Sitting at the convergence of the Parana and Iguazu rivers, Puerto Iguazu is a charming tourist city that serves as the gateway to Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian side of the border. It is surrounded by red rocky landscape interspersed with verdant forest, inhabited by abundant wildlife. The city is a popular tourist destination for visits to the Iguazu National Park and its breathtaking waterfalls. Rather than looking out at the Falls, the park’s system of catwalks is designed to take visitors over the gorges (problematic if you have a fear of heights) right beside the bursting water. You will experience the immense rush of the Falls on an entirely different level than you do at Victoria Falls in Africa.
In addition to the walkways through the park, visitors can get even closer on a boat ride around (and under) the Falls. More subdued activities are also on offer and include kayaking, boating, hiking, visiting the Guira Oga- ‘The House of Birds’ and soaking up the views from the Hito de las Tres Fronteras.
Iguazu Falls is a year round destination, but it can get very crowded. To avoid long lines and throngs of people, we recommend visiting during mid-season from July to October and February to April, when there will be fewer people visiting. Keep in mind that rain is frequent and the humidity can be high, regardless of the time of year you travel.
Many visitors will take advantage of the proximity and ease of crossing into Brazil to also see the Falls from the Brazilian side of the park.
Our favorite accommodation at Iguazu Falls
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
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