With spectacular waterfalls amongst a backdrop of dense rainforest, Iguazu national park is not only one of South America’s most iconic sites, but one of the most beautiful too. Spanning the border between Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu falls is a truly remarkable sight to behold. When visiting the Brazilian side of the falls, you’re best to stay in the nearby city of Foz de Iguazu.
Offering amazing panoramas of the falls, the Brazilian side gives a scenic perspective of this natural wonder from a distance. It’s truly astounding to witness the sheer scale of the thunderous waterfalls, which in total amount to roughly three times the size of the famed Niagara Falls. Whilst the Brazilian side is better known for panoramic views of the falls, you do still have the chance to stand close enough to the roaring falls to get completely drenched. For more opportunities to see the falls up close, the Argentinian side of the falls offers a number of trails throughout this stunning national park.
Flights – You’ll find regular flights from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo with return flights available from around 320 Brazilian Reals. Prices will vary depending on how far in advance you make a booking; so the earlier you book, the better! To find the best deal, use a price comparison site like Momondo.
Bus – If you’d prefer not to fly, buses are available from many major cities in Brazil, although they generally cost more for a return than a flight. We’d advise against paying more to spend an excessive amount of time on a bus. From Rio it will cost around 300 Reals one-way, with a journey time of around 23 hours.
How long to spend here?
Ideally, give yourself 2 or 3 days here just in case of poor weather. That way you can delay your trip to the falls if necessary. The Brazilian side of the falls consists of a singular trail, so even with a few hours you’ll have all the time you need.
When to visit
The falls are an amazing spectacle year round, so whenever you visit you’re in for a treat. Due to greater rainfall between December and February, this is when the falls are at their most powerful. This does mean it’s peak time to visit and it can be extremely hot too – so keep this in mind if you visit in these months.
If you prefer to avoid crowds, we advise visiting in March/April (although avoid Easter) or August/September. As these months are between the wet and dry seasons, you’ll have the advantage of fewer crowds but the waterfalls will still have added power.
How to get to Iguazu Falls from Foz de Iguazu
The fare from town to the Brazilian side of the falls is 4 Reals. Buses leave every 20 minutes from Terminal de Transporte Urbano and take 30 minutes before arriving at the national park. Upon arrival, the entrance fee to the park is 57.30 Reals.
With only one trail to explore, visiting the Brazilian side is a lot more manageable in a day. Upon arrival you will need to book a bus time, which will then transport you to the trail. Self-service machines are available and when we visited queues were much shorter so utilise these to save time! If you want to beat the crowds, book yourself on the first bus of the day at 9am. That way the trail won’t already be busy when you get there!
Depending on your pace, the trail can take anything from an hour upwards. You’ll find yourself being led to astonishing viewpoints, allowing you to witness many of the parks different waterfalls. Take your time to really enjoy it and make the most of your visit to this incredible destination.
What you need for visiting the park
Take plenty of water and any snacks you need, as once on the trail there’s nowhere to buy these. You’ll also find it’s much cheaper than buying food and drink within the park so it’s a good way to save money! You may also want to consider taking a raincoat. It’s possible to get close enough to feel the spray of some waterfalls, and if you’d prefer to stay relatively dry then this should do the job.
What to do in Foz de Iguacu
Parque Das Aves – See a variety of fascinating birds up close – including flamingos, macaws, hummingbirds and colourful toucans. Parque das Aves focuses on the rehabilitation of injured birds, or those incapable of surviving in the wild. Located near to the entrance to Iguazu national park, you can easily fit both activities in to one day! The entrance fee of 40 Reals is well worth it – so take your chance to witness these beautiful bird species up close.
Helicopter tours – Can’t get enough of the falls? For 430 Reals per person, you can enjoy breath-taking views of the falls from above. Flights only last approximately 10 minutes, and if you aren’t in a group of 4 you’ll likely be sharing with strangers. That aside, if you have the budget for it you’re sure to have an unbelievable view!
Itaipu Dam –A gigantic dam with rushing waters reminiscent of the nearby falls. This remarkable feat of engineering borders Brazil and Paraguay, with entrance available from 18 Reals.
Three borders landmark – With Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay bordering each other nearby, each country has a landmark to symbolise the shared borders. The Brazilian landmark is green, yellow, blue and white to symbolise the colours of their flag. Entrance to the landmark is 19.30 Reals and you can find more information here.
If you want to visit the Argentinian side, you’ll be able to catch a bus from Terminal de Transporte Urbano. They leave every half an hour, costing 4 Reals. Should you prefer, taxis are available and will wait while you pass through immigration, but will charge substantially more than the bus fare.
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