We finally made it to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina after what ended up being a crazy 30 hours in transit coming from Montevideo, Uruguay. Our plan was to see Iguazu falls from the Argentinian side first before moving on to Foz to Iguacu to see the Brazillian side. As a massive waterfall lover I was so excited to see Iguazu Falls and had high hopes for them, I was certainly not disappointed!
Made up of over 275 individual waterfalls, Iguazu Falls is nothing short of breath taking. Seeing and feeling power of some of those falls was absolutely crazy. Pictures and words could not do them justice, it was truly something that has to be seen and experienced in person to really comprehend.
Seeing the falls from both the sides was so worth it because it gave two completely different perspectives of the falls. On the Argentinian side you get up close and personal with the falls, walking right above them, along them and below them. Whereas the Brazil side is mostly an overview from more of a distance.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina
The Argentina side of the falls has numerous walks that you can do to see and experience the falls. Upon our arrival to Iguazu National Park we headed straight to the train that gets you around the park and took it to the end of the line where the Devil’s Throat walk began.
One of the most epic spots of the falls is Devil’s Throat because it really puts into perspective the sheer power of these falls. It gets you so close to the falls that by the end of it we were soaking wet from the spray of the water. The observation platform is above the falls so you’re looking down on the huge amounts of water gushing down. As we went to this spot first, right after the park had opened, we were fortunate to not have to fight massive crowds to get a good look and instead got to enjoy the view and sound with only a few others around. Devil’s throat was a great introduction to the falls and I was already loving it.
As the name suggests, this track takes you above the falls along the canyon so that you’re looking down at the magnificence of the falls. The trail was made up of nature trails, bridges, boardwalks and viewing platforms and provided some more stunning views. We did this track after the Devil’s throat and after completing it took an empanada break for lunch. This ended up working out perfectly because while we were eating it started raining pretty heavily. Thankfully by the time we were done it had cleared into nothing more than a drizzle so we set back out to see more of the falls.
Taking us on a walk through the forest along the falls, this track certainly made me feel small next to these huge cascading waterfalls. Again we were treated to some spectacular views and were able to get fairly close to the falls in certain parts. This track also led down to the riverbed where there was a free shuttle boat to the Isla San Martin where the next walk took place.
Isla San Martin
The walks on Isla San Martin were mostly through forest until the end where we reached a viewing platform with one of my favourite views of the falls. From here you were at enough of a distance to see more of an overview of the falls and appreciate such a large section of them, but still close enough to see and hear the power and force of them. Plus the boat ride over to the island was a nice experience in itself.
After completing these four walks we decided to walk back to the entrance rather than catching the train. This meant we got to see a bit more of the park and although the falls were no longer visible it was a good way to see some more of the native flora. I found it crazy that after only walking a short time away from the falls you could no longer hear them at all and if you didn’t know they were there you’d be completely oblivious to them.
Our day on the Argentina side of the falls was a really enjoyable one and it was nice to get to spend so much time walking around the falls and see them from all the different perspectives.
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
In comparison to the Argentinian side of the falls there was certainly not as much to do on this side but it still provided amazing views and was definitely worth seeing. The Brazil side consisted of one walk along the canyon that was across from the falls so you got a full overview of the amazing 275 waterfalls that are Iguazu falls. The last bit of the walk was my favourite as it took you out onto a boardwalk over the water until you were literally standing on the edge of the falls. This combined with being able to see such a large amount of the falls around you and feel the spray coming off them was truly an incredible experience. It was topped off with a sighting of our first rainbow which is always such a lovely addition to waterfalls. We also saw a fair bit more wildlife on this side of the falls, including plenty of wild coati trying to get their hands on any food in sight.
I absolutely loved the time spent at Iguazu Falls and would have to say it was one of the trip highlights so far! It was also a great introduction to Brazil, our 3rd country of the trip, which we would be exploring more of from here. Next stop Rio De Janeiro, before making our way to Ilha Grande and Paraty, then ending back in Rio.