Iguazu Waterfall is a favorite destination for tourists with over a million visitors every year. Its appeal remains undiminished with time.
Yes, our world is full of countless stunning places. There are vast deserts, thick jungles, and spectacular waterfalls scattered across the globe.
Among these natural beauties, waterfalls offer an extraordinary charm. Some have impressive heights. Others are so large that they look like giant walls.
It’s not just Niagara that impresses as a famous waterfall. One of them is Iguazu Falls, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina.
Attractions of Iguazu Waterfall
The beauty of Iguazu Falls is hard to put into words. The sight of waterfalls stretches as far as the eye can see, some large and electrifying, others small yet mesmerising.
With an area of 2.7 kilometres, humans look so small next to the greatness of Iguazu Falls. With around 275 waterfalls joined together, this number varies depending on the season.
Devil’s Throat is the tallest waterfall with a height of about 80 metres. It plunges into a white gorge with a perpetual mist of water.
The height of Iguazu Falls is only surpassed by Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe, which reaches a height of about 108 metres. Its width also surpasses Niagara and Victoria. The water flow reaches about 1,500 cubic metres per second, with a peak of 13,000 cubic metres per second during the heavy season (usually November-March).
Another speciality is its location in the rainforest of South America. Environmental conservation is taken care of by the governments of Argentina and Brazil around Iguazu Falls.
The forest is home to more than 2,000 species of plants, around 400 species of birds, 800 mammals and countless insects. The presence of these animals also adds to the ecological value of Iguazu Falls.
In addition, the uniqueness of Iguazu Waterfall is seen from its natural environment, in contrast to Niagara which is surrounded by modern buildings. UNESCO officially recognised this beauty in 1984, and in 2011. Thus, Iguazu Falls was named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
Travellers can experience the thrill of taking a speedboat ride under the falls, feeling the refreshing drops of water. For those who prefer dryness, enjoying the beautiful panoramic view of the falls from the Brazilian side is still marvellous.
The name “Iguazu” itself comes from the indigenous language meaning “Big Water,” referring to its impressive flow.
A Good Time to Visit
The weather at Iguazu Waterfall is relatively stable throughout the year. However, there are factors that can influence the decision to visit.
January and February are peak visiting periods due to Brazilian and Argentinian holidays. During the local summer, the water volume increases and the sky tends to be clear. But the heat, humidity and busyness of hotels reach their peak. A big increase also occurs during Easter Sunday as local tourism increases.
Some people choose to visit the falls during the rainy season (May and July) because the water is abundant and the current is strong. However, September and October can be the best time to enjoy Iguazu Waterfall. The temperature is more comfortable, hotel prices are more affordable, and the number of visitors tends to be less at that time.