Some people argue that Iguazu Waterfalls are even better than the Niagara Falls. Considering the spectacular combination of 275 waterfalls and the amazing dense forest, hiking trails and the environment around the Iguazu Falls, they seem very much right. The waterfall also borders two countries i.e. Brazil and Argentina and offers splendid different views from both countries.
Iguazu Falls also pronounced as Iguassu Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has also been voted as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world. This is a must-see site if you are visiting Brazil or Argentina. Your trip cost and hotel-stay expenses are worth the views and activities around it. The waterfall is located in the surroundings of the city of “Foz do Iguaçu”, which also has many interesting activities for tourists.
A series of 275 waterfalls form this amazing wonderful Iguazu Waterfall site in a valley between a dense tropical forest. The Iguazu Waterfalls is also the largest waterfall system in the world as it is spread along the 2.7 kilometers distance with the heights that vary between 60 to 80 meters.
If you love waterfall and the Forests, You will also love the Chapada Dimentia Park in Brazil which is actually bigger than Belgium.
9 Spectacular Activities around the Iguazu Fall
The best things about the Iguazu waterfalls is that its not just a waterfall but a system of waterfalls that is ideally placed between two different countries in a tropical forest. There are so many activities at the site and around the site. The beautiful scenery, the rainbows and the sound of waterfall is surely going to mesmerize and the additional hiking and watersports activities in the River Iguazu are going to give you the beautiful memories of a lifetime. Many tourists come for a day trip but then they decide to stay for more.
The Brazil Side of the Iguazu Falls
The Brazil Side of the waterfall takes your very close to the foot of the falls. You can enjoy clear panoramic views of the Argentinian side of the falls. There are many paths and trails around the valley that will offer your different angles of view for the Iguazu Waterfall. There is also a walkway that will take you to the lower base of the Devil’s Throat, which is the most remarkable point of the Waterfalls. The Argentinian side provides the best viewing point for the Devils’ Throat and has many more activities than the Brazilian side.
You can take amazing & clear pictures of the waterfalls with rainbows from the Brazilian side, which you might not be able to get from the Argentinian side because of the heavy mist.
The Argentinian Side of the Iguazu Falls
Argentinian side of the Iguazu Waterfalls let you go really close to the upper and lower levels of the falls. You will feel waves of mist all the time: a great feeling in the hot weather. The Argentinian side is perhaps the most adventurous side of the waterfalls because of the activities around it. You can raise your adrenaline levels by taking a boat tour to the foot of waterfalls and the San Martin Island near it.
There is also a train ride in the park that takes the visitors near the Graganta del Diablo (Devils’ Throat). After the train, you will need to walk for probably 1 more kilometer to reach the Devil’s Throat which is going to take your breath away with its remarkable views. As you reach near it, you are going to get drenched with the heavy water mist. This place is ideally to enjoy and absorb the nature and feel the atmosphere in the beautiful sound of the water.
The Secret Waterfalls
If you are at the Iguazu waterfalls for a full day, I would recommend that you hike around in the park and also follow the small trails to find some amazing hidden waterfalls. Many tourists do not explore these smaller trails and miss the chance to witness and capture some amazing moments.
Hiking in the Tropical Jungle
You will love the hiking experience around the waterfalls in the dense forest. Hiking can be done on both sides of the Argentinian or Brazilian side. There are a lot of birds, trees and plants that are flourishing in the beautiful natural environment. You can also hire a car ride to explore the area quickly. There are also some zipline adventurous activities in the forest.
Macuco Safari at Iguazu Falls
Macuco Safari at Iguazu Falls is a great way to get wet by getting really close to the waterfalls in an inflatable boat. You cannot escape the water so be prepared to get wet when taking this ride. This ride is offered on both sides of the both countries. The Argentinian side is cheaper but a little hard to climb to the boat station. The Brazilian side is a little expensive, but the visitors can arrive at the boat station in a cart which is pulled by an electric car. These boats can carry around 25 people at one time.
Jet Boat Safari
This is another level of a boat riding experience. You can take the Jet boat ride from the calm side of the River Iguazu. The boat is equipped with a twin-engine jet boat. The boat takes you right under the Devil’s Throat where you will experience the wonderful thunderous sounds of the falls and the rapid effects.
10 Km Bike Ride near the Iguazu Falls
This is one of the amazing things that you can do at Iguazu falls and you will enjoy a lot. The bike ride is surely going to fill you up with joy. You can ride the bike with your desired pace, fast or slow, its up to you. But I recommend going slow and soaking up the environment while the breeze touches nicely on your face. The bike tour is 10 kilometers long and takes you deep inside the forest feeling leisure of the tropical wonder. You can choose to continue your hike on foot after parking the bike. The hike will take you on wonderful pathways and tracks. There are also some suspension bridges and some high viewpoints of the area. You can reach the Iguazu River and can also take the Jet Boat Safari or can-do Kayaking.
Belmond Hotel Iguazu Falls
The Iguazu National Park opens at 8.00 am and closes at 5.00 Pm, so visitors cannot see the sunsets or sunrises. The only way to enjoy a morning rise or a night inside the park is by staying in the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas. One of the benefits of staying here is that if you get up early in the morning, you can take photographs without any people photobombing them. The hotel is the only one in the park hence it is also a bit expensive to stay.
Helicopter Tour of the Iguazu Falls
Like the only one hotel, there is only one company that offers the Helicopter ride. The helicopter ride is the only possible way to view the falls from the top. No doubt the experience is totally breathtaking. The quality of your experience will depend on the mood of the pilot, sometimes the tourists sitting on the right side of the helicopter do not get the good views.