After Argentina we headed off to Brazil to visit our friend Marina. What better spot to cross the border than Iguazu Falls? As the world’s widest, and arguably most beautiful waterfall, it’s a popular tourist destination and both Argentine and Brazilian airports serve the region. We spent two days on the Argentine side, took a local bus over the border, and spent one final day enjoying the falls from Brazil. I’d suggest a similar game plan for anyone who plans on visiting the falls as the two countries offer markedly different experiences.
The Argentine experience is up close and personal. Three distinct sets of walkways give visitors varied vantage points: one above the falls, one below falls and one to the most powerful part of the falls: Devil’s Throat or La Garganta del Diablo in Spanish. There’s also thrilling boat activities that dip beneath the torrents of water and leave you soaking wet. Finally, a little used hiking trail leads to one waterfall that permits swimming – that is if you’re able to work up the courage to stand below a 30 meter stream of chilly water. It would be nearly impossible to tackle all of this in just one day but two days is more than enough time to leisurely stroll through the park taking in all the rainbows and butterflies.
The Brazilian side is set back from the falls and provides beautiful panoramas. From here, it’s clear that each individual waterfall is part of one large system. You can see the shallow and placid Iguazu River break off into individual streams of water. In the rainy season 350 unique waterfalls can be seen; some are just a trickle off a cliff, some cascade beautifully down rocks and others roar with power. The variety is part of the beauty of this place. Every direction we looked in was impressive in its own way.