Iguazu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the world and a trip to South America wouldn’t be complete without visiting them from both Brazil and Argentina. Each side of Iguazu Falls offers something different and it is worth seeing it from both sides, you’ve gone all the way there you may as well cross the border and see what the big deal is all about.
I started on the Brazilian side from the town of Foz de Iguazu, our campsite was a short bus ride from the entrance to the falls. I chose to see the falls from above before I entered the National Park and bagged myself a helicopter ride with Helisul for $120USD for a 15 minute journey. I’d never been in a helicopter before and had some U.S dollars so thought why not?
It was a wonderful experience and I’m glad I got to see it from above as you really do get to see the full scale of this monster waterfall. From above I could see the Falls are nestled in a thick forest, they seemed so insignificant upon approach but the lower I dropped down it was clear the sheer force of the falls was immense and I couldn’t wait to get down and see it.
Upon arrival at the National Park you need to queue for a bus that takes you to the entrance of the falls. Do not put food in your bag because once you get to the entrance these little guys will be all over you trying to steal your stash.
Straight away you do get your first glimpse of Iguazu Falls, a series of small waterfalls cascading over terraces of green. The path led further down to the majority of the Falls and it was amazing how much you feel the force of it. It was a truly incredible sight.
The main board walk to see the iconic part Iguazu Falls was a minefield of selfie sticks and crowds of tourists. I was able to dart in and out (thanks to my small stature) but it was a painful experience just to get a great view. I got to the end of the board walk, snapped my photo, got elbowed in the face about 10 times, took a moment to take it all in and then headed further down the path.
At the very end of the Brazilian side was the most forceful part of the falls, it was an extremely hot day and the spray that came off it was refreshing!
Most people I had spoken to and everything I had read about Iguazu Falls was that the Argentinian side was better, at this point I couldn’t see how that was possible. From what I had seen it was nothing short of epic.
Two days later I visited Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian side and I can tell you it completely lived up to it’s reputation, it is the better side and I’ll show you why. The day I visited was miserable, it was cold and rainy and the skies were a horrible grey it felt like a day back in London.
The boat ride
I had been told this was a must do thing at the falls but when I got there and saw the price and the weather I almost didn’t do it. But I’m so glad I did because the experience was truly amazing.
We jumped on an open top vehicle and drove through the torrential rain in a forest for 20 minutes to reach the drop off point on the river. I’m a bit of a scaredey cat when it comes to boats and I must admit I was freaking out for the majority of the boat trip but it was a real thrill.
The boat goes up the raging river to get up close and personal with Iguazu Falls, the boat drivers are serious dare devils and they do their very best to drive the boat straight to the bottom of the falls so you get absolutely soaked in the process but to say you’ve been under one of the most famous waterfalls in the world is pretty awesome.
The grand finale of the whole trip to Iguazu Falls was in fact the Devils throat. This is the source of the entire falls and where the water falls for the first time. This is the only place at Iguazu where you truly feel the full force and experience what it is like to stand at the top of one of the worlds largest waterfalls.
The Devils Throat drops down 82m at a rapid rate and it was so loud up there, this was the perfect spot to truly appreciate all of the 275 drops of the Iguazu Falls and also a great introduction to Argentina.
How to get there
Brazil: Buses run from hotels in Foz de Iguazu to the entrance of the park
Argentina: Buses run from Puerto Iguazu Town to the entrance of the park or it is a short taxi ride
How much does it cost?
Brazil: 60 Real (£13)
Argentina: 500 pesos (£21)
Helicopter Brazil: $120USD
Boat trip in Argentina: 180 pesos (£45)