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Discover Iguazu, Argentina

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

Iguazu Falls, located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, is a natural wonder that attracts visitors from all over the world. The falls are formed by the Iguazu River, which falls in spectacular waterfalls in a 3-kilometer-long canyon. The falls are located in the basin of the Iguazu River, which originates in the Serra do Mar in Brazil and flows into the Paraná River in Argentina. Iguazu Falls consists of about 275 waterfalls overlooking an 80-meter-high cliff, with an impressive water flow. Iguazu Falls have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. Here is an overview of what you can discover during a visit to Iguazu Falls.

I spent 3 days in Iguazu, I visited the Iguazu Falls, obviously, on the Brazilian side, on the Argentine side as well as the "Parque Das Aves" park (located on the Brazilian side).

The Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls: a breathtaking panoramic view and an unforgettable experience

The Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls offers a spectacular panoramic view of the falls and an experience different from that of the Argentine side. The falls are located in the Iguaçu National Park, a nature conservation area protected by UNESCO.

Visitors can walk on a 1.2 km trail along the falls and admire breathtaking views. There are several points of view along the trail, each offering a unique perspective on the waterfalls.

The highest point of the trail is the platform of the Floriano observatory, which offers a breathtaking view of the falls. The platform is located right next to the main waterfall and visitors can feel the power of the water up close. Get ready to be splashed by the mist! I advise you to plan a K-way to avoid being totally soaked like me.

The Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian side are really a natural spectacle not to be missed!

The Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls: an immersive and wild experience

On the Argentine side, Iguazu Falls are wilder and offer a more immersive experience, with hiking trails that take you as close as possible to the falls. The Iguazu National Park in Argentina is larger and more diverse than its Brazilian counterpart. The visit is therefore much longer on the Argentine side, personally I stayed there all day, from opening to closing.

You can take several hiking trails to explore the falls from different angles. Before starting with the trails, I took a boat trip to be in total immersion in the heart of the falls. I strongly recommend taking this excursion, because you really feel all the immensity and power of the falls.

The "Garganta del Diablo" trail is a must (really a unique experience of its kind). The Garganta del Diablo is the largest waterfall in the park (80 meters high), and it offers a breathtaking view of the canyon and waterfalls.

Iguazu National Park, which is home to the Falls, also offers a great diversity of fauna and flora. You can observe howler monkeys, coatis, toucans and colorful butterflies. Small tip for coatis, avoid keeping food in your hands, because they are little food thieves, and they do not hesitate to come on your backpacks to feel if you have food.

The "Parque das Aves": the largest bird park in Latin America

The "Parque Das Aves" is an ornithological park located on the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls. It covers more than 17 hectares of tropical forest, making it the largest bird park in Latin America. The park is home to more than 150 species of birds, as well as reptiles and butterflies.

The park is a real paradise for bird lovers. You can admire macaws, parrots, toucans, ibises, pink flamingos and many others. The park also offers educational shows for visitors, where you can learn more about species conservation and forest protection.

One of the most fascinating experiences you can have at "Parque Das Aves" is to be able to feed the birds in freedom. You will be able to approach the birds and feed them with fresh fruit. This unique experience will allow you to see these beautiful creatures up close and better understand their behavior.

In addition to birds, the park is also home to a wide variety of reptiles, such as snakes and iguanas. You will be able to observe these animals closely and learn more about them thanks to the explanations of the park guides. The park also has a butterfly greenhouse where you can admire butterflies of all colors and sizes. This greenhouse is the ideal place to relax and take beautiful photos.

The "Parque Das Aves" is a real sanctuary for animals. The park works closely with the Iguazu National Parks on the Argentine and Brazilian side for the protection of local fauna and flora. The park's conservation programs are very important for the survival of some endangered species.

By visiting the park, you contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and the environment. Indeed, part of the revenue generated by visits is reinvested in conservation programs. The "Das Aves Park" is therefore an excellent way to support the protection of nature while having a pleasant and educational time.

Iguazu Falls: a mixture of culture and history

Iguazu Falls are also surrounded by a rich history and culture. The Guarani tribes, who inhabited the region for centuries, left their mark on the region. The Guarani were hunter-gatherers who venerated the spirits of nature and believed that the Iguazu Falls were inhabited by a snake god, who had to be appeased by offerings.

Today, Argentina and Brazil are working together to manage and protect Iguazu Falls. In 1985, the two countries signed a treaty to share responsibility for the management and preservation of Iguazu Falls. The two countries have created national parks on either side of the border to protect the fauna and flora of the region. Iguazu National Parks attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year, who come to admire the natural beauty of this unique region and discover its rich history and culture.

In conclusion, the Iguazu Falls are a must-see destination for nature and travel lovers. Both sides of the falls offer different but both extraordinary experiences. On the Brazilian side, visitors can admire breathtaking panoramic views, while on the Argentine side, visitors can explore the falls from different angles and get even closer to nature. The "Parque Das Aves" park is a perfect complement to the visit of the falls on the Brazilian side, offering a unique experience of meeting magnificent birds in a protected natural setting. Iguazu Falls and the city of Iguazu are travel destinations not to be missed for all travelers looking to explore the natural beauty of South America.


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