Why you should visit Iguazú
Comprised of 275 individual waterfalls and cataracts that spout as much as 13,000 cubic metres of water every second, the roaring Iguazú Falls produce an awe-inspiring cloud of multicoloured mist that hovers over the inland rainforest that is shared by both Argentina and bordering Brazil.
Widely considered as superior to the illustrious Niagara and Victoria falls, the waters of Iguazú Falls (meaning 'Big Water' in the local Guaraní language) cascade for 240 feet before crashing in to the granite rock below.
The wider Iguazú National Park is a subtropical rainforest that is brimming with wildlife and plant species, including tapirs, howler monkeys, giant anteaters, caimans and jaguars. A named natural wonder in a tropical setting, the falls are one of the nation's most revered sights and provide an ideal gateway for crossing in to Brazil.
Our specialist's 'must do'
- Explore both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the falls to benefit from the different perspectives
- Board a boat trip to the Devil's Throat
- For a unique view, take a helicopter flight over the falls
- Discover the trails through the National Park to observe the tropical birdlife
A little more about Iguazú
Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet where Rio Iguazú joins the Rio Parana in the north-eastern Argentinean province of Misiones. It is here that the two-mile-long Iguazú Falls are formed as the rivers plunge into the wide gorge below.
When to visit Iguazú
The Iguazú Falls are situated on the equator and therefore benefit from a tropical climate, making the falls a year-round destination. During the rainy season from December to March, when water levels are high, the falls are at their most impressive. However, with the sustained rains can come the closure of park trails and thus limiting activities within the National Park itself.