Iguazu Falls is located at the meeting point of three South American countries: Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. The Falls area itself makes the border between Brazil and Argentina, so in order to do a complete tour in Iguazu Falls, it is necessary to visit these two countries, both of which have National Parks devoted to this natural wonder of the world.
1. Differences between Argentine and Brazilian side
In general, it is said that the Falls belong to Argentina, but the view belongs to Brazil. This is very true, for the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls features a shortish walkway (compared to the numerous circuits and trails on the Argentine side) that overlooks the entire cataract and offers a stunning view.
It is also only the Brazilian side that offers helicopter rides over the Falls. Besides completing the tour of the Iguazu Falls region, the Brazilian side offers much besides, including one of the largest dams in the world, the attractions of a large town, a bird park, a world-class dinner concert venue, and much besides.
2. The main reason to visit the Brazil side of Iguazú Falls
As far as visiting the Brazil side of the Iguazu Falls is concerned, the main reason will be to enjoy the Iguazu Falls in one impressive vista. This is best done in the morning, for the sun rises from the Brazilian side and lights up the Falls. It opens at 9 am, but be there ready before that.
Later in the day, consider taking a helicopter flightseeing the mist rising high into the air from the Devil’s Throat and the tremendous power and breadth of the Falls from a bird’s eye view makes it worth every centavo.
3. What else can I do on the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls?
A tour of the Brazil side of the Falls can be completed in a half day easily, so do consider expanding the tour in Iguazu Falls to the other many sites here.
Directly next to the National Park is the private zoo known as the Parque das Aves. Here whatever wildlife from the Misionera area that one missed can be found in an impressive array, including toucans, flamingoes, parrots, as well as alligators, and iguanas.
Just down the road is the 5-mile wide Itaipu Dam, voted one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The statistics on this gargantuan project are dizzying: for instance, the dam produces 25% of Brazil’s electricity (and a stunning 78% of Paraguay).
Once evening descends, consider going to the Rafain Grill Place, a large venue that includes all of the area’s famous dishes (and a dessert buffet) set to a show featuring artists of international renown.
4. Where should I stay?
Staying on the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls is easy and convenient as well, though bear in mind that the town, Foz do Iguaçu, is a good deal larger than Puerto Iguazu in Argentina.
Depending on your preferences, you can choose the alternative that best suits your needs, but both cities are spectacular and offer different types of activities that you will love.
5. Do I need a visa to enter Brazil?
Keep in mind that several different nationalities need a visa to visit Brazil. These include citizens of the United States, Canada, and Australia, so make sure to come prepared with the necessary documents—easily arranged before your visit to South America via a Brazilian embassy or consulate.