“There’s no point going if you just see the Brazilian side.”
That is an actual quote written by somebody talking about Iguazu Falls on a review website. I guess this bloke must have been blindfolded with a black bag over his head when he visited what is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.
I would have loved to see the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian side but quite frankly I didn’t have time. It also didn’t help that I messed up in purchasing bus tickets, meaning I was to leave from the Brazil bus terminal as opposed to Argentina – oops.
Obviously having not been to both sides, I’m not the best person to advise on which is better, but in my honest opinion I don’t think it really matters. From wherever you stand, from whichever angle you look, I guarantee you will be at a loss for words.
From what I’ve read and have been told, the Brazilian side is a lot more accessible for those who don’t particularly want to do a lot of walking.
Once you’ve paid your entry fee (I want to say this was about R$73 but I might be lying) and got your ticket, you’ll be directed to a grumpy looking man sat on a stool who will hand you your voucher for the next available shuttle bus. FYI, if your voucher says your bus leaves at 14:00 and you’re not waiting at least ten minutes beforehand, your seat will be reallocated and you will have to wait for the next one. But yeah, the times aren’t exactly strictly adhered to.
The shuttle bus takes about 10 minutes to reach the centre of the Brazilian side of the park where everybody will shuffle off together and follow the very well signposted path through the forest to see the Falls in all their glory.
There are a whole bunch of strategically placed viewpoints along the trail for you to get the best pictures, but these get very crowded very quickly so you may want to hang around at the start for a bit to give everyone else a headstart.
Towards the end of the trail you get to Devil’s Throat, where there’s a lookout balcony that takes you right up to the front of the falls. Tip: Wear a raincoat.
All in all, you could probably walk the Brazilian trail in under 20 minutes; it’s really not very long at all. But I promise you that 20 minutes just doesn’t do this place justice! As soon as you get your first glimpse of the waterfalls, you’ll want to spend the whole day there just watching and listening.