- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit the Iguazu Falls
The Brazilian Side
The Brazilian park is situated along the cliff edge facing Iguazu Falls and offers visitors a panoramic view. From here, the full breadth and size of this natural wonder can be appreciated.
A walking path leads visitors down into the canyon to reach the corner of the semicircular falls. Here the waterfall has been broken into two parts by a natural rock plateau and visitors can walk out along a boardwalk to experience the falls up close. This is an especially breathtaking view as you stand between the two cliff edges facing the Iguazu River as it heads downstream; on one side the cascading waterfalls and on the other the sprawling rainforest. There is no escaping the spray from this immersive vantage, so be prepared to get wet.
The Argentinean Side
The Argentinean park offers visitors a more intimate experience with the falls, as the body of the waterfall is situated on this side. Extensive walking paths explore Iguazu Falls from all angles, while a train transports visitors through the jungle, and boat and ferry tours venture into the falls themselves. This up close experience naturally increases chances of getting wet, however rainbows are in abundance.
The Argentinean park is much larger than its Brazilian counterpart, so be prepared to spend the majority of the day on this side. While restaurants and gift kiosks are dispersed throughout, bringing your own snacks or picnic lunch is a savvy way to avoid pricy markups.
The diverse collection of animals that call this ecosystem home are some of the most exciting to behold. Birds of brilliant colours, many species of butterflies, monkeys, turtles, black caimans (a species of alligator) and the always-entertaining South American coati move about the parks freely and are spotted easily.
Other more solitary species such as jaguars, ocelot and giant anteaters also live in the region, however they prefer the depths of the jungle away from prying eyes and are rarely seen. If you’re lucky, you might spot the tracks of some of these mysterious species on a guided walking tour.
Constantly showered in the mist produced by the flowing waters of Iguazu Falls, the surrounding area and river islands are consequently home to flourishing plant life. Over 2000 plant species can be found in this humid microclimate. From skyscraping trees to colorful orchids, the vegetation here epitomizes a rainforest landscape. Plants blanket the ground, cling to the cliffs and even pop up from beneath the raging river.
Full Moon Walk
For five consecutive nights per month, visitors are taken on guided tours of Iguazu Falls after dark on a Full Moon Walk. Feel completely immersed in nature as you take in the awesome views with the glow of the moon lighting the way. Away from the daytime crowds, a Full Moon Walk is a unique and immersive experience that will undoubtedly enhance your overall appreciation of this already breathtaking site. Full Moon Walks depart from the Argentinean park.