Why you should start your trip to Argentina by Iguazu Falls

Argentina is such a vast country with a wide variety of landscapes to explore, so make a decision about where to start to see it is not a simple task. Arrive in Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital city with its European architecture and fascinating nightlife, is the easy choice (especially because of flight connectivity), but there are several options.   Some people (especially nature lovers), go straight to Patagonia to see its imponent peaks and trails, where you can get lost for months and never get bored. The colorful and arid landscapes of the Puna or the vineyards in Cuyo are also great attractions for foreign tourist who want to go beyond and explore.   But I am convinced that the best spot to start exploring Argentina is Iguazú Falls, one of the most fascinating places where I have ever been and where I am always happy to return. Located in the Northeast region of the country in the province of Misiones, they are one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, a list of amazing places which also includes Jeju Island in South Korea, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and PP Underground River in the Philippines.    Here are the three reasons why these waterfalls are my favorite place in Argentina:   

The Atlantic Forest is a hotspot of biodiversity in the world

The waterfalls are located in the Atlantic Forest, one of the hotspots of biodiversity in the world, with a high diversity of species and high levels of endemism, so you can only find them in this place. The wildlife of the region includes tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, and caymans.    The variety of plant species in the area is also amazing and you will appreciate them when you walk through the Iguazú National Park, recognized as a World Heritage by Unesco. Unfortunately, the region has been suffering deforestation in the last couple of centuries and more than 200 species have disappeared due to human activities.   

There are more than 200 waterfalls

If you walk around all the park, you will get to see a total of 275 waterfalls. Some of them will impact you because of their size, like de famous Devil’s Throat, the highest and deepest of the falls. But my favorite are the ones where you can feel inside the fall, like Salto Bosetti. The endless movement of the streams is hypnotizing and the fierce of water is overwhelming. Don’t forget to take some waterproof bags to keep safe your belongings.   

Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay in one sight

When you visit the waterfalls, you will be located just on the border between Argentina and Brasil. But just a couple of miles away, you can go to a spot where a third country joins: Paraguay. I strongly recommend watching the sunset from the Triple Border Landmark to have an amazing sight of the confluence of Parana and Iguazú rivers.    One last point: there is not a bad season to visit Iguazu Falls. No matter if you are going to Argentina in summer or winter, don’t miss the opportunity to experience this unique place. 

Cecilia Fernández Castañón

Journalist and science writer from Argentina. Passionate about travel, running, and cooking.