I stayed on the Argentinian side of the falls in February 2014. If I had stayed on the Brazilian side the correct spelling would have been Iguassu Falls.
The falls are extensive. Some facts about the falls:
- they are 3km wide and the drop is around 80 metres.
- the average flow rate approximates 1800 cubic metres per second.
For comparison, Niagara Falls has an average flow rate of 2400 cubic metres per second but the height is only 50 metres and doesn’t have anything like the width of Iguazu.
According to our guide, at the time of our visit the flow rate was about half normal. When you consider the photo below you can imagine how impressive the falls must be at the time I was there. They were truly impressive despite the ‘low’ flows. It was very noisy standing next to the falls where the photo below was taken.
Tip 1: Visit both sides of the falls
The two sides are different. In general, walking on the Argentinian side covers a more extensive range of the falls close up. On the Brazilian side our guide recommended one walk to us and this was relatively short. You tend to have a more panoramic view of the falls from this side. Nevertheless, the photo above was taken on the Brazilian side so it wasn’t all about distant views.
I also encountered a very pleasant walk on the Argentinian side of the falls which resulted in the following photo. This was on the Devil’s Throat walkway.
Tip 2: The upper circuit, lower circuit and Devil’s throat are the key walks on the Argentinian side
The photo labelled Argentinian side of Iguazu falls above was taken on the Devil’s throat walkway. The following was taken on the upper circuit (which is wheelchair accessible).
The lower circuit provides a different perspective as shown below.
Tip 3: Take your time and rehydrate
I covered the walking activities in a day and a half. This was enough to give an overview of the area but as a keen photographer there are endless subjects to keep you clicking away. For this New Zealander the weather was warm and humid. The walking lasted quite a long time on the Argentinian side of the falls. You will therefore feel much better about your experience if you keep your fluid intake up and you don’t rush things.
Tip 4: Sheraton Hotel is very well located on the Argentinian side of the falls.
Firstly, I will declare that I have no involvement with the Sheraton Hotel and I do not work in the hotel business. From the Sheraton Hotel you have direct access right in front of the property to the Argentinian side walkways. There is no need to catch a bus to the Argentinian side of the falls. This strikes me as being highly advantageous.
I hope you find the four tips above useful. This is not an exhaustive list. If you have been to Iguazu Falls feel free to add to my tips.
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Iguazu Falls – it certainly offers something different to other well known waterfalls both in terms of the falls themselves and the setting they are in (more on this in a future posting).