If you think Niagara Falls is beautiful you will be blown away by Iguacu Falls. Iguacu Falls makes Niagara Falls looks like a baby waterfall. Iguacu Falls borders between Argentina and Brazil, and are one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world. Together they make up the largest waterfall system in the world. For most of its course the river flows through Brazil but most of the actual falls are on the Argentine side. The stretch in width is about 1.7miles and 200ft in height. When we visited Brazil we knew we had to visit Iguacu and we are so glad we did as it was an unbelievable experience to knock off our bucket list. Over a million tourists visit Iguacu Falls each year hoping to catch a glimpse of the magnificent mind blowing waterfall. Trust us it doesn’t disappoint! We have visited many cities and countries and Iguacu is still at the top of our list as one of the most breathtaking moments. We would love the opportunity to go back someday. If you are planning to visit Iguacu Falls from the Brazil side here are some helpful tips and ideas that will guide you along your journey.
The Brazil side of the falls can be reached from the town called Foz do Iguacu in Brazil. From Foz do Iguacu airport the park can be reached by taxi or bus to the entrance of the park. Please keep in mind that the park has an entrance fee on both sides. Once tourists are inside you’ll find the Visitors Centers and experience free and frequent buses to various points within the park. This is great because the park is massive so you definitely want to take advantage of the free bus systems. There are quite a few viewpoints with different views of the falls along the trail. At the end of the route you’ll be able to take a bridge out over the water to get closer to the falls. We recommend wearing a poncho or light waterproof jacket since you’ll feel quite a bit of spray from the waterfall at the bottom of the observation deck.
After the trail you can take an elevator up to the food court area where you can eat before taking a bus back to the visitors center.
The falls are shared by two national parks Iguacu National Park and Iguazu National Park. Both parks were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cool thing about the Brazil side is that there is a walkway along the canyon that has an extension to the lower base of the Devils Throat. Tourists can pay to ride a helicopter that will provide aerial views of the falls from the Brazil side. Another cool thing about the Brazil side are the inflatable boat services that take visitors very close to the falls. We actually went under one of the falls in the boat and had the time of our lives.
WHERE WE STAYED
If you are a tourist looking to stay inside the National Park please keep in mind that there is only one hotel inside the park which gives you the advantage to access the waterfalls any time between 8am and 6pm. You still have to pay the entrance fee to the National Park if you stay at the Sheraton located inside the park as well as the more expensive accommodation price.
We stayed at San Martin Resort and Spa because of the proximity to Iguacu Falls and also the benefits the hotel offers were amazing. San Martin Resort and Spa hotel is beside the exotic Bird Park. The hotel is approximately .25 miles from Iguacu Falls and one mile from the Foz do Iguacu airport. We walked every day from the hotel to Iguacu to save cost on car rental and taxi costs. The hotel benefits include free parking, free airport transfer, free Wi-Fi, affordable costs, and 5% discount on extra expenses. Not to mention the Brazilian all you can eat breakfast was amazing at the hotel. San Martin is also close to the
downtown area, so if you’re looking to get out and explore the city at a low cost, you’ll love the San Martin Resort and Spa.
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