We’ve visited Iguazu Falls in 2010. We arrived at the tail end of a month of backpacking through Brazil. And it did not disappoint. We decided to visit the side of the falls on the Argentine side, and after a colorful and remote-seeming border crossing we showed up late in the afternoon one day. As we walked the paths to the falls, thousands of butterflies fluttered through the air, landing on our shoulders and fingers.

We had also just taken a 24 hour bus ride and were so tired we were almost delirious. It was strange and surreal.


I would highly recommend visiting Iguazu. Here are my recommendations:

1. Visit the side of the falls in Argentina. Though the falls can be seen from Brazil, the Argentine side has a expansive park with numerous hiking trails.

2. Stay in Puerto Iguazu. This smallish town is filled with charming, low budget lodging options and is a short, cheap bus ride from the falls. It’s also a welcome, low-key alternative to the comparatively large Foz do Iquacu, which is the city on the Brazil side.

3. Do the border crossing.

— Jim Dalrymple II



Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.

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