Brazil’s View of Iguazu Falls

There’s no point even going if you just see the Brazilian side

That’s an actual quote written by somebody about Iguazu Falls on a review website (which, for the sake of all things legal and what not, shall remain nameless). I guess this bloke must have been either blindfolded or just really, really ignorant when he visited what is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

I would have loved to see the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian side – heck, I may even have frolicked over to Paraguay if I had the chance – but I just didn’t have time.

The original plan was actually to have a gander at Brazil’s interpretation of the Falls then mosy on over to Argentina to see how they compete. But I’m a bit stupid and booked bus tickets to leave from Brazil instead of Argentina so yeah, that plan went out the window pretty sharpish.

Obviously having not been to both sides, I’m not the best person to advise on which is better but I honestly don’t think it really matters. From wherever you stand, from whichever angle you look on it, I guarantee you will be at a loss for words.

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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.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT TIP: 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 shuffles off together and follows the very well signposted path through the forest to see the Falls in all their glory.

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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.

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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.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT TIP: Wear a raincoat.
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Devil’s Throat, Iguazu Falls

Related: Venezuela: A Journey to Paradise Falls

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 Iguazu Falls in all their glory, you won’t ever want to leave.

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  1. 13th June 2016 / 10:57 am

    Absolutely incredible photos! Followed you on instagram can’t wait to see more shots 🙂

    • 13th June 2016 / 1:31 pm

      Thank you so much! Followed you right back, I’m so jealous of you going to Snowdonia!

  2. 13th June 2016 / 1:02 pm

    I’ve only been to the Argentinian side, and your photos show the Brazilian side to be just as amazing. That guy and his pompous statement are the reason I don’t put much credence in review sites!

    • 13th June 2016 / 1:34 pm

      There was a point along the trail where we looked over and see one of the Argentinian viewpoints, and it was overlooking exactly the same view as us. I don’t often use review sites for advice, and that is why!

  3. Jean
    8th March 2017 / 6:17 am

    Excellent advice on the buses. I didn’t know that they reassigned your seats! We’re offthis way at the end of the year so that’s super helpful info to have.

    It looks like dispite a few hiccups you did get to enjoy these wonderful waterfalls!

  4. 8th March 2017 / 9:04 am

    There is something about waterfalls that give a sense of calming peace. Hence, I would definitely love to see this one in person. It looks awe-inspiring in photos, I can only imagine how much I’ll be in awe if I saw this myself. Like you said, I’m pretty sure it’s beautiful either you see it from the Brazil or Argentina side – though this debate reminds me a lot about the Niagara Falls too!

  5. 8th March 2017 / 9:52 am

    So awesome! Falls like these are just spectacular to see, such incredible force and power. Just remarkable. I laughed out loud at the comment about the grumpy man handing you your voucher! I’m sure both sides of the falls are stunning. Some people are just complainers.

  6. 8th March 2017 / 11:36 am

    Oh wow, it looks so stunning!! Especially the rainbow. I hope I will make it there some day and then remember to cross over to the other side.
    xx finja |

  7. 8th March 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Amazinggg! I’m hoping to be going to Brazil next Feb and the falls are top of my list (along with carnival.) I love the way you write too, and the hint of sarcasm!

  8. 8th March 2017 / 12:56 pm

    This is so so gorgeous! I don’t think it matters which side either as its all beautiful! I haven’t visited there yet but I did go to Victoria Falls once and it actually looks really similar although we went in dry season so we didn’t get a lovely big rainbow like you captured. Need to put this on my bucket list asap!

  9. 9th March 2017 / 8:40 am

    I love the quote you start with! If i had time i would definitely love to see both the Brazilian side and Argentinian side, although like you said its harder to get too. I’m planning a trip to South America in the near future and this is definitely one of the things I’d love to experience! Do you know how tall the falls are? as they seems pretty high!

  10. 10th March 2017 / 3:07 am

    I am someone who has been to both sides of the falls. It was nice to experience it from both countries but if you are pushed for time then I do not feel it matters. Both are amazing.
    You have got some great photos here. Love the grumpy man, it sounds like he was working there a few years ago when I visited haha.

  11. 11th March 2017 / 8:02 am

    I went to Brazil last year but had no time to visit the falls. The next time I go there, I will surely visit the falls and Pantal. Loved the picture of the falls with the rainbow…I have never seen one like that in real life…only in pics..lucky you!

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