Discover the best top things to do in Province of Misiones, Argentina including Iguazu Falls, Garganta del Diablo, Parque Nacional Iguazu, Salto Bernabe Mendez, Parque Provincial Mocona, Costanera, Los Saltos del Mocona, San Ignacio Mini - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis, Sendero Macuco, Salto Encantado.
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The Iguazu National Park was created in 1934, with approximately 67,620 hectares/167,091 acres was declared "Natural Heritage to the Humanity" by the UNESCO in 1984 due to its scenic beauties and to the great biological diversity of the subtropical forest. This natural sanctuary, was declareted new 7 wonder of the world in 11/11/11. The Iguazu Falls are located in the Argentina's northeaster corner, bestowed with benevolent rains and temperatures (15ºC/59°F average in Winter and 30ºC/ 86°F average in Summer) brings about a very humid atmosphere almost windless due to the leafy vegetation canopy. The Iguazu river has a total extension of 1320 km/ 820 miles until flowing into the Parana River, 23 km/ 14 miles after the Waterfalls. Inside the National Park, the river widens to about 1500 meters/ 0.9 miles and turns south, next it turns north, in the shape of a wide "U" where the river mouth presents the abrupt slump of soil which conforms the cataratas: a magnificent waterfall. All along the above mentioned prominent curve, a proliferation of reefs, islets and prolonged Islands provoke the fragmentation of the river in numerous branches. When the river reaches the cliff, each branch becomes a waterfall and together comprise the great Iguazu Waterfalls. The Iguazu Falls appear grandiose and majestic in the Misiones forest dazzling visitors from all over the world. In celebration of all this beauty and unique attraction as from July 2001, a new concept of ecological tourism has been implemented within the Iguazu National Park, with an investment of 25 million dollars and service and facilities according to the international tourist demands, prioritizing at the same time the Park's care and preservation, a sample of the Paranaense Subtropical Forest declared Natural Heritage to the Humanity" by the UNESCO in 1984. The fundamental objectives of this Enterprise are the recover and conservation of the Waterfall Area, and the incentive to the present and future generations to renew the legendary admiration arisen by this wonderful masterpiece of nature. Today, our visitors can enjoy safe and modern walkways from start to finish of the impressive falls and the Upper and Lower Circuits and the Devil's Throat, and facilities according to the natural environment such as the new Visitor Center and the alternative transportation of the Ecological Forest Train, which complies with international policies of accessibility and preservation of the World Union for Nature Conservation.
Niagara Falls is amazing but Iguazu Falls is like something out of this world. I will leave the superlatives to others and simply offer a few lessons learned.
Get there early. We arrived at around 10am and the park was already packed. While we still saw and did most of what there is to do and see, arriving earlier would have enabled us to do it at a less hectic pace.
If you are going to purchase entry tickets using a credit card bring photo ID. While this may sound obvious we had been in Argentina for a couple of weeks prior to arriving at Iguazu and had stopped bringing ID as no-one ever asked for it. Theses guys want to see the photo ID.
Take the boat ride if your budget allows. You will get soaked but you dry out eventually. They give you pretty solid waterproof bags for your shoes and valuables. But put valuables in a zip lock bag before putting them in their bags as someone else's shoes have been in the bag previously and the inside of the bags are not all that clean. The 20 minute truck ride each way is almost as interesting as the boat ride.
The vast majority of the paths are of a very good quality but some of the metal grates can be slippery when they are wet, so wear appropriate foot wear.
If you need to use the ATM do so in the morning as it tends to run out of cash by the afternoon.
Bring plenty of sun screen and insect repellant.
Finally, simply enjoy it, it is a truely wonderful experience.
5 based on 13 reviews
This wonder of nature permits the observation of one of the most unique landscapes in the World; constituted by the upper Iguazu River and the Subtropical Forest, which frame the incredible Devil's Throat balcony. Three ring-shaped balconies permit a special view of the colossal “throat”, the culmination of the journey: a giant horseshoe-shaped waterfall 150 meters / 492 feet long, and 80 meters / 262 feet high. Here the water falls with such potency that it creates dense clouds of vapor as it pours into the river below. From here you can experience such wonderful sensations, offering you amazing and unforgettable moments:- Just listening to the roar of the Waterfalls - Feeling the vapor of waterfalls- Appreciating the rainbows that form amongst the clouds of water and rays of the sun - Admiring the contrasts of colors between the green forest and the blue sky, or the white color of the water foam and the red soil. - A separate spectacle is offered by the “vencejos” - birds unique to the Iguazu Falls that swoop down along the falls, as if they wanted to be confused with the curtains of water.This fabulous place is located 2080 m / 1 mile from the Devil's Station. You arrive by the Ecological Jungle Train, 5 km / 3miles from the Central Station. The Iguazu National Park Waterfalls Area has assorted activities. Along the upper and lower walkways you will be able to admire between 160 and 275 falls, the Devil's Throat being the most impressive one.
