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Iguazu Falls at a glance

There is a reason former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed “My poor Niagara!” upon seeing the jaw-dropping Iguazu Falls for the first time, as this imposing collection of 250 waterfalls could easily surpass the magnificence of Niagara Falls and Victoria Falls in the minds of many. Straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls is located in Argentina’s jungle state, Misiones, in the northeast of the country. Bound by the Iguazu National Park, these thundering cascades fall from heights of up to 80ft to crash into the churning river below. Recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Iguazu Falls is something of a tropical paradise, and, although certainly a tourist destination, most definitely unmissable.

Iguazu Falls Bucket List - What not to miss!

  • Explore Argentina Iguazu Falls
  • Explore Brazilian Iguaçu Falls
  • Boat ride in and around the waterfalls
  • Bird Park Extension of the Brazilian Falls
  • Helicopter Flight over Iguazu Falls
  • Visit Jesuit Ruins at San Ignacio
  • Visit Itaipu Dam
  • Jungle Experience at Yacutinga Lodge

Experiences around Iguazu Falls

What not to miss

The Iguazu Falls are broken down into two sides, the Argentine side which is accessed from the town of Puerto Iguazu, and the Brazilian side which can be reached from the town of Foz Iguazu. Both offer very different faces of the falls. On the Argentine side, you can experience the falls and the surrounding lush jungle in a more intimate manner, walking along the paths that wind through the foliage, where you will pass some native animals such as the coati, the howler monkey and hundreds of species of butterflies. These walkways allow visitors to observe the falls from a multitude of different angles, offering spectacular panoramas at times, and bringing travelers almost right under the falls themselves. One of the highlights of the Argentine side is the horseshoe-shaped The Devil’s Throat, whose walkways hovers over the edge of the perilous drop. The Brazilian side, by contrast, offers expansive views of the falls from the opposite side, and the many rainbows made by the spray thrown up from the cascading water make for some great photo opportunities. Be sure to take a boat ride up the river, which brings passengers directly under the falls, managing to soak everybody on board. There are also lots of trails, hikes and walks in the surrounding jungle that can be done independently, or alternatively tour operators in the area organize jungle safaris in 4x4s, just ask us and one of our travel advisers can arrange a trip for you.

Explore Argentina Iguazu Falls

You will first arrive at the New Visitors Center where you will board the train that goes to Cataratas Station (8 minutes away) or you can take a short walk through the Green Trail that leads to the beginning of the path towards the Upper and Lower trails. Otherwise the same train goes on to Garganta Station. UPPER CIRCUIT: The 800 meters of catwalks are detached from the jungle´s surface so as to protect the fauna by preventing disruption of their natural trails. From this circuit you have an upper view of the falls, enjoying their magnificence with a panoramic view. LOWER CIRCUIT: 1600 meters of catwalks, also detached from the jungle´s surface, offer a view from below and around the falls. This circuit provides a unique experience of feeling part of the natural surroundings, watching and sensing their magnitude from up close. DEVIL’S THROAT: Departing from Cataratas Station, the train goes to Garganta Station in about 18 minutes. Then a walk along the catwalks, some 1200 meters over the islands, takes you to the Devil’s Throat.

Explore Brazilian Iguaçu Falls

On arriving to the visitors center, you will board the panoramic buses to begin the tour of the park, before descending to the walking paths. From the first balcony you´ll encounter views of the Argentinean falls. Then after 950 meters with stunning views over the Iguazu River you will cross over to the Brazilian side. The walkway entering the river next to the Floriano fall gives the visitor a refreshing reception and a gorgeous panoramic view of the lower Iguazu River and the Devil´s gorge Canyon. The elevator and the stairs lead to the shopping and restaurant area upstairs.

Boat ride in and around the waterfalls

Set off on a river adventure with a small group of fellow travelers, bouncing into the Lower Iguazi River Canyon in powerful boats. Alongside San Martin Island, you’ll reach the Tres Mosqueteros Fall. From here, you’ll get a jaw-dropping view of both the Argentine and Brazilian Falls, as well as the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). It’s something that will leave you speechless. Next, you’ll take a natural shower, crossing the bottom of San Martin Waterfall, the largest cascade that any boat dares to navigate. It’s an unforgettable experience and a surefire way to understand the true power of these mighty falls. The trip begins and ends at the dock in front of San Martin Island. Be aware that you’re likely to get a good soaking! It’s really important to bring a dry change of clothes. The tour can only be combined with a private trip to the Argentine side of falls and it’s not open to pregnant women, children under 12 or anyone suffering from heart or back problems, purely for your own safety.

Bird Park Extension of Brazilian Falls

The Birds Park was created in 1994, with the aim of preparing optimum conditions for the reproduction of birds, specially endangered species, and also to guarantee the preservation of 40 acres of native jungle. It has become an ecological sanctuary set some 300 yards from the entrance of the Iguazú National Park on the Avenue of Cataratas, Km 11, at 10 miles from the city of Foz do Iguazú. More than 900 birds of 150 different species, mostly subtropical, held in huge cages built within the wild environment kept and protected so that birds would find it as natural as possible. You will be able to see rare and colorful tropical birds fly in large ponds integrated into the lush subtropical rainforest. Also you will have the opportunity to enter these nurseries to learn more about the lives of birds. Besides them, caimans, anacondas, pythons, marmosets and butterflies will delight you.

