2013
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“amazing building”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

I did the busride upon the Dam and it was amazing!

Both - the nature you can admire:
The river, the lake
and this enormous building that generates lots of power for Paraguay and Brasil.

The busride took about 90 Minutes with a guide telling some stuff and two stops to take fotos.

Visited December 2012
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