Iguazú Falls – or Great Waters in guaraní, the local Indian dialect – lie on the frontier between three countries – Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. The resounding roar of water thundering over the lip of the 90-metre Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) plunging far down into dense mist is such a spectacular sight, it prompted Eleanor Roosevelt to remark, “Poor Niagara” on seeing them for the first time. There is no doubt that these Falls are a big draw for large numbers of visitors but that does not make them any less spectacular.
As the Falls are located on the border, they make a wonderful and very easy stopover if travelling between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, where you can enjoy this natural spectacle as well as enjoying the tropical warmth and lush Atlantic rainforest that surrounds them.
As the park gets so many visitors, it is certainly worth staying in one of only two properties located within the National Park boundaries – we prefer the one on the Brazilian side! Get up early and take a leisurely stroll down the pathways to the Falls which you can access easily from your accommodation to hear the early morning birdsong in silence before the gates are open to the public.
Families will love the active adventures that being at the Falls offers, from kayaking, white-water-rafting, thrilling speedboat rides under some of the Falls, rappelling and tree-top zip lines. They will love the sight of the cheeky coatimundi who stroll around the park’s pathways. How about taking some hikes into quieter parts of the park to look for monkeys and toucans. If you are on a special holiday, then you could surprise your loved one with a breath-taking helicopter ride over the falls – we can of course arrange the bubbly for your flight!
We also love a less well-known location about an hour south of the Falls. Away from the crowds that flock here, this tropical region is home to an array of monkeys, exotic birds such as toucans, endearing mammals such as coati and capybara, as well as some very elusive big cats such as jaguar, or mammals such as tapir.
The flora here is also beautiful, including many wonderful species of bromeliads. As you head to a quiet spot on the edge of the Paraguay River, you have great opportunities to spot many of the indigenous birds of this region such as mannakins and be close enough to visit the fascinating ruins of some of the numerous Jesuit Missions that were once here, whilst still remaining accessible to the falls themselves.