What to see in Argentina
Tourist attractions Iguazu Falls
Situated between the Argentinian province of Misiones and the Brazilian province of Parana, the Iguazu Falls are one of the most visited natural attractions in the country. There are a total of 275 falls, the majority of which are situated in Argentina. The highest is the Devil's Throat, at 80 meters. There are a series of walkways from Puerto Canoas which allow observation of the falls, as well as the option to take various excursions and boat trips. The local fauna us another great attraction of Iguazu. Over 450 species of birds have been sighted here plus 80 mammals including the jaguar and anteater. Iguazu Falls National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984 and was chosen for the New7Wonders project as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
What to see at Iguazú Falls
Argentina is a country of immense natural wealth. To the south, Patagonia has the Perito Moreno glacier, one of the most famous in the world, and with good reason. And to the north, on the border with Paraguay and Brazil, in the park of the same name, is the most impressive group of waterfalls on the planet. An authentic wonder of the world that you can only see if you decide to visit the Iguazú Falls.
Getting to the Iguazú Falls
The truth is that it rains almost all year round in this region, although there is more rain in summer. Of course, this is also the time of year when the rivers carry the most water and the waterfalls are at their most impressive. Between May and September, the low season in Iguazú, the temperature is cooler, the rains are a little less frequent and there are fewer tourists. So we recommend that you visit the Iguazú Falls at this time of year. But don't worry if you can't. The area is so beautiful that it will never let you down.
Visiting the falls: from Argentina or Brazil?
The Iguazú River is a natural border that separates Argentina from Brazil and the Iguazú Falls can be visited from both countries. Ideally, you should see them from both sides, which requires you to set aside a couple of days in your schedule. Walkways have been erected on both banks to allow you to approach the most impressive area safely.
Whichever country you choose, the approach to the Iguazu Falls is very similar, requiring a walk from the area to the north of the falls. You'll be walking among the local flora and fauna along the whole route and there'll be many opportunities to savor the views.
The most seasoned travelers recommend that you see the falls from the Brazilian side and explore the landscape from the Argentine one.
If this isn't enough for you, we recommend the following:
The triple border marker
The city of Puerto Iguazú has a monument that marks the triple border shared by Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. It is a viewpoint from where you can see how the Iguazú river meets the Paraná river.
Nearby there is a craft market that is perfect for buying gifts and souvenirs.
The Devil's Throat
Part of your Iguazú Falls travel plans will undoubtedly be to visit the Garganta del Diablo, or Devil's Throat, which is where most travelers go. This is the most spectacular waterfall in the area and possibly on the planet.
The waterfall is u-shaped and the water plummets into the void from a height of more than 80 meters. The waterfalls with such awesome force that the impact creates a mist that prevents you from seeing the bottom. And if you find the sights incredible, the thunderous noise is even more so.
A different perspective on the falls
Seeing the waterfall from above is most common, but you can also see it below. Believe it or not, you can get under the jets of water. There's no shower more natural than that. Keep your camera safe!
The hummingbird garden in Puerto Iguazú
After being practically in the jungle this garden may seem almost tame, but bird lovers will adore it. There are more than 15 species of hummingbird here. The only birds capable of staying in one place while flying!
If you visit the garden during the breeding season you will see fewer birds, but it's still worth it.
The Wanda Mines
It's a good idea to visit the Iguazú Falls, especially if you have time to visit the surroundings. The Wanda Mines are a little more than 50 km from Puerto Iguazú. Set aside some time to see them and learn more about how precious stones are formed. This is an open-air mine that the owners of the land discovered by chance and which is open to visits. Topazes, amethysts and quartz crystals are mined here.
The ruins of San Ignacio Miní
A little further on, about 300 km from Puerto Iguazú, are the ruins of San Ignacio Miní. It will take you a few hours to get there, but the time is worth it. A well-preserved 17th-century Jesuit mission awaits you, an official World Heritage Site. Most of the mission walls are still standing. And you can see a door with side columns. The surrounding landscape will help you to get an idea of the missionaries' way of life, which was not particularly close to how it is portrayed in films.