Foz do Iguaçu, a city in the State of Paraná is an absolute must-visit and one of the most rewarding stops no matter which route you take when exploring the south of Brazil.
Served by its own international airport, Foz do Iguaçu has a population of 265,000 people, known locally as Iguaçuenses. Situated on both the Paraguay and Argentina land borders, there is access to both neighbours via bridges over the Iguazu and Paraná rivers. The perfect sandwich between South American giants.
There are a lot of ‘very large’ attractions and great activities here. You simply have to stop and look around you to experience the natural wonders. In fact, ‘very large’ may underestimate the beauties that lie in Foz do Iguaçu.
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1. Concept Design Hostel
2. Tetris Container Hostel
3. Hostel Wanderlust
You will be left open-mouthed at the sight of the horizon filled with waterfalls cascading over miles of scenery. This incredible place is on every list of the world’s top natural wonders. Although man-made, even the immense hydroelectric dam at Itaipu is a sight to behold and well worth a visit. The scale of the structure is just mind-blowing.
Get active and enjoy hiking adventures in the jungle, boat trips, kayaking and rafting. Relax in tropical gardens then enjoy the serenity of a mosque or temple tour experience. There is enough going on here to keep even the most active travellers busy throughout any visit.
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For now, let’s focus on the hostels in Foz do Iguaçu and find you the ideal place to base yourself for the adventures and good times ahead. There are some great options.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Safety in Foz do Iguacu: Foz do Iguaçu is considered a safe city for tourists. As with any tourist destination, visitors should take the usual precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. Street crime, such as pickpocketing and theft, is the most common issue. Visitors should be mindful of their surroundings, avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and keep valuables out of sight.
Getting around in Foz do Iguacu: Foz do Iguaçu is a small city, and most of the attractions are within walking distance. If you’d like to explore further, there are plenty of options for getting around. The city has an extensive bus system which is cheap and reliable. Taxis are also available and are a good option if you need to get around quickly. For getting to attractions outside the city, you can rent a car or hire a tour guide.
These are our favorite hostels in Foz do Iguacu. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.
For a central location and high-end experience, look no further than Concept Design Hostel. With a modern, eco-sustainable style, deluxe interiors, and quality furnishings, this hostel offers everything for a stylish yet comfortable stay.
No matter your budget, you will be surrounded by comfort and have access to an array of facilities.
Enjoy quiet time in the reading room or TV room, relax in the expansive common areas, lounge on the terrace, cook home comforts in the communal kitchen, or make a splash in the outdoor pool.
When you get peckish, check out the bar for snacks and local drink specials. Enjoy a themed party night around the pool, then hit the late-night hotspots until the early hours.
You will find many restaurants, bars, and clubs close by. If you’re wanting to explore somewhere slightly further afield, just hop on the bus ad you can head anywhere in town quickly and cheaply.
Concept Design is definitely of the most stylish and well-appointed hostels in Foz do Iguaçu.
If quirky and cool is your thing, then Tetris Container Hostel is the place to be! Frequently named Brazil’s coolest hostel and claims to be the largest of its kind in the world, you can’t help but be intrigued by this place.
Built entirely from recycled shipping containers makes it is one of our favorite hostels in Foz do Iguaçu.
Not only is Tetris a cool design, but it’s also a great place to be social and party.
Tetris Container Hostel is great value too, with a dorm bed in an air-conditioned container, private double rooms, and family rooms. All of the rooms have both AC and a hot shower as well as storage lockers for valuables.
Take a dip in the fresh, outdoor pool after a long, hot day exploring. Then, cool down and enjoy a free daily Caipirinha at the bar during Caipi O’clock… The perfect way to meet new people and start adventure planning!
Tetris Container hostel has a big shared kitchen, where you’ll often find someone organizing a family dinner or shared BBQ. We loved this during our stay here.
The staff here can help you with any and all bookings for your travel adventures or recommendations for activities. Any questions you have regarding border crossings or transport arrangements the staff can answer.
Location: Tetris Container Hostel is located to the south of the central area where many restaurants, bars, and shopping facilities are within walking distance.
The main bus stations aren’t far either, with a stop on the main bus line right outside the hostel. This makes it so easy to get to all of the natural wonders.
A social but fairly chilled hostel, Wanderlust is the ideal place for those wishing to relax and stay in a central location at a low price.
The staff at Hostel Wanderlust are super helpful, too. Ran by a close-knit family, you’ll definitely feel a sense of home. From organizing shared BBQs, events, and family dinners to assisting guests with onward travel, you will be looked after as if you were one of their own and they’ll go above and beyond to help you during your stay.
Although there is no on-site restaurant or bar, the hostel does offer a continental or veggie breakfast. Don’t worry, there are many local bars and restaurants in the neighborhood to feed and water you. A supermarket is also nearby if you feel like preparing a meal for yourself or your group in the shared kitchen facilities.
Of course, all of the natural wonders are accessible. Just ask the staff to book you onto your chosen tour or activity. In fact, you can join in on the staff day trip hikes and see some secret local trails and chill-out spots on the river – not to be missed!
If you are looking for a beautiful, tranquil place to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the central areas, then Hostel Poesia has to be amongst the best hostels in Foz do Iguaçu.
The balance of peace, nature, activities, events and parties here at Hostel Poesia is ideal for the more chilled traveller. You will find it the perfect location to enjoy adventure-filled days visiting natural wonders and relaxing restorative evenings amongst friends in a beautiful setting.
