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Iguazú Falls

The richness of life rising up from the mists of Iguazú Falls is a far cry from the bleak slabs of concrete overlooking the famous Niagara Falls. While the latter is infested with gawking tourists and noisy seagulls that fight over scraps of cold McDonald’s French Fries, the former exudes nature-in-the-raw.  The water that feeds these falls passes through more than 250 separate waterfalls before plunging more than 170 to 350 feet and crashing to the rocks below. The thunderous rush can be heard for miles. Out of the deafening roar, a fine spray rises in a cool plume, dampening the miles of inconspicuous trails lining both sides of Brazil and Argentina. 

To the local Guaraní people, the falls area was a spiritual place, and it was they who named it Iguazú, or “Great Water.” Time seems to stand still at this sacred spot, blatantly ignoring the rushing Iguazú River as it cuts through the verdant Argentine and Brazilian rainforest and out to sea. Birds and insects flitter among the trees that thrive in this unique ecosystem, fortified by the constant mist projected from falls.  Nowhere is the delicate balance between brute force and sheer beauty more apparent than at “The Devil’s Throat,” where water cascades over 14 different falls, drops more than 350 feet, and finally disappears into a cloud of mist that rises more than 100 feet above the falls. 

The souvenir vendors who hawk t-shirts and post cards keep a respectful difference, and the nearest Big Mac is in Buenos Aires.  Small motorboats take visitors right to the roaring base of the falls, where they joyously shout to one another before returning to shore as soaked if they had followed the falls into the river. During the rainy season, between January and March, the falls swell with water, offering even more impressive views. Once you’ve finished your jaw-dropping gaze at the falls (and this may take a while), adventure into the surrounding park, where a variety of animal and bird species flourish.

Established in 1934, Argentina’s Iguazú National Park spreads out across 67,620 hectares.  On the Brazilian side, the government has set aside 170,000 hectares of protected land.  Its remarkable beauty and abundant biodiversity earned this park the title of a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. A host of mammals call this place home, including five species of giant cat. Not to be outdone by their four-legged friends, more than 450 species of birds—including parrots, toucans and the rare great dusky swift—soar beneath the thick jungle canopy. Like the delicate mist rising from the rocky base of Iguazú Falls, beauty seems to blanket this enchanting jungle world, delighting and surprising visitors and every turn.









15 Jun 2011

Places to Stay in the Iguazú Region

Residencial Uno

In the heart of Puerto Iguazú, just two blocks from the bus station and downtown Iguazu, Residencial Uno offers a warm and comfortable environment that allows you to experience one of nature\'s ...
Hotel
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Residencial Lola

Only two blocks from the bus terminal, this laid-back hospedaje has a familiar feel. You’ll be greeted by a handful of young tykes (children of owners) who will gladly lead you to your room and ...
Hotel
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Hosteria Los Helechos

Central, clean and comfortable, this three-star guesthouse has 60 rooms of various sizes. Great for families, it has a garden and a decent-sized swimming pool. Rooms come with air conditioning, TV ...
Hotel
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Che Roga Apart

Clean, central and well equipped, this complex features a swimming pool and garden to relax in. A hybrid hotel that mixes apartments, hostel and hotel services and facilities. Rooms vary in size and ...
Hotel
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Timbo

A pleasent enough hostel in the center of Iguazú with a nice garden to relax and read a book. Rooms are clean and the staff is friendly and helpful and can help arrange tours and excursions. ...
Hotel
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Panoramic Hotel Iguazu

119478Slick, stylish and enjoying an excellent view over three countries, this riverside resort is a luxurious option in the heart of Iguazú. Rooms are spacious and well appointed with good, comfortable ...
Hotel
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Hostel and Apart Hotel Anahi

In the heart of town, this hostel offers accommodations that range from bargain basic bunks to a private dorm for groups of backpackers. Each dorm is complete with its own kitchen, dining table and ...
Hotel
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Hotel Cataratas

Hotel Cataratas is one of several upper-class hotels along the highway to Iguazú Falls. It is a pleasant place to relax in total comfort. The rooms have clean, simple lines, done in a palette of ...
Hotel
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Alexander Hotel

