3 Days in Foz do Iguaçu - See the Iguaçu Falls Natural Wonder

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The beauty of Iguazu Falls during daytime.
Curator’s statement

The Iguaçu Falls from close are a symphony of nature's power: the relentless rush of water creates a mesmerizing spectacle, framed by the lush greenery of the surrounding rainforest and local wildlife, encapsulating the raw beauty of our planet in a single, awe-inspiring view. This waterfalls on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná make up the largest waterfall system in the world.

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Where to stay

Hotel das Cataratas, A Belmond Hotel, Iguassu Falls

Surrounded by lush rainforest and besides Iguassu Falls, this hideaway property offers luxury solitude amongst the magical jungles of Brazil.

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Awasi Iguazú

A luxurious rainforest retreat in Argentina, providing exclusive and immersive experiences near the breathtaking Iguazú Falls.

DoubleTree By Hilton Foz Do Iguacu

DoubleTree By Hilton Foz Do Iguacu is a luxurious hotel in Brazil offering a blend of modern comfort and warm hospitality near the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls.

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Day 1: Exploring the Brazilian Side of Iguaçu Falls

A black and white pelican can be found at Parque das Aves.

Embarking on a three-day trip to Foz do Iguaçu, a gem nestled in the southern part of Brazil, promises an array of unforgettable experiences. This city, renowned for its proximity to the breathtaking Iguaçu Falls, offers a perfect blend of natural wonders, cultural richness and engineering marvels.

From the misty expanse of the Devil's Throat to the architectural grandeur of the Itaipu Dam, this three-day itinerary is full of vibrant experiences.

The main attraction, the "Cataratas do Iguaçu," also known as the Iguaçu Falls, are a stunning natural wonder located on the border of Brazil and Argentina. They are one of the most spectacular waterfall systems in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The falls are situated where the Iguaçu River tumbles over the edge of the Paraná Plateau, 23 kilometers upriver from the Iguaçu's confluence with the Paraná River. The entire waterfall system consists of approximately 275 individual falls over a 2.7-kilometer-long edge. The number of waterfalls varies depending on the season, reaching a maximum in the rainy season. The most famous part of the falls is the Devil's Throat, a u-shaped chasm where multiple waterfalls join, creating a powerful and mesmerizing spectacle. The chasm is 82 meters high, 150 meters wide and 700 meters long.

The falls divide the river between Brazil and Argentina. Roughly two-thirds of the falls are in Argentine territory, while Brazil has the smaller portion but arguably the more panoramic views. The surrounding rainforest of the Iguaçu National Park is home to a rich biodiversity, including many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. It's a haven for biologists, ecologists, and nature lovers.

Both the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the falls have well-developed tourism facilities, including walkways and viewing platforms that allow visitors to get close to the waterfalls. Boat rides are also offered, which take adventurous tourists right under the falls.

The Iguaçu Falls are not just a breathtaking visual experience, they also offer an auditory feast, with the thundering sound of water adding to the immersive experience. They attract millions of tourists annually, making them a cornerstone of eco-tourism in South America.

Morning:

Start your adventure early at the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, the Brazilian national park that houses the magnificent Iguaçu Falls. Arrive by 8:30 a.m. to beat the crowds. Purchase your tickets online in advance for convenience. Once inside, take a bus tour provided by the park, which stops at various viewpoints.

Your main destination is the Devil's Throat (Garganta do Diabo), the most spectacular section of the falls. The walkway leading to Devil's Throat offers stunning panoramic views. Be prepared for mist and spray, and consider waterproof gear for your camera.


Afternoon:

After exploring the falls, head to a local restaurant within the park or nearby for a traditional Brazilian lunch, featuring dishes like feijoada or churrasco.

After lunch, visit the Parque das Aves, a unique bird park located near the entrance of the national park. This sanctuary is home to a variety of exotic birds, butterflies and other wildlife, mostly native to the region. Walk through immersive aviaries and observe these creatures up close.

Evening:

Return to the city center for dinner. Choose a restaurant that offers a blend of Brazilian and international cuisine.

Tips for Day 1:

  • Buy tickets online in advance to save time.

  • Wear comfortable, water-resistant shoes and clothing, as the mist from the falls can get you wet.

Day 2: The Argentinean Side of Iguaçu Falls and Adventure Activities

People on the bridge at the Iguazu National Park.

Morning:

Day two takes you to the Argentinean side of the falls. Cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge early in the morning, ideally by 8 AM, to avoid queues at the border. Remember to carry your passport and check visa requirements.

Once in Argentina, head to Parque Nacional Iguazú. Start with the Upper Circuit (Circuito Superior) for splendid views from above the falls. Then, proceed to the Lower Circuit (Circuito Inferior) for a closer and more immersive experience.

Afternoon:

Break for lunch at one of the park's restaurants, where you can enjoy Argentinean cuisine.

After lunch, embark on an adventure activity like a boat tour that takes you close to the falls' base or a jungle trekking experience.

Evening:

Return to Brazil and relax with a quiet dinner in Foz do Iguaçu.
If you're up for it, explore some local bars or cafes to enjoy the vibrant evening atmosphere.

Tips for day 2:

  • Carry cash in Argentine pesos for small purchases.

  • Engage in a boat tour or jungle trekking but always book these activities in advance to ensure availability.




Day 3: Itaipu Dam and Local Exploration

Itaipu Dam on the Paraná River stands as one of the world's largest hydroelectric power plants.

Morning:

On your final day, visit the Itaipu Dam, one of the world's largest hydroelectric plants. Opt for a guided tour to learn about this engineering marvel and its significance in sustainable energy production.


Afternoon:

Have a leisurely lunch and then spend the afternoon exploring Foz do Iguaçu’s cultural sites.

Visit the Buddhist Temple for serene views and a tranquil atmosphere, and the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque to appreciate its stunning architecture.


Evening:

For your last evening, enjoy a special dinner at a restaurant with a view of the Paraná River, reflecting on the amazing experiences of your trip.

Optionally, if you haven’t had enough of nature, take a sunset boat ride on the Paraná River, offering a peaceful and scenic end to your journey.

Tips for day 3:

  • Choose a guided tour to get in-depth information about this engineering feat.

  • Remember to check the weather forecast and operating hours for each attraction, as they can vary seasonally.

  • Also, consider the physical demands of each day and adjust accordingly to your comfort and fitness level.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, 48 Hours in Manaus, Brazil: Your Gateway to the Amazon.

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