Brazil or Argentina? Argentina or Brazil?
Iguazu Falls (Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls) is a collection of waterfalls from the Iguazu river on the Argentinian/Brazil border. The river flows mostly through Brazil, but the majority of the falls are in Argentina. You can view the falls from both sides, which begs the question; which side is better? Let’s take a look.
The Argentinian side:
From the Argentinian side you can walk to many of the smaller individual falls and get up close to the raging waters.
The biggest drawcard on this side is Paseo Garganta del Diablo, the Devil’s Throat, which is the highest and deepest part of the falls.
There is a one kilometre walkway that takes you right to the edge of the falls. You can look over the edge as the water thunders dramatically around you. You can’t see to the bottom because of the mist.
In another area of the park (which you get to with a frustratingly slow and infrequent train) there is the Bossetti Falls, where people go to get drenched by the falls.
From the viewing platform people were completely drenched in seconds. An activity I opted out of.
Andrew decided to get involved.
Cut to the Brazilian side:
I liked how on this side you could approach the falls from much further back and get the full perspective. Whereas on the Argentine side you couldn’t see the whole thing at once.
It was a panoramic view and you could see just how massive the area is.
The Brazilian side uses open air double decker buses as transport between the various areas in the park. Much more efficient than the Argentine side.
You can also get drenched on the Brazilian side:
Conclusion: I preferred the Brazilian side, Andrew the Argentinian side. Try to do both if you can!
It was at Iguazu Falls that we crossed over into Brazil. We organised our visas on the Argentinian side at the Brazilian consulate, which takes 24 hours. Make sure you have a passport photo, the print out of your internet registration, a copy of your exit flight and bank balance.
Thanks for the post! I’ll be at the Brazilian side in just a few months and can’t wait. Will definitely give the Argentinean one a try, too!
Awesome! Let me know what you think.
I definitely will! 🙂
Brilliant! Both sides look great to me, and very useful info drop at the end there
whoa..the devils throat is fantastic..have bookmarked both sides..
It seems to me that these falls look the best (because of the mist) from the arial shots I have seen. I have always wanted to see them but I have honestly never seen the on-the-ground-photos. Either way the falls seem amazing – we are pretty much water fall dorks to the max so if we get the chance we will definitely make the trip to both sides! It is pretty crazy that people built the platforms out into the middle of those areas! Looks scary dangerous!
Haha ‘waterfall dorks’! Love it. 🙂 Yeah I kept wondering how on earth they built it over the raging waters?! It did feel a bit scary when you passed the old, partially destroyed pieces of platform!
Yikes I bet that was scary! Those falls look like they could sweep away any man-made structure!
I think I’m with you – the Brazilian side looks incredible! Wouldn’t complain about either, though 😉
Wow this is completely amazing!
Wow! I didn’t know about this place until I read your blog. Now I want to visit!
I agree with you, the Brazilian side looks beautiful!