Visiting Iguazu Falls National Park

At 269 feet high, 490 feet wide, and 2,300 feet long, the horseshoe-shaped Devil’s Throat waterfall provides an undeniably impressive spectacle. But what really makes this cascade worth visiting is what’s nearby. For in Iguazu Falls National Park, in northeastern Argentina,
Devil’s Throat is just one of more than 260 waterfalls visitors can see. Every one of the waterfalls is cloaked in palm trees and thick jungle, with resident toucans, capuchin monkeys, and a rainbow-spectrum of butterflies.

For such a wild setting, the park is surprisingly easy to navigate. A free train service connects each portion of the park to short walking trails that lead to the falls. Some of the paths are built on wooden planks, on stilts, that lead over rivers to the lip of the falls, so it feels as if one is standing on top of the cascade. Incredible!

The park sits at the tropical point of South America where Argentina meets Brazil and Paraguay. The closest town, Puerto Iguazu, is accessible from Buenos Aires via a one-hour, forty-five-minute flight on LAN Airlines or an 18-hour, overnight bus trip.

Admission costs to the park vary, based on your nationality.


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