An Adventure At Iguazu National Park
Iguazu Falls sits on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana. This impressive natural wonder straddles both countries and is 1.7 miles wide. The system is made up of 275 individual waterfalls, with heights ranging from 196 to 270 feet. Together, the falls make up the largest waterfall system in the world and are included in many exclusive Argentina vacation packages for intrepid tourists.
5 Fun Facts About Iguazu Falls
If you’re interested in taking one of the many Iguazu Falls Tours in Argentina, you’ll want to know a few fun facts about the falls before you visit!
- The waterfalls at Iguazu Falls are taller than Niagara Falls and wider than Victoria Falls. This spectacular display led Eleanor Roosevelt to exclaim “Poor Niagara!” at the first site of Iguazu Falls. Most tourists that visit the falls agree with First Lady Roosevelt, too.
- The name “Iguazu” translates loosely from the native Guarani as “big water.” This is not surprising, given the tons of water that rushes over steep cliffs into the jungle below.
- Millions of tourists visit Iguazu Falls as part of the many Argentina private tours that tour the park. The record for visitors in one year was set in 2018 after 1.9 million people visited the awe-inspiring falls.
- Believe it or not, the number of waterfalls can vary during the year. Iguazu Falls normally has 275 separate falls, however, this number can vary between 150 and 300 depending on the season and water levels in the Iguazu River.
- During the rainy season (which falls between November and March), there is a surge in the waterfall system’s daily water volume. This increases the average flow of water from 448,831 gallons per second to an incredible 3.4 million gallons per second!
How Do I Get To Iguazu Falls?
If you want to include a trip to Iguazu Falls in your Argentina vacation package, the best (and quickest) way to get to Iguazu Falls is by air. If you have started your Argentina private tour in Buenos Aires, you can fly from the El Aeroparque Jorge Newbery to the Puerto Iguazu airport. From the airport, you will need to take a taxi or shuttle to your hotel in Puerto Iguazu. This small town has many accommodations for tourists and is the closest town to Iguazu National Park and Iguazu Falls.
The Best Time for Iguazu Falls Tours In Argentina
If you want your trip to Argentina to include a stop at Iguazu National Park, you may be wondering when would be the best time to visit. The good news is that there really is no bad time to visit Iguazu Falls – they are spectacular all year round. Here is a seasonal breakdown of what you can expect during each season.
- Winter (June, July, and August) – weather-wise, winter is a good time to visit Iguazu National Park. Visitors can expect sunny, dry weather, with high temperatures in the upper 70s and low temperatures in the 50s. Although the daylight hours are short during this time of year, you will still have plenty of time to hike and boat in the park if you get an early start each day! Winter is generally considered an off-peak tourist season and good for traveling; however, during the last few weeks of July, the park fills up with Argentinian tourists who are on holiday break! Be sure to reserve your hotel room and rental car far in advance if you want to visit during the winter holiday season.
- Spring (September, October, November) – spring brings warm, humid weather and occasional rain to Iguazu Falls. As long as you pack rain gear for your Iguazu Fall Tour in Argentina, you will be fine! Expect highs in the low 80s and lows in the lower 60s during the spring months. Visitors will enjoy longer days as the seasons change and more time to explore the park each day.
- Summer (December, January, and February) – Summer is peak travel season at Iguazu, mainly because Argentinians are enjoying their summer holiday! The park sees an uptick in domestic tourism, as well as additional visitors from the US and Europe who are looking to escape their winter seasons. In addition to the crowds, summer also brings high heat and humidity, even at Iguazu Falls. Still, there are plenty of shady paths to hike and pools to relax by if the heat gets to you.
- Fall (March, April, and May) – Argentina vacation packages are popular with international travelers well into the fall months. Expect temperatures to stay in the mid-80s during the day, but drop down to the upper 60s after dark. Fall is also the dry season, which means that the humidity is somewhat tempered by the lack of rain. However, bear in mind that less rain means less water in the Iguazu River – and that means that the waterfalls may not be as impressive as during the rainy season.
A Private Tour Of Iguazu Falls
At the very least, you should expect to spend a full day exploring Iguazu National Park and the waterfalls that lie within its borders. From hiking to boat rides to wildlife viewing, the park is a nature-lover's paradise. But if you want to make the experience even more memorable, you can extend your visit by including a day trip to the Brazilian side of the falls. The Parque Nacoinal do Iguacu in Brazil offers visitors a unique panoramic view of the falls and a bus ride through the jungle with a guide who can explain the native flora and fauna. You can even book a helicopter ride over the falls for a unique view of this natural wonder!
Planning The Perfect Trip To Argentina
If you want to take a walk on the wild side during your Argentina adventure, don’t forget to ask about including a trip to Iguazu Falls in your Argentina vacation package. The falls are truly a site to behold and a must-see stop for any nature-loving adventure seeker. With so much to do and see in Argentina, it’s worth including this little gem hidden in the heart of your jungle in your itinerary.