Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguassu Falls are an epic display of sheer power. Feel your jaw drop with amazement as you witness tons of water hurl itself over sky-high cliffs. As the surrounding mist rises from the jungle, this world-famous site is the largest waterfall system in the world, and one of the great natural wonders of the world. Considered one of the top destinations in South America, Iguassu Falls is nearly three times as wide as Niagara Falls and significantly wider than Victoria Falls in Africa.
On the Argentine side, Iguassu Falls are set in Iguassu National Park and surrounded by subtropical rainforest, with over 2,000 species of vascular plants. This precious inland rainforest has been carefully preserved by both Argentina and Brazil. The park is home to some of the great wildlife of the region: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, and caymans.
Discovered in 1541 by the Spanish Conquistador, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, as he searched for a trading route to Peru, the falls are now one of the most sought after destinations for anyone travelling to South America. Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo in Spanish) is a can’t-miss attraction within Iguassu park. Shaped like a horseshoe, Devil’s Throat is the largest water curtain in the whole system and includes a spectacular fourteen waterfalls.
Iguassu Falls is so large and has a lot to see, so it’s best to allot two or three full days to explore the area. With options to visit from either the Argentinean and Brazilian side, there are many ways to explore this amazing feat of Mother Nature. Consider a thrilling helicopter ride over the falls to get postcard perfect views of the 275 cascades from all angles. Or, opt for an adrenaline-inducing speed boat journey to the base of the falls. You will get great views – and you’ll also get wet! Explore the park on foot in and around the waterfall network. The trails, walkways, and bridges wind along the water’s edge and throughout the surrounding jungle forest. Stop at scenic lookout points to snap pictures of some of the 275 drops.
All these experiences help to put into perspective the size, grandeur, and power of what can be only described as jaw dropping. Eleanor Roosevelt, when sighting the falls for the first time, famously uttered the words “poor Niagara!” The mighty Iguassu Falls can turn even jaded travellers into excited sightseers.
Iguassu Falls makes a perfect addition to any Argentina or Brazil tour. From Buenos Aires, it’s a 90-minute flight to Puerto Iguassu in the Argentinean side. From Rio de Janeiro, it takes two hours to fly to the Brazilian town of Foz de Iguacu.
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