You might have heard that Iguazu Falls was recently affected by heavy rains and subsequent flooding of the surrounding national park. Although this was a major event for the popular tourist destination, potential visitors should not be dismayed. Those interested in visiting should be aware that the flooding has caused some closures of portions of the park, but should not let this stop them from visiting. Now is just as good of a time to see the incredible Iguazu Falls as ever.
At the beginning of June, heavy amounts of rain overwhelmed the area around Iguazu Falls and caused the Iguazu River to flood. Whereas the average amount of water flowing over the falls is around 1,500 – 2,000 cubic meters per second, the down pouring rain caused an initial increase to 47,600 cubic meters per second rushing over the falls, completely overtaking the famous Garganta del Diablo viewpoint and also much of the park’s walking trails. In the immediate aftermath of the flooding, for security reasons park officials closed the park entirely, which was only the second time in history that it had done so. While the majority of the park reopened two days later, local residents on the Brazilian side of the falls weren’t so lucky. Hundreds of locals were forced to flee their homes to escape the floods, making this flood a true natural disaster.
Two months after the flooding, Argentina’s Iguazu Falls National Park is, for the most part, back to normal. The water has receded and the walking trails have gradually reopened. Although the Garganta del Diablo viewpoint remains closed (and does not currently have a date for when it will reopen), the lower circuit, which offers views of the Garganta del Diablo, is completely operational and the upper circuit is expected to be fully open by the end of the week. In addition, the park’s boat excursions are running normally again and San Martin island is expected to be open within the next few weeks.
If you are considering making a trip to Iguazu Falls in the near future, don’t let the floods of the past few months stop you. In addition to the park’s activities and walking trails being accessible again, this time of the year is a great time to visit as the cool spring weather is perfect for walking around the park. If you have any questions about the situation or would like to know more about planning a trip to Iguazu, contact us at Say Hueque.