The sight, sound and sheer force of Iguazu Falls coupled with the flora and fauna of the nearby rainforest make this a prime attraction.
On the border between Argentina and Brazil, 275 separate waterfalls stretching for almost three kilometres combine to create Iguazu Falls, little wonder that this is such a spectacle and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highest of these waterfalls is Devil’s Throat with the water plunging 80 metres into the gorge below. The name translates as ‘big water’ which while undoubtedly true hardly does the falls justice.
You can follow upper and lower circuit walkways, with or without a guide, to get views of the falls and Iguazu River and take a train through the rainforest to a walkway which leads to the Devil’s Throat. Boat rides and helicopter flights enable you to get different perspectives of the Iguazu Falls and in the national park you can follow trails to get a feeling of life in the jungle and spot butterflies, toucans and monkeys.
There is accommodation near Iguazu Falls allowing you to spend as long as you wish at this fabulous attraction. Hotel das Cataratas is the only hotel within Iguazu National Park (on the Argentinian side), but there are good hotels on both sides.
- Experience the might of the falls: Take the lower and upper walking circuits for varied vantage points and views of the cascading water, spray and water rainbows.
- Hear to roar of the Devil’s Throat: As you approach you hear the roar of the water heralding the magnificent sight of the tallest of the falls.
- "‘Poor Niagara!": Your sentiments may concur with those of Eleanor Roosevelt on seeing Iguazu - Niagara doesn't just compare. The Brazilian side of the falls offers first-rate panoramic views and is best seen and photographed in the morning light. Return at sunset for dramatic vistas.
- National parks: There are national parks on the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the falls and spending time in the rainforest is a great addition to seeing the falls. Walking trails let you access the forest where you can watch toucans, monkeys, giant anteaters. capybaras, tapirs and coatis. There are jaguars here, too, seldom seen, but you might just be lucky.
- Activities in the park: In the national park there are many activities such as white water rafting, birdwatching, horse riding, abseiling, helicopter rides over the falls and guided tours (book and pay locally). Activities available vary slightly in each country and depending on your chosen hotel.