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Iguazu Falls - A must visit

Every year millions of people visit the falls

Iguazu Falls Brazil Argentina

Described on their website as “One of the most important destinations in Argentina, Brazil and South America“, the Iguazu Falls surely is spectacular.  The falls are often compared to Niagara and Victoria falls, but it has its own beauty and scenic nature that will leave you wanting for more.

The National Parks

The Iguazu National Park consists of two national parks, one in Foz de Iguazu (Brazil) and the other one in Puerto Iguazu (Argentina).  Iguazu National Park is home to many fauna and flora species.

The falls were declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and are seen to have ‘exceptional universal value’, but above all, it is simply spectacular.

Iguazu Falls popular tourist attraction

Which side of the Iguazu falls are the best to visit

So how do you decide which side to visit?

Both sides are beautiful and we definitely suggest that you visit both if possible.  However, it all depends on your holiday plans and how much time you have available.  You’ll need 1 or 2 days to do both sides.  One day is possible, but it might feel a bit rushed.  We recommend taking your time and booking overnight accommodation in one of the many fabulous places.  

Let’s look at what the two sides have to offer:

Travel Tip(s)

The best time to visit the Iguazu Falls is from April to May and again from September to October.

Remember to bring comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and mosquito spray.

Argentine Side

The Argentine side of Iguazu Falls offers a thrilling experience for visitors who want to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders. Here’s why:

  1. Network of Walkways and Trails: The Argentine side of the falls features a well-developed network of walkways and trails that wind through the lush Iguazu National Park. These paths lead you through diverse ecosystems, offering stunning views of the falls from different vantage points.

  2. Close Encounter with the Falls: Unlike the Brazilian side, which offers panoramic views, the Argentine side allows you to get remarkably close to the falls. As you follow the trails, you’ll find yourself just steps away from the cascading water, with opportunities to feel the mist on your face and hear the powerful roar of the falls up close.

  3. Various Viewing Angles: The network of walkways and trails on the Argentine side provides access to various viewing angles, allowing you to admire the falls from different perspectives. Whether you’re looking for panoramic vistas or intimate encounters with individual cascades, there’s something for everyone here.

  4. Thrilling Experiences: Some trails on the Argentine side lead you right to the edge of the cascades, offering adrenaline-pumping experiences as you stand mere feet away from the rushing water. It’s an exhilarating feeling to be so close to such a natural marvel.

So, if you’re seeking an immersive experience where you can truly connect with the power and beauty of Iguazu Falls, the Argentine side is the perfect choice!

Brazilian side

The Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls offers a different but equally breathtaking experience compared to its Argentine counterpart. Here’s why:

  1. Panoramic Vistas: The Brazilian side provides stunning panoramic views of the entire Iguazu Falls system. From designated viewpoints along the trails, visitors can enjoy sweeping vistas that showcase the vastness and grandeur of the falls. It’s like seeing a majestic painting come to life before your eyes.

  2. Bird’s-eye View: One of the highlights of the Brazilian side is the opportunity to get a bird’s-eye view of the falls, including the awe-inspiring Devil’s Throat. This iconic section of the falls, where the majority of the water flows, is particularly impressive when viewed from above, allowing visitors to appreciate its sheer power and magnitude.

  3. Shorter and Manageable Trails: Unlike the longer and more adventurous trails on the Argentine side, the trails on the Brazilian side are shorter and more manageable. This makes it an excellent option for visitors who may be short on time or prefer a more leisurely experience without extensive walking.

  4. Accessibility: The Brazilian side is known for its accessibility, with well-maintained pathways and viewpoints that cater to visitors of all ages and physical abilities. It’s a great choice for families, seniors, and anyone looking for a more relaxed excursion to the falls.

So, if you’re seeking panoramic views and easy accessibility to marvel at the beauty of Iguazu Falls, the Brazilian side offers an unforgettable experience that’s sure to leave you in awe.

Quick Facts

Comparing Iquazu Falls to Niagara and Victoria Falls

Iguazu Falls

  • 82 m in height
  • 2700 m in width
  • Ave flow rate: between 1500 to 1750 m2/s.

Niagara Falls

  • 54 m in height
  • 945 m in width
  • Ave flow rate:  2800 m2/s

Victoria Falls

  • 108 m in height
  • 1700 m in width
  • Ave flow rate:  1088 m2/s

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Location and How to get there

Location

On Argentina’s side it is located 18km from Puerto Iguazu and in Brazil, 29km from Foz de Iguazu.

Getting there

Iguazu Falls is only a 2 hour flight from Buenos Aires and a 3 hour flight from Rio de Janeiro.  Therefor you can easily include it in your trip to the beautiful Rio de Janeiro.

The airports serving Iguazu Falls, are:

  • Argentina  – Puerto Iguazu Airport (IGR)
  • Brazil – Foz de Iguazu Airport (IGU).

Should you wish to do a self-drive from Sao Paulo it is a 13 hr 56 min (1 076,6 km) car ride via the BR-374.

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Where to stay

Gran Meliá Iguazú (Argentina)

This is the only hotel located within Iguazu National Park on the Argentine side. It offers stunning views of the falls, as well as luxurious accommodations, fine dining, and a spa.  

Rooms at Gran Meliá Iguazú feature large private balconies. Some of them overlook the waterfalls, and some others enjoy a jungle view.  You can stay here, so book well in advance…

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Hotel das Cataratas, A Belmond Hotel (Brazil)

This iconic hotel is also located within Iguazu National Park, on the Brazilian side. It boasts equally stunning views of the falls, along with elegant rooms, gourmet dining, and multiple pools.

Hotel das Cataratas, A Belmond Hotel, offers traditional Portuguese-styled rooms with a flat-screen TV, dark wood furniture, and warm natural tones. Some rooms provide a balcony and seating area. The Ipê Grill Restaurant provides a view of the pool and the Itaipu Restaurant provides a view of the falls. They serve a selection of international and local Brazilian cuisine.

Book your stay here…

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Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel (Argentina)

In the subtropical forest, just a 15-minute drive from Iguazu Falls, this luxury hotel features a spa, an outdoor pool, and suspended bridges.  Book now at this 5-Star Hotel…

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Tips for your trip to the Iguazu Falls

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  • Logistical Support: Planning a trip to Iguazu Falls can involve various logistics, such as transportation, accommodation, and entrance fees. A qualified company can take care of these details for you, saving you time and hassle. They can arrange transportation to and from the falls, book accommodations nearby, and help you secure entrance tickets, allowing you to focus on enjoying your experience.

  • Exclusive Experiences: Some qualified companies offer special experiences or access to areas of the falls that are not open to the general public. This can include guided boat tours, helicopter rides, or behind-the-scenes excursions that provide unique perspectives of Iguazu Falls.

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