Learn more about the Iguazu Falls

Here's how to make the most of this natural wonder and its environs

Por Lys Silva

Inside the Iguazu National Park and placed between Brazil and Argentina, are the Iguazu Falls, which has 186,000 hectares, are considered one of the world seven natural wonders and it is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage.

The falls are made up of 275 waterfalls, with some reaching 90 meters high, and can be visited by both sides of the border. The most famous, called the Devil's Throat, is on the Argentine side of the park.

To see the falls in a different way, you can take a helicopter ride. The experience lasts only 10 minutes but it is enough to be memorable. There is also an option of a 35 minute ride, which flies over the Iguazu Falls, the Itaipu power plant, the center of Foz do Iguaçu and the Three Borders monument. The company behind the tour is the Helisul, and flights run daily from 9 am to 17:30.

With the Macuco Safari, visitors also enjoy the tour in a quite exciting way. The adventure begins with a ride on electric cars until the beginning of a trail that ends at the place from where the boats, that provide a unique view of the falls, are. The 2-hour tour takes place every day from 9 am to 17.30, has departures every 10 minutes and costs R$ 179.

Remember that in the months of December and January the volume of water in the falls is higher, but also increase the number of tourists.

The Iguazu National Park is open daily from 9h to 17h, and the price of entry on the Brazilian side is R $ 31.20.

Other attractions in the region Besides the Falls, the region of the Triple Frontier has several options for fun and leisure. On the Argentine side, you can try your luck in the casino, eat at a nice restaurant, or enjoy the clubs in Puerto Iguazú. In the Paraguayan side, just cross the Friendship Bridge, to go shopping.

The city of Foz do Iguaçu also has other attractions too, such as the Bird Park, where visitors can get in a giant nurseries and take pictures with the birds, the Itaipu Hydroelectric Plant, responsible for generating energy for millions of people, and the Wax Museum Dreamland, first of its kind built in Latin America.