Las Cataratas del Iguazú

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Overview of the Iguazu Waterfalls (from the Brazilian side; the Argentinian side is in the background)

Biggest Waterfall System in the World

Las Cataratas del Iguazú are the biggest waterfall system in the world. Situated right at the Brazilian-Argentinian border they provide a major attraction for people all over the world. Due to its dimension the waterfalls are very impressive. These waterfalls extend for about one kilometre. They divide the upper and lower level of the Iguazu river, that mainly runs through Brazil but forms the border between the two countries at that specific point of the waterfalls.

From the Brazilian side you have the best views into the waterfalls. All pictures provided in this blog entry are taken from the Brazilian side. It is easy to get to the waterfalls from the main city, Foz do Iguazu. Several busses take you to the waterfalls. The area of the waterfalls is very good organised for tourists. You have to pay to enter the park. Once in there, there are busses that take you to different spots from where you can see the waterfalls from different angles. You can get out and hop-on on any bus. The best view is towards the end, where you can walk on a platform that leads to an area where you are surrounded by waterfalls. Most likely you will get a very fresh breeze over there.

The Argentinian side offers a different experience

There are also activities such as canoeing (on the upper side) or riding a fast boat INTO the waterfalls. An expensive but very fun activity. In general it is very easy to get to the viewpoints because of the bus. The few areas were you walk are very well established and easily accessible. The park is organised in a way that the many visitors have a minimal impact on the nature. It is not permitted take exit the established walking path.

From the Argentinian side you can do long but great hikes through the jungle area along the river with here and then great views of the waterfalls. Towards the end you get the closest to the waterfalls (even closer then you get on the Brazilian side). However you mostly see them from above.

 

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