An incredible spectacle of nature, deserved to be visited. A geological fault produced on the Paraná riverbed made the outlet of the Iguazú River become an abrupt cascade approximately 80 meters high. Depending on the water level, you can see anywhere between 150 and 260 falls, that on average flow at a rate of 1500 cubic meters of water per second. The violence of the falls produces a permanent fog, where sunbeams form multiple rainbows of incredible beauty.
It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 owing to its beautiful landscapes and large biodiversity of the subtropical forest.
The national Park shines with it’s native flora that includes over 2000 such as: ferns, bromelias, orchids, palms and many large species of tree which serve as scaffolding for an equally large variety of climbing plants.
The fauna of this area includes hundreds of bird and 80 species of mammals, with five varieties of felines.
The large variety of species is one of the reasons that the flora and the fauna are, almost as much as the waterfalls, some of the main attractions of the Park. Along the journey you will be amazed watching the many, brightly-colored birds, mammals, flowers and lush forest vegetation.
Located inside the Iguazú National Park you will find more than 200 waterfalls, from 30 to 80mts high, which all together are called to be the “Iguazú Falls”. The Argentine side of the falls is divided into 3 trails (Upper, inferior and Devils Throat). This tour take you to visit part of the Iguazú National Park. It preserves 67.000 ha. of giant trees, vines and ferns living with multicolored butterflies, birds and other mammals all of them part of the rich local flora and fauna. The park was declared Natural World Heritage in 1984, due to its scenic beauties and the great biological diversity of the subtropical jungle. The famous falls are in the heart of this Park. We start the visit at the Local Museum and continue the tour with the Lower Trail, from where we can see among others, the ” Two sisters Falls”, the “Bossetti Fall”, the “Hidden Fall”, a panoramic view of “San Martin island ” and the “Union Fall”. Later we walk the Upper Trail shifting along walkways located above major falls up to the majestic “San Martin Fall” from where we have a panoramic view of the Brazilian falls. Finally, we go with the Train of the Jungle up to “Devil’s Throat” station. From there, after 1,000 meters walk along the catwalks, we come to the spectacular “Devil’s Throat”, where the Iguazu river speaks with all its strength and the falling water gives the illusion of magic rainbows.
Once inside the park, visitors will be astonished by its neatness, beauty and extension (175.000 has). Also the same as in the National Park of Argentina, you will find a great bio-diversity. For sure nature will welcome them with fantastic colorful butterfly’s, which are a delight to watch as they fly in hundreds, offering a great natural show. Due to the fact that 80% of the falls belong to Argentina, the Brazilian park has to offer only one walking trail, of about 1000m of length. From this trail you will have the best panoramic views, of all of the falls from both countries. Located at the end of this trail, there is an elevator, which offers a wonderful view of the Brazilian park, and the “Floreano” fall. For sure one of the most beautiful views in this park.
This trip is the perfect combination; river navigation and jungle safari. The Great Adventure is unique, and combines the whole essence of the Iguazu National Park in one ride: the jungle and the waterfalls.It is offered daily every full hour, and the departures are from our Head Office or The Visitors Center. It starts by entering the jungle from the “Sendero Yacaratía” trail with special transportation that allows a panoramic view of the environment along with experienced guides that give a lot of explanations as well as the legend of this spectacular place. After an 8 km truck ride, we arrive at the Puerto Macuco Base, which is 100 meters away from the Infirmary and Service Station, and 100.meters of stairs ahead is the floating platform where the second part of this ride begins. With motor-boats, we take visitors 6 km through the Canyon of the Iguazu River, until the falls, from these total, 2 km are river rapids. After enjoying the view from the calm side of San Martin Island we sail to the “Tres Mosqueteros” waterfall, at that point, the Brazilian and Argentinean sides and the Devil’s Throat can be clearly appreciated. After that, we sail along the shore of the island until we get to the most exciting part where we face the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience, for it’s the largest waterfall any motor-boat can approach safely. The landing is at the base of the lower circuit where visitors reintegrate the trails.
