Iguazu Falls: need-to-knows & nice-to-knows

Fun and usually need-to-knows and nice-to-knows facts about the famous Iguazu Falls on the border between Argentina and Brazil

Iguazu Falls are probably one of the places in Argentina there is written the most about online and for a good reason! This system of around 270 different waterfalls located on the border between Argentina and Brazil is truly spectacular. Actually, so spectacular that the natural parks on either side of the border have been declared UNESCO world heritage.

I have collected some of my best need-to-knows and nice-to-knows of fun and useful facts about the Iguazu Falls (you can check out my other need-to-knows and nice-to-know post here). Even though there are already plenty of recourses and blog posts about the Iguazu Falls out there (just check out how many hits you get on Pinterest!), I wanted to try out my luck.

And then, of course, share some of my photos from visiting the falls. Unfortunately, it was cloudy a lot of the time when I visited (mid-December), so I missed the option of taking some of those astounding pictures of the waterfalls with rainbows over – damn it!

I hope you will enjoy my post, and find some useful information or maybe just inspire you to visit! If you feel like I missed some important facts about the Iguazu Falls, then please feel free to drop your pro-tip in the comments below!

NEED TO KNOW

The Iguazu Falls are located on the borders of Argentina and Brazil inside a huge rainforest. In Argentina, the falls are called Cataratas de Iguazú, whereas in Brazil their name is Cataratas do Iguaçu.

NICE TO KNOW

Even though the Iguazu Falls are located inside a rainforest, you will not have to worry about getting lost or eaten by dangerous animals. The falls are accessed through a very well-ordered national park (and they close the whole thing down if there come any dangerous animals inside the park – trust me, it is all over the national news in Argentina when it from time to time happens).

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The Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls accounts for around 80% of the total falls which results in the national park on the Argentine side is way bigger than the Brazilian one.

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There is an ongoing debate on which side is the best to visit… Without a doubt, I enjoyed more the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls (a little bit biased here? Hm, maybe! After all, I’m living in Argentina, right?).

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On the Argentine. there are several different trails to do to see the different individual falls close-up and from different angles. Remember to both check out the lower circuit and upper circuit of Cataratas de Iguazú. You can easily spend one-and-a-half or two days on the Argentine side (there is a discount on the second day – wuuhu! Read more below). Read more about doing the Argentine side without a guide here.

On the Brazilian side, there is only one main path that everybody has to follow and it quickly gets felt up with people and selfie-sticks…

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Each of the sides of the falls has nicely paved walking treks, and you do not need the big hiking gear – just some comfy walking shoes to do either side.

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A raincoat or poncho and a rain cover for your bag will come in useful, because…

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… Be prepared to get soaked! Like REALLY soaked!

On either side of the Iguazu Falls, you get so close to the waterfalls that you are almost guaranteed to get soaked from the experience – prepare yourself, your camera and other devices. Or your electronics might end their days at Iguazu…

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A small plastic bag and some rubber bans can serve well as protection for your camera (see pictures below) if you don’t want to spend money on a smart designed rain cover.

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The most popular spot of the Argentine side of the Iguazú Falls is called Garganta del Diablo, the Devil’s Throat, and it is said to be the last thing that you should visit on the Argentine side because nothing else is as impressive.

However, actually we visited the Devil’s Throats as the first thing, and the rest of falls are just impressive in their own way afterward.

NICE TO KNOW

There is a small “Jungle Train” taking people to the entrance of the trail to Devil’s Throat. The trail you walk to get to the Devil’s Throat is one long bridge over the Iguazú River. You’ll, in the end, come to the viewpoint just on the edge of the Devil’s Throat. Kind of scary place… I really hoped that the bridge would hold 😉

The Jungle Train leaves from the middle of the Argentine park, and there are well-marked signs from the entrance to the station.

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On the Brazilian side, there are buses taking you from the main entrance of the natural park to the entrance of the trail overviewing the falls. The views from the Brazilian side are more panoramic as you will actually stand and look over towards the parts in Argentina.

