Iguazu Falls (or Iguassu) on the border of Argentina and Brazil is for me one of the top natural wonders of the world.
A few years back when visiting Argentina I managed a side trip to the magnificent Iguazu Falls and can now say that I was totally unprepared for their overwhelming expanse, beauty and power. As they were named one of the New Wonders of Nature in 2011 I'm not the only one to feel this way.
Iguazu, consisting of 275 separate falls is located in sub-tropical jungle on the Iguazu River and can be enjoyed from either Argentina or Brazil with each side offering a different experience. Argentina claims 80% of the Falls and on the other side Brazil has 20% ownership so the best side for viewing is actually from the Brazilian side.
We chose to stay on the Argentinian side right in the National Park which meant we had the most phenomonal views of the raging Falls and the surrounding jungle especially when lit up by the full moon at night. Also, we simply strolled down to the Falls whenever we fancied on the well constructed and safe walkways.
A must is the zodiac boat trip to the actual face of the Falls and then a quick dip under the raging water. A rather wet but wonderful experience! You may also take a Disney-like train to the top of Devils Throat-the highest of the Falls which gives you far reaching views of the area.
We stayed for two nights which allowed us enough time to tour the Brazilian side. Prebook an ecorted tour that picks you up from your hotel and once over the border you'll stop at the famed Iguassu Bird Park which is home to a multitude of brightly coloured and exotic bird species. I never knew there were so many different kinds of tucans! There's also an array of native animals such as spotted jaguars, coral snakes and prego monkeys on both sides of the Falls that you may be lucky enough to spot from eco-buses.
Simply, Iguazu(or Iguassu,as it's known in Brazil) is truly an unforgettable eco-experience!
Anne's tip: Visit in the shoulder months of May and September as that's when the Falls tend to be fullest and the tourist numbers lowest.
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