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Straddling the border between southern Brazil and northeast Argentina, 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.

The 275 separate cascades form a curtain of foaming water which crashes through tangled sub-tropical jungle over a vast granite amphitheatre, protected by national park status. Both countries offer scenic walkways with breath-taking scenery around every corner and easily observed wildlife. From the Brazilian side you’ll get a panoramic view of the 3km cliff edge, on the Argentine side there is a series of walkways leading you above, below and even behind the water.

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Language

Brazilian Portuguese; Argentine Spanish.

Time difference

GMT -3 hours.

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Our insider tips for Iguazu Falls

Lina

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!

Annerys Hockley

Annerys Hockley

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 metalic-blue Morphos in the butterfly house.

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

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.


Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

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.

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Having been to the falls well over a dozen times, I can affirm that they never look the same on any two occasions. The amount of water various from a thunderous virtually uninterrupted sheet, when veils of water intermingle as they crash down, to a multitude of watery threads,   where the bones of rust-coloured rock of the cliff face is exposed between them. There is always plenty of water crashing down the Devil’s Throat though, a staggering example of the brute power of Nature, and almost certainly one of the highlights of your visit.

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