Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Posted in South America | February 15, 2011 | Comment Now

Nestled in the Iguazu province of Argentina, the World Heritage Site of Iguazu National Park not only protects the vigorous subtropical jungle, but also ensures endless natural surprises to its tourists. Edging the globally famous Iguazu Falls and housing the myriad of animal as well as plant species, the park is among the hot spots for the nature as well as botany lovers. So, you can expect spotting not only the wonderful falls, but also the some great natural scenery along with the rare as well as endangered species in the Iguazu National Park. In fact, the word ‘Iguazu’ stands for ‘Great Waters’ whose charm is reserved by the Iguazu falls made by the river of the same name. While cascading, the water’s vapor ascends upwards each minute and by coming in contact with the sun, a set of rainbows is created, which itself is the best background for photography. So, no you know why this park is named as the ‘Great Waters’ or ‘Iguazu’. As compared to the Niagara, the falls here are four times wider and scatter on both the Brazilian as well as the Argentinean sides. And one more great wonder is that the falls are separated into several islands that themselves are the biggest attractions.

If you come here from the Brazilian side, do not leave without enjoying the thrill of the Devil’s Throat – the sight where 14 plunges down the rugged terrain featuring a thundering force that results in a permanent 100 foot plume overhead. And yes, that rainbow scene is possible here also. You can come at this point just by a small train in 10 minutes, which is exciting for kids. If you want to have a close-up look, stroll through the subtropical forest and reach the base of the Salto Floriano where a lift awaits you to take you on the falls’ top or stroll over the Salto Union’s drop.

Are you coming from the Argentine side? Okay, then take up an exciting way to reach via the series of catwalks that meander over the water and finally intersect the Devil’s Gorge. Get a bit adventurous as your protection is ensured by the rain suits. Some of the areas on this side are also suitable for swimming. You will also come across the footpaths, bridges, and trails on this side for more thundering experience of the falls as well as the great flora and fauna. This is the preferred side for adventurous people! Look for two circuits here: Lower Circuit as the foot of the waterfalls and ‘arriba’ called the Upper Circuit. Take a tour of these relatively short loops from the Visitor’s Center from where a green trail or train can be your option.

I suggest that from the Lower Circuit you take a boat for exploring the San Martin Island – a must see sight. However, never ever forget to seek for the instructions from the locals. And yes, be ready to face the cuticle parasites.

While hiking, spot some of the rare species such as tapir, titicas, jaguar, ocelote, anteater, jungle eagle, yacaré overo and pavas de monte along with the others such as Tucan, butterflies, Capuchin monkeys, Nasua, and lude Tropidurus as small lizards. While you are in the park, a ride on the Rainforest Ecological Train or Waterfalls Train is a must for a better tour!

Best time

Summer and fall


7.30 am to 6.30 pm: October to March
8.00 am to 6:00 pm: April to September


ARS $60, but it can be ARS $30 for the upcoming consecutive day provided your former day’s ticket is stamped, which can be done before you leave


Das Cataratas Hotel from €127, which is a budget one.

Yearly climate


Reaching here

The Iguazu National Park is situated in the Misiones Province and is accessible after driving for 18 km from the Port. From Puerto Iguazu, you can catch the bus to reach El Practico, which begins from the main bus terminal at every half an hour for ARS $10. The last bus is available to you at 19.15 and ticket is purchased from the terminal itself.

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