Given their superior width and height over other waterfall systems in the world, Eleanor Roosevelt is reputed to have commented “Poor Niagara” on her first visit to Iguazu Falls, proving that little can compare with their utter magnificence. As such, standing before the plunging, crashing chaos of the world’s largest waterfalls is an undisputed rite of passage for any trip to Argentina and luckily, Iguazu Falls tours are easily organized from nearby Puerto Iguazu.
From which country should you take Iguazu Falls tours?
Although Iguazu Falls are accessible from three different countries, most visitors opt to see this incredible natural wonder by taking Iguazu Falls tours from the Argentine side.
It is possible to visit the waterfalls from both Foz de Iguaçu in Brazil and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. However, tourists put off by the large size of the former town and the fact that Ciudad del Este can be unsafe will find Puerto Iguazu, the small, pretty town in Argentina, a far more attractive option.
Tours to Iguazu Falls from Puerto Iguazu
From Puerto Iguazu, it’s simple enough to book Iguazu Falls tours with a local agency, who will offer a range of different options for visiting the falls. Tourist infrastructure has developed rapidly to respond to the influx of people to the region and so catwalks and boat tours are available, each providing a unique viewpoint from which to admire this spectacle.
Circuits around Iguazu National Park
Located in the middle of Iguazu National Park, the waterfalls can be reached from the entrance by a natural gas fuelled train. This takes visitors through tropical rainforest to the beginning of a series of trails that lead to different lookouts over the falls.
This short, 0.5-mile (800m) catwalk runs along the top of the falls and gives an ideal opening perspective on their huge size.
This trail winds through the rainforest to get into even closer proximity with the splashing water and crashing spray of the falls.
A 0.8-mile (1.3km) walk leads to the foot of the Salto Bossetti and Dos Hermanas waterfalls, while eight lookout points guarantee unspoiled views of the churning, spectacular waters of Iguazu Falls.
Garganta del Diablo
The Garganta del Diablo (The Devil’s Throat) is the main attraction on the Argentine side of the falls. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water every second plunge down from this three-edged waterfall into the canyon below, making it rightly the highlight of Iguazu Falls. The best views are from the catwalk that leads to an observation deck located at a dizzying point just above.
Boat tours of Iguazu Falls
But one of the most attractive options for Iguazu Falls tours is boarding the boat to visit San Martin Island. Bring a raincoat, as not only are the waters rocky, but the lingering cloud of mist drenches all in its path. On the island itself, there are two main viewpoints of the falls, as well as opportunities to spy the exotic species of birds that inhabit the national park.
From San Martin, it’s also possible to take a tour to the base of the Garganta del Diablo where you’ll find that sitting in your boat at this unique vantage point below the thunderous column of water will be a moment you’ll never forget.