Though only about 20 percent of Iguazu National Park falls on the Brazilian side of the border, this side offers some of the best panoramic views of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Whether you prefer to hit the trail or sit back and soak up the views from a boat or helicopter, here are some ways to explore.
Iguazu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls offers a pair of hiking trails. The Cataratas Trail extends a little more than 1 mile (2 kilometers) along the river, offering stellar views of the falls on the Argentine side along the way. The trail ends at the Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo), where visitors can ride an elevator to the top of the falls to see them from above. The Black Well Trail winds for 5 miles (9 kilometers) through the Brazilian jungle. Most guided tours of the falls include a hike on the Cataratas Trail.
There’s no better way to get a feel for the power of the falls than by taking a boat into the Devil’s Throat. Boat tours on the Brazilian side often start with a short safari through the rain forest, with the chance to spot local plants and animals. From there passengers board motorboats for a tour of the falls from below. Boats often get so close to the falls that getting wet is almost a guarantee.
It’s possible to take in the falls on both the Argentine and Brazilian side from a helicopter ride. Excursions take as little as 10 minutes in the air, offering a bird’s-eye view of the Devil’s Throat and commentary from the pilot on what you’re seeing. Helicopter tours can often be combined with a boat tour and hike to the Devil’s Throat.