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Exploring the Iguazu Falls

An astounding region of jungles and rivers the wildlife is exceptional...

The Iguazu Falls vista
The Iguazu Falls vista

As the river Iguacu crosses the border between Brazil and Argentina it thunders over a series of around 275 separate falls and cataracts that, together, make up one of the most majestic sights in the world, the Iguazu Falls.

Actually located solely in Argentina, to visit from the Argentine side allows much more interaction, with walkways set up over the top of many of the cascades and the chance to look down into the “devil’s throat” as millions of liters of water flood past!

The normal itinerary for most heading to Iguazu is to spend a couple of days on the Argentinean side, getting wet and up personal, and then head over to the Brazilian side for the panorama and a few photo opportunities. While the total area that the falls take up is not that large, it is worth bearing in mind that a trip to Iguazu will involve a fair amount of walking as you go up and down to get different perspectives.

Where the falls and the Misiones province differs drastically from the rest of Argentina is in the fact that, as you move past the city of Posadas, the earth begins to redden and the hills become covered in plant life of all forms. The area around the falls is absolutely teeming with life of every kind, from monkeys and iguanas to a whole plethora of birds and plants.

Many come to the falls simply expect to visit the falls just for a couple of days, it is really worth, in our opinion taking an extra day or so just to take one of the wildlife tours through this virgin rainforest to learn more about the species that thrive here or the array of colourful macaws and toucans that soar overhead.

Click here to view some video footage of the area.

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    At a glance…The Iguazu Falls

  • Size: 275 falls along 2.7kms of the Iguazu River
  • Location: North Eastern Argentina
  • Recommended time: 2 to 4 nights
  • Time to visit: September to April
  • Go here for: wildlife
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