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Cataratas del Iguazu
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Recommended length of visit: More than 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 May 29, 2018

I was humming and hawing about whether to travel from BA to the falls - got some great help on the TA forums which made up my mind and off I went for a couple of days

And as the previous reviewers have said - WOW. I can see why this is one of the seven wonders of the world - it is truly spectacular. Quite literally like nothing else I have ever seen and I spent 2 days in awe.

Definitely do both sides - I did the Argentinian side first and then seeing the perspective from the Brazilian side the next day was wonderful. You can also do both sides easily without a tour - there are good maps, clearly signposted, easy to find all the places.

Did I mention you should just go ;-)?

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank soniazam
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

OK it is simple--you have to visit Iguazu Falls. You can look at pictures, see videos but until you are there in person you don't get a feel for what an amazing place it is. Truly a "Bucket List" item.

We stayed at the Melia Hotel in the park on the Argentina side--and if you can, I would recommend you stay in the park as it makes it so much more convenient and in the mornings and late afternoons you have the Falls to yourself before and after the hoards of visitors arrive from elsewhere.

We did the Argentina side on Day 1 and Brazil on Day 2. That is plenty of time to do both. We loved the Argentina side more--but recommend you do both as you get a totally different feel and vibe from each side. As noted, the Brazil side is the amazing "Post Card" view of the totality of the Falls. It is like looking at Niagara except magnified multiple times. Argentina gets you "up close and personal" with many of the falls--a totally different feel--and the walk to Devil'sThroat and looking down into it as it goes over is amazing. We did both the Lower Trail and Upper Trail before taking the train to Devil's Throat. If time is an issue--we would do the Lower Trail and skip the Upper--but only if you have time constraints, otherwise do both. They are not that long but totally different perspectives. And lastly you must do the Boat Ride (from either side) if you have the chance. It is really the only way to get down on the level of the falls and feel their power and strength.You will get soaked as the boat goes under some of the falls--but it was a highlight for us. I would do it again!!

We were there in late fall and the crowds were not bad--but even then it got a bit crazy on some of the walkways at mid-day, so give yourself plenty of time. Start early if you can.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

It is a fairly difficult place to access so the question in my mind was "will it be worth it?" Uh...Yes! From the first glimpse of the falls, I said out loud "wow!" But that continued at least 50 more times as we got further into the park and closer to the main attraction featuring the sound of rushing water, heavy mist and perpetual rainbows glistening in the brilliant sunshine. The scale is impossible to capture in one dimensional pics. Weather was perfect in late May. No big crowds or mosquitos. Blessed to see this beautiful natural creation!

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Bent4161
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Reviewed May 27, 2018

This place looks surreal. The masses of water that move here per second are immense. The weather was incredible to make some nice shots and to stay for the afternoon. Even if we havent seen any other similar falls to this so far. It takes some time to walk around, we came here without a guide and we don't think it's necessary to have one. As there are around 3 hikes, you have plenty time to spend here.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

Everyone told us we had to go to Iguazu Falls if we were going to Argentina. They were correct. It is often compared to Niagara Falls and it is quite different. There are three beautiful hikes that take you to different parts of the falls, as the falls are on a broad plateau. There are 3 major hikes and try to do all three: the hike to the Devil’s Throat, the inferior or lower circuit, or the superior circuit, in that order. We found the Superior circuit the least interesting because you are on top of the falls and lose some of the majestic views. But if you have time, do all three hikes.

We also did the jungle boat tour where you go underneath one of the falls. That was a family favorite. Be prepared to get soaked.

We arrived early one day and left late the next day and that was enough time.

Date of experience: May 2018
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