Iguacu Falls

Brazil’s far southeast extends into a subtropical forest region—a vast river basin spilling over into Paraguay and Argentina.

Iguacu National Park protects 656 square miles of this precious ecosystem, adjacent to other reserves and sanctuaries.

Here, the Iguacu River serves as the natural border between Brazil and Argentina.

Argentina’s twin park, Iguazu National Park, was created in 1934. Each side offers contrasting views of the river’s main attraction— the breathtaking Iguacu Falls.

Devil’s Throat

Iguacu is a Guaraní word, translating to “Big Water.” True to that name, these are the largest falls in the world in terms of volume.

Iguacu features roughly 275 distinct cascades within its two-mile wide, horseshoe-shaped curve (number of individual falls changes with the season and water flow).

A couple on their honeymoon in Brazil, crossing a cat walk over Iguacu falls

The most spectacular section (best viewed from the Argentine side) is known as La Garganta del Diablo, or “The Devil’s Throat.” There, the Iguacu River crashes 240 feet to its lower course.

Words fail to describe this sight—like watching a massive lake tumble continuously over a cliff.

Photos and video cannot adequately capture the magic; even while witnessing it in person, it’s difficult to process.

The mist created by the plummeting deluge creates huge rainbows.  Swifts soar through these clouds to their cliffside nests.

Closeup of a black and white toucan with large orange and yellow beak, spotted birdign at Iguacu Falls on a Birdwatching tour of Brazil

Boat Tours and Helicopter Charters

A system of elevated walkways and trails allows visitors to view the falls from above and below.

Iguacu falls can also be experienced from the water; both the Brazilian and Argentine sides offer zodiac boat trips on the lower section of the Iguacu River.

These speedboats cruise upriver, jumping rapids and maneuvering under the spray of some of the smaller falls.

Helicopter flights over the falls can also be arranged from the Brazilian side.

Aerial photo taken from helicopter charter tour over Iguacu falls in Brazil showing the massive brown Iguacu river surrounded by dense forest

Iguacu Birding and Hiking

Iguacu National Park is home to over 430 bird and 70 mammalian species, many of which can be seen from the forest trails and walkways surrounding the falls.

Iguacu Falls is a year-round destination.

In the rainy season (December to February) visitors are rewarded with greater water volume—up to 450,000 cubic feet per second.

Airports serve the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the border. Visits to this area can be combined easily with time in Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires.

Iguacu falls in Argentina cascading into a rock-laden pool

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