MEETING IGUAZU FALLS
January 1, 1970
by Emilene Corrêa Souza
MEETING IGUAZU FALLS
A Brazilian Experience
Considered one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, Iguazu Falls are 272 waterfalls of Iguazu River, located between Brazil and Argentina, being the largest waterfalls in the world.
The Iguazu Falls has two sides, the Brazilian and the Argentinean. In my trip, I met just the Brazilian side, where is possible to see all the waterfalls’ extension during a trail and stay very closer to one of the falls, almost under them.
THE BRAZILIAN SIDE
How to visit it?
Once in Foz do Iguaçu City (located in Paraná/Brazil), you can buy a tour packet, going by car or by taxi. The center of the city has seven kilometers of distance until the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu. The park is open everyday, since 9 a.m. to 5 p. m.
If you arrive in the park without a tour guide, it is important to go until the visitors’ center, where you can buy your ticket. With the ticket, you will take a bus until the trail beginning and start your tour.
Doing the trail
The principal trail has eleven kilometers of extension through the rainforest, being almost two kilometers of footbridges, where it is possible to see a large view of the waterfalls. The tour last two until four hours.
There is a walkway observation at the end of the tour where is possible to see the point known as the “Devil’s Throat”, that is 80 meters high, and a memorial to Alberto Santos Dumont, near the food square and the restaurant.
The park also offers other trails and different adventure activities, but not included in the tour ticket. One of the extra activities is the Macuco Safari, a speedboat ride up the river until the waterfalls.
How much does it cost?
The ticket value includes the ticket to access the park and the bus ticket, and has four different categories of visitors: integral, for Brazilians, for who are from some countries of Mercosul and to the Foz do Iguaçu community. Like the table below.
Other tours that you can do in the park, but you need to buy separate:
– Macuco Safari;
– Bananeiras Trail;
– Black Well Trail;
– Adventure Sports.
THE ARGENTINEAN SIDE
How to visit it?
The Argentinean side has two thirds of the assembly of fall, with a total of 2.700 meters of extension.
To visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls, located in the Puerto Iguazu City (Misiones City/Argentina), from the Brazilian side, you need to pass through the board of the countries. You can also take a tour ticket, go by bus or car, like to the Brazilian side. This park is open everyday, since 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Arriving in the Parque Nacional Iguazu, you can enter with by car or bus, so there is an available parking. You will need to buy other ticket to visit this park, because the sale of tickets to both parks (Brazilian and Argentinean), together, does not exist, just if buy a tour package.
The structure of the park even count with stores, snack bar and La Selva Restaurant, near the Central Station.
Doing the trails
Once inside the Argentinean park with the ticket, you are going to take a little train until the beginning of the first trail, in the Central Station, that has five kilometers. The second one has two kilometers and will lead you until a belvedere to see the “Devil’s Throat”.
Different of the Brazilian side, that concentrates all the visitors in just one way, the visitors in the Argentinean side could take all day doing the two trails, because they have ways to other arrivals.
Because of this, the train has two stations: Central Station and Waterfalls Station. One to the inferior and superior circuit, and other to the “Devil’s Throat”. Inside the park is also possible to do a trail do the Isla San Martín and the Macuco Safari tour (some people say that the price of Macuco Safari in Argentina is cheaper than in Brazil).
How much does it cost this tour?
Like in Brazil, the ticket value has different categories of access and to parking. Like the table below.
To the tours, remember these important things:
– Respect the rules.
– Don’t forget to bring your documents with photo to access the parks.
– Don’t touch the wild animals in the parks.
– It is not permitted to give food to them.
– Use comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes, sun hat, personal care products, like anti mosquito spray and sun cream. Bring a bottle of water.
VISITING FOZ DO IGUAÇU (BRAZIL) AND PUERTO IGUAZU (ARGENTINA) CITIES
Where to go in Foz do Iguazu City?
Foz do Iguaçu City (Brazil) has many other tourist attractives. Here is a little list of other places that you can visit in the city:
– Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant;
– Itaipu Lake;
– Bird Park;
– Framework of Three Borders (Argentina/Brazil/Paraguay);
– International Friendship Bridge (divide Brazil and Paraguay);
– Fraternity Bridge (divide Argentina and Brazil);
– Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque;
– Buddhist Temple;
– Federal Latin American of Integration University;
– São João Batista Cathedral.
Where to go in Puerto Iguazu?
Different of Foz do Iguazu, Puerto Iguazu (Argentina), offers a very interesting night light, with casinos, nightclubs and good restaurants. Here are some places that can be visit there:
– Casino Iguazu;
– Ice Bar;
– Little fair of Argentinean typical products;
– Wine stores;
– Cuba Libre Disco;
– Typical restaurants;
– Duty Free Puerto Iguazu.
Adittional Information about Iguazu Waterfalls (Brazilian side)
Address: Avenida das Cataratas, BR-469, KM18, Foz do Iguaçu/PR
Oficial website: http://www.cataratasdoiguacu.com.br/
Secundary site: http://www.iguazuargentina.com/pt/