The Iguazu Falls are stunning, without a doubt one of the most beautiful and full of good energy places I have ever visited. It is not for nothing that in 2012 the Falls received the title of one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” by the New Seven Wonders Foundation. And it is the third destination that most receives foreign tourists in Brazil (according to a survey conducted by the Brazilian tourism ministry in 2017), losing only to Rio de Janeiro and Florianópolis. But what should you know before going?
Geographic Location and the best season to visit
Foz do Iguaçu is a city in the south region of Brazil, and it is on the border of Argentina (Porto Iguazu) and Paraguay (Cidade do Leste). So yes, you can not only visit the triple border but also spend some time on those three cities in three different countries. About the time of the year, there is no need for worrying, you can go in every season and you won’t regret it. But if you can choose, there is a difference: during the summer, you will find the falls with its maximum volume of water; and during the winter, with less volume, you will be able to see better and more defined waterfalls.
The main attraction are the national parks were the falls are. There are two national parks that you can visit, the Brazilian and the Argentinian. Even though they look very similar, they are very different, and both equally deserve a visit. I still can’t decide which one I prefer, the Brazilian side has more structure, and you can follow the trail and find some observatory spots and walkways over the water, that provide you with a very close view of the falls. The Argentinian side is bigger, so most of the falls are in this park. There are three important trekking trails in the park, the longest is the one that leads to the Devil’s Throat, the biggest falls in the park and a mandatory stop for everyone. Don’t forget to bring with you something to eat and drinks, princes in both parks are very pricey. And you will get wet at some point.
The local residents
There is no way to miss them, once you get in either one of the parks you will see a lot of coatis. You will also see a lot of signs saying to stay away from them, that’s because they can get very aggressive trying to steal food. And this is no joke, I saw at least 3 foods “robberies” by these animals and countless attempts. They were everywhere, and it only took someone holding some food to a group of coatis approach and try to steal. So be careful and don’t eat seating down.
Other places that you should pay a visit
Chen Tien temple is located in Foz do Iguaçu. It’s a great place to disconnect and get a little into the Buddhist culture.
It is the largest hydroelectric plant in the world, divide by Brazil and Paraguay. Definitely, one of the major human engineerings works ever built.
It’s located right outside the national park in Brazil, you can visit both on the same day. It’s like a zoo for all kinds of birds, only you can walk thru some of the giant cages and get really close to some of the birds.