Alexander Hotel is one of the few up-scale hotels near Puerto Ihguazú’s bus terminal. The exterior is under-stated modern, as is the lobby. The spacious, well-decorated rooms have wooden floors, ...
Hotel
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Marcopolo Inn Iguazú

Of the two Hostelling International (HI) options in Puerto Iguazú, the Marcopolo Inn is the much more relaxed. Conforming to all the standards expected from an HI hostel, all the well-kept rooms ...
Hotel
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Things to See and Do in the Iguazú Region

Puerto Iguazú Museums

139983To escape from the torrential rains or torrid heat, slip into one of Puerto Iguazú’s museums. Casa Museo Memorial El Ángel de la Selva commemorates the life and work of Dr. Marta Teodora Schwarz, ...
Museum
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Boat Trips

139984Puerto Iguazú lies precisely where the Río Iguazú flows into the Paraná. Boating is a great way to explore the tri-national character of these two mighty rivers coursing through Paranaense ...
Boating
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Hito Tres Fronteras

139985On the very tip of a point jutting into the Río Paraná river is Hito Tres Fronteras. A sky-blue and white obelisk is the hito (border marker) that marks the Argentine side of the frontier. Terraced ...
Monument
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Ruta 12

139986The road heading out to the national park is lined with much more than multi-star hotels. Along Ruta Nacional 12, just a few kilometers outside of Puerto Iguazú, are many portals leading into the ...
Other Activity
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Murals

139987Puerto Iguazú has several impressive mural monuments decorating parts of the city. They present tourists with a gateway into the history and world vision of its people. Across from Plaza San Martín ...
Monument
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Orchid Houses

139988 Argentina has 285 species of orchids, 200 of which are in Misiones Province and 85 in Parque Nacional Iguazú. Take time out to smell the flowers at one of Puerto Iguazú’s orquidiarios, or ...
Other Activity
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Romancing The Stones

While in the jungle, you might yearn to plunge into its emerald vastness and go romancing the stones. You won’t need a treasure map or face kidnappers to have this adventure. You can seek such ...
Other Activity
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Top Restaurants of the Iguazú Region

Gusto del Litoral

Do not be put off by the incredibly low prices, an absolute genius lurks in the kitchen of this sidewalk café. One of the best meals to be had in Argentina-what a pleasure to taste food with such ...
Restaurant
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Terra Wok Bar-restaurant

Terra Wok prepares nine varieties of chow fan (fried rice) and eight of yaki soba (noodles) with meat or seafood. Also appearing are sweet and sour chicken (pollo acaramelado) and omurice (omelets). ...
Restaurant
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Aqva

This upmarket Argentine eatery, close to the bus station, has the locals salivating. A traditional meat-centered menu but with a modern and international twist. Aqva boasts the usual beef and pasta ...
Restaurant
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

La Esquina

Traditional parilla with good value promotional menus. A meat-heavy menu features empanadas, bife de chorizo and asado de tira all served up with salad, chips and a glass of malbec. La Esquina has a ...
Restaurant
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

El Quincho

An authentic Argentinian asado. Count on a great family atmosphere and fine food as the steak, ribs, skewered beef and fish come rolling from the kitchen. Deservedly popular, El Quincho has an ...
Restaurant
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Nativo

Great for families with an afternoon to spare in Puerto Iguazú, Nativo has enough to keep everyone occupied for a few hours. The extensive menu boasts the best the jungle has to offer, with regional ...
Restaurant
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Tango Bar

On one corner of Puerto Iguazú’s main street is a little taste of La Boca. Tango Bar is a small café-bar with a working-class feel to it. On the front windows, Evita and Che tango. Customers ...
Restaurant
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

La Rueda

Red meat fans can fill up on well-cooked tender joints and rub shoulders with the locals at La Rueda. The meat-heavy menu features the finest traditional Argentinian dishes, using tasty, fresh ...
Restaurant
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Fatto In Casa

Located in the heart of the city, this Italian restaurant has a pleasant, romantic atmosphere and great homemade food, such as pasta, steak and fish. Fatto In Casa also offers seafood and vegetarian ...
Restaurant
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
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