Breathtaking Iguazu Falls – Argentina & Brazil

Iguazu Falls is shared by Brazil and Argentina, and both sides are part of national parks. We arrived on the Brazilian side with the plan to cross over to the Argentine side the next day. 

The journey to get to Foz de Iguazu, Brazil was not easy. We traveled for 48h from Bolivia taking one flight, 2x taxis, 4x buses, spending two nights on the bus. Needless to say that we arrived exhausted, sticky, smelly, and really hoping that what we were about to see was worth it all.

Iguana Falls in Argentina and Brazil.

Foz de Iguazu – Brazil

After arriving at the hotel, we went straight for lunch and then to the national park. We took the bus who stopped right at the “door”, and we hurried to the entrance as we only had one hour before closing.

Although the time we spent there was limited, we absolutely loved it! In only a few minutes we forgot about all the time and effort it took us to get there from Bolivia.

The best part of the visit was the last bit where we got splashed as we walked to the Garganta do Diablo. However, when there are 40 degrees outside, it’s heaven to feel the cold water on your skin.

We had a first great taste of Iguazu Falls in Brazil, but the Argentine side would blow us away…

Iguana Falls in Argentina and Brazil.

Iguana Falls in Argentina and Brazil.

Puerto de Iguazu – Argentina

We took a taxi booked by the hotel and arrived in 1h30min, border formalities included.

Every traveler we met who had been to Iguazu Falls told us how impressive the Argentine side was, so we were excited to see with our own eyes this natural wonder of the world.

The national park is quite well organized; you have the information desk, eateries, and toilets throughout the park. This is quite handy since you need to keep yourself hydrated and, therefore use the toilet often :).

The tour begins

Bertrand and I stopped by the tourist information and after receiving a map and the info needed, we started our walk.

Along the way you meet the Coati, little animals that to me, look like rats with tails, and I have a big fear of rats so I was not at my most comfortable. Also, there was signs al over the place showing people wounded from scratches and bites. Of course, they don’t just attack you like that, only if you (don’t) feed them, but still :).

Iguana Falls in Argentina and Brazil.

The Inferior Circuit

The Inferior Circuit is beautiful. You start with panoramic views and you slowly get closer to the cascades. This is an amazing experience and you think to yourself: It can’t get better than that. Rong. It does. :).

As we were finishing our discovery of the Inferior Circuit, it started raining like there was no tomorrow. Although we were getting soaked, it was quite nice and, the best part, it was almost tourists free :). We walked in the rain, took a few pictures, and then headed for lunch. In the meantime, the rain stopped, so we started making our way up to the Superior Circuit and then to the highlight of the park: Garganta del Diablo.

Iguana Falls in Argentina and Brazil.

Iguana Falls in Argentina and Brazil.

The Superior Circuit

The Superior Circuit is quite impressive, giving you amazing views of the cascades and preparing you for THE view.

Garganta del Diablo is mind-blowing! The pictures don’t do it justice only because it’s not just a visual show, but an auditive one. The water splashing makes this sound that still gives me goose bumps only thinking about it…

Iguana Falls in Argentina and Brazil.

Iguana Falls in Argentina and Brazil.

Iguana Falls in Argentina and Brazil.

Iguana Falls in Argentina and Brazil.

How and Where to

How to get from Bolivia to Brazil. 

  • We took a 30min flight from Sucre to Santa Cruz for €46 with Ecojet.
  • Bus from Santa Cruz to Quijaro with 24 de Marzo for 11h overnight and the price was 150Bopp +3bo for the terminal use.
  • 5 min taxi from Quijaro to the Bolivian  border for 10Bo per person.
  • From the Brazilian border to the Corumba bus terminal we took a taxi for 43 reals, a rip off if you ask me, but we had less than 20 min to catch our bus and the taxi drive took 10 min so there was no time to negotiate. We did pay less than the 50 reals they asked because we only had 43 in cash.
  • Corumba to Campo Grande , a 6h daytime bus with Andorinha for 104 reals. 
  • From Campo Grande to Cascavel we took an overnight bus for 11h with Uro and Prata for 50 reals. 
  • Finally, Cascavel to Foz de Iguazu took 2h30min with Princess do Campo for 37reales. 

How to get to Iguazu Falls Park 

  • Brazilian side: Bus for 3.50reals pp; Park entrance, 56 reals.
  • Taxi to Argentina for 50 reals pp; Park entrance ,250 pesos pp; Meals, 170pp.

Where to stay: We stayed at Iguazu Central B&B for 129 reals with breakfast included. Since we had an early flight to Sao Paolo, for the second night we took a hotel close to the airport, Harbor Central and we paid 137 reals with breakfast AND airport shuttle included.

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Amazing Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil.

Once in a lifetime experience

I’m not going to lie to you, Iguazu Falls is really touristic. I still can’t believe we managed to take pictures without being photobombed. However, it is really worth it! It’s a spectacle of colors and sounds. Unmissable! Also, pretty awesome was our second stop, Ubatuba. Read the full story here.

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Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.

16 Responses
  • Haze
    August 11, 2016

    This looks absolutely breathtaking! I am very jealous!

    Haze // hazebeaulie.blogspot.co.uk

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      It’s not bad :).

  • Cavaforlunch.com
    August 12, 2016

    It’s so beautiful, isn’t it! I was there last year, and I visited both the Argentinian and the Brazilian side. Even did a helicopter tour over the area – SO AMAZING! xx

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      Ah, yeah! I wouldn’t have minded the helicopter experience, but my budget was limited. Maybe next time…

  • Becky
    August 13, 2016

    Talk about a world wonder! The water flow there is amazing and I love that it’s surrounded by jungle.

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      Thanks for visiting, Becky.

  • Emma Hart | Paper Planes and Caramel Waffles
    August 13, 2016

    This looks incredible. I’ve heard Iguazu Falls are more impressive than Niagara Falls and from your photos I’d be inclined to say the certainly seem to be so! I bet the sound from the falls are so incredibly loud too, I can’t even begin to imagine!

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      You are the second person that tells me that about Niagara. Although I can’t compare as I have not seen the Niagara Falls, I can confirm that the Iguazu Falls are quite the experience. Thanks for your visit.

  • Kenny
    August 15, 2016

    Thanks for the post as I am planning to go to visit Brazil and Argentina later this year! I could use the information. I would like to know about the safety like robbery and zika virus though :) @ knycx.journeying

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      Hi Kenny,
      I will be posting more from Brazil as well as Argentina, so do check the blog from time to time, or better yet, you can subscribe :).
      In terms of safety, I think it’s OK, you just need to be careful and aware of your surroundings. I was always extra careful with my bag and did not flash expensive items.
      As for Zika, I was in South America for six months and it was OK. From what the locals were saying, the very poor areas are more dangerous. Other than that, I don’t have other information about Zika. Good luck with your travels!
      Cristina

  • Brooke of Passport Couture
    August 17, 2016

    This is amazing! I’ve had Iguazu Falls on my radar, but your photos make it even more impressive.

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      You should go :).

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