You need to visit the Iguazu Falls for an epic experience. There are times when your travels will make your mouth drop open. If you’re a really good planner or adventurer, you’ll have lots of these moments. However, I’m going to help you out on this occasion by letting you know that the Iguazu Falls are worth your travelling pennies. I visited as part of my round-the-world trip quite a few years ago and it still ranks as one of my best memories.
Ever the obliging host, the Iguazu Falls (sometimes known as Igaussu or Iguaçu Falls) can be found in more than one country. The impressive waterfalls perch on the three-way border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, with the Brazilian side offering an overview and the Argentinian side a closer inspection.
The Iguazu Falls are bloody massive – wider than the Victoria Falls and twice as wide as the Niagara Falls. They range between 60 metres and 89 metres tall, and consist of a greedy 275 individual drops. The sound of the rushing water and the mist from their fall will leave you in absolute awe.
The most mesmerising of all the drops is Devil’s Throat. Carefully tread the narrow board walk to the viewing platform and peer over if you’re brave enough. Most of the water zooms down here. The speed and force is just breathtaking and strangely hypnotic. It’s like the water is enchanted; beckoning you to jump the barrier and join it. Luckily, I managed to shake the feeling off and kept my feet firmly on the platform. I suggest you do the same.
How to See the Iguazu Falls
There are a variety of tour companies who offer trips to the falls, from either the Argentinian or Brazilian sides, or even both. Personally, I ventured with G Adventures and really enjoyed the experience.
Once you get to the Iguazu Falls you’ll be able to choose a couple of different treks to get to different viewing stations. Just bear in mind that given the size of the falls, some treks can take a few hours. The rainbow views are worth the effort though and the walkways that surround this new wonder of the world (it’s official) make it fairly easy to navigate. It’s definitely worth exploring and appreciating the different drops and dips as they are all so unique.
As well as walking, you can also explore part of the Iguazu Falls area by jeep or a jeep bus. Its so much fun as it bumps along the jungle roads. There are thousands of different species in this protected area and if you’re lucky like I was, you might even see a toucan or a hummingbird. Once you get out on foot and start crossing the walkway bridges you’ll even spy cayman gliding and lurking in the waters. It really is no surprise at all that the area has been used for films like Indiana Jones.
If you want something even more exciting you’ll be able to opt for a helicopter ride over the site. It’s such a cool way to grasp just how big the falls are and how much water is rushing past. A little pricier than a jeep ride, but definitely a memorable experience.
Whilst all of that is amazingly fun, you really must go for the speed boat ride. Dressed in a life jacket and your waterproof, you’ll zip down the white waters, bouncing up and down, squealing and screaming. The absolute highlight though is when you edge closer and closer into the mouth of the waterfall. The sheer volume of the water surrounds you and you realise just how fast that water is pounding down. It’ll be hard because of the mist, but try to open an eye (or even two!) and take stock of it. It’s a fantastic experience that will leave you grinning and buzzing all day long.
You can book the jeep, helicopter or boat trip (or even all three) when you’re there. Just remember to take your waterproof jacket, a camera and comfy shoes.
Best Time to Visit
In the summer it can be hot and humid, whereas in the spring and autumn the temperatures are a bit more comfortable. If you can, avoid winter as the water levels can drop. December, January and February tend to be rainier months. This means more water, but it can also mean that some of the treks are temporarily closed. March and September are good months to visit if you want a likely chance of warm temperatures, decent water levels and blue skies.
The entrance fees differ depending on whether you visit the Iguassu Falls on the Argentinian side or the Brazilian one. You’re looking at approximately P$130 in Argentina and about R41 in Brazil, which is about £10 each. I’d recommend a day on each side to really enjoy the views at your own pace and to sample the extra activities like the speed boat.
The Iguassu Falls really are one of the ultimate things to see when you’re in South America. You’ll have the best time. X
Have you been to the Iguassu Falls? Are they on your list? I’d love to hear your experiences and plans.