Mesmerizing vistas await you at Foz do Iguaçu
One of the top attractions in South America is Iguazú. These amazing waterfalls are located in the Iguazu river and are part of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. You can see the waterfalls from the Brazilian as well as from the Argentinian side.
Once we arrived I was utterly amazed by the size of this striking natural beauty. The biodiversity in Iguazú is also worth noting. There are 2,000 plant species and 450 bird species in the park. Furthermore, you will be rendered speechless by the impressive views! The falls are twice as wide and taller than the Niagara Falls, and offer its visitors a myriad of spectacular sights.
Why choose the Brazilian side, Foz do Iguaçu
Both sides are awe-inspiring and will allow you to admire what is one of the new seven natural wonders of the world.
The Brazilian side of Iguazu is easier to visit as it is relatively shorter. From this side you get a better overview of the falls despite them being farther away from you. Take your time to enjoy the gorgeous panoramic views from the different lookout points.
Where to stay
I loved staying at Hotel Saint George in Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, the rooms are clean and spacious. In addition, the staff is friendly, the hotel provides transportation for free from the airport, and it has a lovely pool area that was perfect in the warm sunny days of my visit. Moreover, the hotel is located within walking distance to restaurants and stores in Puerto Iguazu.
Here you can find other great options of places to stay at Puerto Iguazu in Argentina.
If you want to stay in the park and enjoy the waterfalls from your hotel, there are two options: Sheraton in Argentina and Hotel das Cataratas in Brazil. Otherwise take a look at some options of places to stay in Brazil at Foz do Iguaçu, here.
In order to get to the Brazilian cataratas do Iguaçu, you need to take a bus that will take you 10 km., through the rainforest. The first bus leaves from the visitors center at 9 am.
If you have enough time you might want to consider other options available in the area, such as: kayaking, rappelling, helicopter sightseeing ride, biking, a 3 km safari on a car in the jungle, a motorboat ride to the falls and canyoning.
Once the bus stops, you won’t need to walk too far in order to encounter one of the many viewpoints offering a very scenic view of part of the Brazilian waterfalls.
Foz do Iguaçu
There are railings all along the trail that are easy to follow and even give you perfect spots or balconies to take some breathtaking shots. The Parks protect the biodiversity, and you may encounter some friendly species during your hike.
At the very end of the trail you get to stand at the same level as the base of the first fall, this is the Devil’s Throat Balcony. Here, besides the view of what is the biggest waterfall (90 m height), you can feel all the energy of the waterfalls, get wet and have some fun.
On the way up, at Naipi spot you get to enjoy a 27m ride on an elevator offering yet another amazing view of the waterfalls. Here you find a small shop, restrooms and view balconies
What to bring to Foz do Iguaçu
Due to the location of Iguazu, the weather is moist and there is often some rain. Bring a poncho and rain/water gear, and some dry clothes. You might get wet at some point. It is also a good idea to bring something to drink and sunscreen, it can get pretty warm. Despite the warmth and vegetation there are almost no bugs.
If you have a SLR camera with you to this trip, and want to protect your camera while getting some awesome pictures! Then I would recommend that you get the Professional Rain Cover for Large DSLR Cameras.
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