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Most Beautiful Waterfalls: Iguacu in Brazil

Updated on December 14, 2014

275 Beautiful Waterfalls

Iguacu (or Iguazu) waterfalls are some of the most impressive and beautiful in the world, not the biggest, widest nor tallest waterfall, but 275 separate waterfalls spread over a three-kilometre crescent between Argentina and Brazil. Most of the falls are in Argentina, but the best views are from the Brazilian side.

While on vacation in Brazil, after a wonderful few days in Rio de Janeiro and before heading into the The Amazon Jungle and Salvador (The Carnival City) I spent a few days at Iguacu, staying at the wonderful Tropical Das Cataratas Hotel. This article gives travel tips, advice and recommendations for vacations in Iguacu and an hotel review and photographs of the beautiful waterfalls.

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Iguacu Waterfalls from the Brazilian Side (looking into Argentina)
Iguacu Waterfalls from the Brazilian Side (looking into Argentina)

Getting To Iguacu, Brazil

We intended to fly from Rio to Curitiba, but the weather was too bad for a small plane, so we flew to São Paulo and caught a bigger plane from there to Curitiba, to catch the connecting flight to Iguacu.

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Where to Stay - Hotel Tropical Das Cataratas

We stayed at the four-star Tropical Das Cataratas which is about ten miles from the airport at Foz do Iguaçu, and has the almost perfect location for an hotel overlooking the Iguaçu Falls on the Brazilian side with just a two-minute walk for a stunning view of the falls from a terrace. There is also a twenty-minute walk along a walkway next to the falls with various viewing platforms en-route and an amazing platform at the end of the walkway. The hotel is a very attractive, colonial style building with two restaurants a bar and very pleasant, relaxing gardens.

The Waterfalls (and Coatis)

Coatis at Iguacu
Coatis at Iguacu

We walked along the footpath next to the falls for about 2 miles to a viewing platform at the top of one waterfall and the bottom of another. It was absolutely spectacular. Several coatis, a kind of south American Raccoon and large lizards wandered along fearlessly near us. The cute coatis were amusing to watch, rummaging in the rubbish bins, but apparently the favourite delicacy for Jaguars so you have to wonder if you are being watched by something slightly more dangerous. We didn't get eaten, just wet from all of the spray from the falls.

The Terrace at Iguacu on the Brazilian Side

The Terrace at Iguacu on the Brazilian side
The Terrace at Iguacu on the Brazilian side

After standing out on the terrace watching the sunset and the stunning view of the falls, we had dinner in the hotel restaurant. Quite a grand looking, colonial-style hotel and restaurant, but the food wasn't quite up to the apparent grandeur. We were of course, a captive audience and it's difficult to complain given the stunning location. There was also a pleasant bar with a jazz pianist and singer to while away the evening.

Excursions

We booked up a couple of trips at the hotel travel agency for the following day, because, although the falls are stunning we needed some activities to keep us amused. We took a bus from outside the hotel to "Macacu Safari" where we were taken in an electric "jeep" to some "jungle" then went on a "safari". O.K. so perhaps it was a mini theme park based on Jurassic Park, and the "safari" was a 600 metre walk. This slightly disappointing start was followed by a very amusing and thrilling motorboat ride. An inflatable motorized inflatable boat took us into the white-water and under some of the waterfalls, into Argentina. We were unable to land on the Argentina side, because my partner is Russian and would have needed a visa, but we wouldn't have seen anything very different from there anyway. The pilot of the boat played in the white water, trying to make the trip as exciting as possible for the screaming tourists, regularly drenching us all under the spray. It was very amusing trip and we were completely soaked. It gave a different more frivolous perspective to this stunningly natural beauty.

After a delicious buffet lunch at the hotel, outside by the pool, we took a double-decker bus to the visitor-centre, where we left the national park and walked 200 yards to the "Parque das Birds" - not a bad way to spend an afternoon, with a selection of birds and few monkeys.

Excursions from Iguacu

Boat Trip Under The Waterfalls at Iguacu
Boat Trip Under The Waterfalls at Iguacu

We booked up a couple of trips at the hotel travel agency for the following day, because, although the falls are stunning we needed some activities to keep us amused. We took a bus from outside the hotel to "Macacu Safari" where we were taken in an electric "jeep" to some "jungle" then went on a "safari". O.K. so perhaps it was a mini theme park based on Jurassic Park, and the "safari" was a 600 metre walk. This slightly disappointing start was followed by a very amusing and thrilling motorboat ride. An inflatable motorized inflatable boat took us into the white-water and under some of the waterfalls, into Argentina. We were unable to land on the Argentina side, because my partner is Russian and would have needed a visa, but we wouldn't have seen anything very different from there anyway. The pilot of the boat played in the white water, trying to make the trip as exciting as possible for the screaming tourists, regularly drenching us all under the spray. It was very amusing trip and we were completely soaked. It gave a different more frivolous perspective to this stunningly natural beauty.

After a delicious buffet lunch at the hotel, outside by the pool, we took a double-decker bus to the visitor-centre, where we left the national park and walked 200 yards to the "Parque das Birds" - not a bad way to spend an afternoon, with a selection of birds and few monkeys.

Boat Trip into Iguacu Waterfalls

Boat Trip into Iguacu Waterfalls
Boat Trip into Iguacu Waterfalls

Iguacu Waterfall Photos

Waterfalls in Argentina and Brazil

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Birdlife at "Macacu Safari"

Birdlife at "Macacu Safari"
Birdlife at "Macacu Safari"

Photo of Iguacu Waterfalls

Photo of Iguacu Waterfalls
Photo of Iguacu Waterfalls

275 Waterfalls in Brazil and Argentina

275 Waterfalls in Brazil and Argentina
275 Waterfalls in Brazil and Argentina

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      Marly 2 years ago

      02 Jun 26, 2011 10:24 pm Courtney Watts This is just getting to be sarerul. Is this really happening to both of you?! Wow. One piece of advice: Take in every moment as if you'll never be back and be fully present in every place, every restaurant, and every alone moment in your hotel room! You are living in a real life fairy tale right now, my friends.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Wow, what an awesome place on planet Earth.

