The Iguazu Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls anywhere in the world. They are located on the border of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina and lie in two separate World Heritage Listed National Parks. The falls break up the upper and lower parts of the Iguazu River.
The Iguazu Falls are actually a series of large falls in which the combined flow is second only to the Niagra Falls in volume. There are almost 300 separate sections of the falls which are between 60 and 84 metres high. The One huge U-Shaped cataract is known as the Devils throat is just over 80 metres high and is the best known part of the falls.
The shape of the falls allows visitors to gain an excellent perspective of the sheer size and majesty of the cascades. From one of the viewing platforms spectators are treated to an amazing vista which takes in fully 260 degrees of the view. It is a well established tourist attractions and there are fantastic boardwalks to view the various parts of the Iguazu Falls. One story which tells of the spectacular nature of the falls is that when the first lady Eleanor Roosevelt first laid eyes on Iguazu, she exclaimed “Poor Niagra”.
Access to the falls is fairly easy, most will access from either Foz Do Iguacu in Brazil or from the Argentinian side where the nearest town is Puerto Iguazu. The nearest town in Paraguay is Ciudad del Este.
On the Brazilian side there is a long boardwalk along the side of the chasm which leads to the base of the most famous part of the falls the so called “Devils Throat”. There are buses to the park complex from the nearby airport on the Brazilian side or it can even be reached by taxi.
From Argentina the falls are accessed via the Rainforest Ecological Train and there are well a great network of boardwalks that access various parts of the falls including the Devils Throat and both the upper and lower parts of the falls. There is also a ferry that can take visitors to San Martin Island.
Visitors should be aware of any Visa issues in crossing over borders when visiting the falls. As an example Brazil may require visa’s from some travellers who enter from the Argentinian side of the falls, which may require a visit to the Brazilian consulate in the town of Puerto Iguazu.