Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu Falls border Argentina as well as Brazil. Together, they make up the largest waterfall system in the world. Whether you see these magnificent falls from Argentina, Brazil or both, our South American Travel Specialists share their recommendations on the best vantage point as well as some unique activity options…

About

The word “Iguazu” means “big water”.  Upon arriving,  it is easy to understand how these falls got their name! The roaring curtains of water cascade down the cliff face and drench thrilled onlookers, whilst the Iguazu River flows beneath.

Nearly twice as tall as Niagara Falls and three times as wide, Iguazu Falls is a series of 275 waterfalls.  These waterfalls are spread across an area of 2.7 kilometres. This magnificent site was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the Iguazu National Park, the falls boast a diverse ecosystem that is home to a wide array of wildlife. Make time to explore the jungle and you just might be lucky enough to see a toucan, jaguar or puma…

From Argentina

With approximately 80% of the falls located on the Argentinian side, there is plenty to explore! Catch the Ecological Jungle Train into the Falls Station navigating the various trails and attractions of the park. Once here, explore the five main trails that span over 15km.  These trails allow you to get close-up views of many of the waterfalls.

The Devil’s Throat is the largest of the 275 waterfalls in Iguazu Falls and is a must see. Here you will be shrouded in a cloud of mist as half of the rivers water supply cascades over the edge of the plateau.

Also ensure you visit the picturesque San Martin Island. Leave the lower trail and catch a ferry to the island. Here you will find its own (slightly challenging) trail and series of viewpoints. A private oasis surrounded by roaring waterfalls,  this rocky refuge is great for relaxing on the sandy shores and swimming in the shallows.

 From Brazil

You will find the majority of the falls on the Argentinian side. However, Brazil offers a unique perspective. From this side you will find the walkways to the viewpoints are shorter, which can work for those short on time. Once at the lookout, enjoy a view that is truly breathtaking. Helicopter tours are also an exciting experience unique to the Brazilian side.   Despite being home to fewer waterfalls, the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls boasts some of the best panoramic views as well as offering great access to hotels and restaurants.

Experiences

There is plenty to see and do at the Iguazu Falls and a range of activities and sights in the surrounding area. For those who want to get out amongst nature, enjoy a jet boat safari, go kayaking on the river or cycling in the rainforest. If you’re looking for a unique experience closeby, Parque das Aves is a rehabilitation and rescue centre for birds that have been the victim of wildlife smuggling or mistreatment. The centre is also home to butterflies, turtles and reptiles.

The Iguazu Falls are a truly spectacular sight and both an overwhelming and exhilarating experience. Whether you experience this incredible natural spectacle from the Brazilian or Argentinian side, this is one sight that you truly have to see to believe…

References:  Thank you The Nomadic Vegan, Traveller, CNN, Lonely Planet, Just Globetrotting, G Adventures, Rough Guides, World of Waterfalls, Argentina Travel Blogs, Britannica, Stingy Nomads, Ladatco and Travel with Winny 
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