Itaipu Binacional

March 29, 2012

The Itaipu Binacional, a hydroelectric dam that sits on the Parana River, which courses between Brazil and Paraguay, is considered one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Operations and maintenance of the dam are jointly run by both countries (though the actual energy consumption is a little less evenly distributed).

I took the comprehensive tour today, and it was total nerdy fodder fulfillment. Not a “fun” tourist pastime per say, but really fascinating. And there were some great views!

Pretty and pretty interesting.

The 8th Wonder of the Modern World. ;)

Can’t believe the water resembles a shade of blue.

Pretending like I’m close to an ocean.

Danger danger.

Sweet view.





The control room.

Commemorating record-setting energy production.

Corridor of Bigfoot Twister.

Central turbine.

In two places at once (very Walk to Remember-esque)!
Straddling the line between Brazil and Paraguay.


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