Updated: Oct 5, 2021
I visited Iguassu Falls during my three week trip to South America in February 2019. After spending a few days in Paraty in Brazil, my tour group and I headed for Iguassu Falls. The natural phenomenon is shared by Brazil and Argentina with the opportunity to see the falls from both countries. We got to see the falls from the Brazilian side and what an experience it was. In 2019 the Iguassu Falls National Park received 1,640,000 visitors. This number does not just equate to foreigners but also local people too. Due to the vast popularity of the falls, in 1984 UNESCO declared them as a World Heritage Site. It is easy to see why Iguassu Falls are so popular – just look at them!
To get to the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls you need to take a public bus from Puerto Iguazu to the town of Foz do Iguazu. Once there you’ll need to take bus 120 from the bus terminal to get to the Brazilian side. This will take at least 1hr 30mins. You must remember your passport for the crossing otherwise you won’t be let in! Although it is true that there are a vast number of people visiting the Falls and it can be a bit crowded at time – they are SO worth it! They are not just a sight; they are an experience in itself. I’d definitely recommend taking a jet boat ride where they take you under the falls as you get such a unique experience. I thought the boat would take us near the falls but it actually took us directly under them! We may have got sopping wet but the experience of being under the falls themselves was incredible.
On the other hand, if you want a bit more adrenaline, you can opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls which is a once in a lifetime opportunity. One of the members of my group opted for the helicopter ride and she loved it! It gives you a unique perspective of the falls that no one else can experience. One thing that stood out for me and something I will always remember was the noise of the falls, it was so loud and powerful! When we were close to the falls themselves, it was difficult to hear anything else as the noise of the water crashing down beneath us was so incredibly loud. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to see Iguassu Falls and if you find yourself in Brazil or Argentina, I’d highly recommend you visit and see the falls for yourself!