This tour is done together with the Brazilian Falls. These are the biggest hidroelectrical power plant in the world. It was constructed over the Parana River by the Federative Republic of Brazil and Paraguay. These project gave both nations industries a great impulse. It’s advances regarding to engineering and technologies were of great wealth for both countries economies.This tour is done together with the Brazilian Falls. These are the biggest hidroelectrical power plant in the world. It was constructed over the Parana River by the Federative Republic of Brazil and Paraguay.
We start at 7:30 on the National Route N º 12 towards for San Ignacio. In the morning we go to the Interpretation Center located within the Jesuit Ruins where they will provide us with audios, music, symbolic elements and other audio-visual resources. Later, we visit San Ignacio´s Jesuit Missions, the Church, the college, the workshops, the gardens, the cemetery and the housings. These ruins were declared World Heritage by the UNESCO, they are testimony of the Society of Jesus’ fruitful work Along the way we can appreciate some plant species of great value, like the the “Palo Rosa” (Rose Wood), and reforestations of pines like “Parana”, “Elliotti” and “Taeda”. We visit plantations of yerba mate, tea and tung, as well as manufacturing establishments of typical products where we can see its industrialization process. To conclude the visit, we arrive at the Minas of semi-precious stones where specialized guides discussed and explained the oddities minerals locked up for centuries in the basalt. Here topazes, amethysts, crystals of rock, aquamarines and quartzes, among many other stones are transformed into beautiful pieces of jewellery.
The one who knows this has no doubt. Appreciating the Iguassu Falls from the ground is one of the most gratifying sensations in the world. But, however, the landscape may still be more astonishing if you see it from the sky, from a helicopter. The fly over allows the tourist to become aware of the dimension of the huge size of this landscape in a full of adrenaline trip between the mist produced by the giant water falls and the clouds.
During its 10 minutes of duration, the air trip enables the possibility of identifying the tortuous ways of the Iguazú River in detail within the Iguassu National Park vegetation until reaching the top of the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). In this point the river bed decrease from 1.200 meters to 80 meters wide, originating the water show.
The tourist appreciates the falls from 450 meters high, between the clouds and the mist formed by the impact that the water produces over the stones. The number of “visible” falls depends on the quantity of water falling from the Iguazú River. The average volume is 1.700 cubic meters per second, but may reach to 8.000 cubic meters when it rains in the Iguazú River origin, in Curitiba and its metropolitan region.
The service of flights is offered by Aerial Cab Helisul since 1972. Their hangar is located near the Visitor’s Reception Center of the Iguassu National Park.
There are also offered trips that last 35 minutes. These trips go over the Iguassu Falls, over the three frontier frame and Itaipú Binational. During the way the aircrafts (a Bell Jet Ranger and a Bell Long Ranger) go over Foz do Iguaçu’s downtown, allowing the identification of important city areas, such as the commercial center, the Mosque, the green area of the 34º Infantry Motorized Battalion, and also the Amistad Bridge (Brazil/Paraguay) and the Tancredo Neves Bridge (Brazil/Argentina).
It is a unique opportunity to make contact with the guaranies and with their ancestral culture, M´BYA GUARANIES of the Mbororé Bunker, open the doors of their community to divulge the secrets of the forest, their natural medicine, their culture, songs, dances, crafts, philosophy of life and beliefs. It is the opportunity to discover with the guaraníes the “Spirit of the Trees”, a stroll where it is learned to walk by the interior of the Forest guided by native experts. The stroll begins in the entrance of the village where it has been received by a “native guide” who leads to the group to traverse of footpaths by the forest which they surround and they furrow the village. During the route the native explains his beliefs, his myths, his legend as also she describes to the virtues of the medicinal plants and their uses. It introduces to the tourist in the world of its beliefs visiting the temple, located in the heart of the forest where it explains the rituals of initiation and baptism of the small ones of the tribe, soon to continue with the route that allows to see the plantations, its houses and its traps of hunting for different types from animals that used to use in ancestral times. It finalizes the visit in a sample of crafts that they themselves daily carry out using resources with the wood, lianas, seeds etc. A unique stroll of encounter of two cultures.