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Your Complete Guide to Iguazú Falls : one of South America’s wonders

If there's one natural wonder in South America that commands attention and leaves visitors in awe, it's the majestic Iguazú Falls. Stretching across the border between Argentina and Brazil, this spectacular cascade of water is a breathtaking display of nature's grandeur, encompassing 275 individual falls within its expansive reach.

About Iguazú Falls: A Natural Marvel

The Iguazú Falls stand taller than Niagara Falls and wider than Victoria Falls, solidifying their status as one of the world's most impressive waterfalls. Eleanor Roosevelt herself exclaimed, "Poor Niagara!" upon witnessing the sheer beauty of Iguazú. The falls are divided, with approximately 80% on the Argentinian side and 20% on the Brazilian side.

Spread across 1.7 miles, the falls boast heights ranging from 196 to 270 feet, earning their Guarani/Tupi name, "big water." These falls have graced the silver screen in Hollywood movies, adding to their fame. The captivating legend of the Serpent God, M'Boi, and the star-crossed lovers Naipi and Taruba adds a touch of myth to this natural wonder.

Where are the Iguazu Falls located?

Situated on the border between Argentina (north) and Brazil (south), the falls grace the Misiones province on the Argentine side and the state of Paraná on the Brazilian side. Accessible from both nations, the falls are a remote gem worth the journey.

How do you get to Iguazu Falls?

Traveling to Iguazú Falls from Buenos Aires is approximately 1,300 kilometers. Flights from Buenos Aires to Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport offer convenience, followed by a short bus ride to the falls. Puerto Iguazú, the main base on the Argentine side, serves as a gateway, just a 20-minute drive from the falls.

Best Time to Visit Iguazu Falls

While Iguazú Falls captivate year-round, April and May strike a balance with comfortable temperatures, high water flow, and fewer crowds. January, February, and Easter bring crowds, while the rainy season (December to March) enhances water flow but may include heavy rains.

Opening Hours

Both the Argentine and Brazilian sides welcome visitors daily from 8 am to 6 pm, with the last entry at 4:30 pm. This schedule holds throughout the year, including holidays.

What are the best things to do at Iguazu Falls?

Jet Boat Tour:

Experience the falls up close with a thrilling jet boat ride, navigating rapids and cascading water. Don't forget a change of clothes for this wet adventure!

Iguazu Falls | Argentina
Photo: Andrey Khrobostov

Devil’s Throat:

Visit the heart of the falls, the Devil's Throat, accessible from the Argentine side. An open-air train takes you to the entrance, offering stunning views.

Devil's Throat | Iguazu Falls | Argentina
Photo: Martinelli73

Jungle Safari:

Explore the national park's flora and fauna on an open-top jeep, combining incredible views of the falls with an off-roading jungle adventure.

Scenic Flight:

Soar over Iguazú Falls on a 10-minute helicopter ride, capturing breathtaking aerial views, including the iconic Devil's Throat.

Where to Stay

Hotel das Cataratas (Brazilian Side): Immerse yourself in colonial Portuguese-style rooms within the national park. The hotel, focused on wellness, offers a luxury spa and a refreshing pool.

Gran Meliá Iguazu (Argentinian Side): Luxuriate in this elegant property with sweeping views of the falls. The infinity pool and stylish rooms enhance the overall experience.

Your visit to Iguazú Falls promises to be an unforgettable encounter with nature's splendor. Let this guide be your compass, ensuring a smooth journey and allowing you to savor every moment of this breathtaking spectacle. 

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