“This is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life” was a sentence we heard from many different people we met in Brazil on our way here, to the Iguazu Falls. They are situated on the Iguazu River on the border between Argentina and Brazil. This way to see the waterfalls from all angles, you have to visit both countries. And so we did.
It is recommended to go first on the Brazilian side and then to the Argentinian. We did it the opposite way because of the protest of the Brazilian bus drivers. However, even in this order the waterfalls met our high expectations.
We are talking about 275 waterfalls all combined into one big system. It is hard to decide where to look first, what to take a photo of.
Every new view was even more beautiful than the last. It took our breath away, we couldn’t tear our eyes from it. On both sides there are platforms constructed so you can take a walk and see the parts of the waterfalls from different angles. To the different levels of the falls tourist are transported by train on the Argentinian side and by double-decker bus in Brazil (all this is included in the entrance fee). In Argentina you could skip the bus and go back by designated paths, while in Brazil there are no such paths and it is not recommended to walk on the roads or through the forest.
There is a distance to walk from the bus stop to the falls. The path passes through a jungle and we can fulfill our desire to reach the falls but also we can see some new animal or just get really sweaty.
The other possibility for experiencing the waterfalls is by taking a trip with a boat, which is better done on the Argentinian side because it passes through more places and is cheaper. You are sure to come back soaked from head to toes.
Of course, there is the option of taking a helicopter ride or paraglider over the falls but we haven’t researched those.
There are differences between the prices in the two countries, but also what can be seen differs.
The Argentinian side is more closely situated to the waterfalls. It is possible to take a walk to their every part and take a wet boat trip.
On the Brazilian side you could enjoy the landscape views from high up and see the whole falls system. There you can go deeper into the big and famous U-shaped part of the Iguazu Falls – Garganta del Diablo (The Devil’s Throat)
After, you have the opportunity to take an elevator high above the Throat and see it from a bird’s perspective.
On both sides fun and fear were caused by small animals called Coati (of the raccoon family). Those coati are very kind and sweet until they hear the rustling of a plastic bag. Then suddenly they launch themselves at the person who has the bag and try to grab it along with the food in it. There were several funny examples of this misfortune.
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This article was brought to you in English by Marta Petrova.
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