The Iguazu Falls are located in Puerto Iguazu, north of the province of Misiones.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and named one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, the Iguazu Falls offer a wide range of activities.
The Iguazu National Park is the main attraction of the destination and is visited annually by many tourists from all over the world. However, the city where the Falls are located offers numerous proposals to enjoy.
Meet the highlights and activities to do in the city and its surroundings.
City Tour Around the City of Puerto Iguazu
Getting to know Puerto Iguazú is the main recommendation for you to get to know the history of the city and its main attractions. You can make this tour by taking a tourist bus or hiring a guide service to make the tour on foot
Its main attractions are linked to nature, and its surprisingly red soil, so characteristic of the province of Misiones.
On tour through its downtown streets, you can learn about the history of the place and appreciate the wonderful views from the waterfront.
Get to Know the Three Borders Landmark
The Three Borders Landmark is located in the exact place where the triple border shared by Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil meet.
It is a classic tour for anyone visiting the city of Puerto Iguazú. There is an obelisk with three sides, and each one is represented by the colors of the flag of each country where it is located.
Discover the Hummingbird Garden
The Hummingbirds Garden is located in a private house in the center of Puerto Iguazú. Inside, you can observe about 15 species of hummingbirds flying freely.
More than 150 specimens of hummingbirds, among other birds, meet daily to amaze visitors with a true natural spectacle.
Visit the Museum Imágenes de la Selva
The “Museum Imágenes de la Selva” is located in the middle of the jungle of Misiones, in the town of Puerto Esperanza, in front of National Route 12.
This space allows you to appreciate artworks carved in wood about the history of Puerto Iguazú, its first years, and the life of its inhabitants. In this Museum, you can see artworks made by Rodolfo Allou, one of the city’s first inhabitants.
Through his extensive works, you will get to observe the abundant nature of the jungle of Misiones, its animals and to know the myths and legends of its inhabitants.
Visit the Güirá Oga Wildlife Refuge
Güirá Oga is a refuge for wild animals rescued from situations that put them in danger. Güirá Oga is located at the access to the city of Puerto Iguazú, on Route 12.
Its task is to provide shelter and care to animals from the jungle of Misiones rescued from traffic, injured by poachers, or run over on the roads.
Güirá Oga means in the Guaraní language, “the house of the birds”. This 19-hectare property is surrounded by the Iguazú National Park, the Peninsula Provincial Park, and other protected areas in Misiones. Due to the great concentration of wildlife, it has the category of Protected Landscape.
Excursion to San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines
Doing an excursion to the San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines will allow you to see the most outstanding archeological resort of the Jesuit Settlement and discover precious stones like turquoise, amethyst, and rock crystal.
The San Ignacio Miní Ruins are located approximately 300 kilometers from Puerto Iguazú. These ruins date back to the end of the 17th century and are considered one of the best-preserved Jesuit missions in Argentina.
The whole complex was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.
The Wanda Mines are a great attraction to visit a deposit of semiprecious stones. They can be visited on the way to the San Ignacio Ruins. It is an entertaining tour where you can learn all about agates, topaz, quartz crystals, and amethysts, among other semiprecious stones.
Thus, the city of Puerto Iguazu offers multiple alternatives to enjoy the destination beyond the obligatory visit to the Iguazu Falls.