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BRAZIL TRAVELOGUE

1 - The Road to Iguacu

2 - Iguassu Falls Nat'l Park

3 - Macuco Boat Safari

4 - Iguazu Falls Rest.

5 - Foz Tropicana Aviary

6 - Rafain Churrascaria

7 - The Road to Noronha

8 - Fernando de Noronha

9 - Sueste Bay Snorkeling

10 - Farewell to Fernando

11 - The Road to Rio

12 - The Hippie Market

13 - Sugar Loaf Mountain

14 - Copacabana Palace

15 - Too Much Gluten

16 - Botanical Gardens

17 - Buzios

18 - Copacabana

19 - Ipanema Beach

20 - Plataforma Show

21 - Corcovado Mountain

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FOZ TROPICANA BIRD PARK
BRAZIL TRAVELOGUE - DAY 2 - IGUAZU FALLS NATIONAL PARK


Foz Tropicana Bird Park
The unique sign to the Tropicana Bird Park at Iguacu.

After coffee, we hop on the Iguassu Falls National Park double-decker bus (free) which takes us down to the park entrance.  Along the way, we spot a weird looking South American deer and everyone takes photos of it.  A very short walk down the road from the entrance is the Foz Tropicana Bird Park.  It costs $11 to get in, which seemed like kind of a lot, but we figured what the heck.  Inside the bird park is a magical place.  There are toucans, parrots, macaws, flamingos, and many other exotic birds, all from South America except a couple of Ostriches, flying free in various parts of the park.  This was the first time we'd seen a live Toucan, and there were dozens - they were so awesome!

   

They come right up to us to have their photos taken, seemingly oblivious to the screaming kids coming up behind us.   There were cassowaries, spoonbills, rhea, conures, parakeets, hummingbirds, beautiful scarlet ibis, and so many others I can't recall. 

There is a reptile exhibit as well with Anaconda, Boa Constrictors, Caiman Crocodiles (big ones), turtles, and iguanas, as well as a beautiful butterfly garden with amazing butterflies everywhere in every color of the rainbow along with dozens of hummingbirds flying free.   Also making an appearance were Marmosets - funny little monkeys with ringed tails.

   

Sandra is enchanted by the toucans, but scared of the Macaw pavilion, where you walk free with dozens of giant macaws all around you - on the path, flying by you so close you can feel the wind.  I'm captivated by the brilliant yellow of the Golden Conures and the brilliant red of the aptly named Scarlet Ibis.  There are photo opportunities beyond belief for photographers, and we run the batteries out of our camera quickly. 

The bird park is a wonderful experience, and we're both well satisfied with our $11USD well spent.  There are many birds in cages - mostly the endangered species, but many aviaries that you can enter and interact with the birds - hats recommended.

Toucan at Parque Das Aves Foz Tropicana Brazil
You'll see Toucans, Macaws & Parrots flying free.

 

               
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