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Day Trips from Puerto Iguazu

By Viator, February 2016

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In the north of Argentina at the borders of Brazil and Paraguay, a giant chasm in the earth, left behind from a volcanic eruption, is the sight of one of the tallest and most impressive waterfalls in the world. Iguassu Falls is taller than Niagara Falls, and has nearly 300 distinct falls over an area of about 2 miles. At its peak flow (from November to March), more than 450,000 cubic feet of water flow over the falls per second.

Puerto Iguazú, the Argentine town closest to the falls, is a great base for getting to know this natural marvel. You can choose how to spin it, visiting one or both sides of the falls (Argentine and Brazilian) or taking a foray out to the Itaipu dam, which is the largest operational hydroelectric project in the world.

The most up-close and personal view of Iguassu is a drenching ride into one of the lesser falls (plastic bags provided), easily combined with a full day tour of the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls. For a drier option, take only the full day Argentine side Iguassu Falls tour, passing the furiously boiling hotspot of the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), walking along boardwalk and asphalt trails, or taking an open-air train most of the way.

For an overview and a close-up view, a day trip from Puerto Iguazú that combines both the Argentine and Brazilian gives you a taste of each, including the panoramic view of the falls from Brazil. Or if the power of the falls has you thinking about the gigantic Itaipu dam, which provides 25% of Brazil’s, and 95% of Paraguay’s electricity, you can easily take a tour combine the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls and a visit to the Itaipu dam in one day.

Or for something different, visit the Jesuit mission of San Ignacio, built in 1632, which has been partially restored, and the Wanda Mines. Like Iguassu Falls, they are a product of volcanic activity. Flowing lava cooled quickly, and crystalized into amethyst and agate, both semi-precious stones. A visit to the Jesuit mission and Wanda mines is an easy day trip from Puerto Iguazu.

No matter which activities you choose from Puerto Iguazu, in the evening there are plentiful restaurants to choose from in the town, including ones specializing in steak or pasta, and of course, a fine Argentine Malbec to raise a glass to the day.

Tours & Tickets

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Iguassu Falls Day Tour from Puerto Iguazú with Waterfall Boat Ride

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 36 Reviews

Location: Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours

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Foz do Iguaçu Folkloric Show with Dinner from Puerto Iguazú

3 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

Location: Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours

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Full Day Adventure Trip to Iguazú Waterfalls Argentinean Side from Puerto Iguazú

The Iguazú Falls tour on the Argentinian side takes longer ever since the inauguration of the new facilities for the upper, lower and the Devil´s throat ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.00

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