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Iguazú National Park and Iguazú Falls

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Iguazú National Park and the famous waterfalls are one of the planet’s wonders of nature. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this is a place that must be visited at least once in a lifetime.

This site can be visited all year round, and it is a great destination for the whole family. January and February are usually very hot. As only a limited number of visitors are admitted per day, make sure to buy your entrance ticket in advance. There are circuits for people with reduced mobility. It is recommended to allow 2 full days to enjoy it thoroughly.

What to see
The Iguazú Falls

The falls are the park’s main attraction. Right on the border with Brazil, the Iguazú River tumbles and cascades down waterfalls, creating a breathtaking natural phenomenon.

 

A series of walkways lead to the waterfalls through the branches of Iguazú River and the rainforest, and make up the three main circuits: the Lower Circuit, the Upper Circuit and the Devil’s Throat Circuit. These can be toured on foot or aboard an eco-train. 

 

Enjoy the falls but do not forget the jungle that surrounds them. Pay attention to the variety of butterflies, plants, fish, birds and other animals that are part of the ecosystem.

Rubber boat rides

If you are looking for an adrenaline injecting experience, take a zodiac or boat ride upstream to the base of the falls and feel their incredible power. Wear a raincoat or waterproof cape!

 

If you prefer a quieter river experience, there are boat rides on the Upper Iguazú River to watch the region’s flora and fauna.

Macuco Trail

The National Park protects 55 thousand hectares of Interior Atlantic Rainforest with the richest biodiversity in Argentina. This is home to jaguars, tapirs, monkeys, toucans and other species not found anywhere else in the country.

 

Macuco is a 6 km return trail through the jungle up to Arrechea Waterfall, a must-see for wildlife lovers. Set out early and remain quiet to increase your chances of animal sightings. Being accompanied by an expert guide will allow you to discover more than you can observe.

Full moon nights

If your trip coincides with the full moon, do not miss out on the chance to stroll along the walkways surrounded by the waterfalls and the sounds of the jungle at night under the moonlight. This is a unique experience, remember to book in advance!

Scenic Route 101

If you go by car, in addition to visiting the Iguazú Falls, you will have the chance to travel along a section of National Route 101, which runs through the heart of the national park. You will be immersed in the jungle and will reach the foot of some huge rosewood specimens (the tallest trees in the forest). There is also a viewpoint for bird watching. Important: always drive at very low speeds to enjoy the experience and avoid accidents with wildlife. This tour can also be done by bike (there are local operators). Keep in mind that this is a dirt road. Check on the road conditions beforehand. 

Puerto Iguazú

Puerto Iguazú and its neighbouring cities offer alternatives to combine the visit to the park with adventure tourism activities, hiking, visits to wildlife rescue centres and the possibility of learning about the culture of several Mbya Guaraní communities. In the area known as “the 600 hectares” there are several hotels and inns, you can go bird watching and visit the viewpoint of the Itá Poty Mirí community. 

 

You can also visit the Tri-border Landmark on the Three Borders Promenade, the waterfront on the Iguazú River, the only hummingbird garden in the area, the Mbocay Stream Falls and the Salto del Turista Waterfall. Some companies organise excursions and bike tours. Gûira Oga is another interesting place to visit as it has a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre.

Iguaçú National Park in Brazil

The “Brazilian side” of the park complements the visit to the Iguazú Falls by offering a different perspective. A tourist bus takes you from the Visitor Centre to the beginning of the trail that is to be explored on foot (1 km) and ends at an observation walkway.

How to get there and move around

By plane or coach to the city of Puerto Iguazú, with regular and frequent services. The entrance to the park is 18 km away along 12 and 101 national routes

 

There are regular bus services every 20 minutes all year round from the bus station or the Triple Frontier Landmark. You can also take a taxi or hire a driver with his/her own personal car or a transfer service.

Where to stay

In Puerto Iguazú and its surroundings there is a wide offer of various categories of accommodation, from campsites to 4- and 5-star hotels, as well as jungle lodges.

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