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Argentina: Iguazu Falls – Argentinian side

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Straddling the border between northeast Argentina and southern Brazil, the Iguazú Falls (spelt Iguaçú in Brazil) are usually rated number one of the big three waterfalls, the others being Niagara and Victoria. They are often considered to be Latin America’s most awe-inspiring natural sight and a must-see for anyone visiting the highlights of the continent, not least for their setting amidst subtropical rainforest alive with birds and butterflies.

Argentina’s side of the national park has a comprehensive set of panoramic walkways, culminating in the magnificent boardwalk to the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). The Brazilian side has less infrastructure and perhaps fewer visitors, making a visit equally worthwhile. Close by is the Parque das Aves, among the best bird sanctuaries in South America.

Our holidays to Iguazu Falls – Argentinian side

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Hummingbird

Hummingbird: Ocean to ocean

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Capiabara Ibera Wetlands

Argentina Wildlife: Tropical wetlands and Patagonia

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Trogon: Natural Brazil

Trogon: Natural Brazil

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12 days from £2,615pp

Rhythms of Rio

Honeymoon in Brazil: Rhythms of Rio, Salvador and the Iguazu Falls

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15 days from £4,641pp

Our insider tips for Iguazu Falls – Argentinian side

Konrad M

Konrad Mludzinski

It’s hard to fathom the scale of the mighty Iguazú Falls, a vast complex of frothing cascades fringed by tropical rainforest. The view from the Brazilian side gives the best panoramic view but the Argentine side is where you get the closest to the thunderous Devils' Throat. Both are a must, not to mention the exhilarating boat trip to the base of the falls for a unique perspective of these magnificent falls!

Sarah

Sarah Bradley

Set out to the awe-inspiring Devil’s Throat as soon as the Park opens in the morning (you’ll have to be staying at the Melia Iguazu, within the Argentine national park to do this). It’s a brisk walk, but you could well be the only people there, before the shuttle train brings other visitors.

Caroline Maber

Caroline Maber

Take the thrilling helicopter overflight of the falls, a great way to get wonderful shots of this awesome natural wonder and to truly appreciate the immensity of the cataracts and river network that cuts through the surrounding impenetrable tropical jungle. Flights leave from the Brazilian side near the bird park so it combines really well with a visit to the excellent rescue and rehabilitation centre for birds.

David

David Nichols

The Parque das Aves bird rescue centre located outside the Brazilian national park entrance is well worth visiting. Housing about 1400 individual birds in large aviaries filled with native sub-tropical foliage, there are over 150 species from all over Brazil are on show including Harpy Eagles, Hyacinth Macaws, Toucans, Scarlet Ibis and endangered Golden Parakeets. You can also see alligators, boa constrictors and anaconda in the reptile centre and metallic-blue Morphos in the butterfly house.

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