At a width of 2,700m/1.67 miles, Iguazu Falls are not only wider than Niagara Falls (945m/0.6mile), but also higher (82m/269ft vs. Niagara’s 54m/177ft). My first glimpse of the Falls came through the airplane window as we approached the airport on our flight from Buenos Aires. I was lucky to find myself seated at the right side of the plane. I was immediately taken aback by how expansive the falls are. Iguazu Falls have 275 drops, the longest being 80m/262ft. The falls span both Brazil and Argentina. Founded in 1939, the Brazilian National Park is three times the size of the Argentinian National Park which was founded in 1934. They were declared UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1984. We visited both as each offers a different perspective of the stunning falls.
On the Brazilian side, a bus shuttles visitors to the beginning of the single circuit/trail. It is under one mile and should not take more than two hours to walk. We visited on Tuesday 2/21/2023. It was a hot day, and the park was packed with people making it difficult to make our way to the end of the boardwalk through all the visitors trying to snap selfies and photos in front of the highest drop. The next day we went on a guided tour of the Argentinian National Park. The Argentinian side offers 6 circuits. I did not take it, but visitors could also ride a boat that would navigate them under the falls for yet another perspective than that offered by the land circuits. Two ladies on our tour very much enjoyed the boat ride despite getting drenched. I recommend visiting both park though I think the Brazilian side shows the falls’ magnificence best.
In the evening we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Three Border Point in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. The point is named this way because Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay share borders at the convergence of the Iguazu and Parana rivers at this location. There are restaurants, a nice walk by the river and a few souvenirs shops to peruse. Several visitors were milling about enjoying the beautiful evening.
Reference Iguazu National Park
Falls from the Airplane
Brazilian National Park
Videos from the Brazilian National Park
Argentinian National Park
Videos from the Argentinian National Park
Three Borders Point, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Other posts in South America:
- Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
- Buenos Aires – Highlights (1 of 5)
- Buenos Aires – La Boca Neighborhood (2 of 5)
- Buenos Aires – Palacio Barolo (3 of 5)
- Buenos Aires – Metropolitan Cathedral (4 of 5)
- Buenos Aires – Tango Show (5 of 5)
- Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
- Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
- A visit to the Magellanic Penguins on Magdalena Island, Chile