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Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil - Which Side Is The Best? Brazil Or Argentina?

Brazil travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2016   » View Photoset (28 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
The utterly amazing Iguaçu Falls is without question one of the most stunning and must-see sights in South America, period! You
Brazil Photo - Time to face the music at Foz do Iguacu, the walkway out to get wet.
Time to face the music at Foz do Iguacu, the walkway out to get wet.
just can't beat a spectacular natural wonder. I had been to the falls twice before in Argentina but this was my first time on the Brazilian side. I came across the border by taxi from Ciudad del Este - Paraguay to get here, 30mins. This is one of several tri-national border crossings in South America. I found a nice budget hotel near the bus terminal, a good location because there's a supermarket closeby that serves delicious buffet lunches. Brazil is good for buffets! It's also of course an easy place to catch a bus to the waterfalls from, or you can taxi.

Seeing the Falls

It takes around 20mins by taxi or around 35mins by bus from town to the park. From the entrance of the national park an open-air bus (10mins) takes
Brazil Photo - Waterfalls and greenery at Foz do Iguacu National Park.
Waterfalls and greenery at Foz do Iguacu National Park.
everyone to the area in which to begin the trail (walkway) down through the park and falls. The pink castle-like Hotel das Cataratas with beautiful green lawns and views of Iguaçu is located here. Watch out for those cheeky raccoons that hang out around the first viewing point, if they smell food they will grab your bag or jump onto you! The first viewing point is high up, the waterfalls are captivating and start working their magic making you want to start the walk down to get closer! There's greenery and thick forest all around. A large river with boats taking people up super-close. Boulder and rock gardens washed in ferocious gushing water. Walking down slowly. There's various viewing points
Brazil Photo - The amazing feeling of being surrounded by ferocious waterfalls at Foz do Iguacu.
The amazing feeling of being surrounded by ferocious waterfalls at Foz do Iguacu.
along the way and people in groups taking their 'I was here' photos and having a great time. There's no need to hurry, it's too mesmerizing and hard to comprehend. I see the permanent rainbow above the waterfalls. I remember that from Argentina. Getting down to eye level. Wow, look down there, it's a long concrete and steel platform going right out into the heart of all that spray! Some people put on their plastic
Brazil Photo - People stand in front of a thick gushing wall of water for photos at Foz do Iguacu.
People stand in front of a thick gushing wall of water for photos at Foz do Iguacu.
raincoats that they bought somewhere up around the ticket office. Time to walk out to face the music of the Garganta do Diabo (Devil's Throat). The spray is fantastic! It's just what one needs in this sub-tropical heat, a t-shirt takes just minutes to dry afterwards. After this climatic experience out on the platform most people wait for the elevator to take them up for close-up (from above) panoramic views of the falls and river before exiting at the same level for the bus back to the entrance station. It's a damn fine view I must say!

More Fun Attractions

Some people, either before or after visiting the main attraction do the trails located about halfway from the entrance. The Poço Preto Trail Tour consists of walking,
Brazil Photo - Map of Foz do Iguacu, national park.
Map of Foz do Iguacu, national park.
bike riding and kayaking. The Macuco Safari Tour takes you up very close to the falls in boats. The Bananeiras Trail Tour is a 2km walk and a boat journey. You can even do a helicopter tour with Helisul. Across the road from the falls entrance is the bird park Parque das Aves.

Which Side is the Best - Brazil or Argentina?

Which is better, the Brazilian side or the Argentinian side? Well, they are 2 different animals to be honest. From Brazil it is more an experience from above and around, panoramic, and takes about 1hr 15mins for the walk until the exit. Argentina is more an experience of amongst and there is more walking and exploring involved and you can easily spend around 3hrs here. The fact is, they are both awesome, don't miss it! This is the official site (in Portuguese).

Flight to Rio de Janeiro

After a couple of nights in Foz do Iguaçu I took a flight with GOL to much anticipated Rio de Janeiro (1hr 50mins).

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) to:


Map location: Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. (Waterfalls) Simply fantastic - don't miss it! One of Brazil's top attractions, you can't beat the power and wonder of nature! Across the border from Argentina and Paraguay.
 A : Encarnacion & the Jesuit Ruins - Paraguay 243 kms 243 kms straight distance
 B : Concepcion - Paraguay 370 kms 370 kms straight distance
 C : Campo Grande to Foz - Brazil 365 kms 365 kms straight distance
 D : Asuncion - Paraguay 307 kms 307 kms straight distance
 E : Aregua & Itaugua - Paraguay 284 kms 284 kms straight distance
 F : Encarnacion to Paraguari - Paraguay 284 kms 284 kms straight distance
 G : San Bernardino & Caacupe - Paraguay 266 kms 266 kms straight distance
 H : Paraguari - Paraguay 250 kms 250 kms straight distance
 I : Posadas - Argentina 249 kms 249 kms straight distance
 J : Ybycui & Ybycui National Park - Paraguay 248 kms 248 kms straight distance
 K : Villarrica - Paraguay 192 kms 192 kms straight distance
 L : Oviedo to Villarrica - Paraguay 184 kms 184 kms straight distance
 M : Ciudad del Este to Ybycui - Paraguay 144 kms 144 kms straight distance
 N : Ciudad del Este - Paraguay 19 kms 19 kms straight distance
 O : Iguazu Falls - Argentina 11 kms 11 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil:

Village Foz Hotel, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil - Large Photo
Village Foz Hotel, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil (April 2016 - 2 nights) - Comfortable room at the great price of $17USD per night. Room comes with fridge, aircon, tv, bathroom and wifi. Located just a short walk from the bus terminal and a supermarket where you can get great buffet meals. There are a few restaurants nearby also. A good place to stay and cheaper than other hotels closeby. Recommended.

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