If you plan to go to Brazil or Argentina, the Iguazu Falls should definitely be in your list. If you live in Brazil please, tell me you’ve been there or that you have a trip booked already =)
Pictures are not going to give you the sensation of water splashing on your face, neither give you the sound of the rushing water or the opportunity to see a toucan flying above you.
Not convinced yet? What if I tell you that you can even go on a boat tour in the middle of the waterfalls?
Make all of it your own experience!
I went there in November of 2013, there was a holiday in Brazil on a Friday so I took a bus from São Paulo on Thursday night and got back on Monday early in the morning. It took long 16 hours to get there but it was worth it, especially because it was way cheaper than a flight due to the holiday (around R$300 vs. R$700, although you can get flight tickets for the same price if you go on business days).
The bus company from São Paulo to Iguazu is called Pluma, you can check the prices on their website: http://www.pluma.com.br/en/.
If you decide to go by plane the airport name is Aeroporto Internacional de Foz do Iguaçú – IGU.
On the first day I went to the Brazilian side of the park, the view there in my opinion is nicer than on the other side.
Prices are different if you are Brazilian, from Mercosul or out of the region. You can check the prices on the link below:
On the second day I went to the Argentinian side, it was amazing especially because of the boat tour and the “Garganta do Diabo” (Devil’s Throat).
Be carefull with your cellphone, the water splash may cause problems, my iPhone antenna stopped working a day after my trip.
Ps.: I bought the boat tour ticket right in the park.
PARQUE DAS AVES
On the third day I went to “Parque das Aves”(Bird’s Park), there you can see many species of birds and also take a picture with an “Arara”.
I stayed at Hostel Manga Rosa, it is a little far from the Iguazu National Park ( I had to take two local buses) but the owners (Giselli and Joel) are soooooo nice that I would definitely stay there again! One of the days I got back to the hostel so tired and hungry after spending a whole day at the park that I guess Giselli could see my pale face of someone who could not wait for some food delivery so she shared her food with me, soooo sweet =) ! They made me feel like home. Besides that I also met great people there!
Hostel evaluation on Trip Advisor:
Overall this is a really nice trip, although it is a place where going once in a lifetime is enough.