A collection of over 250 separate cascades located in the exotic subtropical forests of Parque Nacional Iguazú on the Argentinian side and Parque Nacional do Iguaçu on the Brazilian side are unquestionably the world’s most spectacular waterfalls and our next inevitable stop on this journey. These waterfalls flow for a couple of kilometres over cliffs from the upper into the lower Río Iguazú some 70meters below. It’s a trick of nature and mind-boggling what we are looking at, a waterfall not the width of the river but one that is positioned in the length of the river and is actually some kilometres long!
As vast as they are, they kept forgotten in this remote corner of Argentina, and it wasn’t until the early twentieth century that the first visitors arrived. Nevertheless the word spreads around and today the falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world with about two million visitors each year. Most of the Iguazú Falls are on the Argentine ground, so that is the side we decide to explore and seems also the side best prepared to fully enjoy the spectacle of nature. Different trails bring us close to the edge to have diverse views of the staggering, vertical drop of water and others lead us down to observe the massive quantity of water falling down and spraying up into the air. As that is not enough, Iguazú even offers an island (Isla de San Martín) in the lower Rio Iguazú which is surrounded by this marvel of mother nature. The view and the deafening sound are just indescribable. Different trails through the dense forest give options to observe the exotic wildlive… just in case for those who expect even more! 😉
It’s difficult to explain Iguazú but it certainly does what it’s supposed to do… it gives the visitor some sleepless nights while the brain struggles to absorb each detail and strives to comprehend its greatness.
- The entrance fee for the park is 170 ARS (around 10 euros).
- The main settlement on this side, Puerto Iguazú, lies approximately 18km northwest of the park entrance with a slightly sleepy, villagey feel, though its popularity with backpackers has livened it up a bit in recent years.
- We find a nice hostel for 144 ARS (9 euros) per night for two persons: Residencial Uno Hostel with pretty basic rooms, many sweet dogs walking around and a beautiful swimmingpool.