Puerto Iguazu hotels
Awesome Iguazu Falls
Iguazu – meaning big – is an almost ridiculously modest name for this magnificent natural wonder near the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The whole area is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and the falls themselves spew tonnes of water, creating a permanent mist in a tropical jungle setting. Dwarfing Niagara Falls in height and girth, this is definitely the place to come if you’re into unadulterated awesomeness.
Ditch the jeans and pack a waterproof camera if you go in summer, because you’re gonna get wet. From the Argentinean side,Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) is the heart of the falls, reached via train followed by a 1km walk across the river. Bulging eyes and ringing ears are the only immediate souvenirs you get from Iguazu. But the memories live on and on…
Iguazu Falls Top 10
10. Sendero Macuco An unpaved 7km (4.3 mile) track teaming with wildlife – and mosquitoes. Stock up on insect repellent.
5. Avenida Jorge Schimmelpfeng Insects aren’t all that come out after dark – this stretch is home to the bar and club scene.
9. Circuito Inferior A walk along the lower pathway to views of Salto Bossetti and Dos Hermanas. Take the ferry to Isla San Martin at the end of the path. There’s nothing inferior about this circuit!
4. Full Moon Walk If you’ve timed your trip well, you can join this tour. On offer is a short train ride, a walk to the lookout at Devil’s Throat and – for a little extra – dinner.
8. Circuito Superior Not-so-active visitors can get some good views along the upper rims of the falls without having to walk far.
3. Isla San Martin Access to these two lookouts requires a boat ride, but avid birdwatchers won’t find a better reward.
7. Esteros del Ibera A 2m-deep marshland where over 300 elaborately styled birds live alongside howler monkeys, yellow-backed anaconda, turtles and marsh deer.
2. Iguazu Jungle Explorer Offers boat rides and off-road trips through the jungle. Keep your camera in a splash-free zone – if you can find one.
6. Avenida Brasil A main street in Foz do Iguacu, this is the place to find eateries and coffee bars serving up tasty local fare.
1. Garganta del Diablo Catch a free train from the Argentine side, then walk the rest of the way to view the main horseshoe falls.
Iguazu Falls History
- São Miguel das Missões – Ruins of this beautiful Jesuit mission built in the 18th century in Brazil are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- San Ignacio Mini Ruins – Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the remains of this large Argentine Jesuit mission are impressive and well preserved.
- Itaipu Dam – This huge dam built in the 1970s is considered one of the modern wonders of the world.
- Friendship Bridge – This bridge near Iguazu Falls was designed to physically and symbolically link Brazil and Paraguay.
- Museum of Tierra Guarani – See archaeological finds and biological specimens at this natural history museum in Paraguay.
Iguazu Falls Art & Culture
- Bertoni Museum – See the work of natural scientist Moises Bertoni and a peek into early 20th-century life at his former house.
- Casa Museo El Angel de la Selva – This museum celebrates the life and work of Dr Marta Schwarz, the “Angel of the Jungle” who helped the indigenous populations.
- Casa del Pionero – This old house features fascinating photographs of life in early Puerto Iguazú.
- Paseo de la Identidad – This collection of outdoor bas relief murals are found across from the Plaza San Martin in Argentina.
- Yerba Mate Tea Farm – Near Iguazu Falls, this working farm in Argentina shows how mate tea is grown and harvested.
Iguazu Falls Shopping
- Ciudad del Este – This city in Paraguay is a major trade centre and shopper’s paradise for electronic goods.
- Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazú – Get retail goods like perfumes, clothing and liquor without taxes at this modern mall.
- Downtown Puerto Iguazú – Several local shops line the main streets in this Iguazu Falls town.
- Iguazu National Park Stalls – Find stalls selling Guarani-created crafts scattered throughout the park, including near the entrance.
- Hito Tres Fronteras Market – Vendors from the three neighbouring countries sell crafts and other souvenirs in this artisan market near the Three Landmarks.
Gay & Lesbian Iguazu Falls
- Space Night Club – Join other gay travellers and quench your thirst at this gay-friendly bar in Foz do Iguazu.
- Café Magic – Located in the gay-friendly Iguazu Grand Resort Spa & Casino and modelled after Parisian cabarets, this is a prime venue for dancing and watching shows.
- Avenida Brasil – This lively street is lined with spots offering nightly alfresco drinking.
- Panoramic Hotel – This gay-friendly and aptly named historic hotel overlooks the confluence of the Iguazu and Parana Rivers.
- Aguas Grandes – This gay-friendly tour company can organize excursions and eco-adventures around Iguazu Falls.
Iguazu Falls Outdoor
- Iguazu Falls – A trail along the Brazilian side affords the best frontal view of the massive falls, including the Devil’s Throat.
- San Martin Island – Reached by ferryboat from the Argentine side, this island offers unbeatable close views of the falls.
- Iguazu National Park – The falls are undisputedly awesome, but the local flora and fauna are worth checking out, too.
- Bird Park – See an impressive array of bird species in their natural habitats at this Brazilian attraction.
- Refúgio Biológico Tatí Yupí – This beautiful forested nature preserve has camping facilities and horses.
Iguazu Falls Sport
- Go whitewater rafting in the rapids of the Iguazu River.
- Test your gambling luck at the sophisticated Iguazu Grand Resort Spa & Casino.
- Kayak down the less-crowded Ocoi River to see local lush flora and fauna.
- Take a jungle boat tour on the grand Iguazu River.
- Glide through the forests surrounding Iguazu Falls on a zip line.
Iguazu Falls’ Events
April’s Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente is a buzzing 10-day showcase for independent international films.
The nation’s top entertainers break into song and dance for July’s La Falda National Tango and Milonga Festival.
More than 80 galleries from Argentina and around the world exhibit both classic and contemporary art for the Artecclasia Art Fair, also in July.
The Rural Exhibition in July is a celebration of all things, well, rural. See horse jumping, livestock competitions and traditional arts and crafts.
Palermo’s Campo Argentina in November/December hosts Abierto Argentino de Polo, a polo event that is the highlight of the region’s sporting calendar.
When To Go
- September to November, the temperatures are pleasantly cool and the jacarandas are blooming.
- Summer can be hot and humid. You’re probably going to get wet anyway, but this is also an expensive time to visit.
- Autumn temperatures are quite cool, and a prime time for trekking and sightseeing.
- The bus leaves Puerto Iguazu every 30 minutes for the falls.
- Taxis are inexpensive and also leave from Puerto Iguazu.
- Organised tours are obviously more expensive, but give you time to look at the park without having to worry about connections.
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