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In the park

Visitor Centre: An Eco–Museum that details the biodiversity of the jungle and familiarizes the visitor with the habitat protected in Iguazu Nacional Park. There are two walks available from the Visitor Centre: Sendero Verde and Sendero Macuco.
Sendero Verde: This 600 m trail is an old footpath into the forest that allows the visitor to go deep into the heart of the Misionera vegetation. It leads to "Estacion Cataratas." There are no stairs.
Sendero Macuco: At the end of this trail (3.6 km each way) you will find the Arrechea Waterfall. This waterfall is less impressive than the other falls, but it is enjoyable because there are less people and the trail is a good opportunity to spot birds. There are stairs on this trail.

Estacion Cataratas: From here you will have two different circuits:
Upper Circuit:
This path goes through the upper falls area. It is about 650 meters long and presents an overall panoramic view. No stairs.
Lower Circuit: On this path you will "feel" the spirit of the forest. It is a circular path of about 1700 meters that leads to 8 different viewpoints of major importance. Here you can take the Boat for the "Gran Aventura" (no reservation required; boats leave every 15 minutes; price: AR $100) that will take you right under the waterfall. You can also take a boat to Isla San Martin (highly recommended!) where there is a nice beach and a 2 hour-long walk with great views. The boat is free and the crossing takes only three minutes.

The Devil Thoat: This path of 1100 mts will take you to three ring-shaped balconies that permit special views of the colossal "Devil's Throat." This is the culmination of the journey: a giant horseshoe-shaped waterfall 150 meters / 492 feet long, and 80 meters / 262 feet high.

Available activities in the park

Great Adventure: An 8 km circuit through the park on a 4x4, followed by a 6 km boat trip through the narrow Iguazu River. The ride includes 2 km of rapids. It gets very wet inside of Devil's Throat. It ends in front of San Martin Island. Leaves once an hour from the information centre at park entrance.
Nautic Adventure: On this boat ride, you'll get super wet close inside of Devil's Throat. Leaves every twenty minutes from the lower trail.
Ecological Ride: 30 minutes of smooth and quiet navigation among the jungle on the upper Upper Iguazu River. Leaves every 15 minutes from Estacion Garganta del Diablo.
Isla San Martín: Located in the heart of the waterfalls, this enormous rock formation is a great place for visitors to sunbathe on a small beach. There is also a 2 hour walk that allows a very different view of the waterfalls. Boat leaves from the bottom of the Lower circuit. Free.

Outside the Park

Hito Tres Fronteras
This designated viewpoint located west of the town center stands high above the turbulent reddish-brown converging point of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers. It also forms the Triple Frontera, or Tri Border. A mini pale-blue-and-white obelisk reminds you you're in Argentina; across the Iguazú River is Brazil's green-and-yellow equivalent; farther away, across the Paraná, is Paraguay's, painted red, white, and blue.

La Aripuca
Rainforests throughout the world are under threat from human activity, and Argentina's are no exception. This unique place aims to both preserve threatened native tree species, and expand visitors' appreciation of the local ecology.

Designed to 'capture the conscience of man' (an aripuca is a trap used by the Guaraní to catch small animals) this interesting structure is made entirely from the timber of 29 different endangered native tree species. While this might sound contradictory, the timber is all salvaged, and the trap itself is a work of art, looking remarkably like a 10m-high (32ft) beaver's lodge. Tours of the site are given to raise awareness of forest conservation and to encourage sponsors. Patrons can adopt a tree for 30 years or for life, and are encouraged to visit their 'child' to check on its progress.

Address: RN 12, Km 5, Puerto Iguazú, 3370
Phone: 3757/423-488

Guira Oga
Unfortunately, injured and orphaned wildlife seems to be an inevitable consequence of human proximity to the Argentine rainforest. Here, threatened native birds are given a chance to recover and return to the wild. Species in care at any one time might include macaws, toucans, maracanas and many different species of parrot and eagle endemic to the area.

