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Holding its own against Niagara and Victoria Falls, Iguaçu is one of the world’s greatest waterfalls – stretching for over three kilometres along the border with neighbouring Argentina.

Situated at Brazil’s southern border with Argentina, the Iguaçu River plummets over a 90-metre-high, horseshoe-shaped basalt cliff that is almost five kilometres wide. The water falls in anything from 150 to 300 separate cataracts - depending on the time of year and the water level.

The falls are shared by Iguaçu National Park (Brazil) and Iguazú National Park (Argentina), which were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987 respectively.  The right bank in Brazil has around 20% of the falls, whereas the Argentina side makes up almost 80%. To get the most out of your stay we recommend you stay for a couple of nights and visit both sides of the falls. 

The lush tropical rainforest of the surrounding national parks is home to more than 2,000 species of plants, 400 species of birds and an array of mammals.  The Brazilian side of the falls has the best views - a walkway runs along the edge of the canyon, with an extension out to the base of the Garganta do Diabo (Devil's Throat) - the most dramatic and impressive cataract of all. 

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: coati, tapir, ocelot, agouti, Rushi’s rat
  • Where: Paraná, Brazil
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Hotel Das Cataratas

The only hotel inside Iguaçu National Park, the opulent Hotel Das Cataratas enjoys an unrivalled location with exclusive access to the falls in the evening and at dawn when the park is closed to other visitors. Activities include white water rafting, helicopter trips over the falls and jungle treks.