Iguazu falls Brazil

Iguazu falls!

People often say the Argentinian side is the most spectacular. I believe it’s most because of the Devils eye and the opportunity to get almost into the falls at one point. Although it was a very impressive point of view, I still feel people don’t give enough credit for the Brazilian side!

Iguazu falls
Iguazu falls

Going to Iguazu?

My suggestion is to go on the Brazilian side first and then to the Argentinian side. The Brazilian side is spectacular to say the least. It’s also a totally different point of view. You see falls everywhere, and you see them from the bottom to the top in whole. On the Argentinian side you are mostly on top of the falls and sometimes you have a limited view. Both sides have their own positive sides. That’s why you should spend a day on each side.

Devils eye on the Brazilian side

Brazilian side

We were staying in Foz do Iguacu on the Brazilian side. When getting to the waterfalls, you can take the bus from the city out to the entrance of the falls and purchase tickets. It’s very easy and totally recommended instead of taking a taxi.
After getting your entrance tickets you have to stay in queue to get on to another bus but within the park site, which will take you to the falls. It drops you off for a couple of km walk where you’ll see falls all the way. The views gets better and better the further you walk and the end is spectacular.

Brazilian devils eye

Walking on the bridge over the Devils eye will most likely make you and your equipment wet but you have great opportunity for photos and can see soo much water flow all around you. If the sun is out, you will most likely see rainbows. People are selling cheap ponchos here if you decided to change your mind in the last minute. Could be clever to protect your camera from all the mist and water in the air. Since the waterflow was three times higher when we walked over the devils eye, I’m not really sure how wet you get during a normal day.

Feeling very small when standing in the middle of all roaring water
Feeling very small when standing in the middle of all roaring water
In between the devils eye and the top

There’s a great viewing pod before you take the elevators going up. From here you get the closest experience to the highest point of the falls. These pictures can’t even closely give you the feeling of standing on the pod getting totally soaked and hearing the powerful roar going through your body.

So powerful!
So powerful!
Spectacular views from the top

Going further will take you to a pod right next to the 82m fall. Here you feel the rumbling through your body. It’s crazy being so close to thousands of cubic meters of water rushing down. Take the elevator going up for totally crazy views over most of the falls on the site. Butterflies around here are almost domesticated. Managed to get two of them on my hand while shooting photos over the mighty falls. Truly felt like a once in a lifetime experience.

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Posing with my badass butterfly
Boat trip for a close up

On the site we saw boats going very close to the falls. We really wanted to do this and it should be done on the Brazilian side from what we’ve heard afterwards. You get closer to the falls then. At the time we were at Iguazu, the waterflow was about 3 times higher than normal. This meant that the boats couldn’t get as close as they usually do. Anyhow, we wanted to do this the day after on the Argentinian side but all boats were already full. This means that I need to take another trip to Iguazu someday! Happy for this. Some more pictures from the Iguazu site.

Beautiful butterfly
Beautiful butterfly
Foz do Iguacu

There’s another thing you must do if being in Iguazu. Visit the Itaipu dam. Unfortunately, we didn’t schedule for this and this is another reason why I need to go back to Iguazu. Has been elected as one of the 7 wonders in the modern world. A must see for anyone going to this area. Some pictures around the city of Foz do Iguacu. Mostly of trucks, didn’t really focus on the city. Don’t ask me why… It’s possible to walk over the bridge to Ciudad del Este on the Paraguayan side if you like.

A big truck on its way to Paraguay
A big truck on its way to Paraguay

Pictures from the air

Iguazu falls from airplane
Iguazu falls from airplane
Iguacu falls from airplane
Iguacu falls from airplane

Interested in Ciudad del Este?

Next stop: Argentinian Iguazu!