Iguazu Falls are massive waterfalls lying on the border between Argentina and Brazil. It was chosen as one of the new 7 wonders of nature. Iguazu Falls are huge, impressive, and most of all- beautiful.
We decided to check out both sides of the Iguazu Falls. It was a good choise.
We arrived early in the morning to Foz De Iguacu, the Brazilian side of the waterfalls. We left our big bags in the huge lockers at the entrance for a small fee. We walked around in the beautiful viewpoints of the waterfalls for 2 hours. We also saw some animals and amazing butterflies on the sideways. Oded got closer to one of the many coaties that live in the park, and got a little bite in his finger. Be careful and don’t get to close.
Later we also visited the birds park, located across the road of the entrance to Iguazu National Park. After doing a great 3 days tour in the Pantanal it felt weird to go and see birds in a park. But the park offers close look of the amazing birds. All the birds in the park came from zoos. This park take care of the birds until they’ll be strong enough to fly back to nature. Some birds that have been rehabilitaded cannot go back leave the park.
Crossing the border from Brazil to Argentina was very easy: we took a bus from the entrance of the Brazilian Iguazu Park to Puerto Iguazu, the town in the Argentinian side. The driver colected all the passports, and in the border we got stamps, got back on the bus and continiued driving until Puerto Iguazo.
We stayed 1 night at Noelia Hostel, it was very simple but clean and also very cheap. around 10 minutes walk from the bus station.
Our rating for Noelia Hostel is 7 out of 10.
In the morning we took a bus to the entrance of the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls. In the park you can get a good map to help you figure out how to plan your day, cause the Argentinian side is bigger and there are more trails. We used the free train the get to the far scenic spots, like the incredible ‘garganta del diablo’ (devil’s throat). We were happy to see all the butterflies that came to sit on our bags and hats, and some colorful rainbows.
In the afternoon we came back to Puerto Iguazu and took a 18 hours night bus to Buenos Aires.
Brazilian side Vs. Argentinian side
The Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls is more panoramic and every picture looks like a postcard. You get to see the view from the bottom, where as in the Argentinian side you see the view from the top.
Both sides are VERY touristic and crowded. It’s obvious cause the place is so famous and incredible. The Argentinian side felt a little bit more crowded.
The Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls is more powerful and impressive, you get really close to the falls and you feel the mist. There’s more to explore and you can spend there more hours than in the Brazilian side. There are more viewpoints of the amazing waterfalls.
In both sides you’ll probably see some animals, especially beautiful butterflies.
To conclude, I recommend going to both sides! Every side gives you a different perspective of the Falls, and both sides are breathtaking. But…if you don’t have enough time or really tight on your budget, I would choose the Argentinian side.