When traveling to Iguazu Falls you need to embrace this journey with the knowledge that you will not only be witnessing one of the Seven Wonders of the World but that there is a varied array of other delights to try your hand at and feast your spoilt eyes on. As the Iguazu river snakes its way through Brazil and approaches Argentina it suddenly hits an enormous cliff-face and morphs into 250 waterfalls. It is hard to find a more overwhelming way to get close to nature and all her glory.
One of the most popular destinations in South America, travellers will marvel as colourful parrots fly overhead and chatter away in the nearby trees of this jungle oasis. The Argentine side of Iguazu Falls is where you will get up close and personal with the falls, and you can actually feel the refreshing mist off the towering 80 metre Garganta del Diablo waterfall. In contrast, the Brazilian side of Iguazu is perfect to appreciate the panoramic vistas and sweeping landscapes.
Getting there is long but easy. From Buenos Aires it is a 22-hour coach journey north to Iguazu. Fear not, however, as Argentina is blessed with a very comfortable and efficient bus service. We would highly recommend selecting the Super-Cama option (literally means super-bed) which comes with a fully extendable chair that becomes a bed whenever you please. Believe us, the further you glide towards the north of Argentina and the more tropical the landscapes become outside, the more you will appreciate the luxury of Argentine bus travel. Observe Argentina’s stunning countryside, clutching a glass of fine wine and float your way to Iguazu. A journey in Super- Cama will cost around AR$ 1500 by bus.
While you are there make sure your trip to Iguazu includes a visit to the Hito Tres Fronteras. This designated viewpoint located west of the town centre stands high above the turbulent reddish-brown converging point of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers. It also forms the Triple Frontera, or Tri Border, and makes for an easy day trip from Iguazu. A mini pale-blue-and-white obelisk reminds you that you’re in Argentina; across the Iguazú River is Brazil’s green-and-yellow equivalent; further away, across the Paraná, is Paraguay’s, painted red, white, and blue.
If you want to see tropical wildlife up front, make your way to the Parque de los Aves (Bird Park). Flamingos, toucans and parrots are just some of the creatures here, offering a myriad of colours and sounds in this untouched tropical forest that is home to some of the rarest breeds in South America.
The wonders to behold in this region keep on coming so bear that in mind while you are traveling to Iguazu Falls. A little further down the river, one can find the spectacular Itapu damn. This was the largest hydroelectric power plant on Earth until China’s Three Gorges (Yangtze) Dam was completed and has been voted as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Gape at its enormity and watch as the water gushes down its concrete body.