As the name suggests, Güirá Oga is a haven for native birds. It takes in wounded, sick, abandoned and threatened birds, providing them with a home and a chance to recuperate. The center's work is worthy, allowing visitors a chance to get close to species they might otherwise not see in the wild. Animals hurt by illegal hunting and trapping, or through car accidents and other human-related mischance, are taken in, assessed, given veterinary treatment and ongoing care, and, condition permitting, returned to the wild. The center also aims to play an important educational function, raising awareness of the plight of threatened animals and the impact of human activity.

Address: RN 12, Km 5, Puerto Iguazú, 3370
Phone: 3757/423-980

Itapu Dam
It took eight years for more than 30,000 workers to build this 8-km (5-mi) dam, voted one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The monumental structure produces 25% of Brazil's electricity and 78% of Paraguay's, and was the largest hydroelectric power plant on Earth until China's Three Gorges (Yangtze) Dam was completed.

To see more than a view over the spillways, consider the special tours, which take you inside the cavernous structure and includes a visit to the control room. Night tours—which include a light-and-sound show—begin at 8 on Friday and Saturday (reserve ahead). At the Ecomuseum de Itaipú you can learn about the dam's geology and archaeology, as well as efforts to preserve the flora and fauna of the area since the dam was built. Note that it's funded by the dam's operator Itaipú Binacional, so information isn't necessarily objective.

Contact Information
Address: Av. Tancredo Neves 6702, Foz do Iguaçu, 85867--970
Phone: 800/645-4645

Parque das Aves (Bird Park)
Flamingos, parrots, and toucans are some of the more colorful inhabitants of the privately-run Parque das Aves. Right outside the Parque Nacional Foz do Iguaçu, this park is an interesting complement to a visit to the falls. A winding path leads you through an untouched tropical forest and walk-through aviaries that contain hundreds of species of birds. Iguanas, alligators, and other animals have their own pens.

Contact Information
Address: Km 17.1, Rodovia das Cataratas, Foz do Iguaçu, 85853--000
Phone: 045/3529-8282

Local and Hidden
Near the "Hito de las Tres Fronteras" (the landmark where the three country borders converge) there is a place called Salto Mariposa. Though not nearly as spectacular as the falls, this is a quiet area on the banks of a small waterfall that is free of tourists! Here, people from the town of Iguazu come to drink mate and chat with friends.

In the middle of the jungle, overlooking the river, there is a sanctuary called Nuestra Señora de Iguazu. This is an old amphitheatre with a capacity of 7,000 spectators. In the center there is a small altar where, on important dates (such as Easter week), an image of Santa María of the Iguazú is placed. In the chapel there is a cross, made out of a jungle vine known as "staircase monkey." The sanctuary is 2 km from Route 12, at the entrance to the Museo Imagenes de la Selva is, in front of Guira Oga Garden. You can arrive by public bus from the bus station.

Carrito 5, just opposite the plaza San Martín, is where all young people go to eat the best beef and French fries in Iguazu.

Eating and Drinking!


Av. Córdoba and Carlos Thays. Tel. 422064 – Specializing in fish, elaborate dishes, great selection of wines and good atmosphere, Aqva is the new pearl of Iguazú. You have to try the catfish with dried tomatoes... ñami ! Reservations recommended.

El Quincho del Tio Querido

Bonpland 110. Tel. 420151 – The favorite among Argentines, which might be a good or bad thing, depending on your taste! This restaurant is not a good choice for vegetarians, because it specializes in grilled fish and meat. There is live music every day, but guests can also choose to sit in the lounge if they prefer to talk quietly with friends. The restaurant is a good value, as it provides a great opportunity to learn about Argentine folklore, an abundant supply of food and talented musicians.


Av. Cordoba 135. Tel. 420206 – Casual, with a mixture of pizzas and other dishes. It is cheap compared to other restaurants in the area, so it's frequented by many locals. Service can be slow, and it is not recommended to ask for very elaborate dishes, but the pizzas are tasty and well-priced.

