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The Iguazu Falls are located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, 275 waterfalls ranging in height from 60-80m along 2.7 km of the Iguazu River combining to make one of the the largest waterfalls in the world. When we visited it had been one of the driest periods in recent history and we had concerns that the falls might not be as impressive as we hoped. Even with the water running low the falls are incredible and I can’t see how you could be disappointed.

The devils throat

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The Devils Throat uplclose from the Argentine side

The Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo in Spanish or Garganta do Diabo in Portuguese), a U-shaped, 82-meter-high, 150-meter-wide and 700-meter-long cataract and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. It can be viewed from below on the Brazillian side and up closer above the cataract on the Argentinian side.

Argentina vs Brazil

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One of the trails on the Argentine side

If you have time, visit both sides, each gives a different perspective of the falls. On the Brazilian side you can walk along the canyon on a walk way that extends out to the lower base of the Devil’s Throat. On the Argentine side you have to get a Rainforest Ecological Train, which drops visits at different walkways where different trails can be taken, one of which brings you directly over the falls of the Devil’s Throat where birds can be seen swooping death defining close to the the incredible volume of water that crash together.

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The Devils Throat from the Brazilian side

If you only have time for one side I’d recommend the Argentinian side of the Brazilian, 2 thirds of the falls are on the Argentinian side and it has the best trails and views of the falls.

How to get to the Iguazu Falls

You can see the iguazu falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides the two main towns on either side of the falls are  Foz do Iguaçu in the Brazil and Puerto Iguazú in Argentina, Puerto Iguazú being the nicer of the two towns. A trip to the Braziliian side is well worth combing with a with a visit to the excellent  Bird Park.

Costs

Entry into the Parque Nacional Iguazu was R$20 in Brazil and A$30 in Argentina.

Iguazu Falls Photos

Further reading:

Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iguazu_Falls#Comparisons_to_other_famous_falls

Official Aregntina site http://www.iguazuargentina.com/

Benedict Adam

Trying to travel with the ethos of a backpacker, no matter of budget, whether I'm across the other side of the world or over the road.