The thunderous spectacular Iguazu Falls consists of 275 individual fall which form a long picturesque spectacle of swift falling waters complemented by the greenery of the lush plants and trees. It is also known as Iguassu Falls and Iguaçu Falls. The falls originate from the Iguazu River and are located on the border between Brazil and Argentina forming the boundary between these two countries.
Many travellers have different views and opinions about Iguazu Falls which can be visited from Brazil and Argentina. Both countries have different uniqueness of the falls. Brazil has the spectacular panaromic view whereas on Argentina side, visitors can get very near to the huge roaring Devil’s Throat. As for me, I enjoyed both sides of the falls and in my opinion, if you have the time, you should see both sides. This post is dedicated to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls.
We flew into Foz do Iguaçu/Cataratas International Airport from Sao Paolo. For those who wish to visit the Iguazu Falls without lugging their baggages, this airport has lockers facilities which are coin-operated. The cheapest and most convenient way for backpackers and those on a budget to go to the falls from the airport is to catch the Parque Nacional public bus 120. Bus fare is only R$2.90 (as at August 2014) and it runs every half-hourly. The bus stop is located at the airport terminal itself which is just near the entrance. There are airport staffs manning the Information counter and they are more than pleased to direct you.
The bus will drop passengers off at the entrance of the Iguazu Falls National Park.
Iguazu Falls opens daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Ticket price is R$53 for adults and R$7.50 for children under 12 years old (as per August 2014). Do not be deter by the long queues as there are many ticket counters and service is brisk and efficient.
After buying your tickets, you can spend 10 minutes to study the layout of the Iguazu National Park. You will get a very good idea of where you would be going and the highlights of the falls.
Visitors can use the double-decker buses to shuttle them to and from the falls area. The buses arrive and depart every 20 minutes and make several stops along the way. The first stop is the Safari Boat trip which we didn’t do as we wanted to spend more time at the falls. The second stop is the beginning of the observation trail and most visitors will get down here. The Hotel das Cataratas – Orient Express is also in this area. The trail is easy to walk as there is a board walkway and there is no way anyone can get lost. It will eventually lead to the largest falls and also to the Rappelling and Rafting Stations in the area called Devil’s Throat. If you are hungry or rather shop than see the falls, then you should get down at the third stop where all the restaurants and souvenir shops are located.
I have posted many beautiful stunning photographs on my Part 2 of Iguazu Falls- Brazil Side. Do check them out.