Aerial view of Iguazu Falls

Visiting Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls appear out of nowhere in the midst of a subtropical forest. You'll hear them before you see them.

Aerial view of Iguazu Falls

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An impressive sight

There’s no denying the impressive sight that is Iguazu Falls, the sheer majesty of the pounding water as it cascades down towards the tumultuous waters below.

The falls are found in Iguazu National Park, which is in fact two national parks, one in Brazil and one in Argentina. The sheer natural beauty and attraction of Iguazu Falls saw it declared as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1984.

The falls are in fact made up of some 275 separate waterfalls. Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) is an impressive U-shaped cascade, and the highest at 82 metres is perhaps one of the more well known, the majestic power and beauty is all part of the attraction.

  • A choice of routes to explore
  • Witness South America's largest falls
  • Suitable for all levels of fitness
  • Dramatic views
  • Explore on foot, by train and by boat
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What can you expect when you visit the falls?

Most tours will collect you from your hotel, we can arrange this for you, no problem.  There are several different circuits that you can traverse, there’s even a Forest Train that you can hop on to explore the park in more depth.

Superior circuit at Iguazu Falls, Argentina © GKovacs,Shutterstock

Superior Circuit

This route gives amazing panoramic views of the falls in all their glory from the upper walkways (though this circuit does not include the renowned Devil’s Throat). This trail is a little under 2km and will give views from above of the following falls: Dos Hermanos, Chico, Ramirez, Bosetti, Adan and Eva, Mendes and Mbigua. At the end of the trail you are rewarded with impressive panoramic views of both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the park. It’s an easy circuit which should take around 2 hours.

Lower Circuit

A little more fitness is required for the Lower Circuit which is 1.7km long but has some steep paths and steps incorporated into the trail. As you walk through the walkways deeper into the jungle, the view of the falls will gradually open up in front of you and in the distance you’ll see the Devil’s Throat, San Martin Island and Bossetti Falls. Brave the steps to Dos Hermanas waterfall where you can take a rest before continuing to the end. The duration of this circuit is around 2 hours.

Devil's Throat

A visit to Devil’s Throat is on most people’s wishlist when they visit Iguazu Falls, and whilst the trail is 2.2km it’s flat and there are resting places along the way where you can take a break. Most people take the Ecological Train which runs every 15-20 minutes stopping at the visitor centre, the middle of the park near the lighthouse and then the last station is where you alight for the Devil’s Throat trail mentioned above. When you get arrive at the falls, you’ll be able to experience them from just a few metres away, surely a once in a lifetime, unique experience. Do bear in mind that this is the most popular viewing spot at the falls, so you will encounter quite a few other visitors and may have to wait your turn for a photo opportunity.

Macuco Trail

Those with a love of ‘off the beaten track’ may opt for the Macuco Trail which is approximately 7.7km in length. Allow at least three hours to explore this trail which takes you through a variety of flora, you may see some wildlife too such as monkeys in the treetops. At the end of the trail is the Arrechea waterfall which cascades some 20m from top to bottom. This is the end of the trail, then after a rest, retrace your steps back to the starting point.

The Green Trail

This trail is a short, flat, easy to negotiate 600m trail that links the visitor centre with the Cataratas train station it also connects the lower and upper circuit. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, admire the birdlife and perhaps spot a coati. It’s a gentle 30 minute stroll at most.