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Top Choice Waterfall in Paraná

Parque Nacional do Iguaçu

Brazil's second-oldest national park, created in 1939, protects one of South America's most magical and majestic sights, Iguaçu Falls, part of the largest waterfall system in the world. The 1200m-long Trilha das Cat…
Top Choice Waterfall in Parque Nacional do Iguaçu

Cataratas do Iguaçu

Once you're in the park and ready to visit the falls, take the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu bus to the third stop at Hotel das Cataratas. Here you can pick up the main waterfall observation trail, Trilha das Cataratas …
Top Choice Dam in Foz do Iguaçu

Itaipu Binacional

With a capacity of 14 million kilowatts, this binational dam is the world's second-largest hydroelectric power station, and the one that produces the most electricity per year. The impressive structure, at some 8km …
Top Choice Brazilian in Curitiba

Manu

Manoella Buffara is Curitiba's hottest chef and her pedigree backs up her impressive creations, which appear on a nightly-changing tasting menu that relies heavily on regional farm cooperatives and the restaurant's …
Top Choice Museum in Curitiba

Museu Oscar Niemeyer

Designed by and named for the architect responsible for much of Brasília, this striking museum features an iconic eye-shaped tower painted with whimsical dancing figures in shadowy black. Rotating exhibits highlight…
Top Choice Bird Sanctuary in Foz do Iguaçu

Parque das Aves

This 5-hectare bird park, located 300m from the entrance to Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, is home to 800-plus species of birds, including red ibis, bare-throated bellbird, and flamingos galore. They live in 8m-high avi…
Top Choice Brazilian in Paranaguá

Casa do Barreado

In her own home a few blocks behind the historic district, Norma cooks up real-deal barreado (meat stew) true to its original recipe (simmered for 24 hours in an earthen clay pot), a less commercialized version than…
Top Choice Sweets in Foz do Iguaçu

Albayan Doceria Arabe

If you really want to immerse yourself in Foz de Iguaçu's MIddle Eastern culture, this divine sweet shop across from the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque in Jardim Central is the place to go. Rows and rows of classic Leva…
Top Choice Italian in Curitiba

Barolo

It's not located in Curitiba's touristy Italian neighborhood, yet this upscale trattoria is the real deal. The pasta – pick your type, then pick your sauce (priced separately) – is served in cast-iron pans and an ab…
Top Choice Seafood in Ilha do Mel

Mar e Sol

En route to the lighthouse, Mar e Sol serves spectacular fish, shrimp and crab moquecas (seafood stews; R$109 to R$255 for two), seafood risottos, and cheaper daily specials in individual portions. Junior, the local…