Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world. This gem of nature lies on the border of Brazil and Argentina and it should be on your bucket list for sure.
The waterfalls of Iguazu isn’t just one waterfall. There is up to 300 waterfalls creating this unique water system. Highest one of them being 82 meters. About half of the river Iguazu’s water falls down in a U-shaped, Iguazu’s most spectacular fall, the Devil’s Throat.
You are able easily to explore both of the sites from one place. Either quiet and small Puerto Iguazu on the Argentinian side, or bigger and more alive Foz de Iguazu on the Brasilian side. Personally, I found the small Puerto Iguazu more tempting. after all the buzz of Buenos Aires.
And if you don’t feel like spending a long time on a bus, because the falls are quite isolated from bigger cities and other attractions, there are also airports on both sides of the border. Sometimes you can find good deals so it’s worth checking especially if you have a limited time.
I recommend doing the Brazilian side first and leave the most spectacular sight, Garganta del Diablo, at last. You can easily catch a bus from the Puerto Iguazu bus terminal to take you through the border and all the way to the Brazilian side of the falls. It works both ways, just remember to take your passport with you.
Pack with you
You only need half a day for the smaller Brazilian side. After getting in the National Park, cute animal painted buses drive you through the rainforest closer to the falls. There is only one short trekking route but it gives you a good perspective and idea of the size of the falls.
The trekking route takes you along the canyon closer to Devil’s Throat and there is a walkaway to get on top of the falls. On Brazilian side the falls are smaller, but it’s still pretty amazing to stand on top of a roaring waterfall.
Give it a full day to the Argentinian side. There are two nice trekking routes on top of the smaller falls and they are both worth doing. The scenery is stunningly beautiful. We also had a lovely lunch at benches by a small fall. Just remember to clean after you and respect the flora and fauna. Also, don’t feed the wild animals.
In a good weather, you are also able to go to the island in the middle by boat. Unfortunately for me, it was closed at the day I was there because of too strong currents. There are also boat tours what take you close to the waterfalls to see them below. You can buy those tours at the park.
Garganta del diablo
Saving the best for the last, Garganta del Diablo, Devil’s throat. You take a small ten-minute train ride with this cute old train up to the upstream. The train tickets are included in the park entrance price. Then a five-minute walk on the route build over the peaceful stream leads you to the real treasure of this place, Garganta del Diablo.
Standing right on top of this massive fall leaves you speechless. The power of nature is unbelievable. It is calm and deadly. The roar of the falls, wind blowing water mist onto your face on a hot day, rainbows on top of the falls and swallows spinning in the air. Oh Mother Nature you’ve done it again, I was truly impressed.
When to go
Best time to visit is spring and autumn time. During the summer months from December to March, the climate tends to be very hot and humid. On wintertime from June to August the water levels drop.
Iguazu Falls is a UNESCO heritage site and truly an amazing one. Like in all National Parks, remember to stay on marked tracks and leave no rubbish behind. Let’s try to protect this world of our together.