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Iguazu Falls


Cataratas de Iguazu

Only 18 kilometers from Puerto Iguaz˙, the closest city, are the Iguazú Falls in all their majesty, on the river with the same name. They fall from an altitude of 70 meters (230 ft), forming some 275 waterfalls with a length of 2.7 km (1.68miles), one of the greatest marvels of the world. Some of the main falls are el Mitre, Belgrano, Rivadavia, Tres Mosqueteros (Three Musketeers), San Martín, Bozzetti, Dos Hermanas (Two Sisters) and the  famous Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat), of the most well known falls for its spectacular size and aura. The latter marks the border with Brazil.
The cascades form part of the Iguaz˙ National Park that is known for its more than 400 different species of birds, animals such as alligators and the coati, and more than 2,000 subtropical vegetable species that were declared "Patrimonio Mundial Natural de la Humanidad" (Natural World Heritage for Humanity) by UNESCO in 1984.
The climate in the region is hot and extremely humid, with average temperatures of 15░C (59░F) in the winter, and 25ºC (77░F) in the summer. The best time to visit the area is between January and March, during the rainy season. 
The main activity here are the excursions to the waterfalls by footpaths, steps, bridges, gangplanks, and balconies, which will let you admire the beauty of this place from different angles. There are paths in the jungle such as the Macuco and the Yacaratía, favorites for nature lovers. 
You can also go on excursions that include walks to the falls, rides, and safaris by van or truck in the jungle. You can also go trekking and on different rides in the El Dorado region to visit the ruins of the Jesuit Missions such as those of San Ignacio Miní.
The tourism infrastructure is first rate here, with accommodations, restaurants, souvenir shops, information offices, etc.

Location
Misiones Region
When to go
All year. Between January and March is the rainy season, and the best time to come.
Attractions
Ecology, landscapes and natural surroundings, culture 
How to get there
By land from Puerto Iguazú, or by plane to the Iguazú airport (7 kilometers or 4.35 miles  from the waterfalls).
Activities
Walking/hiking, nature observation, bird watching, excursions to the river, trekking, camping.
Services
Accommodations, restaurants, transportation, entertainment.
Surroundings
Iguazú National Park, El Dorado, San Ignacio Miní Jesuit Mission.

 

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