Have you heard of Iguazu Falls? Do you know where it is? Do you know that it is one of the new natural seven wonders of the world?
Iguazu Falls Facts
The Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River forming the border between Brazil and Argentina. The Iguazu Falls are the largest waterfall system in the southern hemisphere. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The river flows through Brazil for most of its course but, most of the falls are on the Argentine side. The Iguazu Falls are owned by the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Iguazú National Park in Argentina and the Iguaçu National Park in Brazil.
Iguazu Falls (Foz do Iguaçu) – Brazil
The Iguazu falls in Brazil is located inside the Iguaçu National Park near the town of Foz do Iguaçu.
The park is best known for its spectacular views of Devils Throat (Garganta del Diablo). The Devil’s Throat is the largest and most impressive of the falls at Iguazu. About half the Iguazu River’s flow is forced through this 150m wide and 700m long fissure, dropping 80m with amazing power. There is only one trail to Devil’s throat, which is about an hour walk with some amazing viewpoints.
Along the way, you will see these small mammals related to the raccoons.
On the Brazilian side, you can walk almost into the Devil’s throat, guaranteed that you will get wet! Wear waterproof clothing and bring protection for your camera.
Iguazu Falls – Argentina
With so many falls, the Argentina side definitely has more to see, with many paths to walk. When visiting, most people stay in Puerto Iguazu which is about 20 km. Inside the park catch the Ecological Jungle Train to the Falls Station. The Ecological Jungle Train is a 25-minute train ride that runs along 14km of track through remote parts of the park to the stations. There are two stops on the train line. The first stop is the Lower Circuit trails which is about a 2km walk that gets you closer to the falls, with 8 designated lookouts spots for some amazing photos. The second stop takes you to the upper circuit trail where you will be above Devil’s Throat. From there, you can almost touch the fall. At the end of our two-day tour, our guide asked which side is better. I couldn’t answer because I liked both. My recommendation is to see both and be in awe.