Forget Niagara and Victoria Falls, when you see the unstoppable flow of the Iguazú Falls you’ll be stopped in your tracks – it’s not for nothing that Iguazú Falls was recently named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World! Witnessing the incredible power of over 250 separate falls thundering down from heights of up to 80 ft (24m) into the river below is a truly inspiring experience
The Iguazú National Park was created in 1934 and is a protected area that hosts one of the most biologically rich sites in Argentina. Iguazu Falls from Argentina is one of the most visited national parks in the country and were declared by Unesco as a World Heritage, and recently, declared also as one of the new 7-wonders of nature.
This environment is popularly known as the Selva Misionera (jungle of Misiones). It is home to half of the bird species recorded on Argentine territory and the greatest diversity of orchids in the country.
There are multiple circuits on the Argentine side and to really enjoy the falls, we recommend to spend a full day hiking the trails
the thundering falls of iguazu
We recommend spending a whole day to explore the falls on the Argentine side. There are several hiking trails that take you to different view points of the falls. There is an ‘Upper circuit’ that runs along raised platforms and gives you different angles from above to enjoy the falls. the other circuit is the ‘Lower circuit’ and this trails take you down to the river where also the zodiac’s depart to get really close to the falls.
The Iguazú Falls National Park is a short distance from the small town of Puerto Iguazú. There’s not much to see in town and most people head out to the Falls in the morning and stay there all day long. You can easily catch a bus from the centrally located bus station as there is a regular hourly service back and forth throughout the day.
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Argentine Falls (Puerto Iguazu)
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina (IGR). Argentina’s side of the falls allow for a more intimate experience to explore the falls in more depth through and around elevated walkways take you to many of the 275 falls, with views from above, alongside and below them. As you wind through the trails and bridges, you come to the undoubted highlight standing on the very edge of the Devil’s throat, peering down into whirling water as it crashes into the Brazilian side of the falls below.
Brazilian Falls (Foz do Iguaçu)
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil (IGU). On the Brazil side you get a different perspective of the sheer force and beauty of mother nature straddling between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. This side of the park has great jungle adventures to compliment having the opportunity to walk up to, and above into, the Devil’s throat…makes the trip to this side worth it in itself. Consider a helicopter ride or a visit to the bird park while en route to the airport, just make sure to plan ahead.
Iguazu Boating Adventure
Both national parks offer exciting boat rides that will get you close (and wet), in and around the waterfalls quickly in zodiac motorboats. Both tours are equally fun, similar, and exhilerating; although enquire in advance as there are times of year this adventure is not running due to water safety. We recommend both sides a visit and definitely the boat ride, most important to keep in mind is that you have a hotel room that evening, not a transfer and flight to the airport!
Hiking & Activities
There are many possibilities to hike the surrounding jungle trails of Iguazu, and highly recommended to do so with a professional guide. There are activities such as hikes, boat rides, rappelling, to visiting animal shelters, local communities, and other protected areas nearby, and many trails to be explored in the Brazilian National Park especially.
The Bird Park (Parque Das Aves)
This park is one of Latin America’s largest, also allowing visitors interaction with many bird species. Their goal, to protect 120 species of these Atlantic Forest birds at some extinction risk. It’s set within the 16 hectares (40 acres) area of sub-tropical rain forest and provides shelter for around1000 birds (150 species) as well as butterflies and reptiles from both all South America and other exotic places.
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam
In the 1960s, Brazil and Paraguay shared their natural resources to support their respective countries’ expanding electrical needs, the Paraná River, the seventh-largest in the world. A massive project harnessing the river’s energy turning it into electrical power while acting as a natural border between the two. Brazil is responsible for 90% of the plant’s energy, equivalent to Paraguay’s 11-year and Argentina’s one-year energy consumption.
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Best times to
visit Iguazu Falls
Iguazú Falls has a tropical climate and in the summer months, from around December to February, temperatures and humidity are high. In December and January both Argentina and Brazil have their summer holidays, so the Falls can get crowded with visitors and prices will be a little higher. The winter months from June to August see the most rains, and though temperatures are far from cold, the skies can be grey and on occasion the wooden walkways are flooded. All this can hinder your enjoyment of the Falls, which are best seen with a backdrop of blue skies. Though you can get lucky or unlucky at any time of year, the best time to visit Iguazú Falls is often said to be spring and fall, when skies are usually blue and the crowds less dense.
HOW TO GET THERE
Daily flights from Buenos Aires arrive at the Puerto Iguazú’s International Airport, located 10.5 miles (17km) away from the city.
You can also reach Iguazu by bus, in rides that take 18 hours from Buenos Aires. In case you wish to visit the Brazilian side of the Falls, you should find out if you need to get a visa.
Most tours pick you up from the place you’re staying at to take you to the Falls. Many hotels also offer shuttles that take you downtown, where there are some restaurants and shops.
WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO IGUAZU
Almost all tourist infrastructure is located in Puerto Iguazú and its outskirts, 10.5 miles (17km) away from the Iguazú National Park. There are lodgings of all levels and prices, from 5 star hotels, to aparthotels and cabins.
There are also several lodges that are more integrated with nature and offer a more intimate experience with the surrounding jungle.
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