Iguazu Falls is one of the most powerful displays of water in the world. The natural wonder straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil, and it accessible through national parks in both countries. Sweeping panoramas on the Brazilian side are only made more impressive by up close encounters on the Argentinean side. The catwalks and trails of the more intimate Argentinean experience are located in Iguazú National Park, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Many of the trails around the Falls are paved, making access much easier to experience the Falls up close. In addition, the “Rainforest Ecological Train” provides easier access to many of the trails, and the dramatic “Devil’s Throat” catarata or as the Argentines call it, “Garganta del Diablo”. Here, water pours in from three sides, offering a view not to be missed. Devil’s Throat is also accessibly via a 1.5 mile walkway, for those who enjoy a scenic hike.
For those surefooted adventure-seekers, it’s possible to go beyond the pavement and handrails, down to the slippery boulders along the Iguazu River. Zodiac boats launching from the banks below the falls take visitors right up to the falls for the closest encounter possible. In a mere 15 minutes, adventurers find themselves awestruck and drenched in the powerful spray.
The forests and fauna in the area are breathtaking, with over 500 recorded species of butterfly in the region. Surrounded by rainbows and lush greenery, it’s easy to feel as though you’ve been transported into another world, moving from the spray of the falls to the flutter of wings.
The falls are located in the Misiones province, a region replete with natural riches from the canopies of the tropical forests to the amethyst deposits in underground caverns. The unique climate and location along the Paraná made the port towns of Misiones ideal for production and exports of such national treasures as beer, maté, and precious gems.
As one of the most popular destinations in the world, the national park always hosts substantial crowds. A Ker & Downey exploration of the region includes a knowledgeable private guide who will help you discover this natural region of incredible beauty, strategically minimizing crowd interference.