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Updated: Jun 9, 2023

A feeling of emotion invades me to tears every time I visit the Iguazu Falls. The thundering vibrations of crashing water remind me of the power and splendor of nature.

Is Iguazu Falls Worth it

This is me, Clara some years ago at the Iguazu Boat ride adventure 🔥

In this article, I wanted to share with you five reasons why I think Iguazu is worth it, and you have to put it at the top of your itinerary if you are visiting Argentina or Brazil.

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  1. Basic facts about Iguazu Falls

1.1 Is Iguazu Falls in Argentina or Brazil?

1.2 Iguazu Falls: Brazil or Argentina, which side is better?

1.3 How to get to the Iguazu Falls

1.4 Best Time to see the Iguazu falls

2. Is Iguazu falls worth it?

3. How many days do you need to visit Iguazú Falls?

4. Our suggested trip to visit the Iguazu Falls

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Living in Buenos Aires, just a 2-hour flight from Puerto Iguazu, allowed me to visit the falls many times…every time I visit the falls, the Falls take my breath away…Iguazu is a place I will return to again and again.

Let’s start with some basic facts about the area…

💫 Is Iguazu Falls in Argentina or Brazil?

The falls are divided between two countries: Argentina and Brazil.

The city in Argentina is called Puerto Iguazu and in Brazil it is Foz de Iguazu. Both cities are very close to each other: only 16km from center to center.

💫 Iguazu Falls Brazil or Argentina, which side is better?

We always recommend seeing both sides. Both parks offer a different experience and have different characteristics and attractions. But if you only have 1 day for your visit, I would totally recommend visiting the Argentina side. The Iguazu Falls are formed by 275 falls and 80% of them are located in Argentina. The Brazilian side offers beautiful panoramic views of the falls, and it is certainly worth a visit.

💫 How to Get to Iguazu Falls

The falls are easily reached from either side of the Argentine–Brazilian border. Going to Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires only needs to take a plane to get there in about 2 hours. From Rio de Janeiro you can also get to Iguazu in two hours.

💫 Best Time to see the Iguazu falls⁠

You can visit beautiful Iguazu falls all year round. ⁠If you don’t like very high temperatures the best time is from March to May, which is when the rainy season and summer are over.

LEARN MORE: How to Visit Iguazu Waterfalls in Argentina & Brazil

Why do I think Iguazu Falls is worth it?

Let me tell you why the Iguazu Falls Brazil and Argentina are worth a trip

1- They are the most powerful waterfalls in the world.

Located on the border between Brazil & Argentina they are twice as wide as Niagara Falls and have the highest annual average flow of all the waterfalls in the world.

Is Iguazu Falls worth it

Recharge with the Power of the Iguazu Falls….

2- The noise and sheer force of the water will take your breath away.

The power and noise of the cascades- 275 individual falls that run together to form the stunning Iguazu fall – will take your breath away;

Take a minute to watch this meditation and recharge with the Power of the Iguazu Falls…

Watch here

3- The impressive Devil’s Throat’ offers the most amazing waterfall experiences.

The most impressive fall of Iguazu Falls is called ‘The Devil’s Throat’ (or, Garganta del Diablo) is a U-shaped cliff where 14 falls plunge more than 350 feet.

Check out my Instagram post about Iguazu falls, on this video you will see What is it like to visit Iguazu Falls in South America: Watch here.

4- Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984

The falls form part of both the Iguazu National Park (Argentina) and the Iguazu National Park (Brazil), which have both been declared World Heritage sites. Approximately, 80% of the falls are located in Argentina and 20% in Brazil.

5- Home to incredible wildlife.

It is surrounded by a lush sub-tropical rainforest that is home to over 2 000 species of vascular plants, an impressive array of birds such as colorful parrots and toucans, thousands of butterflies, and mammals such as tapirs and howlers monkeys.

Iguazu Falls, how many days ?

3 days or more is ideal! Visiting the Iguazú Falls in Argentina side takes at least 1 full day. The visit to the Brazilian takes half a day.

Want to go elsewhere afterward?

If you’re looking to make the most of your time in Argentina, I suggest exploring Ibera Wetlands..

⁠ Combine travel to Ibera with a visit to Iguazu Falls. You can take a plane from Buenos Aires to Posadas airport, visit the wetlands for 4 days, and then continue your trip to Iguazu. There are no flights between Puerto Iguazú and Posadas, but it is possible to connect them by land with a private transfer and know the Ruins of San Ignacio Miní, which are halfway between the two points.⁠

Learn more about why visiting the Ibera National Park here: Travel to Stunning Ibera Wetlands in Argentina: Your Practical Guide

OUR SUGGESTED TRIP TO VISIT IGUAZU FALLS

Now that you have a general idea of what to expect from Iguazu Falls, let’s get into one of our suggested trips to visit the Iguazu Falls.

Two Weeks Itinerary to Argentina for Nature Lovers: Ibera Wetlands, Iguazu Falls & The Northwest.

This trip is Perfect for: nature and culture lovers who want to explore Argentina off the beaten path in 2 weeks.

Is Iguazu falls on your bucket list? If not, how high is it on your list after reading this post? 😉

Clara Barciela Co-founder Across south America

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