Making up a horseshoe of some 275 individual waterfalls and cascades, this is a tick on the bucket-list which really doesn’t underwhelm or disappoint. A well-maintained and comprehensive set of catwalks allow you get right up close and personal with the vast sprays of water. Nature is at its fiercest in the foaming cauldron at the very heart of the site, the semicircular ‘Devil’s Throat’, 80 meters high and a massive 2,700 meters in diameter….and you can stand right over their edge and look down.
The falls are in the far north of Argentina, right on Argentina’s border with Brazil and nearby Paraguay – it’s only a short flight from Buenos Aires, but well worth the trip. The Parque Nacional in which the falls are situated plays in to the hands of the adventurer – you can jet boat into the heart of the falls, cruise down the Iguazú River at warp speed, and then round off all of this adrenaline with a jeep tour through the jungle, home to thousands of butterflies and other animals.
The falls are divided between Argentina and Brazil, with Argentina having the unequal greater portion. However, if you have the time and inclination it’s worth heading across the border to the Brazilian side. Why? Well simply because the falls are so impressive that it’s well worth getting a different perspective. On the Argentine side you actually feel the falls - you can literally reach out and touch them! – but you can actually see the falls better from Brazil, because from there you get the complete panorama in one from the well-placed panoramic walkways. It’s also worth visiting the superb Bird Park, right across the road from the entrance to the Brazilian side of the falls.
If you decide that you want to go to the Brazilian side of the falls keep in mind though that while it’s only a short and inexpensive shuttle ride from Puerto Iguazú, some people need a visa to enter Brazil. Not Brits, but our guests from the United States and of Australia will need to get a one-day-only Brazilian visa (they can do it overnight) locally.