Iguazú Falls, Brazil & Argentina
You Must Go To Both Sides of The Impressive Iguazú Falls
After taking the ferry from Ihla do Mel, I boarded one of the most scenic train rides in the world, The Serra Verde Express to Curitiba. A must train ride if you are in the area. From Curitiba, I boarded an overnight bus for the twelve-hour ride to Foz do Iguaçu, then took a local bus to Hostel Bambu, then fell asleep at the pool, exhausted! (I did seven overnight bus rides like this in South America. A great way to save money, but sure knocks you out!)
BRAZIL SIDE OF IGUAÇU FALLS
With just under 300 waterfalls, heights reaching 82m (269 feet) and stretching 2.7km in width, this makes Iguaçu / Iguazú Falls taller and wider than Niagra Falls. Since I was staying on the Brazil side, I spent my first full day exploring Iguaçu Falls. Some say you can skip this side as it is not as dramatic as the Argentinian side. Those people don’t know…’beep’. I had a front-row seat to the most grandiose water show of my life! Having a panoramic, unobstructed view was memorizing. I even walked along a walkway that takes you to Devil’s Throat. Here I got sprayed by Iguaçu Falls which was heaven-sent as it was a scorching, humid day.
ARGENTINA SIDE OF IGUAZÚ FALLS
The following day a group of us from the hostel hired a guide to take us to the Argentinian side of Iguazú Falls. It is a must to either hire a guide or join a tour group. The borders can be a little tricky and you don’t need the hassle on your trip. I have an EU passport so I am lucky that I didn’t have to pay any visa fees while in South America.
The Argentinian side is a complete contrast to Brazil. Having first seen Iguazú Falls from about 400m away, I was now up close and personal – literally. We boarded a speedboat to the base of Iguazú Falls and got soaking wet! My adrenaline was pumping and the grin on my face was lasting. The thunderous sound of the water and the mist of it rising above the river bed was the most incredible sound and sight seen. This makes you realize how powerful water can be — hello electricity!
On the way back from the boat ride up the flight of stairs, I became quite dizzy and almost fainted. The feeling of being in a prison of humidity combined with the piercing sun got too much to handle. I hide under a tree and consumed liters of water. Therefore if you come in high season make sure to have all the necessary ‘supplies’ with you. Better to faint at the beauty than the pounding heat.
- What: Iguaçu falls / Iguazú falls
- Where: Brazil and Argentina
- Hours: Brazil Side 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Argentina Side 8.00 am – 4:30 pm
- Price: Brazil Side $19 (approx) Argentina Side $24 (approx)
- Bring: Sunscreen, Hat, Umbrella, Waterproof bag for camera/phone. Make sure to drink plenty of water. The heat is intense.