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Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu)
Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu)

Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu)

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The Basics

The best way to experience the Brazilian side of Iguaçu Falls is by hiking the catwalks. Though less forested and natural than the Argentinean trails, you’ll find significantly better panoramic views of Iguaçu Falls in all its unforgettable glory—and they even offer an elevator to a postcard-perfect viewpoint over Devil’s Throat, considered the most spectacular scene in the park. Ensure sight of the best vistas by joining a guided tour of Iguaçu National Park; opt for a small-group tour that fills you in on the fall’s folklore and geologic history, or take a cruise right beneath the cascades. And only on the Brazilian side can you take a helicopter ride for aerial views over the falls or an above-the-falls rafting trip on the Parana River.

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Day Trip to the Argentinian Side of Iguassu Falls from Foz do Iguaçu
Day Trip to the Argentinian Side of Iguassu Falls from Foz do Iguaçu
$24.30 per adult
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What a wonderful site. The guide...
What a wonderful site. The guide was calm and took us around at a leisurely pace. He helped point out many items that we probably would have missed without him. This area is on our list for a revisit since it is so large and wounderous that it will take multiple trips to really see it without all the awe that first time visitors would have. A long day well worth the price.
Brian T, Nov 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Foz do Iguacu

star-4
Trip to the Brazilian falls
Bobbi_K, Mar 2020
Brazilian Falls, Bird Park and Itaipu Dam from Foz do Iguaçu
Our driver and Lucy our Gide were wonderful! My parents in there 70s were with us and our Gide fried to make it a easy as possible for them.
star-5
An Excellent Tour
dyenomoto, Jan 2020
Brazilian Falls, Bird Park and Itaipu Dam from Foz do Iguaçu
This tour is very good for seeing Iguassu Falls on the Brazilian side, the Bird Park, and the Itaipu Dam all in one day. It is very good value for the price, although entrance fees are not included.
star-5
Beautiful trip down the Iguacu River
akschisler, Oct 2019
Guided Expedition with Canoeing and Waterfalls in Iguaçu
Diego and Jefferson were the perfect guides on our canoe trip. The day was perfect--not too hot and not too cold. Our guides pointed out birds, fishermen, and hidden houses in the trees. The hike to the waterfall at the end of the trip was the perfect way to conclude the day.
star-5
Iguacu falls Argentina and Brazil
michael_k, Dec 2018
Iguassu Falls Sightseeing Tour from Foz do Iguaçu
I had a great tour guide JOSIANE,,, she was very helpful, supportive, knowledge was superb made my day a great day by showing me both amazing and wonderful sides of the iguazu falls... thank you.
star-4
Great things to see.
Roger T, Aug 2019
Brazilian Falls, Bird Park and Itaipu Dam from Foz do Iguaçu
The Falls were really great. This is worthwhile to see. The Bird Park was better than expected with exotic birds and a beautiful park. The Dam was amazing because of its size and importance to the surrounding areas. However, we did not realize that the tour did not include tickets to the Falls and to the Dam which we had to pay extra. We did not read the small print.
star-5
Great Experience! Last Minute Booking- Argentinian Side Substitute
Katrina_S, Jan 2020
Brazilian Falls, Bird Park and Itaipu Dam from Foz do Iguaçu
My review is regarding the Argentinian side along with a boat ride with the same company. I booked very last minute (9pm and pick up is 7am) and was contacted shortly after stating the Brazilian tour was no longer available. However, I spoke with Fabio and he was great at accommodating my request, especially since I had only one day available. I was picked up very prompt at my hotel the next morning with guide Antonio. Antonio was a great guide, fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English (though our tour was only in English). He was very knowledgeable about the process and made crossing the border and journey through the park seamless. Additionally, he was very good at balancing guiding us through the park, but also making frequent stops for pictures. I added the boat ride last minute (at an additional cost) and was very glad I did. The boat ride allowed for a close view of the falls that you cannot get elsewhere. I would recommend this tour for anyone when going to Foz do Iguaçu!!!
star-5
Excellent Package Deal
Vidor_N, Jan 2020
Brazilian Falls, Bird Park and Itaipu Dam from Foz do Iguaçu
Trip was handled by Falls Vision Receptivo. Prompt hotel pick up by tour guide Airton in his car. . It was just me and another guest, so we got to spend a lot of time at the sights. First up was the Itaipu dam tour. Airton drove us to the site and to the ticket booth and we paid for our own tkts for the panoramic tour which was conducted by the Dam's own tour guides on their buses. Very educational and scenic. Then Airton drove us to the Falls. It was off season, so there were no lines at all to get tickets (included in package). Airton drove us to the start of the walking path met up with us at the end/restuarant area. It was an amazing walk through the jungle with lots of viewpoints to see the many waterfalls, not just one but several cataracts. The final leg was towards the main cascade called the Devils Throat and there you're on a wooden bridge over the rapids and you will get wet but will see the falls in all its might and splendor. Niagara pales by comparison. That final leg had the most crowds, but it was manageable and you have elbow room to take great photos. Not so during the peak season when long lines form as far as the starting point for the trail. We then had a buffet lunch (great choices and reasonably priced) bought souvenirs and then Airton drove us to the Parque de Aves (included in package). Again, no crowds so we got to really take our time checking out the birds and taking photos. I highly recommed this tour. Great value for your money. Very enjoyable!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan to spend a half day walking the catwalks on this side of the falls.

  • Although the Brazilian side is generally drier than the Argentinean side, it is still wise to pack rain gear and to put your valuables and electronics in waterproof bags.

  • Many tours begin on one side of the falls and then cross the border, making it easy to see both sides on a single trip (if not in a single day).

  • If crossing the border without joining a guided tour, be sure to check visa requirements for your country.

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How to Get There

The closest Brazilian town to Iguaçu National Park is Foz do Iguaçu. Catch a bus from town to the park for only a few dollars; buses and taxis also run directly from the airport. Foz do Iguaçu is a two-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro. Note that Foz do Iguaçu has more lodging, restaurants, and other traveler amenities than Argentina’s gateway-to-the-falls town, Puerto Iguazu. This side of the falls also offers guided tours to nearby sights such as Bird Park, Itaipu Dam, and the Brazil-Paraguay border.

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When to Get There

Iguaçu Falls is accessible year-round. For the best weather and the smallest crowds, plan to go between July and October or February and April. Morning visits reward with rainbows in the ever-present mist of Devil’s Throat.

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Big Water

Iguacu translates to “big water” in the Tupi or Guarani language—a fitting name considering that water tumbles over the cascades at a rate of 5,300 cubic feet (1,500 cubic meters) per second. That’s enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in under two seconds!

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