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Iguazu Falls Vacation in Iguazu National Park

Iguazu Falls is in Iguassu National Park on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Iguassu Falls is higher than Niagara Falls. Iguassu Falls is in fact rivaled really only by Victoria Falls in Africa, which is higher but narrower. Iguassu Falls is a waterfall network containing around 275 falls along 1.67 miles of the Iguassu River, which range from 210 to 270 feet in elevation. The predominant feature is a horseshoe shaped cliff called the Devil’s Throat that is 490 by 2,300 ft. The Devil’s Throat is on the boundary between Brazil and Argentina. Brazil offers the most desirable view of the falls due to the fact that 2/3rds of the waterfalls happen to be on the Argentine section of the gorge. Nevertheless, you are in the position to approach the falls more easily from the Argentina side where you can make use of a series of trails and catwalks to cross underneath and over the top of the falls. There is a bridge about 10 ½ miles northwest of the falls which connects the two sides of the Iguacu River and traverses the Argentinian-Brazilian border.1



Iguaza National Park – World Heritage Video



Iguazu Falls Things to Do

Iguazu Falls Things to Do

There a plenty of things to do in the Iguazu Falls Area. On the Argentina side of the falls the Argentina Consessionaire of Iguazu National Park suggests.

  1. Visit the Ivira Reta Natural Interpretation Center
  2. Ride the Ecological Jungle Train
  3. Dine at the La Selva Restaurant
  4. Visit the Devil’s Throat
  5. Trek along the Green Trail
  6. Walk along the Upper Circuit of Iguazu Falls
  7. Walk along the Lower Circuit of Iguazu Falls
  8. Adventure on San Martin Island
  9. Trek along the Macuco Trail
  10. Do a Full Moon Walk of Iguazu Falls

To get more details on these Iguazu Falls Things to Do on the Argentina side visit Iguazu Argentina – Official Concessionaire of the Iguazu National Park in Argentina.

There is a great article by Jackson Lima titled 133 Things to Do in the Iguassu Falls Area. He includes things like walk the Upper and Lower walks of Iguazu Falls on the Argentina side. Take a boat ride on the Brazilian or Argentinean side of the falls. Visit the Visitors Centers on the Brazil or Argentina side. Take bird watching trip. Take a swim in the water by the falls and over 100 more things to do around Iguazu National Park.


Iguazu Falls Tours

Iguazu Falls Tours

There are a lot of tours in Iguazu National Park on both the Argentinean and Brazilian side. Of course the most famous tour is the Iguazu Falls Boat Tour into the Iguassu River below the Devil’s Throat. I have included a short video below from Iguazu Jungle Adventure’s boat tours. I have listed below some of the top tour operators in the area.
 
Iguazu Jungle Adventures – Argentina
Iguazu Jungle Argentina runs tours from the Argentina side of Iguazu Falls. These tours include power raft trips, smooth water rafting trips above the falls, jungle tours, and various other tour options.

Macuco Safari – Brazil
Macuco Safari is on the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls and has paddle rafting trips, power rafting trips, sports fishing and some other tours.

 


Iguazu Jungle Powerboat Adventure Video at Iguaza Falls





Iguazu Falls Hotels

Iguazu Falls Hotels

There are two major international hotels right at Iguazu Falls. Hotel das Cataratas is on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls and the Sheraton International Hotel is on the Argentina side of Iguazu Falls. Hotel das Cataratas in Brazil is said to have the best views of the falls. See the picture above that was taken from an overlook on the Hotel das Cataratas grounds at sunset. The Sheraton International Hotel on the Argentina side still has some views of the falls but are not as grand as from the Brazilian side. The majority of travelers to Iguazu Falls find accommodations in either Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina or Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil. These cities are about 12 miles from Iguassu Falls and happen to be well developed cities of about 60,000 people.1

 

Iguazu Falls Pictures


 

Iguazu Falls Maps

Click on Blue Map Marker for Directions


View Iguazu Falls Continent Map in a larger map
 

View Iguazu Falls Sat. View in a larger map


Iguazu Falls Weather – Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
Click for Foz do Iguacu, Brazil Forecast

Iguazu National Park World Heritage Criteria

From the 1983 World Heritage Nomination for Argentina, Iguazu National Park provided the following criteria for justification as a World Heritage Site.

Natural Criteria

(vii) Exceptional natural beauty. The park contains part of one of the world’s largest and most impressive waterfalls, which extends over 2,700m with falls split into a number of drops and rapids. Large clouds of spray soak the surrounding area, and islands in the river are consequently covered with luxuriant vegetation.

(x) Habitats of rare and endangered species. The park contains at least seven species which are listed as threatened on a world scale by IUCN. These include the endangered broad-nosed caiman of which small populations can still be found in Iguazu.2


References

1 Freedman, David O., Travelers’ Health – Yellowbook, Iguassu Falls, Brazil/Argentina, CDC.gov
2 1984 Iguazu National Park Nomination to the World Heritage List, Advisory Body Evaluation, Page 2, whc.unesco.org



 

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