Iguazu Falls, on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná, are the largest waterfalls in the world. The name ‘Iguazu’ quite literally means ‘Big Water’, coming from the Guarani or Tupi words ‘y’ (meaning ‘water’) and ‘Gûasú’ (meaning ‘big’).
The Falls did not disappoint, they are breathtakingly big and beautiful. The sort of sight that leaves you speechless (a rarity for both of us!) Even with the water turning brown due to mud and silt from the recent rain downpours, they were one of the most stunning natural wonders we’ve ever seen. We spent a whole day exploring the complex of waterfalls on the Argentinian side of the National Park. With four different trekking trails taking you past these natural feats and lots of wildlife, it was an incredible day.
There are coatis roaming around the park (a member of the raccoon family) as well as lots of brightly coloured butterflies and birds. The coatis are very friendly, although you’re encouraged not to get too close as they can be aggressive if they need to be. There are also pumas in the jungle there, however, we were lucky enough NOT to see one of those!
If you’re thinking about visiting, we’d recommend getting there early. We were the first ones through the gates when it opened at 8am and we headed straight to the top of the biggest waterfalls, meaning we were some of the only people there before the tour groups reached them. Getting to take in such a natural wonder in peace truly was incredible.
If you’re a fan of photos of waterfalls, you’re in luck, because we have a whole load of them for you right here…