Puerto Iguazu and its Amazing Waterfalls

Impressive, majestic and unique, the Iguazu Falls are the main attraction of Puerto Iguazu in the north of Misiones province. This 200,000-year-old natural wonder is formed by a geological fault at the confluence of the Iguazu and Parana rivers. The area is also known as the tri-border region since the rivers mark the frontier between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The Iguazu Falls have between 160 and 260 individual waterfalls, depending on the time of year, with the Devil’s Throat being the most impressive of them all. Visitors can approach the waterfalls through a network of jungle trails and then venturing out on catwalks above and below the falls. Once there, all that remains is to appreciate the spectacle, and feel the roar of the cascading water. After experiencing the falls from the Argentine side, you can cross the border to Brazil for an incomparable panoramic view to complete the tour.

In 1984, UNESCO declared the 67,620 hectare Iguazu National Park a World Heritage Site. It is home to over 3,000 distinct animal and plant species making it an ideal location for a photographic safari. But the town of Puerto Iguazu is an attraction in itself. Situated 286 km from Posadas, the provincial capital, it has plenty of activity and commercial movement. It is also possible to visit the Tri-Border Landmark, the crafts fair, various museums and La Aripuca theme park. You can also visit the ruins of San Ignacio Mini, 145 miles from Puerto Iguazu, where missionaries evangelized to the native Guarani people in the 18th century (hence the name of Misiones province and the name of the Robert DeNiro movie The Mission). The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Wanda Mines where you can find semiprecious stones of quartz, amethyst, agate and topaz are located just 24 miles from Puerto Iguazu.

The climate is subtropical with lots of rainfall and humidity. The average temperature in the summer is 27°C (80°F) and in the winter 15°C (59°F). You will get wet so wear lightweight clothing and appropriate footwear.  Take a waterproof bag or case for your camera, and a change of clothes in a waterproof bag.

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