It’s easy to understand why these falls are one of the natural wonders of the modern world. If you’ve visited Niagara Falls and thought they were awesome, the only way to compare Iguazu is to say it’s “unbelievably awesome.” They are so wide that you can’t possibly see the whole expanse at once.
Probably the best way to see them is to start with the Brazilian side, where you walk along a 3/4-mile paved path across the river from the cascading water, coming to one jaw-dropping view after another, until you end up very close to a major deluge. If you want, you can take steps down closer to this cataract where you can indulge in an outdoor shower. We skipped the shower and took the elevator up to the top where we watched the water cascading down. Along the path we encountered vast numbers of interesting butterflies and some coatis (related to raccoons) who are hoping for food from visitors. After taking in this view from across the river, we crossed to the Argentinean side where we spent another day much closer to lots of the individual falls.
The Argentinean national park is a popular destination. If you go, stay nearby and try to get there early in the morning to beat the crowds. We took the first train to Devil’s Gorge, where you walk out on metal walkways over the river to get close to the rushing water. By the time we finished, the area was crowding up. We saw several people with umbrellas, and that looked like a good idea. We had rain jackets but kept just far enough away from the water to avoid getting drenched. Next we went on to the trails of the lower falls, then had lunch at the small plaza where there’s a choice of several different restaurants and an ice cream parlor. (With more coatis running around outside hoping to get tourists’ food.) Then on to the upper falls and back to the train. To see the whole thing, prepare for a long walk—like five miles including the walk to the train—but you get so many gorgeous views, and you can take it at your own pace.
If you get down to Brazil and Argentina, don’t skip this expedition. This is truly a look at the power of nature.
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