After exploring Iguazu Falls it comes as no surprise that it was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The massive waterfall system straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil. While you can visit the falls from either side, this guide is about how to visit the Argentinian Side of Iguazu Falls.
Getting to Iguazu Falls
The only city near Iguazu Falls in Argentina is Puerto Iguazu, a two hour flight from Buenos Aires. There are three options to get to Iguazu Falls from the city, either taking a tour, bus or taxi.
There are public buses that run every half an hour between the central bus station and Iguazu Falls. The bus costs 65 ARS each way. The bus does quickly fill up during busy times of the day and year.
Another option is to take a taxi from Puerto Iguazu to the falls. The prices always vary and are subject to negotiation, but can 400 ARS round trip. Remember local inflation is 20% meaning prices can always change.
While a complete one day tour to Iguazu Falls is the most expensive way to experience the waterfalls, it does come with its benefits. The tour includes pickup and drop off right at your hotel or the airport. There is no need to get to the bus station or find an available taxi.
At the same time the tour from Argentina4u includes a tour guide, with helpful and historic information about the falls as you go. The guide also makes sure you a stress free adventure without missing a thing. The full day tour is $45 USD.
Iguazu Falls National Park
Iguazu Falls joined the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986. Entrance to the park is 500 ARS per person and only Argentine Pesos in cash are accepted, so make sure to withdraw money in advance. The park itself is open from 9AM to 5PM and it is best to arrive early in the morning to beat the heat and crowds, leaving you with enough time to explore the massive park.
Walking Routes at Iguazu Falls
In Iguazu Falls National Park there are several walking routes to reach the numerous waterfalls and abundant viewpoints. Walking at a relaxed pace you can easily complete all the routes in one day.
After passing through the main entrance head to the short Green Trail. This 650 meters walk takes you through paranaese rainforest wetland where you can enjoy the extensive flora and fauna along the way. The trail ends at the Cataratas Train Station, where you catch a small tram to The Devil’s Throat trail.
The Devil’s Throat
Walk out across the pristine river on a raised platform for over 1km. Along the path photograph the many small islands and their abundance of wildlife. As you come to the end of the walkway, you can see the mist rising from the waterfalls, signaling your imminent arrival to The Devil’s Throat waterfall.
As you reach the end of the walkway you are met with a platform over The Devil’s Throat, the largest waterfall in all of Iguazu Falls. The magical sight of the water tumbling over 80 meters to the bottom is one of the most amazing experiences.
The viewing platform is normally crowded, so work your way to the front, snap some photos, enjoy the moment and then move back to let the next person in. Once you are done, head back on the walkway back to the train station.
Hop back on the train and head back down to the Cataratas Train Station. From here walk a short ways to the start of the Upper Circuit trail. This 1.75km trail takes you passed and over many of the smaller or more isolated waterfalls in the park. Step right up to the edge of the waterfalls for an adrenaline inducing view.
The waterfalls that you can see on this path include the Dos Hermanas Waterfalls, Chico, Ramírez, Bosetti, Adán y Eva, and Bernabé Méndez Waterfalls, and the Mbiguá Waterfall. The furthest point on the trail is the San Martin Waterfall, the second largest falls in Iguazu.
From here you get the best panoramic views of all of the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls from Devil’s Throat down the whole valley. The trail snakes back through many small inlets to the exit just steps from the entrance.
The last and final trail to finish off your day at Iguazu Falls is the Lower Circuit. This 1.7km trail takes you to spots that bring you up close and personal with the base of the waterfalls, where you can really feel their power.
Walk through the forest along the base of the Dos Hermanas, Chico and Ramírez Waterfalls and walk right up to the great water wall of Bosetti Waterfall. The path then follows along the river and loops back around to the Alvar Núñez, Elenita, and Lanusse steep waterfalls. This part of the path does have steps, which do take some extra time at the end of the day.
Along the Lower Circuit you also have the opportunity to purchase a short boat ride to go right under the falls! It is an amazing experience, just remember you will get completely soaked.
Important notes when visiting Iguazu Falls
When planning your amazing day at the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls there are several things that you need to remember for a frustration free adventure.
You can get up close to several of the waterfalls, which means that you can get wet, so do not wear anything that would get destroyed with a bit of moisture.
Much of your day will be spent without shade and the warm sun can take its toll. Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day. There is drinkable tap water throughout the park, but its flavor is not the best.
It is also advisable to bring your own lunch and snacks. While the park does offer plenty of restaurant and food options, they very much over priced and overcrowded. It reminded us of a busy ski resort food court.