You can enjoy the small comfortable library on-site to relax with a book or organise a movie night in the cinema room. The kitchen here is ideal to prepare your snacks or a meal for a cosy night in.
A supermarket is close by so stocking up is easy and the fabulous bar on site can serve you some traditional Brazilian food with plenty of other snacks, drinks and specials available.
Each room at Hostel Poesia has air-conditioning, solar-powered hot water, gorgeous furnishings, and great comfortable beds.
Location: Situated in the quiet neighbourhood of Vila Adriana, this classic villa-style hostel has a beautiful terrace and garden, with idyllic sunset views and beautiful modern rooms.
To get around, use the bus stop right outside the hostel and head to the main bus terminal. All other areas are accessible from there. For a more direct bus straight to the waterfalls, it is around a 10-minute walk up towards Av. das Cataratas.
This is one of the best hostels in Foz do Iguacu for
Concept Design Hostel is a perfect choice for solo travelers. The hostel provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and plenty of amenities for solo travelers, such as a communal kitchen, comfortable lounging areas, and even a bar.
The hostel offers organized activities and events, which are great opportunities to meet other travelers from around the world.
We sure listed the best hostels in Foz do Iguacu above. But if you are still searching for the perfect hostel for your stay in Foz do Iguacu, you won’t want to miss out on this incredible option! It’s a must-see, and you won’t be disappointed.
If the hotel vibe is more your thing, then Selina Foz may be the place for you. Essentially a 3-star hotel with dorms, Selina Foz has all of the facilities you could possibly want. It is situated in the central area with easy access to public transport, shopping and all kinds of entertainment. The sights and natural wonders are all within easy reach.
The restaurant here serves an expansive range of local and western dishes and there are two bars on site. A lot of common and chill-out areas can be found throughout the hostel and the outdoor terrace and pool provide a great area to meet up with friends and enjoy the sunshine and a few drinks.
All of the rooms are comfortable, well furnished, and have air-conditioning and access to hot showers.
More expensive rooms with en-suites are available for approximately $50.
The area around Selina Foz has some of the best food hotspots in the city. Check out Katamaki Sushi, 360 Vibes, Confin Steakhouse or any of the many other options in the neighbourhood to get your fix of great food.
Topping the list of places to go here in Foz do Iguaçu has to be the awe-inspiring Iguaçu Falls. There are not many places in the world that can equal the sight of the sheer forces of nature on display here and it’s a place you are sure to never forget.
This special place is well known as one of the natural wonders of the world. It has 250 or more individual waterfalls spread over an enormous 2.7-kilometre wide area and here you can get up close to the flow on the many easy-access walkways and viewing points.
Devil’s Throat or Garganta do Diabo in Portuguese is the tallest of the falls at 97m high. You really will get a proper understanding of the colourful naming once you enter the viewpoints!
If you have the budget it’s well worth going on one of the fun boat tours. These tours actually go under a part of the waterfall and provide a unique perspective of the falls. Try and book ahead with a reputable ticket agent as the boats fill up fast!
Don’t forget your waterproofs and a dry bag and be careful with your cameras and devices as it gets wet and windy fast and the walkways can be slippery. Make sure you take another day for a trip to the Argentinian side. Here, you get a grand overview of the falls and a better idea of the scale and size of this place.
2. Itaipu Dam
If man-made wonders are your thing then don’t forget to take a tour of the massive Itaipu Dam. This is the second largest hydroelectric dam in the world and really is an engineering wonder. It is 8 km long and stands 196 metres high.
It is providing all of Paraguay’s electricity and a lot for Brazil in an emission-less green way. The tour actually takes you inside the dam to see the turbines in action!
3. Central Areas
Visit Parque das Aves, a bird park focused on the conservation of the birds of the Atlantic Rainforest and home to many varied species. A walk around here will really help you relax and if you keep your eyes open you may see some really rare and beautiful wildlife.
Take a tour of the beautiful Chen Tien Buddhist Temple or walk around the impressive Omar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque, the largest in Latin America. Not such popular attractions but a nice way to break up a day in the city’s central areas and find a little peace and relaxation.
Get a selfie at the three borders landmark and viewpoint. From here you can see Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay and get a great snap!
If you love a bargain then take another day to go just across the bridge on the Paraguay border to Ciudad del Este or to the Argentine duty-free shop if you head that way.
Top tips: For waterfall tours, jungle trekking, climbing or other outdoor pursuits ask at the hostel, look online and speak to local agents. There are a vast number of operators with different pricing and offers so it’s always always a good idea to shop around.
Remember the public buses go literally everywhere and are without a doubt the cheapest and easiest way to get around. If in doubt, get on the bus to central at your nearest stop and then find the right bus stand for your destination from there.
What about the cheapest hostels in Foz do Iguacu?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Foz do Iguacu.
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Not all hostels in Foz do Iguacu are necessarily safe, especially the ones that offer cheap prices in sketchy areas. They might be illegal hostels or ones without the proper licenses and safety measures put in place.
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Is Foz do Iguacu worth visiting?
Yes, Foz do Iguacu is definitely worth visiting! It is home to the spectacular Iguazu Falls, one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in the world. The area also offers a range of activities, such as nature walks, bird watching, and hikes, as well as tours of the local waterfalls and rainforest. You can also explore the culture and history of the area, with museums, churches, and other attractions.
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