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Get enchanted by the Iguazu Falls: One of the Seven Natural Wonders on the Brazil-Argentina Border

Updated: Oct 5, 2023


Iguazu Falls: A breathtaking view of the falls from the Brazilian side on the left and the Argentine side on the right, separated by a yellow line
Iguazu Falls

Amid indigenous legends, the visit of Santos Dumont, giving worldwide recognition, the site bathed by the waters of the Iguaçu River attracts millions of tourists annually.


The Iguazu Falls, located on the border between Brazil and Argentina, are a true spectacle of nature. This impressive natural wonder is a must-visit destination for travellers seeking the best tourism experiences in South America. In this article, we invite you to explore the falls and discover fascinating curiosities about the Brazilian and Argentine cities that have a breathtaking view of this spectacular phenomenon.

On the Brazilian side, the city of Foz do Iguaçu, in the western state of Paraná, is the main starting point for those wishing to explore the falls. Besides offering quality tourist infrastructure, Foz do Iguaçu also has other exciting attractions, such as the Bird Park, where you can appreciate the region's exuberant fauna. Another unmissable attraction is the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant, one of the largest in the world, which impresses with its sheer grandeur and technical ingenuity.


On the Argentine side, the city of Puerto Iguazú, in the province of Misiones, is the starting point for exploring the falls in their country. An interesting curiosity is that when visiting the Iguazu Falls from Argentina, tourists have the opportunity to get very close to the famous Devil's Throat, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Additionally, Puerto Iguazú is known for its vibrant nightlife, with a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and tango houses to enjoy after a day of exploring the falls.


The location stands out for the stunning beauty of the 275 waterfalls that form a spectacular "horseshoe" shape, as well as the rich biodiversity present in the region, protected by the national parks.


Each side of the falls provides a unique experience. The Brazilian side impresses with its panoramic view of the falls, allowing for a broad and imposing perspective. On the other hand, the Argentine side allows the public to get closer to the falls, providing an exciting and immersive experience.


The Iguazu Falls were recently recognized as the seventh top tourist attraction in the world in the "Travellers’ Choice 2022 - Best of the Best."


Below in the image, the Brazilian side is on the left of the yellow line, and the Argentine side is on the right.


Falls

According to the Iguaçu National Park, there is a total of 275 catalogued falls, giving the Iguazu Falls the title of the largest waterfall system in the world.


The height of the falls varies from 40 to 80 meters, reaching over 100 meters depending on the flow of the Iguaçu River. Shaped like a "horseshoe," the Iguazu Falls stretch for 2.7 kilometres, with 800 meters located in Brazil and 1.9 kilometres in Argentina.


Thus, approximately 70% of the falls belong to the Argentine side, while 30% belong to the Brazilian side. The division between the countries is defined by the Fluvial Captaincy.


The Discovery of the Falls

According to historical accounts, indigenous peoples from tribes such as Tupi-Guarani and Kaingang occupied the region of the Iguazu Falls for thousands of years, remaining there until recent periods, even before the arrival of explorers to the American continent.


The first record of a European glimpsing the Iguazu Falls was made by the Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1542. In 1984, the Argentine side was recognized as a Natural Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and in 1986, the Iguaçu National Park in Brazil received the same distinction.


Available Tours and Park Opening Hours


Brazil

The Iguaçu National Park is open every day. The opening hours are from 9 am to 4 pm from Monday to Friday. On weekends, the conservation unit opens half an hour earlier, from 8:30 am to 4 pm.


To visit the site, it is necessary to purchase tickets online, selecting the desired date and time, which Atlas UK Travel can arrange for you. The number of entries is limited.


Tourists have access to a trail that provides panoramic views of the falls, with a length of 1.2 kilometres. Along the route, there are viewpoints that allow for a closer view of some of the falls.


In addition to visiting the falls, it is possible to take helicopter and boat tours, available for an additional fee, not included in the regular ticket.


Argentina

The Iguazú National Park is open for visitation every day from 8 am to 6 pm. Entry is allowed until 3:45 pm. Tickets for the park must be purchased exclusively online.


On the Argentine side, visitors have access to three trails:


Devil's Throat Trail - with a length of 1.1 kilometres.

Upper Circuit - with a length of 1.7 kilometres.

Lower Circuit - with a length of 1.4 kilometres.

On the Argentine side, visitors can get closer to the falls compared to the Brazilian side. Additionally, it is possible to take an exciting boat ride along the riverbed, close to the falls.


What to Bring

For a more enjoyable experience on the tours, it is recommended to bring the following items:


  • Light and comfortable clothing, preferably sneakers.

  • Hat or cap.

  • Insect repellent.

  • Water bottle.

  • Sunscreen.

By doing so, you will be prepared to enjoy the activities with comfort and protection during your visit.


Both cities offer a rich gastronomic diversity, with traditional dishes combining local flavours with international influences. Culinary enthusiasts will have the opportunity to taste typical delights, such as Argentine parrillada, a barbecue of succulent meats, and the famous Brazilian feijoada, a dish rich in flavours and traditions.


Atlas UK Travel, specializing in tourism to Latin America and South America, invites you to experience this unique adventure at the Iguazu Falls. Our dedicated team is ready to help you plan a personalized trip, ensuring you make the most of this natural spectacle.


Contact us now and discover how you can embark on this incredible journey. Visit our website at www.atlasuktravel.com.br or call our customer service number. Don't miss the chance to witness the stunning beauty of the Iguazu Falls and create unforgettable memories on your next high-end trip.




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