During my recent Brazil trip we flew from Rio de Janeiro into Foz do Iguazu to spend two days at Iguazu Falls, and visit both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides. Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Together, they make up the largest waterfall system in the world.
Our hotel, San Martin Resort & Spa, was located about a five minute drive from the airport and just a five minute walk from the entrance of the Brazilian side of the falls which made it the perfect spot to lay our heads for three nights. The hotel is on a vast site with over 130 rooms, a restaurant and bar, a large pool with a cafe, nature trail, spa and more. A nice little added bonus is the complimentary airport pick up too, which made our arrival ever so easy.
Day 1 – Argentina
Ahead of our trip we pre-booked this transfer from Foz do Iguazu city to the Argentine National Park entrance via the international border which mean we didn’t have to worry about transportation and were guided through leaving one country and into the other then back again which made us feel at ease. The price was R$110 (approx. £23) per adult which I’d say is pretty reasonable. Our lovely driver picked us up at 8am (we were contacted a couple days prior with our pick up details) and along with another couple we set on our way to the border. It’s only a short drive from San Martin Resort & Spa to the Brazilian border where our driver escorted us to the booth for a stamp of departure. Next up was the Argentinian border and then finally we were at the entrance of the falls.
There are several routes and different sections of the falls to see, and we decided to start off our day taking the green route (Tip: this short walk saves you a load of time waiting for the train) followed by the upper trail (blue route) where our adventure really began.
When we purchased our transfer we also added on the Great Adventure tour as I was dying to get up close to those waterfalls. Firstly you take a 5km drive through the jungle with a guide, who offers a commentary on the local wildlife, followed by an exhilarating speedboat ride on the Iguazu River and into the falls themselves. Incredible!
Finally it was time to see the famous Devil’s Throat (orange route) up close, and as the train queue was too long we ended up walking to it’s entrance and on to the boardwalks. 2200 metres later and we’d made it to falls which were incredibly loud, totally beautiful and utterly unforgettable. (Tip: where plenty of suncream as there is barely any shade on this route).
Before we knew it we were racing back to the entrance to meet our driver, and actually ended up skipping the lower circuit (yellow route) which I’m not too bummed about really as I’m 99% sure the upper trail is better.
Day 2 – Brazil
Thankfully we were staying just a five minute walk from the entrance to the Brazilian side of the falls, which meant we were there just after it had opened. Once we purchased our tickets we boarded the bus which takes you through the jungle to where the boardwalks start.
The sights of the falls begin pretty much as soon as you step off the bus but get better and better until you reach the views of the Devil’s Throat. On the Argentinian side you see the Devil’s throat from above where on this side we were seeing it head on, both as amazing but in my opinion I preferred the view from this side.
We grabbed some lunch before heading back to our hotel to spend a couple of hours in the spa. Then to top off a really special day and the final night of our incredible trip to Brazil we dined in the Itaipu Restaurant at the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, which is located inside Iguazu National Park. It was an amazing meal topped off with fantastic service at my favourite hotel chain of all.
(Tip: The Argentinian side is larger and more spread out that its neighbour so you will need a full day there, and it is possible to cover off the Brazilian side in 3hrs or so if needed. Two days at Iguazu Falls is enough to see the whole site but Foz do Iguazu itself does offer other activities so if you want to stay longer then do!)