The Amazing Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls on the Brazil side
Iguazu Falls on the Brazil side
Iguazu Falls on the Argentinean side
Iguazu Falls on the Argentinean side
Tour Map of Iguazu Falls. Brazil is on the left side and Argentina is in the center and on the right side.
Tour Map of Iguazu Falls. Brazil is on the left side and Argentina is in the center and on the right side.
A boat of unsuspecting tourists going into the base of Iguazu Falls.
A boat of unsuspecting tourists going into the base of Iguazu Falls.
A boat of tourists going into the base of the Devil's Throat at Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil (left side) and Agrentina (right side)
A boat of tourists going into the base of the Devil's Throat at Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil (left side) and Agrentina (right side)
On our boat going to the base of the falls.
On our boat going to the base of the falls.
A Vulture watching a boat in the mist at the base of Iguazu Falls. I wonder what he is thinking!
A Vulture watching a boat in the mist at the base of Iguazu Falls. I wonder what he is thinking!
Here I am wringing out my t-shirt after the boat trip into the base of the falls and being completely soaked!
Here I am wringing out my t-shirt after the boat trip into the base of the falls and being completely soaked!
The rear of the Sheraton Hotel located in Iguazu Falls National Park showing that most have balconies facing the falls.
The rear of the Sheraton Hotel located in Iguazu Falls National Park showing that most have balconies facing the falls.
A Southern Lapwing bird walking in the grass near the Sheraton Hotel in Iguazu Falls National Park.
A Southern Lapwing bird walking in the grass near the Sheraton Hotel in Iguazu Falls National Park.
Drying our clothes and other items on our hotel balcony.
Drying our clothes and other items on our hotel balcony.
Drying my Argentinean Pesos after they got wet in the boat trip
Drying my Argentinean Pesos after they got wet in the boat trip
This bikini clad girl is going for a boat ride! We learned our lesson the hard way, next time we bring our bathing suits!
This bikini clad girl is going for a boat ride! We learned our lesson the hard way, next time we bring our bathing suits!
One of many walkways at Iguazu Falls
One of many walkways at Iguazu Falls
One tiny section of Iguazu Falls
One tiny section of Iguazu Falls
People on the walkways at Salto Bossetti, one of the hundreds of waterfalls at Iguazu Falls
People on the walkways at Salto Bossetti, one of the hundreds of waterfalls at Iguazu Falls
The crest of a portion of Iguazu Falls
The crest of a portion of Iguazu Falls
Us on the walkway at the Devil's Throat
Us on the walkway at the Devil's Throat
A Diaethria Butterfly landed on me
A Diaethria Butterfly landed on me
A beautiful blue patterned butterfly
A beautiful blue patterned butterfly
Another blue coloured butterfly
Another blue coloured butterfly
A turtle on an island on the upper Iguazu River above the falls.
A turtle on an island on the upper Iguazu River above the falls.
Us on safari in a 4x4 in the jungle beside Iguazu Falls.
Us on safari in a 4x4 in the jungle beside Iguazu Falls.
An Aguti, a member of the Guinea Pig family that we saw on our Jungle Safari ride
An Aguti, a member of the Guinea Pig family that we saw on our Jungle Safari ride
An Iguana we saw
An Iguana we saw
A Plush-Crested Jay, one of many birds we saw.
A Plush-Crested Jay, one of many birds we saw.
A monkey in a tree was watching us
A monkey in a tree was watching us
We passed under a huge cobweb in our 4x4 where a giant spider was eating a large blue butterfly
We passed under a huge cobweb in our 4x4 where a giant spider was eating a large blue butterfly
A large Tiger Ant on our tour guide's hand.
A large Tiger Ant on our tour guide's hand.
A Dark-billed Cuckoo bird
A Dark-billed Cuckoo bird
A Coati (raccoon) looking for food.
A Coati (raccoon) looking for food.

Iguazu Falls are waterfalls located on the Iguazu River in the jungle on the boundary of Argentina and Brazil. In Spanish it is called Cataratas del Iguazu and in Portuguese it is called Cataratas do Iguacu.

There are over 275 separate waterfalls along 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) of the Iguazu River. The majority of these waterfalls are about 65 metres (210 ft); however The Devil's Throat, a U-shaped cataract falls is 82 meters high and 700 meter long. It is the most impressive of all the falls and the border between Argentina and Brazil passes through this waterfall.

