The Iguazu Falls are undoubtedly some of the most epic waterfalls in the world and one of South America’s most iconic sights. Meaning ‘Great Waters’ in Guarani, its sheer beauty and power is so much more than this, and will render even the most jaded traveller speechless. With UNESCO Natural World Heritage status, set in a tropical setting and home to a plethora of wildlife, the Iguazu Falls are an essential part of any Argentina holiday!
Straddling the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, the majestic falls are one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights and one of the Seven Wonders of Nature. So impressive, that it led Eleanor Roosevelt to exclaim ‘Poor Niagara’ on seeing them for the first time. Spanning across a distance of almost 3km, the Iguazu Falls make up a complex chain of 275 falls and reach up to an impressive height of 200 feet. Whilst the Brazilian side offers the best panoramic views of the falls, the Argentinean side encompasses the most extensive network of walkways, allowing you to explore the falls from many different and close-up perspectives. The most famous and spectacular of them all is the Devils Throat, where several cascades join together to form a U- shaped waterfall that is approximately 500 feet across and 2,000 feet in length. The sound of the thundering cascades crashing down into the Iguazu River is a powerful, noisy and unforgettable experience.
The waterfalls are surrounded by lush rainforest home to more than 2000 species of flora, over 500 bird species and approximately 80 different mammals, which include monkeys, the giant anteater and even the elusive jaguar. You can easily spend a whole day exploring the park’s many paths, boardwalks and viewpoints. Take a train ride along the misty base of Iguazu, get adventurous and take a boat safari right up to the foot of the falls or explore the jungle trails in search of flora and fauna.
The accommodation on the Argentine side is more extensive than in Brazil and ranges from larger hotels within soaking distance of the falls to small and intimate lodges located in the surrounding rainforest, just outside of the national park. Regardless of where you choose to stay, you can be assured a truly unforgettable visit to Iguazu Falls.
With easy access and good logistical connections, a stay at Iguazu Falls combines perfectly with two of South America’s most iconic cities: Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Further south and in driving distance, is the Ibera Wetlands, an unspoilt subtropical ecosystem home to Argentina’s greatest concentration of wildlife. If you have the time and budget permits, combining these two destinations is highly recommended.