11 February 2013

The best side of the Iguazu Falls (Part 2: Argentina)


I've already explored the waterfall from the Brazilian side (Part 1), where you get the best panorama of it's magnificence. But to really appreciate the Iguazu Falls, you need to go to both sides. On the Argentinian side, you can experience the waterfall.


The Iguazu Falls are located where the Iguazu River tumbles over the edge of the Paraná Plateau. About half of the river's flow falls into a long, narrow chasm called La Garganta del Diablo ("The Devil's Throat"). Go there are you'll know why they call it this. Walkways take you to The Devil's Throat, where you will be surrounded by 260 degrees of waterfalls, and water thundering down on three side

I think it's worth seeing both sides, but I recommend visiting the Brazilian side first. You will have the Wow factor, see the panorama of the falls, and get up close and personal with the cataract. Going to the Argentinian side takes that WOW to another level. You get in among the waterfall, and get soaked with water and mist. You really experience its power and force.


[Above] There's a lot of nature on both sides. This includes extremely friendly butterflies.


[Above] And RAINBOWS! When looking into Iguazú from the Devil's Throat, the mist creates rainbows. And if you look very carefully at the photo above, there's a double rainbow. What does this mean?

[Above] A bonus of the Argentinian side, is the option for a boat ride into and under falling water - though you have to pay for this privilege of being hammered from above. Although the above photo was taken from the Brazilian side, you can see the Argentinian flag proudly on the back of the boat.


[Above] Because of the very wet experience - particularly in the Devil's Throat - many people go around in their bathing suits (perhaps another bonus of the Argentinian side). You get really wet in there, so if you want to take photos, maybe organize some clear plastic of something for your camera.

Both sides of the Iguazu Falls are great, but if I had limited time and/or money, I would definitely go for the Argentinian experience. I based myself in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil and used public transport to get to both sides. I believe there's an understanding between the countries, regarding the tourism, so I didn't need a visa to get across the border. Tthere was no border crossing, immigration or customs control at the time, but you should check for current information during your visit.


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