The Argentian side of the falls presents a totally different perspective than the Brazilian side. It's hard to pick one over the other. Both need to be seen to get a total picture of this expansive park with over 200 Waterfalls. Iquazu makes Niagra and Victoria Falls look like leaky faucets. I am so glad we added this to our trip to Patagonia. It was worth every penny.
5 based on 3 reviews
This is spectacular. The park is beautiful and well laid out. It is definitely a two day visit, and if you present your original ticket you get the 2nd day discounted. I have never seen so many Butterfly's in my life, a rare treat for Canadians. The park is well laid out with good signage and helpful staff. It is easy to find snacks and water and there is a Bank machine at the entrance and an ATM near the mini train station.
5 based on 116 reviews
This is a spectacular section of the falls that is named after a park ranger killed by poachers in the park in 1968. You can look down on the falls from near the end of the "upper circuit" trail and get great views from the middle of the "lower circuit" trail as well. Possibly the most spectacular sampling of the many falls. Nearby wildlife sightings on my trip included a large caiman lounging in the water near the top of the falls and many tegu lizards (see picts).
4.5 based on 125 reviews
Lugar que no se puede dejar de conocer, increíbles saltos por donde se los mire. Hay que ir en lancha, según creciente del rio que perjudica o no el ingreso. Agradezco estén en mi pais
4.5 based on 791 reviews
3 stars is probably a bit mean of me because for Posadas people this is a wonderful (relatively new) attraction especially in comparison with the fetid rubbish-strewn riverbank which I am told used to exist, and which was largely a no-go area due to troublesome squatters, etc. For most of its length (perhaps 5km?) the trees are far too small to provide any shade and, being so spindly, you wonder how many will survive to adulthood. There are also not enough cafes and restaurants and the ones that are here, are not too great and almost all of them are closed between 3 pm and 8pm, just when you want them - I know this is the tradition in Argentina but how ridiculous...!
4.5 based on 260 reviews
The Mocona Falls are not huge ones like the nearby Iguazu Falls, but on the other hand they are very special because the water falls on the side, accompanying the river for a very long way, and the boats can go very close to the Waterfalls.
4.5 based on 334 reviews
It is absolutely mind-boggling to think that a handful of Jesuits were responsible for organizing and educating the local Guaranís so they could build, decorate, and run these huge Missions in the middle of the jungle, far from everywhere. The small museum at the entrance gives you a good idea of the history of the Mission and what you are about to see in the ruins, with all signage and explanations available in English as well as Spanish. The "squawk boxes" dispersed throughout the ruins have short narrations in English explaining what you are looking at. Open from 7AM to 7PM. Very worthwhile.
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It is a wide, rather flat and straight walkway through the forest which would have been boring if it were not for a small waterfall at the end of it. Swimming in it could have been a pleasant respite on a very hot day. However, as it happened, the path leading to the bottom of the waterfall where swimming is possible was closed off for repairs and a surly machete-wielding repairman cast a disapproving look at me as I tried to enter the fenced-off zone. All that remains is the top of the waterfall but the view is not that spectacular and certainly is not worth the time or effort.
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Salto Encantado is a very pleasant place to spend a morning or afternoon watching birds. The newly improved walkways are wide and give great views over the waterfall. The old path down to the "La Olla" falls was closed when we went but when this reopens it will complete the birding opportunities as it goes through forest understorey with some fairly good bamboo stands, as opposed to the mainly open-air aspect of the new boardwalk which did, by the way, sport quite a sizeable Plovercrest lek when we were there - which was quite a spectacle. We saw three or four of these diminutive but handsome hummingbirds, singing away in the space of five minutes. Other good birds here were Short-tailed Hawk, Spot-backed Antshrike and of course the Great Dusky Swifts that give everyone a grand sight as they swoop down en masse at dusk to roost under the waterfall.
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