There are few sights in the world that genuinely inspire awe when you them. The Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina, is one of them. We took two days out of our Brazil itinerary to visit the falls and the trip was completely worth it; it is one of the most impressive sights I have seen in all of my travels.
When you visit the falls from the Brazil side, you make your way down through a lush jungle path and they begin appearing in dribs and drabs (Paul, on seeing a small waterfall at the beginning, hilariously said “I don’t think they are that impressive”). You then follow the trail of water along to the main event: the 2.7 kilometre semicircle of thundering falls, with water blasting from every side. Utterly, utterly breathtaking. I had visited Niagara Falls a few years previous, and while I thought they were very impressive, I found the Iguazu Fall even more so; they are much bigger and in the centre of the dense jungle so there are none of the distractions of tacky hotels and casinos.
On our second day we visited the falls from the Argentina side which has the unique advantage of providing a boat trip which goes closer to the falls while not offering as impressive a view. We got the boat trip and OMG – I knew it would go close to the waterfalls but I didn’t realise they would go THAT close – the little boat went directly underneath the waterfall and in all honesty it did not feel very safe! We were completely drenched from head to toe and the water broke my phone and our camera!
However, it was worth it. Here are our photos of the incredible Iguazu Falls (also available to buy as prints from our Etsy shop).