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Visiting Iguazu falls: The most beautiful waterfall in the world

One of my dream has come true and I’m beyond grateful.

The most beautiful waterfall in the world?  I know that the bar is high but it probably possible and that is what I really feel.  But it surely is the largest waterfalls system in the world. So let’s keep it high as I wishhh!

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2.30 hours flew southwest from Rio De Janeiro, Alex and I arrived to Foz Do Iguazu, a city in the Brazilian state of Parana in the late afternoon and also seemed like after rain. It was in the late autumn and everything were still green which I believe that nothing will be changed too much even in winter, but I heard that it’s pretty hot in summer and a bit drier and not so green in winter so I guess it was a good time for us to visit the falls.

Foz Do Iguazu is the main base for visiting Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian Side (The falls are situated over the border of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina). Stretching for 2.7 kilometer-width, straddling the border with Argentina. Their height varies between 60 metres and 82 metres. This makes the Iguazu Falls taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, the falls comprise hundreds of cascades, including the 80 meters tall and huge Devil’s Throat which was breathaking. I’m sure I would never forget it!

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The Devil’s Throat!

We chose to stay outside of town at Atalaia Adventure Hostel which cozy, quiet and more private so that we slept better, jet lag still was there with us for many days! We made an appointment with the taxi guy who brought us here from the airport, for the next morning transfer to the entrance of the falls, and to pick up us back as well.

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So the following morning, I woke up with an excitement and during the breakfast I felt like couldn’t wait to see (another corner of) the world already.

9.00 am. the taxi guy came to pick up us to the entrance of the falls and as we didn’t know it was coming, the line to buy ticket was so so long! To be honest, we had never seen the long line like this before. It was Sunday! Usually we always avoid doing things like this on the weekend because we don’t really like the crowd.

I blamed jet lag, it wasn’t my fault!

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Efficiently, perhaps after 30-40 min we had got the ticket and got on the bus-service heading to the falls. It wasn’t that bad, system management was very good so the line was flowing well. The falls on Brazilian side wasn’t that small, the buses run all day long through every station along with many activities: Trekking, hiking, biking or you can enjoy a trill ride by jet boat to the rushing water right under the falls.

The falls area was literally huge but every pathway were pretty crowded, I was pretending like I didn’t care but hey, avoid the weekend if possible.

The super naughty Quaties but look at that cute faces!

One of the highlights was the lovely and naughty Quati or Nasua, that little hairy body with long face and raccoon tail, they were everywhere but the naughtiest ones were at the entrance of a long way to Devil’s Throat. They have got an incredible ability to follow scent of food, they know where is your cookie even it deep deep inside your bag! Watch out!

The Devil’s Throat was really huge one, a U-shaped, 82 by 150 by 700 meters. It was spectacularly incredible and beautiful. As how the spray of rushing water was intense, to visit and get closer was needed the raincoat and well preparing to protect our camera. And of cause along with crowded, need to be more patient and open-minded!

But trust me, it’s all worth it!

We spent almost all day in the falls until late afternoon we took a bus back but pulled out somewhere still in the middle of the falls area, so we could enjoy more nature, watching butterflies (There are many colorful butterflies around) and just chilled out. Nature is very abundant.

Note! Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side Ticket: 60 Brazilian Real/person (20 USD)

Where is the most beautiful waterfall you’ve ever been to? Let’s share!

2 comments on “Visiting Iguazu falls: The most beautiful waterfall in the world

  1. Nice report on a truly spectacular place! We visited on the Argentina side only. Thanks for your perspective on the Brazil side as we wanted to do the Brazil side but $160 Visa fee each, was not in the cards for a day visit.

    Here is our blog post on Iquazu from the Argentina side.
    https://latitudeadjustmentblog.com/2016/10/03/incredible-iguazu-falls/#comments

    Keep the blog post coming and safe travels!

    Cheers,
    John and Susan

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    • Your Iguazu Falls Post from Argentina side is really breathaking! We also skipped the falls that side, so we will have something to do next time we will be there. Ha ha! And nope, sadly to report bad news, we haven’t made it safe all the way but at the end we’ve learned and we’ve grown :)

      Thank you so much!
      Cheers,
      Anne

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