Igussu Falls are the largest waterfall system in the world, located along the border of Argentine province of Misiones and Brazilian state of Parana. With upper and lower divisions, Igussu Falls are rather large, and take almost the entire daytrip to explore. The arrangement of Igussu Falls reminds of the letter ‘J’—the shape of the waterfall system is such and aerial images insist that the layout is similar to the alphabet. These Falls are taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide!
Visiting Igussu Falls
Any travel planner will tell you that you must visit Igussu Falls once in your lifetime. It is advisable for tourists to see Iguazu Falls (a common way of spelling and pronouncing) too during spring or autumn season, as summer is very hot and humid, while the water level drops extensively in the winter. Visitors get close up to this phenomenon creation of nature by roving on special walkways built around Igussu Falls. These attractive wonders of the natural world are used as the backdrop/framework in many feature films, documentaries and research programs.
Best Time to Visit Igussu Falls
Igussu Falls are situated in an area of tropical rainforest receiving regular rains and constantly high humidity. The temperature is quite hot in summers and mild in winters because of the low altitude. These hills receive rainfall throughout the year but the months between October and March are the wettest, while the period from May – August has lesser rainfall. The best time to visit to Iguazu is dictated by the weather and the crowds. It is predicted, that the months of May and September are ideal as this seasonal window sees bearable crowds, tolerable weather and a good chance of sunshine. Igussu Falls are overcrowded. Most people make trips between early January and late February as most Argentineans and Brazilians are on holiday at this time. Easter is also said to be a very busy time and June/July is subject to bouts of tourist rush. Prices for food and lodging are probably at their highest at these times. The months of May and September are the best time to visit Iguazu Falls if you want the best of views, plenty of options to explore and the best in lodging and accommodation facilities.
One of the New Natural 7 Wonders of the World
Igussu Falls is one of the most famous touristic destinations in Argentina and Brazil. Igussu Falls has been repeatedly named as one of the Natural 7 Wonders of the World. There are expandable boat services that take visitors very close to the falls. A long pathway along the Brazilian side of the falls is accompanied by helicopter routes, along the water, to allow an uninterrupted experience of viewing the glory of Iguazu. Travellers are encouraged to participate in such tours, booking well in advance to secure their seat.
Admittance to Igussu
Access to the Igussu Falls is usually done through one of the three cities in the tri-border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. There are two international airports close to Iguazú Falls – the Argentine Cataratas del Iguazu International Airport (IGR) and the Brazilian Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU) which will make it easy for you to reach the falls. It takes more than 6 hours for visitors to experience the falls properly on the Argentinean side. The Brazilian side however offers panoramic, full anterior views of the various waterfall systems that converge here.
You might as well take some time to visit the nearby Jesuit Missions – a historically significant tourist spot in Paraguay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site takes about 4 hours by car and helps you understand the lesser talked about heritage in this part of the world! However, the Iguazu does not have the great infrastructure associated with similar places of great tourist interest in this region, such as Cafayate and Bariloche that come across as properly developed cities while the Iguazu still has that old-world, somewhat rural charm!
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