Three Borders Landmark is being renovated 13.01.2016

Three Borders Landmark is being renovated

First phase of the tourist complex opened to the public on December 22.

 

The first tourists who visited the Three Borders Landmark that reopened on December 22 showing the first results of the renovation were surprised. “It looks much better!,” celebrated Otávio Botelho from Itatiba (São Paulo) who, along with his wife Maria Lígia, was visiting the place for the second time – the first was in 2007. “It looks great!” complimented Aparecido Alves from Osasco, also from inland São Paulo. He had first been to the landmark in 1978 along with his wife, and was now visiting it with her and their grandchildren.

 

Otávio Botelho and Maria Lígia, above; below, Aparecido Alves, his wife and grandkids.

 

In this first phase, the Americas Landmark Tourist Complex, which includes the Three Borders Landmark, the Venue for the Americas, and future attractions, received basic works such as the visitors’ center, a souvenir shop, landscaping, parking, restrooms, accessibility, security, and even a bar: Boteco Cabeza de Vaca, named in honor of the first white man to set foot at the Falls, circa 1540. The place is open every day from 10:30 and to 8 pm.

 

Boteco Cabeza de Vaca: set to remain open a while longer, until 11 pm.

 

The makeshift parking is gone. Now, space and security.

 

The first phase of the work (actually still being completed) created 72 employment positions and a host of indirect jobs, after investments in excess of BRL 10 million. The concession contract planned investments of approximately BRL 28 million. However, such total is expected to be topped, according to Adélio Demeterko from Cataratas do Iguaçu S.A., which holds the concession to implement and run the tourist complex.

 

Venue for the Americas: derelict today, set to be integrated to the Landmark area by an access.

 

In the coming phases to be completed in 2016 and 2017, the Three Borders Landmark is going to be integrated to the Venue for the Americas, a 1997 building that had been abandoned and which will be turned into a panoramic restaurant overlooking the Iguaçu and Paraná Rivers. There will also be themed towers connected by overhead walkways, observation decks, areas of leisure and adventure for children and adults, piers for boat rides, an entertainment village resembling the Jesuit Missions, and the Cabeza de Vaca Memorial.

 

See images of the project for the complex:

 

 

Adélio Demeterko says the idea is for visitors to spend at least half a day at the site. With just the first phase of the works completed, visitors are expected to remain nearly an hour there to enjoy the sight as the Paraná and Iguaçu Rivers and three countries, i.e. Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, come together. From the Brazilian landmark, people can see the similar monuments erected in the neighboring countries.

 

Itaipu’s Social Communications Superintendent Gilmar Piolla believes tourists may stay even longer, even one day more. He says the renovation of the Three Borders Landmark and the creation of the Americas Landmark prove the partnerships between Fundo Iguaçu, the City Administration, and other entities are working. “It is very rewarding to see this new attraction being handed over to the public, as it had been a dream of the Foz do Iguaçu people,” Piolla said at the opening ceremony on Monday (22nd). “This attraction is going to get tourists to stay at least one more day in the city.”

 

Adélio Demeterko: investments in a place filled with attractions and history.

 

“It is a special place,” said Demeterko as he pointed out the city is named after that exact spot where the mouth (foz) of the Iguaçu River is located and its waters flow into the Paraná River. Historically, the area was also the epicenter of the Jesuit Missions set up across colonial America for two centuries. The concept of the Americas Landmark project is precisely to “celebrate different cultures and peoples coming together by paying a heartfelt tribute to the advent of the Jesuit Missions in the Americas.”

 

Visitors are going to get information on these topics in a simple, educational, but at the same time, fun manner. “The idea of having a theme is going to enhance the experience at the place,” said Demeterko. “Visitors will have plenty to read, understand, and learn about,” he added. One of the peculiar stories he mentioned is the life of native chief Guairacá, a mix of history and legend. This chief headed the natives against the Spanish invaders under the war cry of “this land already has an owner.” Because of such resistance, the Spaniards gave up trying to “evangelize” the Indians by means of weapons and resorted to the missionaries’ services.

 

 

History

 

 

The obelisks marking off the three countries’ borders and each painted in the respective national colors were put up early last century (the Brazilian landmark was inaugurated in 1903). The Iguaçu River provides the border between Brazil and Argentina, while the Paraná River does the same between Brazil and Paraguay and also Paraguay and Argentina.

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