We’ve all heard of stunning locations around the world, but have you ever thought about visiting Iguazu Falls? These massive waterfalls are located in the northeast of Argentina on the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, and it’s certainly worthy of being on your ‘must travel to’ list.
If you’re not afraid to get wet and plunge into beautiful landscapes, here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Iguazu Falls, including:
- The presence of 275 beautiful waterfalls
- Unique geology and landscapes
- Ancient history of sacrifices
- A vegetation reserve site
- An impressive range of local wildlife
Are you ready? Let’s dive in…
The Iguazu Falls site contains 275 waterfalls in the heart of a beautiful tropical jungle. Wander along the different paths and observe this real wonder from many angles. Great photo opportunities await!
Go to the Brazilian side and let yourself be charmed by the panoramic view above the falls that are so peaceful; the noise of falling water echoes. This impressive and astonishing view will surprise you and stay in your mind long after you’ve left.
Exploring and activities
To get more engaged with the landscape, there are a number of travel options at the fall. As in the Grand Canyon, you can also take a helicopter tour to observe the falls from above and get a true view of their immense scale. The geological form of the Iguazu Falls is amazing because of a big geological fault in the Parana River which created the falls.
On the Argentinean side, you can get even closer to the falls. There are two circuits: one higher circuit in the jungle which leads you to the heart of the falls and another just at the top of the water to enjoy the view.
In luxurious vegetation, you’ll enter the falls and appreciate the sight of many animals. From the coatis to the toucan and the monkeys, you won’t be disappointed. Indeed, the Iguazu site is a paradise for those who enjoy animals: this national park is a big wildlife and vegetation reserve with more than 2,000 species of plants and 400 species of birds. Just don’t feed the animals; they may bite you or become a little aggressive. The same can be said about sloths, even though you won’t find them here at the falls.
A legendary tale
Today, the topography of the site looks like a big snake, which stresses the legends and histories about the falls.
For example, do you know this legend? The Guarani Indians used to makes sacrifices to Boa, a huge snake who lived in the river. One day, a young Indian fell in love with Taroba, the girl who had to be given to the snake. They decided to escape but the snake was furious and stopped the course of the river. This is how the geological faults and the falls where created. And what happened to the young lovers? The snake transformed them into trees at each side of the river. Thus, they were separated for eternity. But sometimes, when water and sun play together, one can observe a rainbow which links the two sides of the river, bringing the lovers together until the end of the world. It’s poetic, isn’t it?
Variety of boat trips
Want some good memories to take home with you? By boat, enter the Garganta del Diablo which is the highlight of the entire location The boat takes you into the falls for an up-close experience: take a K-way and try not to be afraid when you enter the water curtains. You will get wet, but it’s fresh water and just like at Niagra Falls you will be provided with anoraks.
If you prefer just a walk in nature, take a boat to San Martin Island and explore this beautiful, peaceful place. There, you’ll enjoy many different access points and have different views over the falls – ideal for Instagram posts and making everyone back home just a little jealous.
This post has been provided by the team at Argentina Excepciion, the leading travel agency in Argentina. For more information about Iguazu Falls and how you can admire their beauty in person, click here: http://www.argentina-excepcion.com/en/regions-of-argentina/litoral-northeast-argentina/iguazu-falls