Just because Foz do Iguaçu is a small town does not mean that there is not a lot to see and do. There are shows to attend, neighboring countries to explore, and local creatures to gawk at... which brings us to the Parque das Aves.
Located just across the way from the impressive Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, Parque das Aves is spotted only as a tiny blip on the neighboring park’s souvenir map. That's too bad, since Dennis and Anna Croukamp's 1994 labor of love has become the largest park devoted to birds in all of Latin America!
We weren't really sure what to expect, but with entrance tickets so cheap, the chance was easily taken. Thankfully, the park was not nearly as overwhelming as its competition across the highway, and thus, we were able to stroll through the dense jungle at our leisure. First impressions? The foliage inside the bird park was simply out of control, but in a good way!
Once beyond this somewhat depressing environment of the first section - really just a bunch of cages filled with brightly-colored birds - the park opens up into many different unexpected exhibits. (There was even a Sub-Saharan African environment all the way out here in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest!)
While hopping between enclosures, we soon noticed how friendly the toucans were. Easily the best attraction of the looping trail, we recommend watching for the toucans' weird orange tongues that jut out at odd intervals, particularly while you are feeding them from your palm!