Which side is better?

Iguazú Falls, meaning ‘big water’ in Guaraní, is the largest waterfall in the world. This mesmerising natural wonder can have you standing there for hours on end watching as water endlessly rushes below. 

There’s just something about waterfalls that everyone loves. It’s kind of hard to describe, but apparently it’s backed by science. 

Waterfalls release negative ions that we absorb as positive energy, which releases serotonin. Causing an all natural high

Iguazú is this on a colossal scale. Imagine every cascade you’ve visited times 100. The intensity and magnitude completely blows you away, and just makes you smile.

I’d recommend setting aside two full days to completely enjoy this gift of mother nature. However, for some people this is just not possible. Whether you have limits on your time, budget, visa or transport you may need to choose which side to visit.

So which side is better? Argentina or Brazil?

Iguazú Falls, Argentina

Argentina – Cataratas del Iguazú

Cost $27.50 AUD ($2000 Argentine pesos)

Pros

  • Many more vantage points to enjoy the falls
  • You can get up close to the Garganta del Diablo (where you are right on top of one of the most powerful points of the falls)
  • Small walks to off shoot cascades
  • Little train rides that take you from point A to point B
  • You can walk almost the whole length of the falls → there are five trails 

Cons

  • It is hard to fit it all in one day – arrive early !
  • The boat launches are timed in a way that you need to pay for a 2 day ticket if you want to see all of the falls (for example you need to wait for an 11am or 12pm boat and may not be able to fit in the Garganta del Diablo)

Brazil – Cataratas do Iguaçu

Cost $20 AUD ($83 reales)

Pros

  • A great overall view of the falls
  • Cheaper boat launches with more flexible times 
  • There is a lovely Brazilian man who owns a camping site right next to Iguazú Falls who allows you to park your car there for a lot cheaper than the official carpark

Cons

  • It’s less interactive than the Argentinian side in that there are three main vantage points that are not as close to the falls
  • Less variety in views

Boat launches

I’d recommend doing the boat launch on the Brazilian side, to free up more time on the Argentinian. These speed boat rides are adrenaline pumping and get you up close to the falls. 

Brazil boat launch – $72 AUD or $300 reales + you have plenty of time to spare 

Argentina boat launch – $96 AUD or $7000 Argentine pesos 

Top tip – prepared to get wet!

So which one?

There is really no right or wrong. People always argue about which side is better, but it depends what you’re looking for. Personally, I enjoyed the Argentinian side the most.

But if you can swing it, do both and get the best of both worlds!

Iguazú Falls – Argentina