Water, Water, Everywhere… Iguazu Falls

Iguazu falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the world and sits on the borders of Argentina and Brazil, near where they meet Paraguay.   It’s an impressive sight with water cascading at a volume large enough to fill 36 olympic-sized swimming pools every minute (Olympic fact for an Olympic year.)

We visited both sides of the falls.  The Argentinian side, where we stayed in the town of Puerto Igauzo, is the best set up for tourism with trains taking you to the big waterfall (Diablo) and long walkways around the national park taking you along all levels of the falls to see them from all angles. (Tip – don’t bother with the first train to central station – they make you get off it and join the queue for the train to Diablo, you may as well walk the 600 metres and enjoy the wildlife on the way)

The Brazilian side, where we stayed in the city of Foz de Iguazu, offers the best panoramic views of the falls but isn’t such a good setup and the entrance to the Brazilian side of the park is miles away from the falls itself so a bus ride is required once you get in the  gate.  Unfortunately we visited at the busiest time of the year when it seemed like half of Brazil had the same idea – it took us 90 minutes to buy a ticket and another 60 to get on a bus – so either go early in the day or go late, or go off-season.

The one advantage the Brazilian side has is that there is a pretty good bird park nearby where you can add some variety to your day.  We got up close and personal with some parrots and toucans including petting some of the birds.  However,  one of the toucans mistook my finger for a worm and gave it a nip so I wouldn’t suggest visiting in just your tighty-whiteys, Guys!

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One Response to Water, Water, Everywhere… Iguazu Falls

  1. Michael H says:

    Wow – some hefty water going on there – hope you went before you went!!

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