- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Unesco World Heritage
Iguazu Falls may well lie at the heart of a tropical rainforest (subtropical?), but there's nothing really natural about the national park on the Brazilian side. Just the opposite in fact, as it's a veritable tourist complex with its full share of turnstiles, which make it possible to regulate the flow of visitors.
But this is of little importance as the spectacle is absolutely incredible regardless. And despite the tarmac, quite a few unfamiliar animals and insects, such as coatis and all kinds of butterflies, come up to you to say their little hello.
On the program at Iguazu Falls: a series of waterfalls seen from a single, unique path offering different vantage points at every turn. It's an absolute wonder! The highlight of the show: arriving at the "Devil's Throat, the largest of all the falls and hypnotic in its power. It's spectacular, and this is the precise point at which nature itself seems to reassert its dominance. To round off the tour, a lift takes you up to a viewpoint looking out over practically the whole falls. You'll be left, without a shadow of a doubt, open-mouthed in awe
Other activities not included in the cost of the entrance ticket are available at the park entrance: jeep ride, canoeing, canopy walk, etc. And for those who can afford it and want something to fill the rest of the day, why not, given that the initial tour is over quite quickly.
Although the site is located in the extreme south of the country, it really should be included among the essential places to see on your trip through Brazil. Personally, I rate it as one of the top 10 most incredible sites I've yet had the opportunity to see!
Iguazú Falls really blew me away! I was captivated by the power of the water and the beauty of the landscape. I also enjoyed the company of the coatis, the little mammals that walk up and down the path leading to the Garganta do Diabo (the "Devil's Throat").
OK, you do have to zigzag between the groups of visitors, and you do have to avoid appearing in the frame when people are taking photos a little too often, but once on the footbridge in the middle of the water, I forgot all that and simply relished the experience of the showering you get at these extraordinary falls!
After visiting the Iguazú National Park, I went a little distance away to buy a hammock in order to treat myself to a well-earned siesta! Indian craft items are sold along the road over by the Parque das Aves ("bird park"). You can approach close to the brilliantly multicolored, feathered creatures inside the park. The only other thing to mention is that there are quite frequent buses to Foz do Iguaçu, the closest city.
A mythical Brazilian tourist attraction, I decided to arrive at Iguaçu from the Argentinian side, where I'd been the day before. If you do come here from Argentina, don't forget your passport, so you can cross the border and tell your friends that you'll be going to Brazil for the day. It's an awesome outing!
Visiting from the Argentinian side takes less time but the panoramic view is stunning. Right next to the highest fall, a footbridge runs above the water and disappears into the torrent's mist. I had arrived at the famous, impressive Devil's Throat footbridge. The noise is deafening and you should be prepared for a soaking. Whether it's from Argentina or Brazil, the effect is the same; I was in awe.
Opposite the falls is a bird park. I'm not a big fan of zoos, but I have to say this one was something special. You'll get close up to toucans, red ibis, pink flamingos, parrots... What makes it stand apart, is that it's in a forest, so you get a feel of the birds' natural habitat; you can even go inside some of the cages.