~Being a proud Brazilian I was a bit ashamed I haven’t visited the famous Iguaçu falls before ~
So during my family visit in 2014 I really wanted to go. Everyone in my family already went, so I had to go alone. Lucky the falls are at the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Paraguay is well knows for the tax free items and my aunt wanted to do some shopping there, so I could tag along. The falls can be seen and visited from two sides: the Brazilian side and the Argentinian side. Of course for me I had the easy option to visit the Brazilian side. Even if Foz de Iguaçu is in Paraná, the same state where my family lives, it is still a 450 km ride.
After the long ride we stayed at a hotel there and the next morning they dropped me off at the park. When you enter, you can chose if you take the tourist train to the end or if you do the walking trails by foot. I chose the mid long trail by foot as I was told it is really worth it.
If you are going to walk the trail, take water with you! And some snacks if you like to eat like me. The restaurant is at the end and you can buy some things to eat in the little shops there as well, but it will take a while to get there first. You can also have nice pick nicks on the way. Just don’t forget to gather your trash neatly after you are done.
Along the way beware for the food stealing quatis (nasua in English)! These particular but cute animals can be found alongside the trails, especially on the view spots where tourists gather. If you are not careful they will rip the food out of your hands or plastic bags. Don’t approach them or other animals you encounter during the hiking.
Walking the trail, usually you have a beautiful forest on your left and the river on your right. There are several stops on the way where you have gorgeous views over the river and the smaller waterfalls. So make sure to take walking breaks on the view points as it is really stunning and nice picture taking spots.
Getting to the end you can stay on top and you can go down to the boardwalk to come closer to the falls. When you get there prepare to be amazed. I never imagined the falls to be so huge! You truly feel small when you walk the boardwalk. You can really see and feel the falls. The sounds and the power it has is tremendous. You can walk all the way to the end of the walk to have a view of the Devil’s Throat, or the U-shaped chasm. I walked around there for a while and didn’t really want to leave.
After my visit I saw a helicopter place and as I never been in to a helicopter I figured this would make a nice first timer. And boy I was right! The flight was only 20 minutes and not so cheap but the views over the area and the falls rally opened my eyes how gigantic they really are!
You can see both Brazilian walkway on the left and the Argentinian walkway on the right side. Also The Devil’s Throat is very visible from above, makes me wonder how the view must be from the Argentinian side that looks right into it. The helicopter ride was really fun to do, but if you already been in a helicopter before, I wouldn’t recommend to spend that money on it.
The waterfalls of Iguaçu truly was one of the best views I had in my life. Maybe it was because I was on my own and could really breathe it in and have that connection with such a wild nature phenomenon or maybe it was just the fact I witnessed the largest waterfalls system in the world!
The walking trail was less hard than I expected, maybe in the future I will take my time and do the long one and visit the Argentinian side as well.
~So if you ever found yourself going to Brazil and want to do a tour there, don’t forget to add this nature wonder to it! ~