Iguazu Falls, which side is better?

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:

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From the Argentinian side you can walk to many of the smaller individual falls and get up close to the raging waters.

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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.

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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.

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You can see rainbows though

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Impossible not to get other people in the shot

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.

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On the way to Bossetti Falls

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First glimpse

From the viewing platform people were completely drenched in seconds. An activity I opted out of.

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Andrew decided to get involved.

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Soaked.

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No pots of gold around here

Cut to the Brazilian side:

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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.

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More rainbows

It was a panoramic view and you could see just how massive the area is.

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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:

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This area is near the bottom of the Devil’s Throat

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Trying to stay dry

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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.

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13 Responses to Iguazu Falls, which side is better?

  1. Moritz says:

    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!

  2. K T Marie says:

    Brilliant! Both sides look great to me, and very useful info drop at the end there

  3. whoa..the devils throat is fantastic..have bookmarked both sides..

  4. Lucy & Marty says:

    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!

    • Bec says:

      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!

  5. Jess Carey says:

    I think I’m with you – the Brazilian side looks incredible! Wouldn’t complain about either, though 😉
    Gorgeous shots!

  6. Callie says:

    Wow this is completely amazing!

  7. Jewel L says:

    Wow! I didn’t know about this place until I read your blog. Now I want to visit!

  8. sassykabassy says:

    I agree with you, the Brazilian side looks beautiful!

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