Iguazu Falls, in the far northeast of Argentina, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Photo by Martin St. Amant.
Visits to Iguacu
Way up northeast on the border with Brazil and Paraguay thunders one of Argentina’s natural wonders, the 3km wide Iguazu Falls (also known as Iguassu Falls or Iguaçu Falls), with more than 250 separate falls dropping 70m into the river below, amidst a subtropical forest alive with critters.
Catwalks and riverside trails usher you safely around this wet and wild place and the longest and best catwalk runs out from the Argentinian side and is visible in the photo above, on the right side.
A thunderously worthwhile inflatable trip downstream from the falls. Photo by Heretiq.
Some wildlife you may see, especially in the early morning are: coati (a cousin of the racoon and greedy for human snacks), tapir, iguanas and maybe a snake. The big cats hereabouts don’t hunt in the daytime so are unlikely to be seen, but if you do come across one while taking a wild walk don’t run for it! Wave your arms, tell it to p*** off in a firm voice, and if necessary throw stones at it.
Birdlife is considerable with the most obvious ones being toucans, parrots and parakeets.
p. s. take mozzie repellent and don’t feed the cute coatis!
Best Season in Iguazu
Taking a walk around on the Argentinian side of the falls. Photo by Herr Stahlhoefer.
Spring (November-December) and Autumn (March-April) is the best time to visit Argentina as a whole so if your trip is all around the country that would be the best time to see Iguazu, but the north’s rainy season, May-July is when Iguazu gets seriously pumped so consider that if, for example, Buenos Aires and Iguazu were your only destinations.
Clear, blue-sky days are far superior to overcast ones due not only a generally improved ambience but the magical effect created by dozens of rainbows, so try to stay over a couple of days to improve your chances of sunshine. If both days are fine you could cross in Brazil for different, more panoramic views.
Reasonable accommodation can be found in Puerto Iguazu, or Foz do Iguacu on the Brazilian side.
Possible activities other than trundling the walkways include wildlife walking on some jungle trails, taking an inflatable to the base of the falls and rafting.