“You might have seen the photos. Even read about it. You might have visited other great waterfalls before. But you probably still have no idea what to expect when you come face to face with the almighty Iguazu Falls,” stated CNN in their article “Iguazu Falls: Why this natural wonder should be on everyone’s bucket list". To put that in perspective, Iguazu Falls is nearly twice as tall as Niagara Falls and nearly three times as wide. Even the late U.S. First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt was reportedly so impressed by the sight of Iguazu Falls that she exclaimed “Poor Niagara!”
Their size and scale are unlike any other waterfall on Earth. Made up of a system of 275 waterfalls, they have a staggering water flow of up to almost 3.5 million gallons (13 million liters) per second – enough to fill five Olympic swimming pools!
In 1984, Iguazu Falls became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in 2011, it was selected as one of the 7 winners of the “New Seven Wonders of Nature” worldwide competition in which more than 100 million votes were cast.
Unlike Niagara Falls, which is surrounded by developments such as casinos, a revolving restaurant, and coffee shops, Iguazu Falls are located within one of the few remaining inland rainforests in South America, the Atlantic rainforest, which is a haven for more than 2,000 plant species, about 400 birds species, and 80 types of mammals!
The magnificent size and sheer beauty of the Iguazu Falls was the natural filming set of some of Hollywood’s major productions like “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull,” as well as for “The Mission,” with the legendary Robert De Niro.
With 80% of the falls located on the Argentine side, there’s plenty of opportunity to get intimate with the falls and get soaked in the process!
This tour starts in the morning when we arrive at the Iguazu National Park and board the ecological train, which will take us into the rainforest. Our ride will last approximately 25 minutes until we reach the 0.7 mile (1100 meters) footbridge, which will take us to the imposing “Garganta del Diablo” (The Devil’s Throat). The Devil’s Throat is the largest water curtain of Iguazu Falls and gets its name from the thunderous, deep roar of the falls as they fall from a 260 feet tall (80 meters) precipice, hitting the rocks below and creating a mist so dense that the bottom of Devil’s Throat cannot be seen.
Next, we’ll head to the Upper Circuit, which consists of 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) of footbridges running along the upper rim of the falls. Get ready to be treated to some breathtaking panoramic views of the falls! You’ll actually see the falls from above from many viewpoints, with the waters dropping down into the abyss practically from under your feet. At some point, you can stand and get enveloped by more than 30 falls!
The next part of our tour takes us to the Lower Circuit, which has approximately the same length as the Upper Circuit, but here you’ll traverse the falls from below. From these footbridges, you’ll get to see the most close-up views possible of the falls, ending in a panoramic balcony just a few feet away from the imposing Bosetti fall. Standing there, with a huge wall of water so close, makes you feel very small indeed!
After an exciting full day, you’ll understand why CNN and over 100 million voters throughout the world have defined Iguazu Falls as a must-see attraction in a lifetime!
Since you’ll be doing this tour with your own private vehicle and guide, you’ll be able to enjoy each attraction at your own pace; making all of the stops you want while enjoying personalized assistance and care from your expert guide. You’ll also enjoy more convenient and faster transfers from and to your hotel, as there will be no other travelers to pick up or drop off at other hotels.
Important: the tour’s exact itinerary and duration may change subject to weather conditions and decisions of the tour guide to optimize your tour experience.