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      Redhotyogi 5 years ago

      Some great pictures. Iguazu falls is absolutely incredible. It is one of the top things I have ever done!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Really liked that last photo!

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Beautiful

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for a virtual tour. beautiful pictures and useful and detailed tips. one more fascinating travel lens.

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      tincredibleindia 5 years ago

      Great lens, you are certainly very passionate about Brazil cuisine and have put a lot of effort into sharing your knowledge.

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      They sell a video at the tourist centre. Waterfalls from the air. The music is amazing too! Blessings for Iguacu and you

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful! I added you to my featured lenses.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

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      Meredith Davies 6 years ago

      I moved to Brazil just over a year ago. I haven't visited the falls yet but hope to do so. The country is beautiful.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Of all the beautiful things in the world, waterfalls, as a class, are my favorite!

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Wow! These waterfalls are spectacular. I have just added Iguacu to my list of places I want to go some day.

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      RedSportNiac 6 years ago

      Breathtaking pictures. Man! I love waterfalls. Would it be nice if we could have one on our backyard.

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      JammerJ 7 years ago

      Wow, excellent photos of water falls.

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great lens Andy. I would love to go back to Iguassu. It's so spectacular. I only had one afternoon in Brazil and then a morning in Argentina, to see everything.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by my Fun and Funky Birdhouses lens.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Andy, you have some great photos here. What a beautiful place.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      [in reply to Anina]

      Hi Anina,

      Thanks very much and thanks for pointing out the spelling mistake too. I have corrected that now.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hey Andy, great lens. I'd like to point something out, though. You spelled the Salavador, when it's actually Salvador. other than that, great lens!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      You take some awesome pictures.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Beautiful pictures, I just returning to give you a Squid Angel Blessing

      I enjoy traveling with your lenses.

      Michey

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Just love it! Fav 5*

      Thanks Michey

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      The falls are much more open than I had imagined. I have been wanting to visit Brazil and Argentina and one of the most important stops on the trip would be to Iguassu falls.

      After seeing your photo of Iguassu falls on RedGage I just had to check out the rest of your photos.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      I added some more waterfall pictures, as requested. I didn't take many because of all of the spray getting all over the lens, but here are a few more.

      [in reply to JaguarJulie]

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Thanks very much for lensrolling. I shall lensroll your lens too.

      I'm just looking for some more waterfall pictures to add here now. I didn't take many because of all of the spray getting all over the lens, but I have a few more I can add. [in reply to aj2008]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I agree with Julie - if you have more pics of the waterfall I would love to see them. I do envy you and your travels! Lensrolled to my Niagara Falls lens.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Andy, I want to see more waterfall pictures please! ;)

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Andy, I want to see more waterfall pictures please! ;)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I love your pictures!

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I doubt that I will ever get to Brazil to see this majestic waterfall so am thankful that I can visit your wonderful lenses. Your photography is amazing and I do get the feel that I am right there. Thank you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Waterfalls are so cool! This is a very lovely waterfall and it must have been wonderful go be there. That's a lot of water falling! :))

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Lovely lens; stirred up my wanderlust. Still hoping to travel one day. You make it sound heavenly. :)

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      BusyQueen 8 years ago

      Nice lens. 5* from me! Thanks. Really informative. Nicely detailed.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The very next time I'm in Brazil......It's nice for us who don't get around much to get a bit of the experience from your travels....can almost smell and hear those waterfalls. Thanks for a wonderful glimpse of this amazing place! I've been here before and your photojournalism coaxed me back!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      beautiful 5*

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Andy, I am so jealous! Beautiful pictures. I think waterfalls are one of natures best.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Really impressive! I would love to see it.

      Great lens.

      LizzyJean

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      Beautiful magnificent creation.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Very nice!

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      I love waterfalls. These are beautiful.

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      The hotel looks lovely! I'd love to see the coatis and the waterfall.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      5 for your lens :D

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, great shots! These falls look incredible, much more untouched than Niagara Falls (which is insanely commercial).

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      bigjimj 8 years ago

      Great job Andy. Thanks for this lens and sharing these Beautiful falls with us. Angel blessing for you.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Wow! Nature's beauty surpasses anything man could ever come up with.

      Thank you for sharing these pictures. I wish I could see it in person.

      Lizzy

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      Lamar Ross 8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for joining ”Anything and Everything Travel” Group. We look forward to seeing your other travel related lenses in our group. Keep up the good work.

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      CONGRATULATIONS. Your lens has been added as a featured lens on my "I've Been There" lens. Only lenses that are worthy get listed, I'm so pleased you made it.

      If you haven't seen my lens yet, I invite you to take a peek at https://hubpages.com/travel/ive_been_there and to send in your entry for places that you have been.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      It's been a pleasure!

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I spent 2 days there back in 1989 with an Argentinian who I worked with in London. We had to install some software in Asunción (Paraguay) and flew out from London spending 2 days in Rio and 2 more in Iguassu. It's so spectacular, no photoographs do it justice. We went over the border from Brazil to Argentina and I had left my passport in the hotel. This was only a few years after the Falklands war too! The border guard was only interested in why we were driving a Brazilian car into Argentina, he let me in without any paperwork at all. Nice lens, brought back some great memories. 5*****

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      LisaDH 8 years ago

      I've always wanted to visit here. Some day!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Very nice! Welcome to All Things Travel.