There’s not much by way of description which can prepare you for first sight of Iguazu Falls – Eleanor Roosevelt was supposed to have said on seeing them – ‘Oh, Poor Niagra!’
Our flight was from Patagonia via Buenos Aires up to the tri-border between Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina – opposite ends of the country.
The falls themselves separate Brazil and Argentina and each side is surrounded by lush forest but each side offers a different experience.
Here’s how we did it.
Consider renting a car if short of time
We had only two days in which to cover both sides – although the respective towns of Puerto Iguazu (Arg) and Foz de Igaucu (Bra) aren’t far apart the entrances to the respective national parks are a good bit out of town.
There is a bus service across the border but it runs a couple of times an hour and given you must wait for everyone to clear customs and immigration it’s not so quick.
Use Brazilian Side As a Base
The Brazilian side is a much larger workaday city and thus has more and cheaper accommodation options. We stayed in CLH Suites which was fantastic value and even had free caiprinha cocktails in the evenings. There were plenty of good value restaurants, not to mention beer buckets. Puerto Iguazu on the Arg side seemed a little more sedate but accommodation was pricier.
Start On Brazilian Side First Then Argentinian
The Brazilian side gives a more panoramic view of the falls where you can take in the full expanse of the cascades.
Later on the Argentinian side you get a chance to view up close what you were seeing before over the walkways.
Argentinian walkways go all the way to the ‘Devil’s Throat’
Take A Powerboat Tour
They run powerful motor boat tours upriver and close to the smaller falls – it’s great fun and you do get soaked so wear swimming gear and bring a change of clothes. There are points on the trip where they take photos of you to sell later but bring a sealable wet bag to put camera in and take you own photos.
Plan On Not Being Able To Dry Anything For Days
When you get near to the falls it looks just like mist but is actually a LOT of water bucketing down. Clothes, trainers, underwear, will get wet. There are also tropical downpours to contend with so you may end up with a raft of clothes to dry – something to think through if you have long bus rides etc afterward.