The spectacular Iguazu Falls straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil, but most the national park lands lie on the Argentine side. From this side of the border, it’s possible to see the falls up-close from above and below, and to explore the surrounding rain forests. Here are a few ways to enjoy the Argentine side.
Some of the best hiking in the Iguazu Falls area is found on the Argentine side of the border. There are five main trails ranging in length from the 716-yard (655-meter) Green Trail to the 4.3-mile (7-kilometer) Macuco and Arrechea Trail. Most guided tours of Iguazu National Park include hikes along the Upper Circuit, Lower Circuit, and Devil’s Throat trails, allowing for numerous vantage points on the cascading water along elevated walkways.
One of the most popular ways to experience the falls is from the river. Boat tours take you close to the base of the thundering falls. A typical boat trip navigates 4 miles (6 kilometers) of the Iguazu River, including a stretch of rapids. Boats also get close to Devil’s Throat Canyon and make a landing on San Martin Island when conditions allow. These family-friendly excursions almost always involve getting wet, so it’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes.
One feature the Argentine side of the falls has that the Brazilian side lacks is the Rainforest Ecological Train. This quiet and clean open-air train departs every 15 to 20 minutes from the main visitor’s center in the national park. Guests can hop off and on at Cataratas Station for access to the Upper and Lower Circuits and boats to San Martin Island, or at the Devil’s Throat Station to hike the catwalk above the Upper Iguazu River to the top of Devil’s Throat.
Though Iguazu Falls are impressive by day, they’re arguably even more spectacular when illuminated by the light of a full moon. A few times per month, visitors can explore the park after dark on a moonlight tour of the falls. These special tours include a ride on the Rainforest Ecological Train and a walk along the Devil’s Throat Trail. Some tours also include dinner before or after the tour.