Iguaçu Falls had been on my bucket list since like forever. Even before I knew I’d make it to South America in the last year. Ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll tell you I have a thing for waterfalls, so it isn’t any surprise really. When I was in America several years back I went to Canada just to see Niagara Falls and in Australia we took a whole trip dedicated to waterfalls. You could say I know a thing or two about waterfalls.
However, none of those previous trips could have prepared me for the size and beauty of Iguaçu Falls. I got that feeling when we arrived, that feeling I got when I arrived at the Grand Canyon. A feeling of knowing that something very exciting is upon us but of not seeing it yet. I like to hold on to that feeling because there is nothing more exciting than the anticipation of seeing something you have dreamed. Of course when I did see it I was blown away from the start.
There are two sides to the falls: the Brazilian and the Argentinean. I honestly couldn’t decide which was my favourite. Each was different in its own way. Brazil was easier to us because we were staying in Foz but Argentina was more rewarding because of the effort to get to and fro. However, I thought I’d let the pictures do the talking, instead of telling you about my time there and why I think one side is better than the other.
This is the side which gives you the ‘far away’ views, or at least that is what Lonely Planet told us. And in part they are right. You can see the Argentinean side in plain view here, the two levelled, multiple flowing waterfall and I guess that is where you get the far away view from.
However, head further down the falls towards the Devils Throat and this is where you can get up close and personal with the falls. It is here that you can follow the boardwalk out towards the gushing water and really feel the rush of the water. This experience really will soak you and it is why I say the Brazil side isn’t all about those ‘far away’ views.
This side is much more spread out compared. There are three main trails here: the lower trail, the upper trail and the Devils Throat trail. The latter is the furthest away, so be sure to head there first. It will take you above the falls and allow you to look down at one of the most ferocious flows of water in the world. The noise here is enough to give you nightmares about falling over the edge.
The other two trails take you around different parts of the waterfall and you get to explore the real nooks and crannies of this place. It is a little more personal but it isn’t the wet and wild experience you get on the other side.
Have you been to Igauçu Falls? Which side did you prefer?