We have stayed at Mabu for a 4 days trip to Iguaçu falls.
The hotel is located in a large property full of beautiful gardens and conveniently located for all of the main attractions of the region (Argentina, Paraguay and of course the falls). Staff was always friendly and our room was very well decorated and clean. Breaksfast was served in a buffet as the majority of the hotels in Brazil with a good variety of fruits, brads, cakes, cold cuts and juices. They have 3 different restaurants in the hotel: As Quatro Estações - Self-service buffet plus Tastare and Dummond as upper scale options. Here was their downfall, as my wife, niece and I were trying something special for a dinner and decided to try Tastare. It was a complete deception! There was just one waitress attending at Tastare and at the same time also attending the crowded As Quatro Estações. Service was terrible as we were left unnanted for some 15 minutes until the busy waitress come to our table. They had a fixed menu giving the option to choose 1 among 3 alternatives as entry dish, main course and dessert. All of us decided to go for a green salad, Saltimboca a la Romana (beef with parma ham in a sauce sided by a risotto) and Tiramissu. After a long wait without being served beverages our dishes finally arrived. The salad was nothing but average and again after a long wait we received our main course completely cold. We could not eat all of our main course and just decided to give a last shot trying the Tiramissu which was nothing but average. In my opinion they are not prepared to have 3 different restaurants working at the same time. Consider eating out!
One final tip, always consider taking taxis for your trips to the falls, downtown Foz do Iguaçu, Argentina and Paraguay. Call one of the reliable companies available so they can pick you up at the hotel and serve you for a whole day to all attractions (we were very well served & would recommend Mr. Laercio - tel 4 5 9 1 1 2 3 4 9 0).
We arrived at the airport in the afternoon and had a driver we hired from Chamon Tour at R$ 60.00 to take us four to the hotel (learnt later that taxi would charge R$ 35.00). Took the rest of the day to get to know the hotel facilities (swimming pools, gardens, game rooms, bars, fishing pond, bicycles, etc...). We went out for dinner at Chef Lopes which is a valid and affordable restaurant specialized in beef. They are located in downtown Foz do Iguacu and have a shuttle service to and from the main hotels of the town.
We hired a Chamon Tour driver for the whole day to take us to the falls and Parque das Aves at R$ 336.00 just for the transportation not including tickets to the attractions (learnt later that a regular taxi would charge us less than R$ 200.00 for the same service). Iguaçu falls are majestic and are really worth seeing but it is a heavy walking for younger kids or seniors. Be prepared for stairs and lots of down/up hills. My 3 years old kid got tired in the middle of the way down to the falls plus got scared with the many Quatis (raccoons) that get really close to people sniffing for food, so my wife and him returned to the food court close by where they had to wait for my niece and me while we were on our way to the falls. We then headed to Parque das Aves (Birds Park) where we could see many native birds including some from other parts of the planet. Worth for all ages but be prepared to pay entrance tickets in cash as they do not take credit/debit cards. Save some 2-3 hours for the falls plus some 2 hours for Parque das Aves.
For our 3rd day we decided to hire a regular taxi driver to pick us up at the hotel and take us for visits at Itaipu power plant and the Budist Temple at R$ 160.00-. They have several types of trips in Itaipu and we decided to take the Itaipu Panoramic Tour. The trip was good and well organized (on a double-decker bus). Very good for kids and seniors. We were lucky to see the "show" of the water discharging from the reservoir (this happens just in 10% of the year). Remember and valid to pre-schedule your trips at Itaupu to avoid long lines and better organize your tours according to your convenience. If you have spare time you should consider combining a visit to the Budist Temple in the same day you go to Itaipu. The temple is located in a large rural property and is quite a peaceful and resting spot.
We could go shopping at either Paraguay or in the Argetinean Duty free shop but decided to spend the morning in the hotel fishing pond with our niece and kid. We left Foz do Iguacu just after lunch.
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