There is an anecdote about Iguazú Falls that when the America’s former first lady Elenor Roosevelt first visited the Iguazú Falls, she sighed and said “Poor Niagara…” To her, even the greatest Niagara Falls of North America looked not as spectacular as Iguazú Falls.
Iguazú Falls are situated on the borders of three countries; Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. We can see the falls from Argentina, from Brazil or from both sides if you would like. There are 275 drops in the park and the width of the park is 2.7 kilometers. The U-shaped Devil’s Throat, which has the deepest drop of all 275 waterfalls, is definitely the most impressive waterfall with its huge volume of water.
From the Argentinian side of the Iguazú Falls, you can walk through the tropical rain forest and pass by various sizes of waterfalls to get to the top of the rocky walls. The water of the river is still very calm at the beginning of this trail, but as you go further, suddenly thick mist rises from a huge hole which you can’t even see its bottom. The sound swells to a deafening violent roar when you try looking over to the origin of the roar from the wooden fences. Yes, this is Devil’s Throat, the largest and the most majestic falls of Iguazú, which is 150 meters wide and 80 meters long. Prepare yourself to get soaked completely to the skin near these gigantic falls and make sure to leave electronic gadgets (if they are not waterproof) at the hotel.
Iguazú Falls from Argentinian and Brazilian sides
It would be great if you can view the falls from both Argentinian and Brazilian sides. However, if you have to choose one, these tips could be helpful for you, as viewing falls from Argentina and Brazil are two different experiences.
On the Argentinian side, there are more paths which lead you to over hundreds of waterfalls. 80 percent of the falls in Iguazú are on this side. You can catch a train near the park entrance for free and it will take you to the two main walking trails. It is highly recommended to take this train as the walk in the park could be quite long and tiring in hot weather. After exploring the two main walking trails, upper and lower circuit, you can also take another train ride to the Devil’s Throat Station.
The Brazilian side, on the other hand, is known for its beautiful panoramic view of the park. There is only one trail to explore so it requires shorter time when comparing to the Argentinian side. On the Argentinian side, you see the Devil’s Throat from right over the top of the falls, while on the Brazilian side you see the Devil’s Throat half way down the falls, that makes the falls so close to you as if you are almost going into the falls.
Just like the Argentinian side, it is very difficult to stay dry near the Devil’s Throat. If you want to see it from the positive side, you can take it as a welcoming refresher, as the park gets really humid during summer time and the temperature can go up wicked high.
Iguazú Falls VS Victoria Falls
There is no disagreement to whether the Iguazú Falls are the largest in the world. With its width of 2.7 kilometers and the number of 275 waterfalls, the falls are unrivaled.
However, the Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia are considered to have the largest curtain of falling water in the world. 550,000 cubic meters of water are rushing by every minute in Victoria’s water curtain of 1600 meters, while the total length of Devil’s Throat’s water curtain is 700 meters long.
Most beautiful waterfalls in the world
Even though Iguazú doesn’t win over for the Victoria’s huge water curtains, Iguazú Falls can still offer its beautiful waterfall views all year around. But the rainfall is the highest between December to February and it makes the falls the most powerful, if you want to see the most energetic scenes of the falls. Neither at Niagara Falls nor at Victoria Falls can you see the falls so close and from these many angles. Iguazú falls are definitely something you shouldn’t miss when in South America.