Chosen as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the waterfalls form a breathtaking landscape that leave all who visit truly enthralled.
Two countries: Argentina and Brazil
Iguazu National Park
The Argentinian side comprises 80% of the falls' territory and is one of the most popular places to visit, although its Brazilian neighbor is also spectacular.
The best starting point for visiting the Argentinian side is Puerto Iguazú, a pleasant town 14 miles (23 kilometers) from the falls.
- Boat trip: One of the most impressive activities is a boat ride on the Iguazu River, where the boat goes under some of the waterfalls to cool off the visitors.
- Devil's Throat: This waterfall has the most powerful flow of water and towers at an incredible height that can be observed from a few feet away.
- Coatis: The park is teeming with these amusing animals, which often congregate next to the bars and restaurants to try to steal from unsuspecting visitors.
- Boat trips under a full moon: Whenever there’s a full moon, the falls take on a special glow. For 5 days a month, a lucky few can enjoy nighttime visits.
Parque Nacional do Iguaçú
20% of the falls lie in Brazilian territory. This part of the falls still offers views as impressive as those on the Argentinian side, due to the wild nature that lines the rushing waters.
The starting point to explore the Brazilian side is Foz de Iguazú, which sits on the border between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay.
- Helicopter ride: Flying over the falls is a unique experience, especially for anyone who’s never flown in a helicopter before. However, objectively speaking, the best way to see and "feel" the falls is from a boat.
- Boat trip: As on the Argentinian side, you can take a boat trip to see the immensity of the waterfalls close up.
- Safari: A tour through the park while accompanied by a guide is the perfect way to see the animals hiding in the lush vegetation.
Another place worth visiting that’s near Foz do Iguaçu is Itaipu Dam. This dam is the second largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, just behind China's Three Gorges Dam. You can take tours here to check out the facilities.
How to get to Iguazu Falls
As Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls are separated by a distance of 870 miles (1,400 kilometers), you’ll need to get there by plane. The journey to Puerto Iguazu International Airport takes just under 2 hours and round-trip fares are usually around € 300 (US$ 330.40).
You can check out the flight times and buy your plane tickets at the best price here:
Once you're in Puerto Iguazú, you can get to the falls by car, taxi, bus, or by booking a day trip.
You can also book a private day trip to Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires. This option may cost a little more, but the experience will be more comfortable and personal.