Iguazu Falls Reviews
Iguazu falls (Argentina) — exact location, interesting places, inhabitants, routes.
The cascade of Iguazu waterfalls is officially recognized as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, and the steamed Niagara and Victoria certainly fade in front of it. The waters of the Parana river, which separates Argentina and Brazil, have washed their way through soft sediments, but basalt barriers and islets remain unbroken. They stretched for 3 km downstream, forming a network of 275 channels, rapids, waterfalls and canyons. Both countries declared the surrounding area national parks and even called them the same — “Iguazu”.
Local Indians believe that a long time ago, the serpent God M’boy desired the beautiful Naipi, and she preferred the warrior Taroba to him. They ran and tried to cross the river, but the angry monster hit the bottom with its tail, dividing the lovers forever. It turned the young man into a tall palm tree, and the girl into a rock on the opposite Bank. Now they only touch each other with a rainbow.
What to see
The most spectacular views are from the Brazilian side, although most of the cascade is from the Argentine side. Many waterfalls are given poetic names — “Adam and eve”, “flower jump” (“Flip-Floriano”), “Two sisters”, “Ramirez”, “Three Musketeers”. Crossing the border does not create any problems for Russian tourists, they can stay in both countries without visas for up to 90 days.
The most impressive sight is the famous “devil’s Throat”: water falls from a vertical cliff 82 m high into a horseshoe-shaped basin, over which the same rainbow shines. Tourists look into the raging abyss from an overhanging cliff in a Brazilian Park.
Bridges are laid between the Islands, observation platforms are equipped, and the most daring tourists are taken on rubber boats very close to the waterfalls. In the Brazilian Park there is a helipad, to admire all this splendor from a height costs 200 USD.
In both parks, tourists are given raincoats, but they do not save them from the pervasive water spray. When going on a tour, you should bring a full set of dry clothes, Packed in a waterproof bag.
Location: the junction of the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. GPS coordinates: -25.689322, -54.445965.
How to get there: in Argentina, by local airline from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu airport in 2000 ARS, the flight time is 2 hours. In Brazil-by plane from Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Curitiba to Foz do Iguazu airport for 63-92 USD, 2.5 hours of flight. Tourist buses depart from airports to national parks every 10-15 minutes.
Opening hours: the Argentine “Iguazu” is open daily from 8: 00 to 18: 00, visitors are admitted until 16: 30. Brazilian — daily from 8: 00 to 17: 00.
The ticket price for adults in the Argentine Park is 600 ARS, for children from 6 to 12 years — 150 ARS; in the Brazilian Park-480 and 120 ARS, respectively. Prices on the page are for October 2018.