Puerto Iguazu is gateway to the Argentine side of world famed Iguassu Falls - 275 separate waterfalls that form a horseshoe along the border with Brazil. The falls are mainly surrounded by Iguassu National Park, a tropical forest which gives shelter to 1,100 species of birds and mammals. In 1986 UNESCO designated the area a Natural Heritage of Humanity site. Popular tours include the Macuco Safari (a thrilling boat ride to the foot of the falls), and excursions to gigantic Itaipu Dam on the nearby border of Brazil and Paraguay.
When to go
Best time to see the falls at full strength is during the rainy season (November-February) although that may mean cold, dreary days. Dry season (April-July) is characterized by warm and sunny days although water levels will be at their lowest. If you want a compromise, choose March, August, September and October.
• The Devil’s Gorge: The world’s mightiest waterfall (Argentinean side).
• The “Walkways”: Enjoy a full, panoramic view of the 275 plus falls (Brazilian side) and meet the coatimundis, the park’s most popular inhabitants.
• The Great Adventure: Ride a safari boat to the edge of the falls.
• Helicopter Tours: A bird’s eye of the natural wonder. Highly recommended.
• Itaipu Dam: Tour the world’s largest hydroelectric complex.