The gorgeous Iguazu Falls lie within Argentinian territory in Misiones province on the border with Brazil. Covering the border between three states, Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, Iguazu waterfalls are spectacular and often a must in the best South American tours.
Iguazu Falls, a natural wonder in three countries
The cities of the three states from which you can have access to the falls are Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil, Puerto Iguazu in Argentina and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. I’ve only been to the Brazilian and Argentinian sides, which are known for the best views.
The world’s largest waterfalls, Iguazu comprises many falls as the Iguazu River flows into the Upper Paraná River on the Paraná Plateau thundering down for almost 300 mt. Their grandeur given by the massive water amount constantly flowing and roaring leaves visitors overwhelmed, and was the reason behind Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote: “Poor Niagara”.
In no way words can describe these falls’ power and magnificence, barely pictures can show a little bit of this natural wonder, but only going and seeing by yourself will do real justice to it.
⇒ Alongside the Iguazu Falls, Argentina also boasts the beautiful Mt Fitz Roy in the Patagonia region.
Among the best things to do in Argentina, Iguazu falls will immediately get you super excited, catch you by surprise and turn you into one of its lifetime fans. Hundreds of thousands of people visit Iguazu every year. To have a better view of the waterfalls, you can take the lift at the bottom of Salto Floriano. You can also choose to see the view with a helicopter from just 110 USD of the Brazilian side of the falls.
Some 82 meters tall, 2.7 kilometres wide, and with 275 waterfalls/cataracts, they are the largest waterfall on earth. Some 3000 cubic meters of water flow every two seconds. The size, shape, and scale of Iguazu U-shaped monster falls are unlike any other waterfalls.
Tips for visiting Iguazu Falls
Visitors can reach the falls from Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil and Puerto Iguazú in Argentina, or from Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. If you are going to visit the Iguazu fall from either Brazil or Argentina, make sure to check for visa requirements. If you are going to visit the waterfalls from Brazil, check out with a tour agency and they will sort out your visa in half a day.
Visitors are encouraged to arrange tours in advance to make sure they have a smoother trip. Iguazu waterfalls have been used for a few Hollywood movies.
The best time to visit Iguazu Waterfalls is during spring or autumn because summer is too hot and during winter the water level drops.