The Iguazú National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the world, declared one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World” in 2012. It was also declared a Natural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1984, and it is considered to be “the largest water curtain in the world” in the world “.
What more can be said? Much more … it is a magical place, that catches you and stay in your heart forever.
Inside the Iguazú National Park are the imposing Iguazú Falls. These magnificent waterfalls were formed in the wake of a volcanic eruption. They are made up of 275 waterfalls that fall from different heights. The highest reaches almost 80 meters, and it is the most popular of all: the Garganta del Diablo (Devil´s Throat). These cascades stretch along cliffs and islets, for more than 2 km on a crescent-shaped land. The water flow averages 1,800 m3 / s. Absolutely amazing!
The Iguazú Falls are located within the Iguazú National Park, an area of nature preservation covering 67,720 hectares in the extreme north of the Province of Misiones, in the Argentine Republic. They are part of the Paraná jungle, 17 km from the mouth of the Iguazú River, in the waters of the Paraná River. Two thirds of the falls are on the Argentine side and the rest on the Brazilian side. For more information about the different activities, you can enjoy here, go to Get Your Guide.
Information about the two different walkways to get enjoy Iguazú falls:
Upper Trail – Cataratas:
It is accessed from the Cataratas Station. This walk is quite simple, without stairs and easy accessibility. It is only 650 m long, and it can take a little over an hour to cover. The upper walkway offers a tour of the upper part of the falls and you can have a panoramic view of the different falls and delta of the Iguazú River. There are 6 viewpoints and resting places. An ideal route for people with reduced mobility, who do not want to miss out on enjoying a closer contact with water and nature.
Lower Trail – Cataratas:
It is accessed from the Cataratas Station. Considered of average accessibility since it is 1,700 m long, and there are stairs. You can walk it in a little over an hour and a half. The lower walkway goes under the falls, to the very heart of the them. You are in direct contact with the falls and nature, as well as with the sounds and aromas of this missionary forest. Along its circular route, there are 8 viewpoints with amazing views.
Eco Train – Cataratas del Iguazú
This train is used to transport tourists to the Iguazú National Park Waterfalls Area. It runs 14 km and takes around 25 minutes. It is also highly accessible, without stairs. The train has 3 stations: Central, Cataratas and Garganta del Diablo.
Trails to visit other areas of Iguazú National Park
Sendero Verde / Green Trail
It is a path of high accessibility that runs about 600 m through the vegetation of the missionary jungle. In its path you can observe birds and animals of the region. You get to the distribution platform, where the walkways start.
Sendero Macuco / Macuco Trail
For hiking lovers, Macuco is a beautiful trail that goes through the jungle. From the Central Station, where this trail is born, is 7 km of beautiful jungle, where you can enjoy the flora and fauna of the place. At the end of the trail, there is the Arrechea waterfall that invites you to take a dip in its water.
Isla San Martín / St. Martin Island
It is the only island in the lower Iguazú with an overwhelming beauty. It is reached by boat. There you can enjoy beaches, vegetation and panoramic views of the falls.
Full Moon in Iguazú National Park
On full moon, there is a trip to the Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) to enjoy this wonderful place under the moonlight. It lasts about 3 hours. Highly recommended. You can book it in