Iguazu Falls, traditionally known as Big Water, is the largest waterfall system in the world and separates Argentina’s province of Misiones from Brazil’s state of Paraná. This natural basalt feature is cloaked in mysticism, folklore and romance. Natives believe the Falls were created over 150 million years ago by a cuckolded deity who struck the river in anger, condemning mortal lovers to an eternal fall.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, Iguazu Falls is one of the most impressive sights in the world, featuring nearly 300 cascades where the waters rapidly drop, creating a beautiful yet devastating storm of foam and fury. The semi-circular waterfall is 2 700 metres (8 860 feet) in circumference and 80 metres (260 feet) in height, with cascades that spread across three kilometres (two miles) gulf, so that travellers can get up-close views of the Falls in Argentina and panoramic views from Brazil. Experience the awe inspiring sensation of the Falls from both countries by combining different sightseeing tours into one epic excursion. Explore the untamed backdrop on a privately guided tour and spend a full day in Iguaçu National Park and Iguazú National Park. Approach the Paraná River and its massive canyon as you edge towards the mighty waterfall, thundering with sheer force and power yet delicately spraying mist. Walk through a subtropical forest to the base of Salto Floriano, boasting a modern elevator that ascends to the peak of the falls or, alternatively, walk out over the falls at Salto Union.
The towering Falls offers spectacular photographic opportunities from the catwalk of Iguazu’s highest peak, Devil’s Throat, at an altitude of 107 metres (350 feet), with vivid rainbows that glimmer through the mist. The water has such thunderous force that a tall cloud of mist remains permanently suspended overhead.