A U-shaped 150 metre wide and 700 metre long waterfall known as the Garganta del Diablo or Devil’s Throat marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. The Devil’s Throat Falls is the main highlight of the region. Both the Argentine and Brazil side have their own national park, the Iguazu National Park in Argentina and the Iquaçu Falls National Park in Brazil. The area is home to more than 80 different types of mammals, 2,000 species of plants and over 450 bird species.
Iquassu Falls National Park in Brazil
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, the national park in Brazil offers the best panoramic views of the falls. As most of the falls are located on the Argentine side, the Brazil side offers a great view facing the spectacular waterfalls.
Must Do Activity
If you are only in the park for a few hours, you must walk the waterfalls path. This is a 1,200 metres walkway offering magnificent views of the smaller falls that make up Iguassu. The walk ends by bringing you up close and personal with the Devil’s Throat Falls.
The park offers a number of different activities for the adventure-hearted including:
Macuco Safari Tour– an hour and a half boat ride bringing you to the foot of the falls.
Campo de Desafios– (or Challenges Field in English) offers rappelling, rafting, rock climbing and a canopy tour with zip line.
Foz Tropicana Bird Park
Located next to the National Park is the Parque Das Aves Foz Tropicana. The bird park houses many different species of tropical birds including a variety of toucans and macaws. Some of the birds are situated in large cages which you can walk-in allowing you to get closer to the flying creatures. The bird park is open daily from 8:30am to 5:30 pm.
How to Get There
From Foz du Iguaçu, buses run daily from the central station to Iquaçu Falls National Park. By car, the Park can be reached by BR 469 – The Cataratas Highway.
The park is open:
From April 1 to September 30: Mondays to Sundays: from 9 am to 5 pm
From October 1 to March 31: Mondays to Sundays: from 9 am to 6 pm