Iguazu Falls, named Iguazu Falls in some places, Iguassu Falls or Iguaçu Falls in some places, was chosen as one of the Seven Wonders of Nature. It is considered the largest waterfall system in the world. It consists of 275 waterfalls ranging in height from 60 to 82 meters.
The Iguazu River, which originates from Curitiba, divides into two parts at this point. The waterfalls also form a border between Argentina and Brazil. In both countries there are national parks where waterfalls can be visited. Generally, travelers prefer to spend a day on both sides. Both parks have their own unique beauty. Both national parks were included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1984.
The story of the waterfalls is also interesting. We are talking about the world’s largest waterfall, but discovered in 1542. Hundreds, thousands of years hidden in the woods. You need to go to Puerto Iguazu to visit the Argentine side of the park. The park in Argentina has three quarters of waterfalls and includes more walking routes, and some of these routes have a chance to look at the waterfalls from above. The longest of these hiking routes goes to Garganta del Diablo and Garganta del Diablo, which means the Devil’s Strait, the most spectacular of the waterfalls. On the Argentine side, you can go up to some of the waterfalls by boats.
If you want to see the waterfalls from Brazil, you should visit Foz do Iguaçu. This is a bit more developed than in Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, accommodation options are more and cheaper. The walkways in the park in Brazil are shorter, the waterfalls are farther away from the viewing terraces, but this time you can see the waterfalls directly from the front and you can get better angles for panoramic photographs. The Brazilian side of the waterfalls has been a bit more touristy, you can do rafting tours on the waterfalls and you can even rent a helicopter and watch a bird’s eye view of the waterfalls. You can also take a boat tour on this side.
In the city of Foz do Iguaçu there is also a bird park called Parque das Aves. There are about 200 species of birds from Brazil. Especially the opportunity to see toucans and macaws. Be careful when you try to love birds.
One of the most asked questions for Iguazu Falls is from which country is it better to see the Falls? Since both parks have different features, we recommend you to visit both sides. Both Argentina and Brazil offer visa-free travel to most countries’ citizens. So it is quite comfortable to stay on one side and go to the park of the other country. My advice is to stay on the Brazilian side.
In both parks, the walking routes are made up of metal bridges and become wet with water flowing from the waterfalls. Wearing non-slip shoes is a must. You also need to keep something to protect your camera, as you have a high chance of getting wet. In addition, the temperature all year round is above 30 ° C. With the coolness of the waterfalls, the heat is hardly felt, but the sun is burning badly. A stimulation especially for the Argentine side of the park is that the food and drinks sold in the park are overly expensive. It is useful to carry your water with you.
In the parks you will also find cute animals called koati. They’re quite humane, approaching everyone, but their intentions are clear, theft. You must keep your food well. Finally, Itaipu is the world’s largest electricity-producing dam between Brazil and Paraguay. In fact, with the energy produced by this dam in a year, two-day energy needs of the world could be met. The dam is accessible from both countries. Even if you go individually, you need to participate in the tour within the dam. For this reason, it is useful to determine the time of going to the dam according to the hours of the tours. One should also pay attention to the code of clothes while walking the dam, slippers, such as shorts are not allowed clothes. Trousers and shoes are required.