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Equine reproduction and Brazil

It has been over 29 years since the International Symposium on Equine Reproduction (ISER) was held in South America, in Caxambu, Brazil. In 2023, ISER returns to a continent and country which not only has the fourth largest equine population in the world, with 5.5. million horses, but has a long standing history involving the breeding of equids. Horses, donkeys or mules are used for sport, leisure and work activities.

Brazil and Argentina are also at the forefront of equine reproduction research, particularly assisted reproductive technologies such as embryo transfer, cloning, intracytoplasmic sperm injection and semen sexing. People in this vast continent are passionate about their horses and also know how to party, with music, dancing and delicious food all part of their unique culture.

Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil

The venue for ISERXIII is Foz do Iguaçu which is located within the Brazilian state of Paraná, in the middle of south America. As the fifth largest city in Brazil, it is cosmopolitan, with easy access to international travellers via its international airport or via good road or rail connections. The hotel accommodation and conference facility will be hosted by the Recanto Cataratas Resort and Convention Center ( Details of how to book the accommodation will be released in due course.

Foz do Iguaçu is home to approximately 260,000 people and is bordered by the Iguaçu and Paraná Rivers as well as the Itaipu Lake; this is formed by the runoff from the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant. Adjacent to the city is the National Iguaçu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site stretching over 185,000 hectares (460,000 acres). The famous Iguaçu Falls which lie within the Park are one of the world’s largest waterfalls.

These have been designated one of the 7 new Wonders of the World and consist of hundreds of falls, stretching for 2.7km; they straddle the border with Argentina and are close to Paraguay. Foz do Iguaçu is the main base for visiting the falls. In addition, the geographical location of Foz do Iguaçu forms a perfect gateway to the central BioOceanic route, a 277km highway which goes from Loma Plata, Boquerón, to Carmelo Peralta, in Alto Paraguay and is nearing completion. With all these natural wonders on its doorstep, Foz do Iguaçu truly earns the title theme of our symposium “Nature’s Treasure”.

What's the weather like?

Being in the southern hemisphere, the weather in Foz do Iguaçu is pleasant all year round. In July the average high-temperature is 23.7°C (74.7°F) and the average low-temperature is 9.7°C (49.5°F), with a humidity of ~83% and rain for about 6 days.

Airline access

Foz do Iguaçu International Airport / Waterfalls Brazil

The airport, which has recently been renovated, is located on Highway BR 469 – Km 16.5 – Rodovia das Cataratas (Waterfall Highway). In 2019, its capacity was ~4million passengers per year.

Other airports

Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport
Puerto Iguazu – ARGENTINA

Guarani International Airport
Ciudad Del Este – PARAGUAY

Distances between the venue and key areas:

• 13km from downtown Foz do Iguaçu;
• 12 Km from the Iguassu Waterfalls (Brazilian Side);
• 28 Km from Iguazú Waterfalls (Argentine Side);
• 10 Km from Tancredo Neves Bridge (Argentina);
• 20 Km from the Friendship Bridge (Paraguay);
• 30 Km from the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant;


A tourist needs an original valid passport to travel to Brazil and in some cases an entry visa. This demand is based on the principle of reciprocity treatment and applies to citizens from countries that demand Brazilians entry visas in order to enter their own territories.

Delegates are advised to check the vaccination requirements for Covid-19 and other infectious diseases prior to travel. 

The unpredictable nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and the rapid change in vaccination / testing requirements for individual countries means we are unable to give definitive advice here. Therefore delegates are advised to check current Covid entry requirements for Brazil from your country of departure and also what is needed for return to your home country. Please do this in advance and on a regular basis prior to travelling.

Tourists when shopping in Argentina and Paraguay and then returning to Brazil by way of terrestrial borders are granted the right to US$ 300 of shopping tax free. Over that amount, a 50% import tax is levied and collected by the Brazilian Customs officials, when returning from neighbouring countries.

Document required by Brazilians when leaving Brazil.
The only documents valid for Brazilians crossing the border in the Mercosul region are the following: A valid passport or Civil Identification Card (RG) and they must be in their respective validity period.

Passports will be requested from foreign tourists (accompanied by the Consular Visas when required by the respective national authority).

Brazil - Real (RS; BRL)
Argentina - Argentine Peso ($; ARS)
Paraguay - Dollar (US$; USD) or Paraguayan Guarani (PYG)

10th – 14th July 2023

Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil