No visit to Brazil or Argentina is complete without a trip to Iguazu Falls. If you’ve never heard of this natural wonder, you’re in for a treat. Located on the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, visitors can have the opportunity to visit three different countries in just a few days time. No matter what country you choose to use as your home base, make sure you definitely spend time in both Argentina and Brazil during your trip.
What to See In Argentina
The city on the Argentina side is Puerto Iguazu and to enter the area, you’ll need to pay a fee of 100 AR$ per person. If you’re planning on staying for more than one day, ask for a multiple entry ticket because you can usually receive a discount. The Argentine side is thought to have the best close-up views of the falls and visitors can travel along five main trails: Circuito Superior, Circuito Inferior, Isla San Martin, Garganta del Diablo and Sendero Macuco. If you’re not interested in or are unable to hike along the trails, there is a train service and boat tours that will provide visitors with a different perspective on this natural wonder.
What to See In Brazil
The Brazilian side is known to have amazing panoramic views that shouldn’t be missed. If you’re from the US, Canada or Australia, you’ll likely need a visa to enter the country, even if you’re just planning on visiting Iguazu Falls for a day. Consider going to a Brazilian consulate before you go on your vacation to get the visa because you’ll be able to get a multiple entry visa instead of limiting yourself to just a one day visit. Brazil also requires specific immunizations if you’ve visited certain countries in South America so make sure to do a little research before going on vacation.
Once you’ve taken care of all the entry requirements, you can actually take in the Brazilian perspective of this wonder. You can take a boat ride or even a helicopter ride around the falls, but that’s not the only thing to do on the Brazilian side. Another favorite tourist destination is Parque das Aves, or Birds Park. The park has 180 different species of birds, as well as sections that feature butterflies and reptiles.
Should You Skip Paraguay When Visiting Iguazu Falls?
Although southern Paraguay is located right by Iguazu Falls, it’s not as big of a tourist attraction as locations in Brazil and Argentina. The area is mostly famous for counterfeit or smuggled goods and many locals only visit Ciudad del Este if they’re looking to purchase something inexpensively (and perhaps illegally) so consider yourself forewarned.
While many visitors choose to forgo the Paraguay side, there is plenty to experience in both Argentina and Brazil. Take a few days to really experience Iguazu Falls and you’ll leave with an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.