What destination an be combined with Iguazu Falls?

Certainly, you have already decided to visit Iguazu. The reasons are clear: it is a unique attraction in South America, indeed recently declared one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, and also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. But, believe me, we are talking about a magical and unparalleled place, surrounded by pristine and fascinating nature. Now, how can we combine this fascinating attraction in South America?

 

How can I combine  Iguazu Falls with other destinations?

Well, access to Iguazu can basically be made from two or three main locations. Indeed, Iguazu is perfect for combining a tour that includes Argentina and Brazil, for example, since this attraction is shared by both countries. In fact, there are two national parks, one on the Argentine side and the other on the Brazilian side. So the arrival could almost certainly be from Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, the main access points from Brazil, arriving in this case at IGU airport, in Puerto Iguazu; or if you come from Argentina, you will almost certainly do so from Buenos Aires, arriving at IGR, or Puerto Iguazu airport. So, the first answer to the question: with what destinations can we combine Iguazu Falls? has a clear answer: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires.
While these arrivals are the main ones, they are not the only ones.

 

Iguazu + Buenos Aires

The vibrant capital city of Argentina offers a rich cultural experience with its tango shows, historic neighborhoods like La Boca and San Telmo, and excellent dining options. There are many frequences, so Buenos Aires is perfect to be combined with Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu + Rio de Janeiro

Experience the iconic sights of Rio, including the Christ the Redeemer statue, Copacabana Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the vibrant atmosphere of its neighborhoods. Another amazing destination that can be combined with Iguazu.

Christ the Redeemer Statue.

Other interesting destinations near Iguazu Falls.

There are other very interesting attractions, without the need to fly. That is to say, there are other options closer by, which we can access by land, after spending our two or three nights in the vicinity of the famous Iguazu Falls. For example, Mocona Falls to the east of the province of Misiones and the Esteros del Iberá in Corrientes.

Mocona Falls

Combining Iguazu Falls with Mocona Falls offers a diverse and enriching experience of the natural wonders of Argentina. First of all, the Mocona Falls are located to the east of the province of Misiones, relatively close to Iguazu Falls. This makes it convenient to visit both destinations within the same trip. There are 200  km aproximately, it´s around 124 miles. And you will need 3 to 4 hoyurs depending the route conditions.

While Iguazu Falls impresses with its grandeur and cascading waters, Mocona Falls offers a unique phenomenon known as the “falls that run sideways.” The falls stretch horizontally along the Uruguay River, creating a mesmerizing sight that contrasts with the vertical drop of Iguazu.  Mocona Falls invites visitors to enjoy boat rides, kayak excursions, or hiking along the riverbanks to witness the falls from different perspectives.

Combining Iguazu and Mocona Falls allows you to experience the rich biodiversity of the region. From the lush rainforests surrounding Iguazu to the rugged terrain and river ecosystems near Mocona, each destination offers a unique glimpse into Argentina’s natural heritage.

Exploring both Iguazu and Mocona Falls provides opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture and traditions. You can interact with indigenous communities, learn about the region’s history, and sample traditional cuisine along the way.

Both destinations boast stunning landscapes and breathtaking views. Whether you’re admiring the thundering cascades of Iguazu or marveling at the serene beauty of Mocona’s sideways falls, each site offers unforgettable moments and photo opportunities.

 

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Is it worth visiting Mocona Falls from Iguazu Falls?

Visiting Mocona Falls from Iguazu Falls is a worthwhile endeavor for travelers seeking diverse natural wonders in Argentina. Mocona Falls, known for its unique horizontal waterfall phenomenon, offers a striking contrast to the vertical cascades of Iguazu. The journey from Iguazu to Mocona provides an opportunity to explore the varied landscapes of northeastern Argentina, including lush forests, rolling hills, and tranquil riversides. Witnessing the mesmerizing sight of the falls running sideways along the Uruguay River is a memorable experience that complements the grandeur of Iguazu Falls, enriching the overall travel experience in the regio

 

 

Ibera Wetlands

And what about Ibera Wetlands? Well, it´s another amazing place and can be combined with Iguazu Falls.

The distance from Puerto Iguazu to the Ibera Wetlands is approximately 550 kilometers (about 342 miles) by road. The journey usually takes around 8 to 10 hours, depending on the specific route taken and the prevailing road conditions. It’s a substantial journey through the Argentine countryside, so travelers should plan accordingly and consider breaking up the trip with stops along the way if necessary. In any case, the journey includes some intermediate stops that can be interesting, such as the Wanda Mines or the Jesuit Ruins of San Ignacio Mini, which is why a stop in the capital of the province of Misiones, Posadas, is almost always included in the itineraries. And from there, continue to Ibera. Now, why is it worth visiting Ibera?

 

Is it worth visiting Ibera Wetlands from Iguazu Falls?

Visiting the Ibera Wetlands is definitely worth it for nature enthusiasts and those interested in experiencing the unique ecosystems of Argentina. The wetlands boast rich biodiversity, hosting an incredible variety of flora and fauna, including numerous bird species, mammals, reptiles, and aquatic life. Wildlife watching opportunities are exceptional, with chances to spot marsh deer, capybaras, caimans, howler monkeys, and a myriad of bird species such as herons, ibises, storks, and raptors. Exploring the wetlands by boat is a popular activity, allowing visitors to navigate through the waterways and observe wildlife up close in their natural habitat. Additionally, hiking trails and nature reserves within the wetlands offer opportunities for guided nature walks, providing insights into the wetland ecosystem and its conservation efforts. Cultural experiences, including interactions with indigenous communities and visits to traditional villages, add another layer of richness to the Ibera Wetlands experience. Overall, a visit to the Ibera Wetlands promises a unique and immersive adventure in one of Argentina’s most biodiverse regions.

 

 

 

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Other destinations you can combine with Iguazu

There are many other destinations you can combine with Iguazu Falls, but of couse, you may need to fly.

Patagonia, Argentina and Chile: Explore the stunning landscapes of Patagonia, with its glaciers, mountains, and pristine lakes. You can visit places like El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina or Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil and Peru: Immerse yourself in the unparalleled biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest. Explore the wildlife, flora, and indigenous cultures in places like Manaus in Brazil or Iquitos in Peru.

Machu Picchu, Peru: Combine the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu with your visit to Iguazu Falls for an unforgettable journey through South America’s ancient and natural wonders.

Uruguay: Relax on the beaches of Punta del Este or explore the historic streets of Colonia del Sacramento, both easily accessible from Buenos Aires by ferry.

Check a very complete program below:

 

Combine Iguazu with other amazing destinations

 

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Ramiro Rodriguez

25 years working in the travel industry, as Sales & Marketing Manager at RipioTurismo. Marketing Manager at Nuevas Ideas Travel Consulting Group. Writer and travel lover.

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