Iguazu Falls: Argentina vs Brazil

27 Mar

A tale of two sides: Iguazu Falls. Iguazu Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it’s easy to see why. Iguazu is at the intersection of 3 countries: Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Due to its geography, Paraguay got unlucky and none of the views and touristic opportunities fall on its side. Which leaves us with the other two.

Argentina. The Argentines sure know how to develop an area and make the most of it. The Argentine side is crowded, claustrophobic, and concrete. The first thing that came to our minds was Disneyland! There are huge queues of people waiting for the trams and boats, and tons of those photographer people who take your picture and try to sell you the prints. The Argentine side allows hikes right up to the edge of many waterfalls, which gives you a sense of the sheer power and volume these falls contain. Unless you have boundless energy and are immune to the effects of high heat, it’s very difficult to explore everything on this side in one day. As an FYI for anyone interested in visiting, you can get 50% off admission on day 2.
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Garganta del Diablo. Incredible and breathtaking. As Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly said, “Poor Niagara!”

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Tons of people jostling for pictures.

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The Brazilian side is more natural, quieter, and cooler. Less commercialized. You start with a 20-minute open-air bus ride through the forest before you arrive at the falls. From there, you get beautiful panoramic views of falls on both the Brazilian side as well as on the Argentine side. There are less people which gives more opportunities for picture taking and leisurely walks. We like the Brazilian side better and feel waterfalls are best viewed from farther away.

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We are glad we had the chance to visit both sides. Despite personally not enjoying the Argentina side as much as the Brazil side, both have much to offer. It definitely was incredible to be up close and personal with Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) on the Argentina side.

Anyone been to both sides and have a preference?

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2 Responses to “Iguazu Falls: Argentina vs Brazil”

  1. Oscar March 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM #

    Awesome pixs…I can see why Iguazu Falls is labeled as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.

  2. Connie&Dan March 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM #

    Awesome stories and pictures of Iguazu falls, Patagonia and favelas : very informative , and descriptive .

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