Side Trip: Parque das Aves – Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

It’s always wonderful to see animals in their natural habitat. Just outside the entrance to one of the most majestic natural wonders in the world—Iguaçu Falls—is a little gem that’s definitely worth a couple hours visit. The Parque das Aves (Bird Park) is Latin America’s largest, featuring gorgeous birds in every color of the rainbow. The park is located in the sub-tropical rainforest of the Brazilian state of Paraná, not far from the tres fronteras—the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay—near the middle of the South American continent.

Once inside the park, you can casually stroll through the different aviaries, which blend perfectly into the rainforest canopy high overhead. You actually share the space with exotic species such as parrots, macaws, lorikeets, flamingoes, and my favorites, toucans.  Surrounded by the intensely humid jungle with the sounds of squawking birds and the din of the waterfalls in the distance is a truly magical experience. The park also features a butterfly garden, where the brilliantly colored insects may actually land on you, and also has native reptiles like anacondas and alligators on display.

The purpose of the Parque das Aves is to promote educational activities and encourage conservation of the environment. They also advocate the captive breeding of species kept at the park, with a special emphasis on those in danger of extinction.

Admission: US$15 per person.

Where: Foz Tropicana, Av. Das Cataratas, km 17.1, Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil

When: Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For More Info: Check out their website.

Click here to read a story I wrote about Iguazu Falls!

Here’s a slideshow of some of the beautiful birds at the park: 

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