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Brazil: Iguazu Falls – Brazilian side

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Straddling the border between northeast Argentina and southern Brazil, the Iguazú Falls (spelt Iguaçú in Brazil) are usually rated number one of the big three waterfalls, the others being Niagara and Victoria. They are often considered to be Latin America’s most awe-inspiring natural sight and a must-see for anyone visiting the highlights of the continent, not least for their setting amidst subtropical rainforest alive with birds and butterflies.

There are about 3km of panoramic walkways on the Brazilian side, and close by is the Parque das Aves, among the best bird sanctuaries in South America. Helicopter rides can be taken over the falls, or you can opt for a thrilling boat safari. Argentina’s side of the falls has an even more comprehensive set of walkways, culminating in the magnificent boardwalk to the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat).

Our holidays to Iguazu Falls – Brazilian side

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Ipanema Beach

Signature Brazil: Brazil at a glance

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Rio de Janeiro

Explore and Relax in Argentina and Brazil: Cityscape and beach time

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Pantanal Brazil

Signature Argentina and Brazil: Amazon, Pantanal and Iguazú Falls

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Iguazu Falls

Luxury Rio, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires and the pampas

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11 days from £4,833pp

Things to do in Iguazu Falls – Brazilian side


Visit the Iguazu Bird Park

Boat tripper

Iguazu Falls boat trip and wildlife safari

Iguazu Falls

Fly over the Iguazu Falls

Itaipu Dam

Visit the Itaipu Dam

Our insider tips for Iguazu Falls – Brazilian side


Lina Fuller

It’s hard to fathom the scale of the mighty Iguazú Falls, a vast complex of frothing cascades fringed by tropical rainforest. The view from the Brazilian side gives the best panoramic view but the Argentine side is where you get the closest to the thunderous Devils' Throat. Both are a must, not to mention the exhilarating boat trip to the base of the falls for a unique perspective of these magnificent falls!

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

Set out to the awe-inspiring Devil’s Throat as soon as the Park opens in the morning (you’ll have to be staying at the Melia Iguazu, within the Argentine national park to do this). It’s a brisk walk, but you could well be the only people there, before the shuttle train brings other visitors.

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Take the thrilling helicopter overflight of the falls, a great way to get wonderful shots of this awesome natural wonder and to truly appreciate the immensity of the cataracts and river network that cuts through the surrounding impenetrable tropical jungle. Flights leave from the Brazilian side near the bird park so it combines really well with a visit to the excellent rescue and rehabilitation centre for birds.


Laura Rendell-Dunn

The Parque das Aves bird rescue centre located outside the Brazilian national park entrance is well worth visiting. Housing about 1400 individual birds in large aviaries filled with native sub-tropical foliage, there are over 150 species from all over Brazil are on show including Harpy Eagles, Hyacinth Macaws, Toucans, Scarlet Ibis and endangered Golden Parakeets. You can also see alligators, boa constrictors and anaconda in the reptile centre and metallic-blue Morphos in the butterfly house.

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