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Iguazu Falls are among the largest waterfalls on earth. They are located on the border of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and are surrounded by rain forest. With no fewer than 270 waterfalls who plunge into the Paraná River and over a length of 2.7 kilometers this is the most spectacular border crossing you will ever find. You will be speechless when you see this miracle of mother nature. They are included in the World Heritage List and have also been named one of the seven wonders of the world.
80 percent of the falls are located in Argentina, the remainder is divided between Paraguay and Brazil. Few people travel to Argentina, Paraguay or Brazil without visiting the Iguazu Falls.
Iguazu waterfalls from Argentina (Puerto Iguazu)
Are you backpacking in Argentina then Puerto Iguazo is the place to be. From Puerto Iguazu you can leave for the waterfall complex. The closest airport is the Cataratas del Iguazu airport. From here you can easily take a taxi or bus to the falls.
Iguazu waterfalls from Brazil (Foz do Iguacu)A visit to Brazil is more popular because the water flows down towards Brazil. That means you get the best view of the falls from Brazil. Your destination and arrival point for visiting the falls is Foz do Iguacu.
Iguazu waterfalls from Paraguay (Ciudad del Este)If you want to visit one of the most authentic countries in South America you have to be in Paraguay. Traveling in South America is super popular. Travelers find their way to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia is becoming increasingly popular. But you hardly ever hear anyone about Paraguay. It is one of the most unknown countries on the continent. Despite its location in the heart of the continent, it is skipped by the international travel world because of a lack of mega attractions. Officially, Paraguay takes a little ride on the glory of the Iguazu waterfalls. The waterfalls can be visited from Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) by simply crossing a bridge to Brazil. You can do this by bus or on foot. To stimulate tourism, the Paraguayan government does its best to optimize the accessibility of Ciudad del Este.
Best time to visitThe weather has a major impact on your journey. You can visit the falls all year round, but we recommend skipping the months of October to March due to the high humidity and high temperatures. Summer can get extremely hot. Especially in December and January.
Where to stay
If you are not on a budget and you want to be in the best location ever you should choose Gran Melia Iguazu. The location within the fantastic park is just breathtaking. You get an amazing view from all parts of the hotel and they have an excellent pool. You get free access to the park during the entire stayand within a few meters you are at the start of the walk towards the falls. On booking.com they get an average rating of9.0 and you can book it here.
Again an hotel which is not for all budgets but we just had to mention the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas. The location and the possibility of visiting the park and the falls before the park opens makes this hotel unique. The unique location directly at the waterfalls is something worth adding to the bucket list. You can see and hear the waterfalls from the room. This hotel is an absolute dream. On booking.com they get an average rating of 9.5 and you can book it here.
Ciudad del Este is a city of contrasts and the Bisinii Boutique hotel is located inside a Country Club which means it is isolated from any noise and this transforms it into a suitable place for a quiet stay. The beautiful, luxurious hotel is taken care of in every detail and you won't regret that you stayed here. On booking.com they get an average rating of 9.0 and you can book it here.