Foz do Iguaçu
The city is based on two different industries, that of the local hydropower plant and tourism because of the Iguazu Falls. In fact, it is the second most visited leisure tourism destination (non-business destination) in Brazil (first is Rio). Thus, with the fluctuations of tourism the city has become very susceptible. Unemployment is a problem and one figure showed that 20% of the people live below the poverty line. With these conditions and the amount of money that flows through the town it shouldn't be surprising that crime, mainly pickpocketing, is a problem here. Traveler's should be careful of their things at all times.
In the city there really isn't much to see. Most of the major attractions take place just a few kms away, at the Iguazu Falls in one direction and at the Itaipu Dam down a different road. The main street is called Avenida Brasil which has many retail stores if you want to do a bit of shopping.
There is a large Mosque however within the city that is worth a peek if you find yourself with a little extra time. The Omar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque is the largest in Latin America.
Where to Stay
With over 100 hotels, this city should be able to accommodate you for the night, no matter what your budget needs.
Hostal Bambu: The staff in this place gets a lot of credit for being very helpful and friendly. Travelers themselves, they are great about giving honest advice and information. The kitchen is a bit of a let down, but the rest of the facilities are great with a nice pool area and a full bar. The bedrooms are also pretty nice (Rua Edmundo de Barros n 621)
In 2005 a proposal was made to change the name of the city to Foz do Iguassu (its original name at the city's founding in 1914). In the first debate the proposal was approved but then rejected in the second debate at the Town Hall.
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