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Iguazu Falls
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Full Day Tour to Iguazu Falls
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Iguazu National Park was created in 1934, with approximately 67,620 hectares/167,091 acres was declared "Natural Heritage to the Humanity" by the UNESCO in 1984 due to its scenic beauties and to the great biological diversity of the subtropical forest. This natural sanctuary, was declareted new 7 wonder of the world in 11/11/11. The Iguazu Falls are located in the Argentina's northeaster corner, bestowed with benevolent rains and temperatures (15ºC/59°F average in Winter and 30ºC/ 86°F average in Summer) brings about a very humid atmosphere almost windless due to the leafy vegetation canopy. The Iguazu river has a total extension of 1320 km/ 820 miles until flowing into the Parana River, 23 km/ 14 miles after the waterfalls. Inside the National Park, the river widens to about 1500 meters/ 0.9 miles and turns south, next it turns north, in the shape of a wide "U" where the river mouth presents the abrupt slump of soil which conforms the cataratas: a magnificent waterfall. All along the above mentioned prominent curve, a proliferation of reefs, islets and prolonged islands provoke the fragmentation of the river in numerous branches. When the river reaches the cliff, each branch becomes a waterfall and together comprise the great Iguazu Waterfalls. The Iguazu Falls appear grandiose and majestic in the Misiones forest dazzling visitors from all over the world. In celebration of all this beauty and unique attraction as from July 2001, a new concept of ecological tourism has been implemented within the Iguazu National Park, with an investment of 25 million dollars and service and facilities according to the international tourist demands, prioritizing at the same time the Park's care and preservation, a sample of the Paranaense Subtropical Forest declared Natural Heritage to the Humanity" by the UNESCO in 1984. The fundamental objectives of this enterprise are the recover and conservation of the Waterfall Area, and the incentive to the present and future generations to renew the legendary admiration arisen by this wonderful masterpiece of nature. Today, our visitors can enjoy safe and modern walkways from start to finish of the impressive falls and the Upper and Lower Circuits and the Devil's Throat, and facilities according to the natural environment such as the new Visitor Center and the alternative transportation of the Ecological Forest Train, which complies with international policies of accessibility and preservation of the World Union for Nature Conservation.
Reviewed April 13, 2013

At the ticket office, they accept cash only. INSIDE the park there is an ATM, but of course that doesn't help you when you are still outside at the ticket office trying to get in. Besides, the ATM is often down.

There are a few restaurants in the park. Stay away from the fast food, it's awful. Instead I highly recommend getting a coupon for La Selva restaurant. The coupon is available at various info counters. For $12 you get a fantastic buffet like what you would see in a fancy resort.

You can skip the raft float trip. It's kind of relaxing, but not much to see. You HAVE to do the speed boat trip up to the falls. They take you up close a few times and you WILL get drenched. We had on raincoats and rain ponchos on top of that (sold in the gift shop) and our tshirts were still soaked.

Allot more than one day for the park or you will feel a little rushed. Two days is plenty though.

5  Thank dtrachtman
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

A rather rushed trip around the falls starting at 4pm and being kicked out by 6pm. Still managed to do the two main trails. The problem was the train taking you to the more distant trail to "the devils throat" was shut by then....so don't leave it too late to go. Lower trails are the better ones. Overall Argentinian side, gets you closer, but loses the overall perspective of the brazilian side (which is the the better part for me. Still very impressive spectacle and the differences between the Argentinian and Brazilian side make both worthwhile seeing.

Thank Waldea
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We spent two days in the small town of Puerto Iguazu, just a short cab ride from the falls. We flew from Buenos Aires on a short, direct and uneventful flight (less than two hours). We spent the entire first day at the falls and it was as awesome as everyone says. Truly spectacular!

It is impossible to get a proper perspective of the falls. They are massive in every sense of the word. The falls stretch over a few miles and can be seen from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. (We only saw them from Argentina.) You can hear the roar of the falls long before you see them.

There is a network of trails that wander through the park, taking you to various vantage points overlooking the falls. These paths are sometimes raised wooden platforms that take you over the forest without making people trample the ground. Sometimes the paths are bridges that go over parts of the river. They are safe, but small kids should stay close to parents as there are always places where little ones could slip and fall (sometimes very far!). Some paths take you to the topside where you watch the river fall off the cliff. One particular path takes you to a mid-way point at one of the falls where you get drenched before reaching the end of the path. And there are many others that take you to the bottom. Some views are more exciting than others but all are worth exploring.

For a small fee you can get on a boat on the lower river and motor right up (and sometimes under) one of the falls. This gives you yet another amazing view and perspective of these mighty falls. At one point our boat built up speed and roared into one of the falls soaking everyone thoroughly. They tell you ahead of time and everyone is given a poncho. It is a lot of fun!

We went with two small children (2 and 6) and always had to be careful as this park was surprisingly open and unguarded. This is a good and bad thing. It can be a bit scary to see so many places where one could fall and we found ourselves lost more than once on long unmarked paths. But it was refreshing to be somewhere that made you feel so adventurous. You could really do some exploring without guides and signs hounding you every step of the way. A very un-American experience. And isn't that what travel adventures are all about?

Our second day was a short one and we chose to go for a hike in another part of the park that took us through a forest to a small waterfall. It was a lovely hike, maybe 3 miles roundtrip. The falls were very nice and we were able to swim in the pool below (although the water was very cold!). We only saw a few people on the entire hike which was a nice change of pace from the busier main falls. I would recommend this alternate adventure only for those visiting for many days. If I could do it again, I would have spent the second day back at Iguazu falls.

Know what you are getting into and you will have a wonderful time! This was an amazing place! Like no other I have seen. Be amazed!

2  Thank Findasilver
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

If you are ever within striking distance of the Iguazu Falls it is worth a day side trip. They yare absolutely stunning - the largest volume of water I have ever seen - cascading over three miles in width and up to eighty metres high. The Falls border Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina and are best seen from the Arghentina side. The park is extreremely well organized with walkways and platform getting you right into the Falls. There is a shuttle train included in the entrance fee and the sign for the one-way walks is very good. Reasonable cafes are located in the park. Local artist have some excellent and very cheap artwork for sale - e.g. small tiles. Simply an excellent day ! Incrtedible !

Thank Peter M
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Iguazu falls are breathtaking! Niagara Falls is nowhere near...
We took the great adventure tour because we wanted to go with the boat. But nobody told us there will be a second part where they drove us through the jungle in heat and sun just to talk about trees. We didn't like that part and the fact that we had to pay 160 pesos more just for that. Anyway, we loved the park. Views are fantastic from both sides. Do not miss one side just because people say one side is better then the other. Truth is, it is all amazing. This place should be on everyone's bucket list.

3  Thank Medasro
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