The Iguazu Waterfalls are outrageous. They’re amazing. They’re stunning.
And I almost didn’t go.
I was traveling in Argentina at the time, and although I knew that the falls were supposed to be this fantastic site, one of the new 7 natural wonders of the world etc etc… I still thought… eh ::shrug::
Waterfalls are waterfalls right? WRONG.
The main problem is that Iguazu is in a very inconvenient location. I had planned my trip in Argentina to take me from Buenos Aires, west to Mendoza and north to Bolivia.
Nowhere NEAR Iguazu. It’s shoved up in the northeast corner of Argentina, with Brazil and Paraguay surrounding it. It seemed super out of the way, and maybe I would just go another time.
Then of course I met so many people in Buenos Aires who told me the waterfalls are ridiculous and that if I skipped it I would be a giant idiot.
Added to the fact that with my British passport, I could see both the Brazilian and Argentinean waterfalls without a visa. It seemed super dumb not to do it.
I decided to go there on an overnight 20-hour bus from Buenos Aires with the sole reason of seeing the falls. Slept there two nights and then back again on the same bus.
Take the bus with the full reclining beds if you do it this way. Trust me.
Thankfully this is a super common trip from Buenos Aires. Normally, I never book tours but since this was such a quick trip with a specific goal it felt right.
And when I travel I usually just go with what feels right.
The hostel I was staying at had a travel agent there everyday and she helped me book everything. The bus ticket, the hostel, and the tour to see the falls in two days- Brazil day one, Argentina day two. It was perfect and simple, and honestly not much more expensive than doing it yourself. And WAY easier.
I definitely recommend booking an entire trip like this if you’re only going that way to see the waterfalls.
And you should DEFINITELY go see the Iguazu Waterfalls.
Both sides are amazing. People like to debate this…
If you’re in Argentina and want to go to the Brazil side, you will need to go through border control and customs (and vice versa). My tour did all the hard work for me, which was excellent. I just sat on the bus while they did paperwork.
But make sure to check what the requirements are for your nationality BEFORE you get there.
American citizens for example will need to apply for a visa in advance. British citizens can just show up (score!). No one is even reading this now are you? Just looking at all that water.
The weather was not perfect the day I was on the Brazil side, but you can see it didn’t stop me from taking a million photos. Bring a light rain jacket because there is lots of water spray.
Look at it. Just look at it. Amazing sweeping panoramic views. Goes forever.
I wish you could hear the roar of the water. The sound is almost as impressive as the waterfalls themselves!
It was nice to have a tour guide, especially since it was uncommon for me. He showed us around and gave us all the nitty gritty facts. It’s 2.7 kilometeres or 1.7 miles of waterfalls for example.
The first thing we did that day was take a train up to la Garganta del Diablo. Devil’s Throat. One of the park’s main attractions.
My camera definitely got wet. Still works, but was unhappy. But I was happy so my camera can suck it. Recommend you bring something to cover your camera if you can though 🙂
This baby was LOUD. And outstanding of course. 40% of the water in Iguazu comes over that waterfall.
Watched it cascade down for awhile, enjoying the spray. You can see all the water droplets on my lens. Opps. After Devil’s Throat you take the train back down for Paseo Superior. Amazing view after amazing view.
Unfortunately, land erosion causes the water to be brown. According to the guide, the water ran clear about 40 years ago. Since then there has been a lot of forest cut down and so when it rains, it washes away the soil. And it’s effecting the wildlife which is super lame.
It looks beautiful but it’s good to know how we are effecting the environment.
Could you imagine the first person who was walking through the forest and then BAM majestic waterfalls??
This is a coati. They are all over Iguazu national park. As well as lizards and birds and other fun creatures. As if you need another reason to visit!
I paid extra and did the nautical adventure too where you go UNDER a waterfall. It was crazy and so fun. Nothing like the power of water. For some reason, I could not stop laughing, I think I was just high on euphoria. Seemed dangerous almost, like it shouldn’t be legal.
But IT IS. Once in a lifetime experience for sure.
And since I know you were wondering, here’s my two cents on which side is better. It’s more up close and personal on the Argentina side. And it’s more sweeping and panoramic on the Brazil side. Both good.
The Iguazu waterfalls were not in my plans but I am so glad I went. If you were hesitating at all, I hope these pictures inspired you to go!
Then you can join the debate about which side is better, Argentina or Brazil…?
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