In the northeast corner of Argentina, 275 distinct waterfalls slice the mighty Iguazú River into its upper and lower courses. In the Guaraní native language, Iguazú means “big river,” and is it ever! Upon viewing the immense falls at Iguazú, former U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed “Poor Niagra!” The waterfalls stretch 82m high (270ft), and within Iguazú National park it is possible to see the intersection of three nations – Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay – from a single lookout over the river. A series of meandering catwalks leads visitors on a safari through tropical forests, ending at the very mouth of the famed Devil’s Throat section of the falls.
When to go
We recommend visiting in the off-season (fall or spring). During the winter the water flow lessens and during the summer the humidity and crowd levels soar.
How to Arrive
Flights from Buenos Aires (EZE): 1 hr 50 mins
Flights from Sao Paulo (GRU): 1 hr 40 mins
Good to know
Language: Spanish Currency: Argentine Peso (ARS) Visas/fees: Travel to Argentina does not require a visa for US/US/EU/CAN/AUS travelers. AUS citizens must pay a reciprocity fee. Please note that if you plan to see the falls from the Brazilian-side, US/CAN/AUS need a Brazilian visa.
Ready to go? Here’s what to pack
As with any jungle destination, preparing for the conditions will help improve your experience immensely.
- Closed-toed, comfortable walking shoes
- Small backpacks or cross-bodied bags
- Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
- Waterproof layer (poncho, pants and jacket)
- Bathing suit
Where to stay: Overnight Recommendations
Tips from our Team
- The Upper Circuit, which takes you to the top ridge of several falls, is best in the early morning or at sunset when you are likely to see gorgeous rainbows (sometimes double rainbows!).
- What you might not expect when going to Iguazú is the variety of rainforest critters and creatures. Keep an eye out for toucans, butterflies, coatimundi raccoons, iguanas hidden in the leaves, turtles, and hummingbirds, especially in the summer months.
- Keep in mind that you can always see this rainforest region in a less common way. Experience Iguazu in by ziplining through the trees or biking on dirt paths through the forest.