The largest waterfall system in the world consisting of 275 falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina. The first European to set his eyes on Iguazu Falls was the Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541
When: August 2016
How long for: 3 days
5) Triple Frontier
How many places in the world can you see where three different countries meet!? Well, probably a lot but it’s still pretty cool. This section of the Iguazu river separates Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. There are bridges between Brazil and Argentina and Brazil and Paraguay. You can walk between them and then move on to the falls later in the day.
4) Itaipu Dam
An amazing engineering feat, the Itaipu Dam is the most productive Hydroelectric Dam in the World. It is located on the Parana River between Brazil and Paraguay. Take a tour of the facility where you see how the Iguazu River’s water is harnessed for energy. Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil all benefit from the energy produced. You can finish the day with a sunset tour. A catamaran takes you and about 200 others to the centre of the lake to enjoy a beautiful sunset over Itaipu Lake.
3) Iguazu Falls – Brazilian Side
When in Brazil the Iguacu Falls, one of the new 7 natural wonders of the world, are defintely part of many peoples itineraries. There is a local airport so access is good (Cheap flights with GOL) and you can catch the number 120 from the airport to Foz de Iguacu. The airport is in between Foz do Iguacu and the falls so you can catch the 120 from the Foz do Iguazu all the way to the falls to save money on a taxi (Catch the bus outside McDonalds on the oppostie side of the road and it costs about £1). The question most people ask is which side should I see the falls from? That all depends on your time constraints and budget but you should definitely see both sides if possible. Both sides are do-able in two days.
Benefits of the Brazilian side:
- Spectacular panoramic views across to the Argentinian side where you can see the majority of the falls.
- A walkway along the length of the falls up towards Devil’s throat.
- A fantastic pier out and over part of the falls. This was my favourite part of the Brazilian side as you really feel the power of the water. Lots of people had ponchos ready as there is spray everywhere from the falls so be warned! Make your way along the walkway to overlook the falls and get really close to the flowing water.
- Developed facilities.
I managed to do everything I wanted to do on the Brazilian side in a couple of hours. You can spend a lot longer here but I would recommend spending longer on the Argentinian side.
2) Iguazu Falls – Argentinian Side
After speaking to people and doing some research on the internet, many people were of the opinion that the Argentinian side was more impressive than the Brazilian side. While I was here I was definitely going to make my own mind up.
I booked an organised tour, of which there are many, for the Argentinian side. I booked mine through Hostel Bambu, which was a great hostel I stayed at in Foz do Iguacu. I thought this would be easier as transport would be provided across the border into Argentina and border control would be dealt with. In hindsight this turned out to be a great decision. We flew straight through all of the people waiting for passport control at the border. There was a slight moment when I thought my passport had gone walkies but everything turned out fine!
Benefits of the Argentinian side:
- A greater selection of walkways and routes of varying lengths.
- Walking along routes that pass over and next to some of the smaller falls.
- In my opinion the boat trip up to and under some of the smaller falls make it superior to the Brazilian side (I will talk about this more below).
- A breathtaking walkway over the river and out towards the top of Devil’s Throat. I was not expecting this and the views here and the roar of the water were incredible. Being at the top of the falls you feel the power of the water even more so than being at the bottom. Devil’s throat is the crown in the jewels of the Iguazu falls and you should really build it into your visit.
1) Take a boat ride
The only way to get a true feel for the power of the water and the scale of the falls is to get in the boat and on the water. There are boat tours available on both sides of the falls.
- The Macuco safari on the Brazilian side is the most comprehensive tour but is also expensive at just under £50.
- On the Argentinian side as you enter there is a kiosk where you can buy tickets to the boat ride further up the river. This is around half the price of the Brazilian side and is great. You get absolutely drenched so please take a spare pair of clothes! Take your camera on board and the guys will take you when to put it in the dry bags. If you have a Go Pro even better.
This is a must do when in Iguazu and is good value for money. Everyone who did this absolutely loved it and was the favourite part of our day!
Enjoy your time in Iguazu, you will be hard pressed to find a more impressive set of waterfalls.
Notable mentions include the Parque das Aves (Bird park) which many people I met loved. Helicopter rides over the falls, the Buddhist temple and the Ipora dance show.