In comparison, Niagara Falls is located on the Niagara River which separates Canada and the USA. Niagara Falls has only three falls for a total width of 1.11 kilometers with a height of 53 m (173 ft.).

I visited Iguazu Falls in February 2010 for two days staying at the Sheraton Hotel located in the Iguazu National Park on the Argentina side. A two day visit was not long enough as I did not make it to the Brazil side. However if you do travel to the Brazilian side, a Visa is required.

There are three major walking trails/bridges/walkways (look on the attached map) called the Lower Circuit, Upper Circuit and Devil’s Throat Circuit. All three are well worth walking as there are just so many different falls, vistas, birds, butterflies, animals, insects, flowers, bushes, etc. to see as you are in the jungle. The trails are mostly steel bridges or walkways and are completely safe for the thousands of tourists that visit here daily.

If you are on the Lower Circuit and notice girls in bikinis, they are planning to go on a boat trip on the lower Iguazu River into the base of the Iguazu Falls. On the attached map it is the route marked in broken yellow lines beginning at the "Departure" spot. We took this boat trip expecting it be like the Maid of the Mist boat trip at Niagara Falls where you do get wet but the raincoat mostly protects you. Well we were wrong! We are given a waterproof pouch for our valuables and a life jacket, but no rain coat. After travelling on the boat to the base of several falls, we were told to put our cameras into the waterproof pouch as we were going to retrace our path but this time travel, not just into the mist, but into the water as water actually fell onto my shoulder with such force that I was 100% soaked. I did not put my wallet into the pouch and my Argentinean Pesos got wet! My advice to you is: wear your bathing suit if you take this boat trip! Now we know why some girls were wearing bikinis!

One noticeable thing when walking the trails is the number of butterflies. As this is a tropical jungle with high humidity, there were thousands of beautiful butterflies of all different colors flying freely all over and even landing on you.

As to the wildlife that we saw both on a Jungle Safari in a 4x4 that we took and in the Iguazu National Park, were monkeys, Aguti (member of the Guinea Pig family), turtles, Coati (member of the Raccoon family), Iguana, lizards, Tiger Ants (about 1 inch long), giant spiders eating large butterflies, and dozens of tropical birds. As you can expect, our cameras were constantly snapping pictures!

If you can arrange it, I highly recommend staying at the Sheraton Hotel in Iguazu National Park as it is convenient, has great food, and our room had a balcony overlooking the waterfalls. After our soaking in the waterfalls on the boat trip, we went back to our hotel to change into drier clothes and dry off the wet items on the balcony and inside with a hair dryer.

Sadly we had to leave and catch our flight back from the Iguazu Falls airport on LAN airlines to Buenos Aires after two full memorable days and hundreds of photos.

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Iguazu 5 years ago

Great information & pictures of Iguazu!


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Joseph Hollick 5 years ago from Hamilton, ON Canada Author

Thanks for the comments.

Your site is also very informative and has fantastic pictures!


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Joe, another wonderful Hub. I hope to someday get to the Iguaza Falls but it's probably many years away. I love, love the photos. The butterflies and birds are just beautiful. I voted up and shared. Excelent job.


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Joseph Hollick 4 years ago from Hamilton, ON Canada Author

Thanks Bill for your comments and for visiting this Hub! We went to see the waterfalls which are truly amazing but were equally impressed by being in the jungle and seeing all the wildlife there! When you go, take lots of pictures as there is so much to experience there!


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Marion Elodie 4 years ago from London

This is a beautiful hub! The pictures are great and really make me want to visit the waterfalls. Thanks for sharing your experience and tips.


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Joseph Hollick 4 years ago from Hamilton, ON Canada Author

Thank you for visiting the site and I am glad that you enjoyed the Hub!


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Kiera G 4 years ago from Australia

Great pictures, I especially like the butterflies. The detail on their wings is amazing.


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Joseph Hollick 4 years ago from Hamilton, ON Canada Author

Glad that you enjoyed the pictures!

After the waterfalls, the butterflies are quite noticeable as there were thousands of butterflies around Iguazu Falls due to the mist and moist conditions. There were dozens of different types of butterflies, most of which I had never seen before!

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