The Iguassu Falls, located on the border between Argentina and Brazil, is one of the highlights for many travelers headed to Argentina or Brazil. Yet a number of travelers do not take the opportunity for an Iguassu Falls Tour and bypass the waterfalls, thinking that a “mere” waterfall is not worth the time or effort. Here are several reasons why an Iguassu Falls tour offers the perfect escape for everyone from the adventurous traveler to the history buff.
Experience the Falls
Taken alone, the Falls are an impressive site. Set amid 800 square miles of subtropical rainforest, and forming the border of three countries (Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay), the Iguassu Falls are really a series of over 270 individual waterfalls which span nearly two miles and are wider than Victoria Falls in Africa and taller than Niagara Falls.
But there is a lot more to see and do in and around the Falls, and Iguassu Falls Tours are a great way to “get your feet wet” and experience all that the area has to offer. First, an Iguazu Falls Tour will include visits to both the Argentine and Brazilian side of the Falls, as each side offers a different experience.
On the Argentine side, visitors are able to get a close-up experience of the Falls and surrounding pristine jungle. A series of wide catwalks allows you to see numerous falls from a variety of angles – from the base of a thundering cataract; via catwalks poised above the crest of a waterfall; and from viewpoints that let you look into the sheer immensity of some of the larger Falls, such as “Devil’s Throat.”
Our Iguassu Falls Tours continue to the Brazilian side of the Falls, which allows visitors to appreciate the immensity of the Falls from panoramic viewpoints, and from mist-shrouded catwalks taking you to the base of several falls.
Feel the Thrill
- Board a speed boat, which cruises to the base of some of the larger falls and experience the roar of thousands of cubic feet of water plunging over 100 feet to the rocks below – caution, you WILL get wet.
- Kayakers can take a guided Iguazu Falls tour several miles upstream for a more tranquil experience, including guided jungle walks to see a variety of flora and fauna, many of which are unique to the area.
Still want more adventure? Try your hand at rappelling or rock-climbing with the thundering Falls as your backdrop; take a guided hike along some of the many nature trails — a trained nature guide will point out many of the plants and animals that call the Falls home. Mountain bikers too can ride along forested trails, with numerous opportunities to see and hear the Falls.
Explore the Wildlife
For those with less time or not wanting a white-knuckle experience, there are a number of activities that are worthwhile as part of your Iguassu Falls tours. Wildlife enthusiasts flock to the area for opportunities to see over 400 species of birds, such as toucans, parrots and parakeets; countless insects; and forest mammals such as the coatimundi and tapir and, if you’re lucky, a puma or jaguar.
There are also several species of butterfly in and around Iguassu – in fact, you may even have one or two light upon your hand!
Get your Culture Fix
Still want more? History and culture buffs who have the time, can continue their Iguassu Falls Tour to Itaipu Dam. Just 10 miles from the Falls, Itiapu Dam was the largest dam on the planet (recently surpassed by China’s 3 Gorges Dam) and supplies over 20% of Brazil’s electrical energy generation and over 90% of Paraguay’s electrical needs. Further away are the Jesuit Missions near Posadas. Made famous by the movie “The Mission”, a number of missions were established in the 17th-century around the area, which offer a glimpse into the colonial history of the area and the struggle among the local Guarani people to retain their identity.
The Iguassu Falls should be on everyone’s “bucket list” as there is no other waterfall on the planet which matches Iguazu’s grandeur and attractions. Previous visitors should consider revisiting the area and take advantage of the numerous adventures, cultural and natural activities possible with our many Iguassu Falls Tours.