The Iguazu Falls is one of the earth’s most stunning natural sights. No doubt about it. Let’s break that fact down a little further to understand why this location should be at the top of your travel bucket list.
The sheer size of the falls will probably render you speechless.
There are over 275 individual cascades. The combined flow of these individual falls is the largest of any waterfall in the world. It is much taller than Niagara Falls and is twice as wide. In the rainy season, there can be 450,000 cubic feet of water cascading over the falls per second. It never fails to impress me.
The Iguazu Falls truly are stunning.
Even though the falls are so large and powerful, you can still get very close to them.
Your visit can be quite intimate since boats and ferry tours venture into the falls themselves and they get quite close to all the action. There are also a lot of impressive walkways that make their way throughout the area and bring you very close to the water. Specifically, one of the most famous parts of the falls is the Devil’s throat – or La Garganta del Diablo. It is very dramatic and there’s a walkway that goes directly over it. Walking in this area is a real thrill – a huge adrenalin rush since you are so close to an incredible drop. In fact you are so close you’ll likely get soaking wet from the mist that rises up from the falls.
The beautiful Iguazu Falls – thundering water running over a 350 feet drop in some places creates an amazing scene like no other.
You could easily spend the whole day at the Argentinian side of the falls. There is so much to explore.
The falls serve as a natural border between Brazil and Argentina and you can visit both sides of the falls. The Brazilian side of the falls has one impressive walk way. The Argentinian side of the falls has a maze of incredible walkways. There’s the Devil’s Throat walkway I mentioned above, there’s also an upper and a lower trail and a trail on St Martin’s Island. These trails are a feat of structural genius. There’s also a small train that takes you from the entrance to the start of the trails. There’s a lot to explore – particularly compared to the other side of the falls, or some of the world’s other waterfalls. Why not get even closer and book our boat ride tour, getting you closer than you ever thought you could!
Our boat ride tour will get you so close, you'll get wet!
The area around the Argentinian side of the falls is a beautiful jungle – an impressive ecosystem in its own right, home to a variety of wildlife.
You’ll find beautifully colored birds, butterflies, monkeys and caimans. It is rare to see jaguars and anteaters – they are in the area, but they’re a little more elusive.
There are around 400 species of bird and 2,000 species of plant thriving in the area around the falls. Stunning! (Image source: Charlesjsharp)
The Iguazu Falls has its own microclimate.
The landscape around it is home to over 2,000 species of plants. Amongst them you’ll find exotic orchids, and towering trees. Plants will blanket the ground. It feels quite adventurous to be walking through a rainforest, and then on top of this you’ll see the falls, which together with the almost semi permanent rainbows there is incredible.
No other waterfall system in the world can compete with the beauty of the Iguazu Falls, including the waterfall system, and the ecosystem that surrounds it.
The Iguazu Falls are a reminder of the power and the fragility of nature.
It is the most powerful waterfall in the world. When you visit you’ll find the noise and sheer force of the water astounding. Yet, as I’ve mentioned above it is surrounded by an ecosystem that is quite fragile. So, it’s a stark reminder of both the power and the fragility of nature. It reaffirms our respect for the natural world in those two quite distinct ways.
Visiting the Iguazu Falls means you’ll be visiting Argentina, and hopefully that means more exploring of our amazing landscapes.
Once you’ve been to the falls, you’ll more than likely continue your trip elsewhere in the country, and that will be amazing because Argentina is home to an incredibly varied range of landscapes and ecosystems – from the falls, to mountain ranges even massive glaciers and ice fields. Our landscapes are beautiful, diverse and fascinating in equal measure. Iguazu will undoubtedly be part of a captivating trip to our country.
Finally, visiting the Iguazu Falls is one of the most memorable places to ever visit on the planet. The memory of this place will stay in your mind’s eye forever. I guarantee it.
It is the trip of a lifetime for many. We’d absolutely love to help you get the best out of your visit to the Iguazu Falls, both on the Argentinian AND Brazilian sides. At Gray Line Argentina, we’re a global leader in touring and sightseeing and we’d be delighted to show you around. Visit us at: www.graylineargentina.com for more information.