Iguazu Falls – The Natural Wonder Shared by Argentina and Brazil

Iguazu Falls Argentina waterfall cataractas

Iguazu Falls are spectacular waterfalls located on the border of Argentina and Brazil. The Iguzu River and consists of 275 waterfalls, with the biggest ones reaching 82 meters (269 ft) in height. In 2011 Iguazu Falls was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Two-thirds of Iguazu Falls are on the Argentina side. From my experience it is  not only one of the best places to visit to visit in Argentina, but one of the landmarks of the world.

Iguazu has the highest annual average flow of all the waterfalls in the world, more than the biggest waterfall in the world Chutes de Khone (Laos) or more than probably the most commonly known Niagara (USA).

Most of the river falls down into an area called The Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo), and the rest pour over a wide shelf and wonderfully split into hundreds of smaller falls. Before visiting keep in mind that this waterfall can vary greatly in volume, depending on how much rain has fallen in that time.  Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt is known to exclaimed “Poor Niagra” when she laid eyes on Iguazu falls.

Iguazu Falls Argentinian side cataractas

Iguazu was also quite famous in the movies such as Miami Vice, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skul.

Iguazu Falls Waterfall Argentinian side cataractas

Iguazu Falls Argentina cataractas

Iguazu is worth visiting for its wildlife. The national park is home to over 66 types of mammals, 436 types of birds, 38 reptiles, and 18 amphibians.

Iguazu Falls Argentina yellow bird waterfall

I visited Iguazu falls on my own, without booking any tour. Current entrance fee to the park cost 330 pesos which is around 22 US dollars. You can spend in the park all day (8AM-6PM), and book one of many boat tours to get even closer to the massive water. It is possible to sail on rafts through the different islands of the Upper Iguazu River. Boats start from the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) train station. I haven’t done it, but those who did recommended it.

Iguazu Falls Waterfall Argentinian side

Iguazu Falls Argentina waterfall

What’s adding a value to you walk, you are often followed by such a cute and spoiled creatures craving some snacks from you.

Iguazu Falls Argentina lemurs wildlife

How to get to Iguazu Falls?

Getting there can come across as expensive. I stopped in Iguazu on my way from Buenos Aires to Brazil, and visited just the Argentina side and the city of Iguazu on the Brazilian side . Buses are usually the cheapest option but take time Sao Paulo and Florianopolis,on the Brazilian side  are both just under 16 hours away by bus. From Buenos Aires it is a full 24-hour bus ride or 20 hours from Rosario. Who travel a bit in South Amrieca will soon discover that multiple hours bus ride is something very common, but the places are wroth the effort.

The town on the Argentine side is called Puerto Iguazu, is small and nice. Border crossing between these countries is fairly relaxed. Foz do Iguaçu, the city on the Brazilian side is bigger but safe for the Brazilian standards.

I haven’t seen the Brazilian side of the cataractas, but I did go to a bird park instead to catch up with the south American birds I haven’t seen during my 7 months in this part of the world.

Seeing a bird in nature is a rare privilege, in a park everything comes to easy but is still a unique experience. The bird park in fox do Iguazu (Parque das Aves.) is an ecological park of 5-hectare, located 300m from the entrance to Parque Nacional do Iguaçu. It is  home to 800-plus species of birds. About 50% of our birds are rescued by

Environmental Police, Federal Police and other organization who prevent nature species from being smuggled, trafficked and mistreat. In a park they have life as close as possible to nature with an access to hospital and team of vets and . Our Bird Hospital is well-designed with high-quality equipment, trained professionals who love what they do and with the support of internationally renowned experts, vets and biologists who work on reproduction and recovery of the previously mistreat birds.

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