When hearing the word waterfalls probably most people think of the Niagara Falls first! Although the Iguazu Falls are twice as high (up to 82 meters). But that´s not all, they are also the widest (2.7 km) ones and the ones with the most falls. 20 bigger and 255 smaller waterfalls can be gazed in the national park which is part of the UNESCO world heritage. This natural spectacle is a natural boarder of Brazil and Argentina and you shouldn´t miss the change to visit both the Cataratas del Iguazú (Argentinian part) and the Cataratas do Iguaçu (Brazilian part). Actually it´s the same but both parks offer two different perspectives which are incomparable and both breathe taking.
How to get to Iguazu: We travelled from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu. There are different bus companies which travel to Iguazu in approx. 17 hours (cost approx. 150€).
Cataratas del Iguazú - Argentina
Costs: approx. 24€
Opening hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
How to get there: Take a bus from the local bus terminal of Puerto Iguazu which stops in front of the entrance of the national park, in which the waterfalls are located (approx. 30 minutes).
Time needed: One day or more
Advantage: The Argentinian part is a lot bigger than the Brazilian one and you can get closer to the falls.
The park is divided into 4 parts: Upper Trail, Lower Trail, Garganta del Diabolo and Macucu Trail. At the entrance there is a little train station which connects the entrance with the Upper / Lower Trail and the Garganta del Diabolo. We wanted to safe the best for last and started at the first station. There you can choose, if you want to see the falls from above (Upper Trail) or below (Lower Trail) first.
Upper Trail & Lower Trail
Both trails lead you through the rain forest along some smaller waterfalls. The flora and fauna you can see here, is already worth visiting the park. While walking on the small paths, it is so quiet, that you get the feeling that the gushing waterfalls are still far away.
But after a shot time this breathtaking force of nature shows up and leaves you speechless. In some places you will get really wet and in the humid forest it is hard to dry. Therefore I would recommend bringing some cloth to change and a small towel.
Garganta del Diabolo
The most spectacular part of the park is the devil's throat (Garganta del Diabolo), a 150 meters wide and 700 meters long u-shaped gorge. From the train station it is a less than 30 minutes walk along some footbridges until you arrive at the biggest waterfall of Iguazu. Here where the water plunges spectacularly into the depths from heights over 80 meters, it gets really loud. I could have watched this amazing natural spectacle for hours.
There is another trail which leads you approx. 7 km through the rain forest to a waterfall where it is allowed to go swimming. Unfortunately, there was no more time to do it.
Animals: While visiting the park you will see some animals. For example we saw a lot of coatis and butterflies, some lizards and a monkey. Watch out for the coatis. They try to steal food from the tourists.
Cataratas do Iguaçu - Brazil
Cost: approx. 14€
Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
How to get there: We went there by taxt but it is also possible to go by bus from the local bus terminal of Puerto Iguazu. Crossing the border was fast and easy (travelling time approx. 1 hour).
Time needed: Approx. 4 hours
Advantage: Better overview than in Argentina
At the entrance of the park there are busses free of charge which will bring you to the falls. There is only one path which leads you to different viewpoints. There you get a fantastic view over the waterfalls and a great overview of the whole area. At the end of the path there is a stunning viewpoint directly at the edge of one huge fall.