15 Things to do in Iguazu Falls, Puerto Iguazu, and Foz do Iguacu

Iguazu Falls (Brazil Side)

See what to do on your visit to Iguazu Falls, Puerto Iguazu (Argentina), and Foz do Iguazu (Brazil) in this article.

Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu National Park is shared with Argentina and Brazil, one in Puerto Iguazu city and the other in Foz do Iguacu respectively. This National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site declared in 1984. Thousands of visitors travel to South America especially to witness this unique and natural attraction. 

In each park, you have main trails where you can enjoy the incredible views of the Falls. Both sides are complementary, and we always recommend visiting both if you have enough time in this area.

Argentinian Side of the Falls

Devil’s Throat Trail

This trail is the main attraction of the National Park. From there you will witness the most impressive fall and see it from above, making a unique and unrepeatable experience. 

To arrive here, you need to take the ecological train to the last stop. Then the path has approximately 2,200 metres with several stops with seats to rest. 

Great Adventure 

Great Adventure

During your visit to the National Park, you can add this adventure activity to your schedule. Great Adventure activity combines the gorgeous landscape of the jungle and the waterfalls. 

This tour consists of an eco truck ride into the jungle, which will be accompanied with a specialist bilingual guide and will teach you about the fauna and flora we can find in this rainforest.

Arriving at its dock, visitors will board the boat to enjoy this unrepeated experience. The boat will ride under the falls, making all passengers get wet and soaked.

The expedition lasts around 2 hours.

Full Moon Walking Tour

Full Moon Waking Tour to Iguazu Falls

During specific days each month, Iguazu Falls opens its door during the night to witness an unique experience under the moonlight. 

This activity is done on the Devil’s Throat trail, where you will walk till the end of the path and watch the astonishing view of the most important fall under the full moon light.

If you are traveling during these days, we highly recommend adding this activity to your itinerary.

Macuco Trail

If you have more days available in Iguazu and you do not know what to do, this could be a great alternative if you are looking for something surrounded by nature.

In the Argentinian National Park, there is an alternative trail called Macuco, which you won’t be able to do during the same day you visit the main trails to the falls. That is why, if you have one more day available, this wild and friendly path in the middle of the jungle should be on your list. The walk lasts around 3 hours, and it is open from 8 AM to 3 PM, so you should do it in the morning.

Brazilian Side of the Falls

Iguazu Falls Trails

This side of the Iguazu Falls has an incredible landscape from all the falls. You will start taking a bus at the entrance of the National Park. Then, arriving at the second stop, you will start the main circuit of about 1,500 metres, which ends in the last trail to see the Devil’s Throat Fall. From there, you will be so close to the fall that you will feel the mist and even get soaked. 

Macuco Safari

Macuco Safari
Macuco Trail in Iguazu Falls

At the first stop of the bus, there is the starting point of the Macuco Safari activity. If you are an adventurous person and want to have a unique experience, you should take this jeep adventure through the jungle and then take the boat to witness the waterfalls from up close.

This journey takes around 2 and a half hours.

Helicopter Ride

On the Brazilian Side you have the possibility of observing the Falls from a high distance and taking the best panoramic photographs. During the Iguazu Falls visit on the Brazilian side, you can add this great ride over a helicopter. The ride lasts around 10 minutes, and it is shared with more people.

Puerto Iguazu

Three Frontier Landmark

This city in Argentina is limited to Brazil and Paraguay. The Paraná and Iguazú rivers divided the three countries, making it possible from each side to see the shore of the other one. 

If you have free time in the afternoon or in the morning before taking your return flight, this could be a good option where in a couple of hours you can enjoy a wonderful landscape and panoramic views of the other two countries.

Aripuca & Güira Oga

La Aripuca

These two places are in Puerto Iguazu, and can be visited with a city tour accompanied by a bilingual guide who will give you some relevant information. 

Aripuca thematic park is a great option for nature lovers. The purpose of this tourist attraction is to create awareness of the natural resources, encouraging the prevention and promotion of the environment and spreading the local culture and traditions. The structure has a height of 17 metres made of wood. This name comes from the guaraní culture which was a trap for hunting small birds.

On the other side we have the Güira Oga Bird House, which the main reason for this place is to avoid the extinction of different species of birds and promote their preservation in their habitat. The final goal is to reincorporate the species on their natural environment.

Visit the Indigenous Guaraní Community

This is an extraordinary activity for those who are interested in learning about the local community. During this visit you will explore their natural medicine, ancestral culture, dances, crafts, and more. It is a unique occasion to interact with the members of the village who will delight you with a Children’s Choir and demonstration of typical dishes.

San Ignacio Ruins & Wanda Mines

San Ignacio Jesuit Ruins

If you have a completely free day and you are looking forward to other activities, this could be a good option for you if you are interested in history. 

During this full day tour you will stop first in Wanda Mines and learn about the history and importance of the mines and ending in a precious stone store. Then, you will continue the journey to the San Ignacio Ruins. Here the bilingual guide will tell you the history of the Jesuits Missions in the area.

Foz do Iguacu

Bird´s Park

Birds Park

If you are visiting the Falls on the Brazilian Side, you can add to your visit this activity. The Bird´s Park is the shelter and internationally recognised rescue of hundreds of bird species which also works on preservation and breeding of endangered species.

Some of the species you may find are eagles, owls, parrots, toucans, and even butterflies and reptiles such as alligators and anacondas.

The visit lasts around 1 or 2 hours and is very recommended if you are also traveling with kids.

Itaipu Dam

Itaipu Dam

This hydroelectric dam has been declared one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Association of Civil Engineering. 

From the balcony you can appreciate the viewpoint of this giant construction.

This tour is recommended for those who are interested in engineering and construction. Also, could be added during the visit to the Brazilian Side of the Falls.

Three Frontier Landmark

On the Brazilian side you also have the opportunity to enjoy the viewpoint of the three borders with Paraguay and Argentina. 

The place has a safe and accessible infrastructure so that visitors can contemplate the day, the sunset and the nightfall. The viewpoint is the stage of the daily spectacle of lights and water jets that surround the Obelisk.

Rafain Churrascaria

If you are looking for something to do at night, this could be a great option. In Foz do Iguacu, you can enjoy the typical dinner of Brazil plus an amazing Dance Culture Show of Latina America.

Rafain Restaurant has a wide variety of dishes, and professional dancers which will entertain you during your dinner.

Magui Jones

Magui Jones

I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management in UADE Business University and certification from UNWTO (World Tourism Organization). I have worked in an important hotel company for more than 3 years, and now I am a Travel Designer in a travel agency enterprise. I am a travel lover, and interested in art, culture and languages.

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