Iguazu falls: Which Side to Visit?

That’s the big question when you plan to visit Iguazu. The answer ain’t easy and depends a lot on the time you have. I arrived on the Argentinian side, visited the falls there, transferred to Belmond das Cataratas on the Brazilian side and visited the falls there the next day. What’s nice on the Argentinian side is that you get many different viewpoints, but on the other hand you need a lot more time than on the Brazilian side. Main paths are located far from the park’s entrance and you need to take a small train to reach their starting points. Begin with the Devil’s Throat which is at the furthest. You will see it from above, after walking for about 15 minutes on a footbridge set on top of the river. Look down on your way and you may see different animals in the river, like caimans, turtles and fishes. The view from the observation deck is impressive, but the place is crowded… Then take another path to get different views, like the Upper Circuit that meanders through the jungle with many different observation decks towards the falls. Look up to spot beautiful birds (toucans, vultures, condors…). On the Brazilian side it’s different. The path to the falls starts right in front of the Belmond hotel and quickly reaches them. At the end there is a nice footbridge to get close to the falls (and wet). The view of the Devil’s Throat from below is spectacular (and a lot more enjoyable without the crowds!). All in all, if you don’t have a lot of time and want to get a nice touch of the falls I recommend the Brazilian side. But is it worth travelling all the way there and not getting all of it? So allow yourself 2 days in Iguazu, start with the Argentinian side as early as possible on day 1, then spend some relaxing time at the Belmond and proceed on day 2 with the Brazilian side before the national park opens to the public.

Enjoy Iguazu falls, they are just as gorgeous as you can imagine!

Iguazu falls from the plane (landing on the Argentinian side)
Iguazu falls from the plane (landing on the Argentinian side)

IGR, the airport on the Argentinian side of Iguazu
IGR, the airport on the Argentinian side

 

Devil's Throat, on the Argentinian side of Iguazu
Devil’s Throat, on the Argentinian side

 

Caiman in Iguazu
Caiman in the river

 

The falls on the Argentinian side (Upper Circuit) of Iguazu
Iguazu falls on the Argentinian side (Upper Circuit)

 

The upper circuit, Iguazu
The upper circuit

 

Spider in Iguazu
Spider above the river

 

Toucan in Iguazu
Toucan in a tree

 

Vulture in Iguazu
Vulture (and flies)

 

Coatis in Iguazu
Cute coatis

 

The path on the Brazilian side of Iguazu
The footbridge on the Brazilian side

 

Devil's Throat from below, on the Brazilian side of Iguazu
Devil’s Throat from below, on the Brazilian side

 

The falls on the Brazilian side of Iguazu
Close-up of the falls on the Brazilian side

 

Observation deck of the Devil's Throat, on the Argentinian side (picture taken from the Brazilian side of Iguazu)
Observation deck of the Devil’s Throat, on the Argentinian side (picture taken from the Brazilian side)

 

Condor, Iguazu
Condor above the falls

 

 

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