Trip Planner: South America / Brazil / State of Parana / Foz do Iguacu / Bela Vista Biological Refuge
Put on your hiking shoes and get to know the region's varied fauna and flora at Bela Vista Biological Refuge. The name of this sanctuary means "Beautiful View," and there is much beauty to see in this preservation area created in the 1970s and now providing animal and plant protection, research opportunities, environmental education, and even the city's water supply. Take a guided tour to follow trails amidst the woods and see up close animals native to this area. You can stand face-to-face with jaguars, capuchin monkeys, and skunks...in their enclosures, of course. Guides will show you forest species unique to this part of the world, such as the guaimbê vine that, while growing, embraces a nearly 300-year-old Angico Gurucaia tree. You can choose to walk one, or all, sanctuary trails. On the Trail of the Waters, for example, you can learn how important it is to conserve water springs and other water sources. Keep in mind that each of these walks may last up to two hours, so comfortable clothes and shoes are highly recommended. See Bela Vista Biological Refuge and all Foz do Iguacu has to offer by arranging your trip with our Foz do Iguacu tour itinerary maker.
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Bela Vista Biological Refuge reviews
This is is must. A great tour for kids to learn about the importance of nature and how we can protect wildlife while altering the terrain. Great project
This is is must. A great tour for kids to learn about the importance of nature and how we can protect wildlife while altering the terrain. Great project more »
As others have said, this Refúgio is no zoo, but a recovery center for animals and a botanical center for the entire complex. So, the amount of animals one sees is not enormous, but this is not the...
As others have said, this Refúgio is no zoo, but a recovery center for animals and a botanical center for the entire complex. So, the amount of animals one sees is not enormous, but this is not the... more »
I found the refuge nice to walk around. Unfortunately the tour I took from the Itaipu Dam was only in Portuguese - even though I booked online in English! Obviously that’s not the end of the world...
I found the refuge nice to walk around. Unfortunately the tour I took from the Itaipu Dam was only in Portuguese - even though I booked online in English! Obviously that’s not the end of the world... more »
This was definitely a highlight of my visit to Foz Iguaçu. The infrastructure of the facility was international level, and the tour guide was very well informed. I recommend booking online in advance if you want to visit the animal sanctuary, as it’s only available to visit via guided tour and the slots can fill up fast if you don’t book ahead. Lots of interesting Brazilian animals to see, and the majority of them have been rescued because they were injured or trafficked. I also really enjoyed this because it was less “touristy“ then other animal parks in the city. If you want to do something a little bit different, get to see some beautiful animals and spend a few hours in the forest, then I highly recommend this.
Amazing experience, the ability to see so many animals in a state as near their natural habitat as possible. Most of the animals taken in are injured or sick, when they are recuperated and released into the wild, but some (10 or 15%, I can't remember) are unable to survive on their own, so they are kept in this preserve to care for them and give them the best life possible. Our guide, Fernando, was patient with my extremely inquisitive 7-yr old and translated the tour into Spanish for us. The black jaguar was so beautiful and we were delighted to learn that she is likely pregnant, the guide said gestation is 90 days, so watch for a baby jaguar in a few months!
Really well explained walk and a great experience overall to learn more about the flora and fauna from this region
Super Ride with Travel Guide Irio translation in five different languages vielen Dank thanks very much Muchas gracias
The jaguars are not there apparently, still their website do not mention to keep the propaganda.I was tather disappointed! It was a short touristy walk throu some woods with some caged animals .many were just going around n around .thats a sign tht are NOT doing well caged
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