Loi Suites Restaurant

Located inside the five-star Hotel Loi Suites. Tel. 498300 – Slightly outside of the village, surrounded by the jungle, this beautifully-decorated restaurant is full of atmosphere. It is the perfect choice for a big night out or a romantic dinner. Enjoy!

La Rueda

Cordoba 28. Tel. 422-531- This place has an extensive menu, featuring pasta, fish and beef. It is not cheap, but the high quality of the food served deserves the higher price.


In the town, most of the blocks are 100 mts each. Taxis are cheap and you can work out an approximate price with the driver beforehand.


Iguazu is one of the most visited places in Argentina. Therefore, almost nothing closes on holidays, since that's when most people from big cities arrive to spend their vacations in the town.

What To Do If You Get Sick

Since it's a small town, health care service in Iguazu is not the best in the world, but you can still find assistance if you need it. Usually hotels provide a list of doctors that can visit you in your room.

Details for one of the area's best private hospitals:
Iguazu Med- Sanatorio Privado
Bompland 33 - Puerto Iguazú - Misiones

Useful telephone numbers

Calling from Iguazu: Pay phones operate with chip cards or change (5, 10, 25, 50 cents and AR$1). You can make either short or long distance calls. Direct International Dial-Up: 00 + country code + area code + number. Calling Iguazu: The international prefix for Argentina is 54 and 3757 for Iguazu. For example, to reach the 455-5555 in Iguazu when calling from abroad, dial: 54-3757-455-5555.

- International operator: 000
- National operator: 19
- Medical Aid: 107
- Information: 110
- Official time: 113
- Phone Technical Support: 114
- Fire Department: 100
- Police Department: 911

Parque Nacional Iguazú-Av. Victoria Aguirre 66 (3370) Puerto Iguazú –Tel: 03757-420722/423252. Fax: 03757-420382.


A little basic Spanish goes a long way here. We recommend studying up (at least a tad) on menu translation so that you don't end up eating the only thing you know how to order all the time. Although the guidebooks say that most Argentineans speak a little English, in Iguazu this is not the case.


In a word… simple. As in most regions of the world, people from the countryside are more shy and respectful than in big cities. They feel closer to their neighbors in Paraguay than to porteños (people from Buenos Aires).


When you visit the Park, it is always good to carry extra clothes and a towel. The strength of water from the falls creates a constant mist in the air. Also remember to bring sunglasses, hat and sunscreen. It can be very hot during the day.

Entrance to the National Park

Always remember the entrance tickets for all national parks in the country are paid in Argentine pesos! No credit cards.


Although you are visiting the park to see the falls, it's always a good idea to keep an eye on the trees. The variety of birds and other animals in the park is much more exciting than you would imagine, although given the number of visitors, the animals are quite shy. You might see woodpeckers, magpies, toucans and quatis, among others.


If you decide to walk all the paths in the Park, at the end of the day you will have walked 7 km, so make sure to wear adequate footwear—no flip flops!

Don't forget

Carrying insect repellent on all tours is very important! Have it handy to use after sweating or getting wet.

Lunch in the Park

There are restaurant options for lunch inside of the parks in both countries, but prices will be higher than in town, similar to those in an airport. You can save some money if you buy a bottle of water and some snacks at the supermarket the night before.


Iguazu Falls is one of the most popular destinations in Latin America. This means that at all times of the year there will be lots of people. If you arrive at the park in the early morning, you will be able to enjoy some quiet hours.


This part of the country is cheaper than other destinations in Argentina. Buying directly from the Guarani people wherever possible is one way to help the local community.


There are several optional excursions inside both parks. The boat trip up to the falls is cheaper on the Argentine side. It runs every 20 minutes and you don't need a reservation. This activity is highly recommended—for the end of the day, after exploring the park by foot. You are guaranteed to get completely soaked on the ride—that's part of the excitement!


As Argentina is a country of beef eaters, there are not many opportunities to taste fish as delicious as the Surubi and Pacu. Both are very popular in this area, and highly recommended!

