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A more diverse ecological setup compared to the area around the Iguazu Falls is hard to find. There are several attractions in the place that point to the biodiversity that exists in the region with the thousands of plant and animal species, most of which are rarely found elsewhere.
The Eco Museum located in Iguazu Falls, displays the Itaipu Bi-national trajectory. It is the biggest hydroelectric power plant in terms of the amount of energy generated. The museum is open between 8:30 to 11:30 am in the morning and 2 pm to 5:30 pm in the evening. It explains the interactional panels of the power plant step by step.
There are many tours across the Iguazu river which include this famous museum which was built in the same house where Moises Bertoni, a famous Swiss researcher lived during the 20th century. The adventure usually starts in a yatch crossing the Iguazu River and leads tourists to the famous museum. Visitors follow the trail to the museum after arriving at the banks of the Parana River. There are personal objects, books, photographs, machines and historical registers maintained by Moises Bertoni.
This is one of the best places to visit to appreciate the diversity of the place. This is one of the most well preserved ecosystem structures in the Iguazu Falls neighborhood. The Itaipu Bi-national was instrumental in creating this ecological preserve to protect animals that were endangered by the construction of the power plant. It is located adjacent to Iguazu Falls downtown. The visit to the sanctuary in the form of tours takes around 2 hours that are conducted from Monday to Saturday.
Many specialized guides take visitors through different routes, providing them with knowledge about the environment. On your trip you will enjoy a walk through the forest for sightings of rare species of animals like coatis, turtles, jaguars and snakes. Coati is a raccoon like creature mostly found in South America with a ringed tail and flexible snout.
Special tours are organized in the Iguazu National Park which is home to around 350 species of birds, 250 species of butterflies and 50 mammals. Bird watchers go for this 4 hours tour in open jeeps with binoculars and bird watcher guides. The 17 hectare area of Birds Park is another ecological preserve where wild life enthusiasts are thrilled to view more than 180 species of birds. The park also has 25 species of butterflies and a reptile sector where one can spot alligators and snakes too.
Also known as Guarani Woods Zoo, this place is a prime example of environmental education and tourism. There are as many 20 enclosed areas in the 40,000 square meters. Visitors can follow different trails to enjoy sightings of macaws, toucans, wildcats, monkeys, a thousand different native tress and 3 lakes. The zoo located at Rua Taroba is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 to 17:30. You can expect to find about 683 animals belonging to 49 different species.