Iguazu Falls Tour Options
Straddling the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, the roaring Iguazu Falls are one of the most incredible sights to see in South America. For those planning a trip, here are some of the various Iguazu Falls tour options for an experience you won’t forget.
Attractions at Iguazu Falls
1. The Falls
When visiting Iguazu Falls, naturally the most popular attraction is simply seeing the falls up close and personal from the many bridges and pathways below them. Iguazu Falls tours with a guide can provide fascinating information and guidance during your visit, and bilingual guides offer services on both the Argentina and Brazil sides of the falls.
When visiting, it’s ideal to have enough time to visit both the Argentinean and Brazilian side, and there are multiple Iguazu Falls tours that allow just that. On the Argentinean side, visitors can walk right up to the Devil’s Throat, with the closest access throughout the entire park. From the Brazilian side, visitors are able to step back and appreciate the dramatic panorama of the falls as a whole. To get a full perspective of Iguazu Falls, you won’t want to miss either.
For those who want to feel the spray of the falls even closer than paths allow, it’s possible to take a boat tour at the base, sailing just beside where the tons of water come rushing down.
2. The Forest
Because Iguazu Falls are housed within a national park of the same name, there are quite a few other things to see when visiting as well. Iguazu Falls tours can also include visits to the Iguazu Forest, a protected natural area designed to promote ecotourism. Activities with tours here may include light trekking, rappelling, and canopying, in addition to driving through the forest in vehicles designed to offer close-up views of the exotic animals and wildlife.
3. Macuco Safari
Nature lovers will also want to explore the forest on a Macuco Safari. This includes a 3km tour through the forest, where guides will point out the park's flora and fauna (including orchids, bromelias, centenary trees and wild animals). Through the Macuco forest is a 600-meter trail leading to the Macucos Fall, a 20 meter waterfall that may seem small next to the mighty Iguazu Falls, but is a beautiful oasis teeming with butterflies and constant rainbows upon the water.
4. The Bird’s Park
Easily one of the most popular attractions on the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls is the Bird’s Park. This protected section of the subtropical rainforest is home to more than 900 rare and colorful birds of 150 different species, as wellas caimans, pythons, marmosets and butterflies. The area is intended for protection and research of the species, and intends to educate visitors while providing the opportunity to walk amongst wildlife that would usually be too difficult for visitors to spot in the wild.
5. Itaipu Dam
The biggest hydroelectric dam in the world, the Itaipu Dam is responsible for the water management feat of Iguazu Falls. A visit here includes a documentary viewing that outlines the dam’s history and significance, as well as a trip to the external part of the dam, the front of the spillway, and finally a stop over the upper part of the dam. Anyone with an interest in the history and engineering behind the Itaipu Dam won’t want to miss witnessing it for themselves.
Whatever appeals most to you out of these attractions, there's a tour option here to take you there. Iguazu Falls tours come in all shapes and sizes, with something for every traveler’s interests. Here are some of the most popular Iguazu Falls tours.
1. Half Day Iguazu Falls Tours
For those wanting a shorter experience (or considering combining several different tours), there are a variety of half-day Iguazu Falls tours:
- Brazilian Falls (Private Service or Group Service) from the Brazilian side (2-3 hours)
- Brazilian Falls (Private Service or Group Service) from the Argentinean side (4 hours)
- Itaipu Dam (Private Service) from the Brazilian side (2 hours)
2. Partial Day Iguazu Falls Tours (with Additional Attractions)
To enrich your Iguazu Falls visit, add one of these tours to explore the additional attractions within Iguazu National Park.
- Great Adventure (Group Service) on Argentinean side: Boat down rapids, visit to San Martin Island, drive through Jungle (65 minutes)
- Iguazu Forest (Group Service) on Argentinean side: Light trekking, rappelling, canopying, wildlife-spotting jeep tour through forest (4 hours)
- Macuco Safari (Group Service) from Argentinean side or Brazilian side: 3km wagon ride through jungle, optional 600 meters walk, visit to Macucos Fall, motor boat through Iguazu river canyon to Brazilian falls. Must be combined with private visit to Brazilian falls. (1 hour)
- Parque das Aves (Group Service) on Argentinean side: Visit to protected habitat full or exotic birds, reptiles and mammals (1 hour)
- Jungle Explorer (Group Service) leaves from Brazilian side, tour takes place on Argentinean side: Travel 8km on a 4-wheel drive to the Puerto Macuco forestry base and boat through Iguazu Falls- pack your swimsuit! If not done in combination with Argentina Falls tour, then entrance and transportation costs are additional. (2 hours)
3. Full Day Iguazu Falls Tours
For those wanting the full experience, here are tour options that mix and match visits to the different attractions explained above.
- Argentina Falls (Private Service) from Argentinean side (6 hours)
- Argentina Falls (Private or Group Service) from Brazilian side (6 hours)
4. Multiple-Day Iguazu Falls Tours
For the easiest way to experience it all without having to do any of the legwork yourself, book a multiple-day Iguazu Falls tour in which everything is organized for you.
- 3-Day Iguazu Falls Tour based on Argentinean side: Half day at Brazilian Falls, full day at Argentinean Falls, with all transportation from hotel to/and from airport included.
- 6-Day Tour of Rio de Janeiro & Iguazu Falls: 4 Days in Rio de Janeiro, half day at Brazilian falls, full day at Argentinean Falls.
With so much to see in just two days, it's no wonder so many people include an Iguazu Falls tour as part of their South American itinerary. For more information on the Iguazu Falls tours detailed above, you can contact us today.