What to see and do in Iguazu?
We all deserve something special from time to time, don’t we? That something we are proposing is nothing less than a trip to get to know one of the natural wonders of the world first hand. One of those mythical places in the tropics, which are perhaps the most spectacular waterfalls on the planet: the Iguazú Falls.
In this article we are going to tell you everything you need to know to prepare your trip to the Iguazu Falls, starting with their location and
characteristics, going through the practical data about how to get there and what to see and ending up with a few tips for travelling to Iguazu
that will suit you very well.
What are the Iguazu Falls and where are they?
Before you find out how to travel to the falls you must at least know what they are and where they are. It is also interesting to know some specific characteristics of this incredible natural monument.
This is a set of waterfalls (275, actually) that occurs in the Iguazú River, a tributary of the Paraná River (with which it meets quite close) and which sends its waters to the Rio de la Plata. At this confluence is the famous Triple Border between Brazil (Foz do Iguaçú), Argentina (Puerto Iguazú) and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay).
It is a fact that the river serves as a border between Argentina to the south and Brazil to the north, so both countries can boast of them: the Argentines for the number of falls (80%), both for sharing the highest (80 meters fall) and the Brazilians for having the best views (the other side, of course). This is why it is often said that waterfalls are seen in Brazil and experienced in Argentina.
The natural environment that protects the national park (well, the two national parks, of course) is of enormous exuberance in terms of
flora and fauna. The vapourized mist that perennially sprouts from the waterfalls contributes to a truly unique environment.
Do you like curious facts? The average flow of the waterfalls is 1500 m3/sec; if you think it’s a lot, imagine having passed through there in the autumn of 2014, when the heavy rains generated a flow of, hold on, 45,700 m3/sec.
How to get to the Iguazú falls
In this case, as in any other, it depends on where you are. But the airplane is the simplest and most disillusioned thing, from Europe of course, but also from South America. Both Foz do Iguaçú (Brazil) and Puerto Iguazú (Argentina) have international airports.
The one in the Brazilian city, Internacional Cataratas (IGU), does not receive direct flights from Europe. Luckily for us, you can now fly directly from Madrid to Puerto Iguazu (IGR) on the Argentine side.
Both cities are very well connected by a dense bus network with the most important cities in Brazil and Argentina: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Paraná, Corrientes… But get ready for a trip on an American scale.
Getting from there to the waterfalls themselves will not be difficult for you, whether by public or private transportation, there are many
When to go and where to stay?
In fact, no time of year is a bad time to visit Iguazu, because the climate of the area is tropical, with a generally mild temperature.
The difference is in the rainfall: the winter ( beware the southern winter of the other hemisphere, which coincides with the European summer)
Since in Iguazú there is plenty of water and you don’t want it to be raining, the period between April and September would be ideal. In addition, it is low season.
Regarding accommodation… The two cities in the area (the Brazilian city is much bigger than the Argentine one) are well equipped to welcome
visitors, travellers and tourists, whatever style they prefer. Puerto Iguazu is somewhat closer to the falls and the atmosphere is more “natural”,
while the accommodations on the Brazilian side are, in general, more urban.
Anyway (maybe it is your case), for many people the waterfalls are a stage in a major journey through Latin America or Argentina that takes them to the Perito Moreno glacier on the other side of the country and not unusual trips to Iguazu with all-inclusive packages, with accommodation, excursions, transportation …
What to see and do in Iguazú
And now that you have finally arrived in Iguazu, the question arises: What to see and do in Iguazu? First of all, if you want to have a complete view of the falls, it is a good idea to visit both sides. You will need a couple of days (if you have four, better), your passport (the only requirement if you have Spanish nationality), to get up a little early (the parks close around 5pm) and to put on comfortable clothes.
The entrance to the national parks costs about 17€ on each side. It’s really worth it, you won’t be disappointed: you’ll be able to enjoy this
spectacle of nature very closely and enjoy the plants and animals you’ll find on your way.
You can check out the official activities on the websites of the Argentine and Brazilian sides. In short, it’s about going through the different paths and walkways of the parks that culminate, going up the river, in the impressive Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat); surely you will never forget the dramatic scenery and the roar of the water.
On the Argentine side there is a greater variety of activities and routes.
From an ecological train ride through the jungle to visiting secluded and quiet corners. On the Brazilian side the platform tour is shorter, but tremendously impressive, because, apart from the brusque panorama of the Argentine side, it takes you practically inside the Devil’s Throat (getting to this place is one of the essential things to see and do in Iguazú).
As you can imagine there are many more experiences managed by private operators for other adventure activities, bird watching, jungle excursions, visits to nearby places and a long etcetera.
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