- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
Iguazu National Park is one of those places that pictures and videos just cannot do justice to. Do you think that you won't be as impressed as all that by the watefalls? When you actually see this majestic spectacle you will, I promise!
Surrounded by greenery Iguazu's 275 watefalls, which are between 40 and 80 metres high, are shaped like the arc of a circle, along a geological fault. The park's 67,000 hectares of forest is home to preserved animal and plant life - you don't go there just for the waterfalls, the whole of the park is worth visiting.
If you enjoy animal spotting then get your cameras ready! You are certain to see multicoloured butterflies, armadillos and coatis.
Under no pretext should you omit visiting the Iguazu waterfalls during a trip to Argentina. It's a real "must-see". You have to go there! It's a breathtaking spectacle, a real demonstration of the power of nature. Even before you can see them, you can hear them...As soon as you get off the bus (for tourists obviously, but it doesn't matter, once you are there you don't mind) you can hear a loud thundering. It's the waterfalls introducing themselves.
One of my best times was the day I visited the Iguazu waterfalls. The weather wasn't very good and the atmosphere was almost menacing. The water was mixed with stagnant fog but when the fog lifted what a spectacle awaited me! Endless waterfalls, immensely powerful and deafening. Yet another time when you feel really small.
The Iguazu waterfall is really lots of waterfalls spread over 3 km. The tallest waterfall at Iguazu, at 90 m high, is la Garganta del Diablo (the Devil's Throat - a very appropriate name!). I went in one of the boats that take you to the foot of some of the falls. You should try it too - you'll get soaked but you won't be disappointed.
Iguazu National Park's waterfalls are a true natural wonder which have been photographed times without number. I don't know how anyone could not be left open mouthed when they see and hear these immense water falls.
I also found that Iguazu National Park was well looked after and that the waterfall visit was well designed and practical. I was able to admire the waterfalls from different angles, including from platforms that are installed just above them. And when it comes to escapism, the site is a total contrast to the overdone, tourist heaven of Niagara Falls in Canada.
I really can't over emphasise that in my opinion every one travelling around Argentina or Brazil should make a visit to Iguazu falls one of their top priorities.