Photo Tips

The best pictures of the majority of the falls will occur during the morning hours, whether they're taken from the Argentina or Brazilian side. The sun rises from the Brazilian side and lights up the falls during the morning.

The park on the Argentina side opens at 8:00 a.m. and photographers should be up and ready to embark on their photography adventure.
The Brazilian side opens up at 9:00 a.m. and it is a good idea to be there before that. The Brazilian hillside and rainforest shades photographers.

Devil's Throat is best photographed in the afternoon, once the sun has fully risen. If you attempt to view Devil's Throat in the morning you will find yourself and your camera directly facing the sun. The park opens at night four evenings a year, during the full moon. This also makes for creative images out over Devil's Throat - make sure you take a tripod. Many of the views of the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides are engulfed with spray or mist from the falls. Try to bring protective gear for your camera equipment. If you do, take the boat ride into the falls; there is a pause given at the beginning of the ride to allow guests to take pictures. Then the captain will provide you with waterproof bags to store your equipment for the excursion into the mist of the falls. This is not a "the camera goes under your shirt" type of mist; it is a downpour. You will definitely get wet!!

IGNACIO RUINS/ WANDA Precious Stones Mine (full day)

The San Ignacio Ruins are accessible via National Route 12, past several typical Northern towns. A professional guide can explain the work of the Jesuit missionaries that built these ruins during the XVII centuy, as well as the regional importance of the missionaries in terms of the Guarani culture. A precious stone mine is also visited along the way. The mine's special feature is that it is located over the Paraná River, and it shows the region's variety of precious stones in an open space, as well as vast pine, yerba mate, and tea plantations.

ADVENTURE / Great Adventure (1 hour)

This excursion is located inside the Iguazú National Park. It is an 8 km circuit through the jungle in a 4x4 truck, plus a 6 km motor boat ride on the Iguazú River rapids, which includes a close-up encounter with the Devil's Throat and San Martin falls.

ADVENTURE / Iguazú Forest (aprox. 4 hours)

This is an ecological adventure excursion, including various activities that put you in direct contact with nature. The activities include zip-lining, trekking and rappel.

DINNER SHOW / Rafain Grill Place

On the Brazilian side you will find the fantastic Rafain Grill Place. This is an excellent opportunity to try local dishes and the famous regional meat cooked to your liking, as well as a varied buffet of deserts and ice creams. During dinner a Latin American show featuring international artists takes place. It has a capacity of 1200, air conditioning and an exclusive parking lot.

Full moon tour in Iguazu National park with dinner

Take a night tour in the national park and enjoy a full moon over the impressive waterfalls. This is an incredible and romantic tour that will show you a different side of Iguazu, including its nocturnal wildlife.

Nautical Adventure

The journey starts at San Martin Island and continues to Devil's Throat Canyon on inflatable speedboats. Visitors receive an unforgettable baptism under the cascades as well as a view of the Brazilian side of the waterfalls. Then, the boats navigate along the island shore, approaching to the bottom of the 7 most important falls.

Distance from Bs As

2066 km.

Are there banks, ATMs?

Yes! There are several in town. There are also ATMs at the entrance to the parks, both Brazilian and Argentine.


Yes. Although it is slower than in larger cities.


There is a single call centre downtown and one at the bus terminal, as well as several public phones that take coins and/or Telefonica calling cards.

How far is Puerto Iguazu from the falls?

17 Km

Is the water drinkable?

No. (A bit ironic, no?)


Argentina's unit of currency is the peso, which has held steady for a few years at about four to one against the US dollar (but this rate could change quickly). Notes come in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos. One peso equals 100 centavos; coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos, and 1 peso. The $ sign in front of a price is usually used to signify pesos, so this should be the case unless otherwise marked.

