In the native Tupi-Guarani language Iguazú translates to ‘big waters’ and this is certainly no exaggeration. Water thunders relentlessly over 275 falls that straddle the border of Argentina and Brazil; the most impressive of these skirting the narrow Devil’s Throat. As well as witnessing the falls from both countries, you can explore the surrounding jungle landscapes.
Best time to visit Iguazú
• The best time to visit the northern regions of Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere’s spring (Sep-Nov), when temperatures are pleasantly cool
• Summer (Dec-Feb) in Northern Argentina can become oppressively hot
Iguazú holiday highlights
One of the questions when visiting Iguazú is from which side of the border to view the falls. Each side is different, so for a full experience we recommend seeing them from both countries. In Argentina you can to get close to the falls – sometimes just an arm’s length away – and witness the roaring waters from a unique top-down perspective. There is a longer network of walkways here than on the Brazilian side of the river, and as well as the famous falls such as the Devil’s Throat you can get closer to a number of smaller waterfalls.
Following a day or more exploring the walkways in Argentina it’s time to cross the border into Brazil to enjoy a more complete view of the falls as a whole. From the shorter network of walkways you may be further from the water, however you will be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the horseshoe-shaped falls. A real highlight here is the view you will get of the famous Devil’s Throat as you make your way along the Lower Balcony that takes you almost to the face of the falls.
Although the falls are the main attraction here, there is much more to see. The two national parks of Iguazú and Iguaçu, which sit on the Argentinian and Brazilian side of the border respectively, consist of swathes of sub-tropical rainforest and deciduous forest. The region is home to a wide array of wildlife species such as jaguars and pumas. The falls are not far from the border with Paraguay – cross Friendship Bridge to get another stamp in your passport and also view the impressive Itaipu Dam.