Foz de Iguacu Travel Guide

This awesome anomaly of nature spans two countries, Brazil and Argentina, and is also very close to the border with Paraguay. Widely regarded as the second largest falls in the world after Victoria Falls, visitors can view the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides and are advised to enjoy both vistas.

Approaching from the Brazilian side guarantees spectacular views of one of the most impressive and dramatic sections of the Iguacu system, Devil’s Throat. Here you can look right down Beelzebub’s gullet, so to speak. You can also eat at the falls-side restaurant here.

More of the falls are accessible from the Argentinean side of the border, where you can explore the trails that lead in and around the falls. For a really close look from surface level, boat trips can be arranged from both sides, as can more adventurous outdoor pursuits including whitewater rafting and abseiling. Foreign visitors can generally skip across each of the three borders easily, often without a stamp of the passport.

Iguacu Falls attractions

Devil’s Throat: this is where Iguacu roars and bubbles into a cauldron of water, the highlight of the falls which can be viewed from both Brazil and Argentina.

Puerto Iguazu: the Argentinean town closest to the border and the most pleasant of the three frontiers with modern facilities including five-star hotels, bars, casinos and nightclubs.

Bird Park: right near the falls on the Brazilian side, this park features birdlife from across the country including from the Amazon.

Itaipu Dam: the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. Tours are available.