Don't be dismayed if you receive dirty and hopelessly tattered banknotes; they will still be accepted everywhere. Some banks refuse worn or defaced US dollars, however, so make sure you arrive in Buenos Aires with pristine bills. Casa Piano (a well known Cambio) will probably change your older or written-on bills, but in exchange they will keep 3% of each note's value. Sadly, fake currency has become more common. So look for a clear watermark or running thread on the largest bills, and be especially careful when receiving change in dark nightclubs or taxis. If the state of a bill makes you hesitate, ask to change it for another note.


Open daily from 10 hrs to 15 hrs. Not all the banks change foreign currency, but there are many currency exchange shops. Banks with longer lines and limited opening hours may offer better rates, as well as better security regarding fake notes. There are many Cajeros Automáticos (ATMs) in the town, but they only dispense Argentinean currency. Depending on the bank, some ATMs designate a limited amount of money that can be withdrawn per transaction. In that case, you can always do many transactions in the same ATM. Beware of per-transaction fees. To avoid having a fistful of large-denomination bills, withdraw odd amounts (e.g. 290 pesos). There are also ATMs at the entrance of the National Park, on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides.

Credit cards

Many tourist services, larger stores, hotels and restaurants take credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard, especially for big purchases. Be aware, however, that some businesses will add a recargo (surcharge) of up to 10% for credit-card purchases. Ask ahead of time to find out if this is the case. Some lower-end hotels and private businesses will not accept credit cards. Tips can't usually be added to credit-card bills at restaurants.

Traveler's checks

Traveler's checks are very impractical in Argentina. In Iguazu it is almost impossible to change them, and certainly impossible to change them at a good rate.


The Spanish word for tip is 'propina' - a synonym of 'reward'- and derivative from the Latin word 'propinare' meaning to give something. We cannot stress enough that tipping is a personal choice and should be based upon the quality of service provided. Nobody should expect a tip and do not feel obligated to give one if you are unsatisfied with the service.

It is difficult to give firm guidelines on how to tip a provider of services. In general terms, we can say that it is a normal practice in Latin America to tip anyone who provides a service, including waiters, guides, porters, room-service and maid-service in hotels. For everyone, with the possible exception of guides, it is more convenient to receive a tip in local currency.

In restaurants it is customary to tip about 10% of the bill. Some Argentines just leave leftover change. Again, tips usually can't be added to credit-card bills, so carry cash for this purpose.

Tip hotel porters for handling bags. Calculate about US $1.00 for every two bags. This same amount is calculated for drivers if they help you with your suitcases.

If you are happy with the housekeeping, you may want to consider tipping the maid between US$0.50 - $1.00 per night. You might also tip the concierge staff if they have helped you to arrange dinner reservations, transportation or leisure activities.

In Argentina we don't regularly tip taxi drivers.

Dangers & annoyances

Iguazu is a small, safe and relaxed town. However, due mostly to the rapid growth of tourism in the area, some attacks in hotels have been recorded in the past few years.

In reality, you have a higher chance of being attacked by a raccoon than of having a security issue in Iguazu. But of course, it still is advisable to be conscious and careful. Don't flash any wealth, don't stagger around drunk and always be aware of your surroundings. Even imitation jewelry and small items can attract attention and are best left behind. Keep a very firm hold of purses and cameras when out and about, and keep them on your lap in restaurants, not dangling off the back of your chair.

Always remain alert for pickpockets. Try to keep your cash and credit cards in different places, so that if one gets stolen you can fall back on the other. Tickets and other valuables are best left in hotel safes.

And mainly, when you leave the hotel, make sure you close the windows and door properly, and store all valuables in the safe box.

