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On the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, there is the largest complex of waterfalls in the world and, for me, the most beautiful. You can admire around 270 waterfalls here. From the Brazilian side, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the entire complex of waterfalls, and from the Argentine side, you will immerse yourself directly among the waterfalls. You can walk over the falls, take a boat ride under them and even fly over them in a helicopter.
Airport - you can choose to fly into Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil or Cataratas Iguazu in Argentina. If you choose the Brazilian side and arrive in the morning, you can leave your luggage in the safety boxes at the airport and go straight to the waterfalls. The airport is about halfway between the city of Foz do Iguaçu and the falls. When you arrive in Argentina, I recommend that you check in first and have a whole day to visit the waterfalls.
Brazilian side - the portuguese name Iguaçu comes from the Guaraní Indian dialect. When you walk along the paths and enjoy the amazing views, sometimes look under your feet... Large lizards and small varans bask here. Colorful butterflies are flying everywhere, and persistent red nosals are gathering near the baskets and restaurants. On a sunny day, you can admire the rainbow in the mist around the falls. If you want to admire the waterfalls from a bird's eye view, you can order a helicopter tour. This is a fairly expensive attraction, a helicopter flies you over the falls. The experience is strong anyway.
Argentinian side - expect to walk more on the Argentinian side. There are 5 different routes to choose from - if you have time I recommend going through all of them. The longest route to the Garganta del diablo (Devil's Jaw) is shortened by small trains, for which there is a queue in the season. That is why it is important to plan your whole day well. In addition to birds and fish, you can also spot turtles or crocodiles while walking along the bridges. After the rain, hundreds of colorful butterflies refresh themselves in large puddles. If you want to refresh yourself too, you can pay for a boat ride under the falls. The boat will take you directly under the waterfall so that not even a dry thread is left on you.
Accommodation - I have always stayed on the Brazilian side in Foz do Iguaçu. From there you can easily get to the falls by bus or taxi. Crossing borders usually goes without problems. Once we drove across the border in normal size taxi six people and no one batted an eye. Another option is to stay in the Argentinian city of Puerto Iguazú. If you prefer Paraguay, the closest is Ciudad del Este, which is directly adjacent to the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguacu.
Itaipú dam - not far from the waterfalls, on the Paraná River, the Brazilians and Paraguayans built a huge hydroelectric power plant together, the 2nd most powerful in the world! You can visit it - during the excursion, the bus will take you along the incredible 196 m high embankment. In the local mini-zoo, jaguars can be beautifully photographed in an almost natural environment.
Practical tips - don't forget a raincoat - it often rains here due to the high humidity.
- Try the typical maté with the locals - mainly Argentinians drink it throughout the day because it gives them energy. You can recognize Argentines by the fact that they walk everywhere with a thermos in their hands :)
- Watch out for nosals - these cheeky animals are not afraid, they will take your snack, go through the trash cans...
Personal experience - I became a star among Japanese tourists at the waterfalls :) Heat, humidity, you sweat... A large, beautifully colored butterfly sat on my hand and sucked the sweat. A Japanese tourist noticed him and immediately asked if he could take a picture of him. The butterfly had long since flown away, but an incoming group of Japanese tourists noticed that their colleague was taking pictures of me, so they didn't want to be left behind. When the tenth Japanese man took a picture with me, I sped up my pace. I was freed from the unprecedented interest only by a group of nosals who drew attention to themselves by stealing snacks from discarded backpacks...