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Iguazu Falls With Kids: The Family-Friendly Falls Guide


Ready to experience the most expansive waterfalls on the planet, consisting of 275 different ones cascading down the shared border of Brazil and Argentina? Then get ready for Iguazu Falls, a site where childlike wonder and awe quickly overcomes both adults and kids alike, regardless of age.

Exploring such a natural wonder in South America will be a unique highlight of your vacation and one your children will long remember. Here you’ll use all your senses, from hearing the sound of rushing water to feeling the cool sprays and seeing exquisite natural sights, making Iguazu Falls the ideal vacation spot for your entire family.

Best Ways to Experience Iguazu Falls with Kids

The way you choose to experience Iguazu Falls will largely depend on your family and the ages of your children. Both Brazil and Argentina offer access to the waterfalls, and you can spend one day on each side or longer, depending on your vacation plans.

Here are the best overall ways to experience Iguazu Falls with your kids this year.


Boat Tour To Cataratas Do Iguazu

Take a Fun Boat Tour

Make your way to the tranquil waterfront and board one of the boat tours located there. You’ll have a choice between a wet boat, which nears the waterfalls and soaks its occupants, and a dry boat experience. Both provide incredible views.


Hiking In The Rainforest Of Iguazu National Park

Hike Your Way to Spectacular Views

On both sides of the falls, Iguazu National Park offers well-marked hiking trails, boardwalks, and short walks, so you have plenty of options to choose from.

Enjoy easily accessible lookouts, or make your way to the boardwalk that takes you as close to the waterfalls as possible. Here you can enjoy the feel of mist as the panoramic views surround you.

Ride the Iguazu Falls Eco Train

On the Argentinian side of the park, you’ll find the Iguazu Falls Eco Train. This slow locomotive provides spectacular views of the Falls from many different vantage points. This is a good option for families with children, saving much-needed energy to explore the Falls close-up on foot.


Aerial View Of The Iguazu Falls

Fly over the Falls for a Panoramic View

A scenic helicopter tour may provide the thrill your family is looking for on this adventure. Consider a 30-minute flight or a shorter one of 10 minutes.  You’ll experience panoramic views of the falls and surrounding nature, a scene your children will talk about for years to come.

Where to Stay

If you’re on the Argentina side of the Falls, venture into Puerto Iguazu for your stay. The Gran Melia Iguazú hotel provides views of the falls from its gorgeous infinity pool and also has a children’s pool.

Another option is the Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel, with jungle views from each room, several pools, and a children’s playroom. Your family can also immerse themselves in nature at the Iguazu Jungle Lodge or the Amerian Portal del Iguazú.

The nearby family-friendly city of Foz do Iguacu on the Brazil side offers several options for accommodations, including apartment-style rooms. These are convenient when traveling with kids, thanks to their kitchenettes, pool facilities, and various activities.


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This entry was posted June 3, 2021
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