Iguaçu Falls (Brazil)

Iguaçu Falls Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Ben Tavener

A competitor for Niagara

A series of waterfalls on the Iguaçu river on the Brazilian-Argentinian borderSomewhat out of the way in southern Brazil
As spectacular as Niagara Falls though lesser knownSafety may be an issue on the Brazilian side
Whether Argentinian side or Brazilian side is better depends, read on...

Iguaçu Falls are a series of waterfalls on the Iguaçu River on the Argentina-Brazilian border. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and seen as one of the biggest natural wonders of the world, offering tourists who make their way here spectacular views from many different angles. Iguaçu is on par with, and some would say more spectacular than, for instance Niagara Falls. Yet it gets far less attention.

In fact Iguaçu Falls is a collection of hundreds of waterfalls with a combined length of nearly 3km (2mi) that drop more than 80 meters. On the Brazilian side, the town and airport of Foz do Iguaçu are typically the point of entrance. Whether the Argentinian or Brazilian side offer better views is open to debate, and the typical response by those who have visited is that they are both great, but different...

As a general rule however, take note of the following: the Argentinian side is larger in size, the Brazilian side is more developed (i.e. more comfort, though safety may or may not be more of an issue in Brazil), and although from Argentina's side you can get more up close to the waterfalls (especially Devil's Throat), the Brazilian side offers better panoramic, i.e. overall, views. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Iguaçu Falls is a region in Brazil. It is situated at an altitude of 558ft and the best airport to fly into is IGU (Cataratas, Iguassu Falls)
  • The currency used in Brazil is the Brazilian real (BRL)

Iguaçu Falls Weather

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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