Foz do Iguacu
Foz do Iguacu (or Foz do Iguassu, the international name) is a city we can locate on the western edge of the northern Brazilian state of Parana on the border of Brazil with Argentina and Paraguay. Along with Puerto Iguazú (Argentina) and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) it form the tri-national region called "Iguassu Tourist Pole" or Triple Frontier too. In Argentina, it connects through the Tancredo Neves International Bridge, and Paraguay by the International Friendship Bridge.
In 2005 the population of Foz do Iguacu was estimated at 300.000 inhabitants. Today it is believed that it easily exceeds the 330.000. Foz do Iguacu is characterized by its cultural diversity. There are over 80 nationalities, with a majority of Lebanese, Paraguaian, Argentine and Chinese.
The climate in Foz do Iguacu is subtropical, humid, with rainfalls distributed throughout the year. In the hot summer, the temperature varies between 22ºC and 40ºC, and in winter can vary between 5ºC and 20ºC.
The main sources of incomes for the city are tourism (with emphasis on trade and services) and electricity prodution (the Binational Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam). Foz do Iguacu is known for its tourist attractions, drawing people from around the world. The best known is what is inside the Iguaçu National Park: the Iguassu Falls. According to a study made by the Brazilian Tourism Institute (Embratur) and the Economic Research Institute Foundation, Foz do Iguacu is considered the 2nd most visited tourist destination in Brazil for pleasure travelers, just behind Rio de Janeiro.