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Even though the waterfalls are more than impressive, the surrounding jungle area around the Iguazú falls offers plenty of other unique natural encounters. Just check out some of these pictures.

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One of the biggest stars in the park are the coatis! They are wandering around all over the park, especially on the Argentine side.

Even though the coatis are cute, they will steal your food and are NOT to be petted – take the signs placed by the park administration serious. I was shocked by people would try to pet the coatis even though, there were huge signs on how they attack people.

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If you want to do a boat tour on the Iguazu River and get really close to the falls, choose the Argentine side! The Brazilian tours aren’t allowed to cross the border to Argentina for getting close to the falls.

The best times to visit the Iguazu Falls

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The best time to visit the Iguazu falls should be from March to October, which is winter and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. The falls should be less impressive (but still worth it!) due to lower water level but the possibility of enjoying them with a blue sky should also be higher.

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However, you can basically visit the falls whenever you want because the natural park on neither the Argentine or the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls closes, and you can visit any time of the year.

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The rain season around Iguazu is April through May, and October through November. The Iguazu Falls will be at their most impressive point since there will be more water, but you will also be at high risk of a huge shower.

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The last part of December and all through January as it is the peak for vacations in Argentina and Brazil and the possibility of being ran over by a bunch of Argentine or Brazilian families is quite high.

How to get to the Iguazu Falls?

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The nearest city on the Argentine is called Puerto Iguazú and the city on the Brazilian side Foz do Iguazú – keep that in mind when you are looking for either flight or bus tickets.

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Both Puerto de Iguazú and Foz do Iguazú is located quite far from the actual entrance to the Iguazu natural park, but it is possible to take a public bus from either side to the respective park entrances.

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To get to the Iguazu Falls from major cities in Argentina or Brazil, it is possible to take the bus to either Puerto Iguazú or Foz do Iguazú. Check current prices and schedules for buses in Argentina here or buses in Brazil here.

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Buuut you must take into consideration that the bus journey from, for example, Buenos Aires to Puerto de Iguazú takes close to 20 hours!

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Alternatively, from Buenos Aires, there are regular flight connections to the Argentine and Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls. Likewise, there are flights connections from the major Brazilian cities to the Brazilian side.

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It will usually be more economical to fly domestic according to the country you are primarily visiting from, e.g. if you are arriving from Buenos Aires, it is cheaper to book a flight to the Argentine side of the falls, Puerto de Iguazú.

When visiting the Iguazu Falls…

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The entrance prices for the Argentine side are at the moment $500 Argentine pesos (check current exchange rates here) As mentioned above, remember you can get a 50% discount on your second day’s visit to the Argentine side (highly recommendable). Remember to check the current prices yourself here as inflation and exchange rates change quickly in Argentina.

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To obtain the discount on the second day on the Argentine side, it is important that you remember to get your ticket stamped in the ticket office upon leaving after your first day in the park.

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The entrance prices for the Brazilian side is at the moment R$62 Brazilian Real (current exchange rate here), and you should actually be able to book online beforehand or pay by credit card. Remember to double check current prices here.

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Remember that both parks give you considerable discounts if you are resident in either a MERCOSUR country or resident of their country. Hence, this also includes foreigners with a valid residency card in Argentina or Brazil, respectively.

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If you want to visit both sides of the Iguazu Falls, remember to check whether you will need a visa for entering either Brazil or Argentina before you go – might complicate things if you have to and forgot to check beforehand.

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After visiting the Brazilian side, you can visit the bird park, Parque das Aves, which is just across the road from the main entrance of National park Cataratas do Iguaçu. I enjoyed watching all the colorful birds after two days of watching a loooot of water.

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For more information, check out the official website for the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls here and the Brazilian side here.

Have you ever visited the Iguazu Falls? Or are you planning your trip there? Is there any piece of important information that I have missed about the falls?