Iguazu Falls Helicopter Flight

You will fly for ten minutes over the Iguazu Falls, one of the most dramatic and picture-perfect waterfalls in the world, getting an incredible view of the majestic falls framed by the green mass of the jungle. Don’t forget to bring your camera and get ready to be awed by the jaw-droppingly stunning views as your helicopter floats above the falls, which are 270 feet (82 meters) high. The unique geological formation is outstanding, and the grandeur of this particular bird’s eye view is overwhelming. This 10-minute helicopter tour offers a lifetime of memories for its fantastic panoramas over the Iguassu Falls and the surrounding wilderness. Definitely, a once in a life experience.

Visit Jesuit Ruins at San Ignacio

During this day outside of Puerto Iguazu you will discover the rich history of the Iguassu Falls region. Also you will learn about the famous Jesuit mission of 1632, which aimed to spread Christianity throughout Argentina during the Spanish colonial period. You will depart Iguazú for San Ignacio Ruins; visiting at 230 kilometers away the World Heritage listed Jesuit Ruins of San Ignacio Miní. The guide will give you a glimpse of daily life in the Jesuit village. In the settlement there is restoration work of the buildings of carved red grindstone and eruptive rock available. You will see the court of arms, the central quarters, the town council, the church, the dwellings of the aborigines and the Jesuits, the hospital, the school, the workshop and the store. In the evening, historical narrations will be held detailing the origins of this civilization and the expulsion of the Jesuits.

Visit Itaipu Dam

The Itaipu Dam is located just under 10 miles from the downtown of Foz do Iguassu, and until recently was the world’s largest manmade structure and is still the world’s most productive hydroelectric facility. Considered one of the World’s Seven Modern Wonders, your tour will begin at the visitors center, where a documentary will explain the dam’s history from construction to being in full flow and providing almost 20% of Brazil’s electricity today. Following the documentary, your trip around the Itaipu Dam will be done by bus, lasting for about one hour, and will take you around the external parts of the dam with a stop right in front of the huge spillway and another over the upper part of the dam.

Jungle Experience at Yacutinga Lodge

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Only a couple hours from Iguazú Falls, Yacutinga Lodge is surrounded by nature and located deep in the Misiones Jungle, Iquazú River curves through Yacutinga forming beautiful waterfalls, and runs through to the National Park of both Argentina & Brazilian Iguazu Falls. At Yacutinga, the immeasurable force of nature captivates travelers from across the globe with the expectation of seeing the miracle of life itself. The experience of raw nature at the lodge leaves travelers in admiration and speechless. The lodge is a comfortable shelter in harmonious with its natural environment. The buildings, with soft, rounded lines, accompanied by natural terrain slopes, blend in perfectly with the environment. There are a range of activities guided by local ecologists, and their environmental guides are extremely knowledgeable and trained in the interpretation of both nature and its processes.

Fast Facts on Iguazu Falls

USEFUL TRAVELER INFORMATION

This section is a quick overview to help in planning your trip to Iguazu Falls.

When to go

Given Iguazú Falls’ jungle setting, the region has a tropical climate and in the lead up to the summer months and beyond, from around December to March, it is very hot and very, very humid. December, January and February are high season in both Argentina and Brazil, and the summer holidays mean that lots of locals choose to vacation here, so the crowds can be heavy and the prices can be higher. For a more temperate experience, it is best to visit the falls in either spring or fall, so from September to November or from March to May. Rainy season falls in the winter months from June to August, and this can cause occasional flooding which can make the walkways slippery or even close the park. We will tell you what to pack, as sunscreen and bug spray are essentials for any time of the year.

How to get there

Flights from Buenos Aires arrive daily at Puerto Iguazú International Airport, located just 10.5 miles (17km) away from the city. We will book the flight and hotel transfer for you as part of your itinerary, so you can sit back, relax and take in the contrasting colours of the bright red iron-rich earth and the lush green jungle vegetation on the way from the airport into the park. If you wish to visit the Brazilian side of the Falls, you should find out if you need to get a visa. Argentina does not require a visa for US citizens, but Brazil does and the paperwork will need to be done in advance. Just ask our travel expert and they can advise you on the necessary requirements.

Infrastructure

Iguazu National Park, Puerto Iguazu and Foz Iguazu are all used to catering for tourists, so the tourist infrastructure here is very well developed. The roads in the area are paved and clearly marked, and many of the area’s hotels are located along the main road from Puerto Iguazu to the entrance to the national park. The town has a host of eateries, from local joints to food stalls and high end restaurants. Make sure and try some of the local river fish surubi, which you can find on most of the menus in town.

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