Lonely Planet

"Northeast Argentina is defined by its water. Muscular rivers roll southward through flat green pastureland that they flood at will, the crashing roar of spectacular waterfalls reverberates through the surrounding jungle, and fragile wetlands support myriad birdlife, snapping caimans and cuddly capybaras. The peaceful Iguazú river, meandering through the tropical forest between Brazil and Argentina, dissolves in fury and power in the world's most awe-inspiring cataracts – a sensual feast that cannot be missed…"

Rough Guide

"Poor Niagara! By Eleanor Roosevelt "Composed of over 250 separate cascades, and straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazú Falls (or "Cataratas", as they are known locally) are quite simply the world's most dramatic waterfalls. Set among the exotic-looking subtropical forests of Parque Nacional Iguazú in Argentina, and Parque Nacional do Iguaçu in Brazil, the Falls tumble for a couple of kilometres over a complex set of cliffs from the Río Iguazú Superior to the Río Iguazú Inferior below. At their heart is the dizzying Garganta del Diablo, a powerhouse display of natural forces in which 1800 cubic metres of water per second hurtle over a three-kilometre semicircle of rock into the boiling river canyon 70m below."


"Iguazú consists of some 275 separate waterfalls—in the rainy season there are as many as 350—that plunge more than 200 feet onto the rocks below. They cascade in a deafening roar at a bend in the Iguazú River (Río Iguazú/Rio Iguaçu) where the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet. Dense, lush jungle surrounds the falls: here the tropical sun and the omnipresent moisture make the jungle grow at a pace that produces a towering pine tree in two decades instead of the seven it takes in, say, Scandinavia. By the falls and along the roadside, rainbows and butterflies are set off against vast walls of red earth, which is so ubiquitous that eventually even paper currency in the area turns red from exposure to the stuff. The falls and the lands around them are protected by Brazil's Parque Nacional do Iguaçu (where the falls go by the Portuguese name of Foz do Iguaçu) and the Argentina's Parque Nacional Iguazú (where the falls are referred to by their Spanish name, the Cataratas de Iguazú). The Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu and the Argentine town of Puerto Iguazú are the hubs for exploring the falls (the Paraguayan town of Ciudad del Este is also nearby)."


"One of the great natural wonders of the world, theIguaçu Falls(Portuguese: Cataratas do Iguaçu, Spanish:Cataratas del Iguazú, Tupi: Y Ûasu "big water") are situated near the border of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. The area is on the UNESCO World Heritage List."


"Any trip to Argentina should include the Iguazú Falls. They're the biggest falls in South America - half as high again as Niagara - and a spectacular experience. You can get right up close to the water as it gushes down, along paths which enable you to enjoy the natural splendour of their subtropical setting, filled with birdsong and vividly coloured butterflies. In all, there are 275 falls stretching over 2.7 km but the main attraction is the Garganta del Diablo (devil's throat), where walkways take you right above the falls to see the smooth river transformed in an instant into a seething torrent as the water crashes 74 m over a horseshoe-shaped precipice onto basalt rocks below, filling the air with bright spray and a deafening roar. The whole chasm is filled constantly with billowing clouds of mist in which great dusky swifts miraculously wheel and dart, and an occasional rainbow hovers. Then you can walk close to the bottom of the immensely wide Saltos Bossetti and Dos Hermanos, or take a boat trip, which speeds you beneath the falling water to get a total drenching. Viewed from below, the rush of water is unforgettably beautiful, falling through jungle filled with begonias, orchids, ferns, palms and toucans, flocks of parrots, cacique birds and myriad butterflies. There are some longer trails enabling you to enjoy the diverse flora and fauna in this national park, and several excellent guides on hand whose expertise will considerably add to your pleasure. The whole experience is uplifting, the park itself is clean and well organized, and the area is easily worth at least a couple of days of your itinerary. Argentina shares the falls with Brazil and you can visit them from either side for two quite different experiences. The Brazilian side has a smaller, more restricted park, and offers a panoramic view from its limited trails but you're kept at a distance from the falls themselves. If you have to choose just one, go for the Argentine side, where you can get closer to the falls, walk in the jungle and explore the rainforest. Allow at least two days to see both sides, or to return to the park a second time in Argentina (half price if you keep your ticket)."