Please feel free to share your story, ideas or tips in the comments below!

Fun and usually need-to-knows and nice-to-know facts about the famous Iguazu Falls on the border between Argentina and Brazil

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18 comments

  1. Lindsey

    This is awesome advice! I’m team Argentine side as well. 😉 Haha. We ran right to Devil’s Throat too – but still thought everything else was impressive too! Good idea with how you protected your camera as well. I can’t believe how you soaked you get!

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    1. Rebecca

      Thanks for dropping by, Lindsey! Yeah, team Argentina 😉 Good to hear that we weren’t the only ones to take the Devil’s Throat first. And yes, the fall are truely amazing!

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  2. Zara

    Some great tips here. Can’t believe there are 270 waterfalls…amazing!

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    1. Rebecca

      Thank you so much, Zara! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the reading 🙂

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  3. Mayuri

    What a detailed post! Love you have highlighted and included everything to travel to and enjoy the beautiful falls. Argentina is on my bucket list and I will definitely refer to this post when I travel
    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Rebecca

      Thanks for dropping by, Mayuri! I’m so happy to hear that you found the post helpful! I hope that you’ll be able to make it to Argentina soon. It is a beautiful country!

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  4. Erin

    No such thing as too many posts out there about Iguazu. I love it there! I also prefer the Argentine side, we didn’t have time to go to the Parque Das Aves, looks awesome!

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    1. Rebecca

      Thank you, Erin!! 🙂 So true! It is really an amazing place! You should certainly check out Parque das Aves if you go come! There were so many beautiful birds.

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  5. Daniela

    You took a lot of great coati photos. I have to admit that I was tempted to pet them because they came so close and looked absolutely harmless. I’m usually not the type to recommend must-see places but Iguazú is really a must and I haven’t met anyone who regretted their visit. And yes, the Argentine side is much better.

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    1. Rebecca

      Thank you so much, Daniela! 🙂 Yeah, I know, I also really wanted to try petting whose sweet coatis… But looked at the pictures on the signs, and thought that better not try my luck with them 😉

      I’m so happy to hear that you also enjoyed your visit there. It is a very well-organized area which at some points reminded me of an amusement park but the falls are so spectacular that I can survive the amusement park-feeling 😉 Thanks for dropping by the blog :*

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  6. Steven & Jenny

    We love this article format. So nice to read and very informative! We felt like we were back there.

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  7. Bente Hoffmann * Bentes rejser

    Thank you for taking me back to Iguazu – I’m a fan of the Argetine side too 😉

    After having revisited Iguazu in December 2017 between Christmas and New Year my best advice is: Do not go there at that time of year! It was terribly crowded – much worse than when you and I went there in mid-December.
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  8. Esmeralda

    Hi! I plan on going to Iguazu falls soon with my husband and kids. Is there anything else to do around there besides the falls?? I have seen post about the 3 borders. I would like to make the best of our time there!! Thanks.

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    1. Rebecca

      Hi Esmeralda! I’m so happy to hear that you found the post useful! I didn’t do the 3 borders, so I have any idea what’s like. However, what I really liked on the Brazilian side was visiting the Bird Park (Parque das Aves: http://www.parquedasaves.com.br/en/) – maybe that’s something for your kids too 🙂
      Enjoy your trip!

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  9. Rebecca

    Wow, this is beautiful, and very informative! Your pictures are always great (what kind of camera do you like to use?), and your posts always give a great overview, thank you! It’s great to learn about a place from someone who has actually experienced it, first-hand!
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    1. Rebecca

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! I’m really pleased to hear that you enjoy my writing – means the world when one puts many hours into it 🙂 I use a Nikon D3200 camera. It is great, and I could surely learn a lot more about how to use it better 😉

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  10. William R. Parks

    Wow – such stunning scenery! 270 waterfalls, making crazy ! Thank you for this awesome post.
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    1. Rebecca

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the read! 🙂

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