One of the World's Great Natural Wonders
These unbelievable falls, Foz do Iguacu in Portuguese, Cataratas del Iguazu in Spanish, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, are often heralded as the most beautiful falls in the world and are a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
Upon seeing Iguacu for the first time, first Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!" Vastly larger than North America's Niagara Falls, the Iguacu Falls are made up of 275 separate cataracts that stretch for 2.5 miles, plunging 269 feet (82m) into the Iguacu River. This amazing location is best appreciated by visiting both sides of the border; while the Brazilian side offers the best panoramic viewing of the falls, the Argentine side allows closer access.
The main attraction at the falls is the magnificent "Devil's Throat," or Garganta del Diablo
, which can be seen and heard from a half mile away. The awesome power of the surging water at this site is bound to impress even the most jaded traveler.
There are many activities offered in the vicinity of the falls, including hiking, wildlife viewing, thrilling boat adventures, and a meal with a view at the Garganta del Diablo Restaurant overlooking the falls.
Located approximately two hours by plane from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Sao Paulo, Brazil, the falls are a highlight of any visit to these beautiful countries. Since limited flight schedules prohibit visiting and returning in a single day, we recommend a stay of 2 to 3 days to enjoy the area fully. Visitors should make sure to plan adequately in advance, as hotels do fill up. On the following page we provide information to assist you with your travel-planning, including recommended itineraries to ensure a memorable visit.
Trip Information and Sample Iguazu Falls Vacation Itinerary
Iguazu Falls Highlights:
Argentinian Side Excursion
View the waterfalls from the Iguazu National Park, where a series of well-constructed catwalks allow visitors incredible access to the falls, including a trip to the very cusp of the "Devil's Throat." Both the "lower" and "upper" circuits around the falls offer a multitude of breathtaking views. This is the main excursion in Iguazu and the highlight of every trip to the
The Great Adventure Excursion
This tour consists of two parts. The tour begins with a 4x4 excursion through the surrounding rainforest for wildlife spotting and detailed information about the area's history and ecology. This is followed by a boat trip down the Iguacu River which affords a great view of the falls from a distance, a ride through the river's rapids, and an exhilarating dash underneath the San Martin falls.
Brazilian Side Excursion
Enjoy a pleasant walk with breathtaking panoramic views in Iguacu National Park. This can be booked as a half-day or full-day excursion, and will be a memorable part of your visit to Iguacu. Don't forget that a Brazilian visa is required to see the waterfalls from this location.
Yacutinga Lodge & Wildlife Nature Reserve
Located on the Iguazu river in the heart of the Argentine rainforest, a stay at the Yacutinga Nature Reserve allows guests to experience this unbelievable setting in a relaxed and tranquil manner. Walking tours, bird-watching, canoeing and biking are all ways of exploring the area far from the crowds. The lodge features three restaurants, a pool, and an animal sanctuary which is home to over 270 types of birds and mammals. Gourmet meals and excursions are all included in your stay at this unforgettable location.
Jesuits Mission Ruins Excursion
A visit to the ruins of the grand 18th-century Jesuit settlement, San Ignacio Mini, is a lovely day trip from Iguazu. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, these picturesque ruins situated in the midst of a subtropical rainforest impart the sensation of having been transported back centuries in time.
Featured Lodgings in Iguazu:
Stay at the excellent Sheraton Iguazu Hotel, which is actually inside the Iguazu National Park. The hotel's restaurant and rooms offer views of the wondrous falls and the lush vegetation around this true wonder of nature.
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