In 1551, Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was the first European to discover what is now called Iguazu Falls. He was drawn to the falls by the sound of their rushing water, which can be heard from a distance of several kilometers. When the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, the Guarani Indians were the principal inhabitants of the area. Despite its early discovery by Europeans, the area remained occupied only by the Guarani until 1880. In 1881, the province of Corrientes, which at that time included what is now Misiones, sold 50 square leagues (13,000 square kilometres (5,000 sq mi)) of land at the current site of Puerto Iguazú near the falls. The land was re-sold three different times in the course of just two years, ending up in the hands of Gregorio Lezama. At that time, Misiones separated from Corrientes. Lezama funded a scientific expedition to explore the territory, enlisting the help of Carlos Bosetti and Jordan Hummel. These two explorers later organized the first tourist trip to the falls. In 1888 Lezama sold the land once again, this time to Martín Errecaborde and Company.


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It is estimated that 30,000 inhabitants live in Puerto Iguazú, and 300,000 in Foz (on the Brazilian side).

Why is it called Iguaçu?

In Guarani, the language of the original inhabitants of Iguazu, the word meant "big water."


The area's economy is centered on tourism. Many hotels lie along the banks of the Iguazú River, and provide the principal source of jobs for city residents.

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News, Articles and more…

Iguazu Falls was selected as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Anyone who has been here would understand why. Here a selection of interesting, useful, fun and informative articles that we love reading and sharing with you.

South America's Mighty Iguazu

The New York Times "WHEN I saw the film "The Mission" on television last winter it never entered my mind that I too could visit those incredible waterfalls, much less with very little difficulty and at no particular risk to life and limb. But soon afterward, at the end of March, I found myself accompanying a friend to Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, capital of the southern Brazilian state of Parana. A trip to the falls is a logical and relatively simple excursion from either city, so we went.

The cataracts, 275 in all, are collectively known as the Iguacu Falls and are situated in a bend of the Iguacu River between Brazil and Argentina. They're big and powerful but, more important, they are heart-wrenchingly beautiful…"
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Iguazu Falls – A True Natural Wonder

By Jay Travels
"Iguazu Falls was the second stop on my first South American adventure that took me through 5 cities in 3 countries. Over the course of nine days, I hit Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls on the borders of both Brazil/Argentina, Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay and finished off with Buenos Aires in Argentina…"
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Iguazu Falls and beyond

By Vicky Baker, The Guardian, Uk. "Don't just do Argentina's Iguazú Falls in a day trip, says Vicky Baker. If you stay at a nearby lodge, you can explore what remains of the Atlantic rainforest. 'Rainforest? In Argentina? I didn't even know it had rainforest." This was the common response when I told people about my trip. When you think of the South American rainforest, it's hard to think past the Amazon. Yet the Atlantic rainforest – spanning Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina – once covered more than a million km sq."
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Iguazu Falls

By Alan Cook,
"The sign outside the Cataratas Hotel reads "Don't walk on the paths at night as jaguars and snakes abound." Actually, the only walking we did last night was from our bus directly into the hotel, since an airline strike delayed our arrival at Iguazu Falls. Fortunately, Princess Cruises arranged for about 90 of us to fly to the Argentina side of the falls from Buenos Aires on a chartered plane."
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Iguazu Falls: A photo Tour

By Kelvin Lim, Bootsnail One Stop-Indie Travel Guide
"Amazing, Grand, Spectacular! Those are the three words that would sum up the Iguazu Falls. The minute I saw the falls, I couldn't believe the sheer number of waterfalls around and the massive volume of water that gushes down to the Iguazu River! There are waterfalls, and there is Iguazu Falls."
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Iguazu Falls: Brazil vs Argentina

By Emma Field, The travel Editor
"Dividing Brazil and Argentina in spectacular fashion, Iguazu Falls toss 1,500m3 of water over a horseshoe-shaped drop of 80 metres every second. The 275 cataracts stretch for 2.7 km across the Rio Iguazu making Iguazu wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara. No photographs can prepare you for this awesome display of nature's might.

Known as Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil and Cataratas del Iguazú in Argentina the Falls must be seen from both sides of the border to get the most out of thisUNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Argentina and Brazil both have National Parks alongside the Falls and both are very well organised with plenty of activities, including boat trips and hikes."
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