Iguassu Falls is a collection of beautiful waterfalls stretching for almost three kilometres wide. It’s located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, and is one of the top destinations in South America. This place should definitely be on every traveller’s bucket list.
The Iguazu falls consist of 275 individual cascades which produce so much sound that you can hear the thunderous roaring from miles away. It’s nature’s raw power that makes you gaze in awe, particularly when you’re at the top of the waterfalls and stare into the mouth of Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo). We promise you've never seen anything like it before.
Puerto Iguazu in Argentina
The Argentinean side of the waterfalls is called “Puerto Iguazu”. It’s a small town with a laid-back atmosphere. It has several types of accommodations for every budget. Most travellers, however, are on the Brazilian side of the falls – Foz do Iguacu. It’s actually a fairly sized city with 300.000 inhabitants. However, if you’re into picturesque and charming, jungle cities - Puerto is the place for you.
Travelling to the Iguazo falls
From Buenos Aires, it’s a few hours by plane or around 20 hours by bus. Once you've reach the destination, there are a few ways of doing a trip to the waterfalls actually located inside a National Park. You could go by yourself – just call a cab or jump on a bus to the park and pay an entrance fee. This is a cheaper option and gives you loads of freedom.
You could also of course book an excursion at your hotel or hostel. This mostly includes transport, a guide and entrance to the park. This is a good option if you want to listen to a tour guide telling you about the park and the falls. You will mostly travel in a large group with people of all ages, which can be a disadvantage if you have some slow paced people there who make you wait at every turn. Tip: just sneak out, they won’t care much.
One of the best options is of course to visit the falls by booking an adventure tour from us. This will guarantee you’ll be travelling in a small group, with an experienced guide who will take you to places where the busloads of tourist never go. Trust us, 20 busses of American and Japanese tourist are fun for one hour, but get on your nerves when they all start walking the same paved paths along the waterfalls.
Take a boat ride in Argentina or spectacular photos in Brazil
You can access the falls from two different sides. Both giving you a totally different view off nature's own, spectacular water show.
The Argentinean side is good for experiencing the falls up close. It’s great for getting wet, taking a boat ride underneath the falls and standing on top of Devil’s Throat. A small train takes you to the different sections of the waterfalls.
In Brazil, however, you experience the best side of the falls to take stunning pictures in front of them. On this side you face the falls instead of standing under or on top of them.
Why choose only one side? You came all this way – do them both!
When to travel to Argentina and the amazing Iguazu falls
Although you can visit the falls from both sides all year long, there are some differences per season. The best time to visit is definitely in the spring or fall seasons, this is when the temperature is nice and there is plenty of water in the river. Summer (dec-jan) is very humid and hot. The temperature during winter is also nice, but the level of water in the river is considerably lower - so don’t go during the Argentinean winter (jun-sep)!