The closing balance: 2015 was another record-breaking year for Foz’s tourist attractions

 

The increase in the number of passengers at the Foz do Iguaçu international airport directly impacted the destination’s tourist attractions, which had yet another exceptional year in 2015. The airport was the busiest it had ever been in its history, as 2,057,278 people boarded and landed, 9.37% over 2014.

 

 

The Iguaçu Falls were visited by 1,642,093 people from 172 countries, 6% more than in 2014.

 

 

The Itaipu Tourist Complex logged 521,839 visitors in the year, topping 2014 by 5.30%. Overall, the Itaipu power plant welcomed 860,998 visitors from 137 countries, considering tourist and institutional visits on the plant’s Brazilian and Paraguayan riverbanks. The number is 0.5% higher than that recorded in 2014. Read more here

 

 

The Bird Park, another important attraction in Foz do Iguaçu, broke its historic record by clocking 780,605 visitors in 2015, a number representing 47% of the entire public visiting the Falls. In addition to housing the largest macaw enclosure in South America, the park allows people to get up close to 1000+ birds of 150 different species that live on 16.5 hectares of Atlantic Forest.

 

The Falls

 

Brazilians accounted for the Iguaçu National Park’s new annual visitation record as they totaled 916,995 tourists. Following Brazil, the countries sending the highest numbers of visitors were Argentina, Paraguay, the US, France, Germany, Spain, England, Peru, and Japan.

 

The Falls on the Argentinean riverbank also set a new record. They had 1,381,736 visitors, a 16.2% growth over 2014 and 2.3% above the previous record in 2012. Of that total, 822,386 were Argentineans.

 

December

 

Both at the Iguaçu Falls and the Itaipu power plant, the number of visitors in the period between December 24 and January 3 exceeded the one originally estimated. The Iguaçu National Park was expecting 60,000 tourists, but welcomed 88,926 instead.

 

Before the holidays began, Itaipu expected to get 22,000 visitors. The tally reached 37,413 though, 16% above the number recorded in the same period between the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015.

 

In 2015, the Panoramic Tour was the most popular at the Itaipu Tourist Complex. It drew in 348,314 people, 7.63% more than in 2014. However, the Kattamaram boat ride was the attraction that grew the most. It soared from 2,882 visitors in 2014 to 29,811 in 2015 - over 1,000 per cent.