Soaking wet. That’s what you’ll get when visiting the Iguazú falls. With more than 275 connecting waterfalls over a distance of 2.7km, Iguazú is three times wider than Niagara falls and one of the world’s most impressive water spectacles to see.

The falls can be visited on the Argentinian and Brazilian side. Both sides claim to have the best views. So which side has the right of it and is truly more spectacular?

Get wet at Iguazú – The Argentinian side

The Argentinian Parque Nacional del Iguazú has 3 trails that lead to the falls: The Garganta del Diablo, The Circuito Superior and the Circuito Inferior. The trails are set-up as a discovery experience, offering different close-up views.

1. The Garganta del Diablo Circuit

The Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) is the main attraction of the park. To get there we took the jungle train which sounded really cool but turned out to be a lame tourist train going at snail speed. But it quickly got more exciting as we started walking on iron footbridges above the river. The mist from the falls being thrown up in the air could be seen from afar. We walked up to a platform into the maul of the devil where the water tumbled down from beneath our feet into one gigantic U-shaped waterfall. Standing on that ridge was exhilarating.

Garganta del Diablo Iguazu Argentina

Garganta del Diablo Brazilian border Iguazu

walkways garganta del diablo iguazu

Wet iguazu falls

2. The Circuito Superior

The Circuito Superior or upper circuit is a 650 meter trail which brings you to the top of the waterfalls. The vista points at the edge of the falls offer some cool vertical views, especially when you can see people walking on the lower circuit. Still, this was our least favorite part of the park

Ciruito Superior at Iguazu Falls

Upper Circuit at Iguazu Falls

3. The Circuito Inferior

The Circuito inferior or lower circuit runs through the forest which makes it possible to spot wildlife. We even saw a tarantula! The trail takes you to the base of the falls, offering more complete views. Our favorite vista points were at Salto Bossetti and the ones overlooking San Martín Island. If you are lucky you can see birds circling above the island and if you are really lucky you might even spot some rainbows.

Salto Bossetti at Iguazu Falls

Lower Circuit Iguazu Falls

4. The boat rides

We skipped the boat ride because it is very expensive. But we heard from other tourists that being driven up to the mouth of the Garganta del Diablo is a thrilling experience that will wet your undies.

Park tips

* Walk the Green Trail from the park entrance towards the Cataratas Estancia station to spot the cute looking coatis.

Coati at Iguazu Falls

* Walk back from the Garganta del Diablo to the Cataratas station instead of taking the train. We got to see a lot of wildlife including monkeys and huge butterflies on the trail.

Butterflies at Iguazu Falls

* Buying drinks or food inside the park is quite expensive and consuming it is quite annoying because of the coatis trying to steal it from you. So instead, head over to the Sheraton hotel if you need a break. Their milkshakes are better and equally expensive as the soft drinks inside the park. You’ll be rewarded with an awesome view and fast free wi-fi.

Get wet at Iguaçu – The Brazilian side

The Brazilian Parque National do Iguaçu is very different from the Argentinian park. It is one of the last remnants of Atlantic forests in Brazil and houses endangered animals such as the jaguar and the puma. They even claim that toucans can easily be seen.

For us however, this park is all about the panoramic views.

Iguaçu falls panorama from the Brazilian side

Rainbows at Iguaçu falls

The Brazilian side has one main trail with several vista points that lead you from the Cataratas hotel to the Naipi Area. At the Naipi area there are 3 platforms and wooden walkways leading to the middle of the falls. The falls completely surround you and I felt like standing in the middle of nature’s opera house. To top it of, we saw rainbows appearing in the middle of the falls and got majestic views of the Garganta del Diablo.

San at Iguaçu falls

Iguaçu falls Naipi area

Iguaçu falls Naipi area Garganta

Kim at Iguaçu falls

Park Tip

Get here early! Once the crowds get here, the trail becomes crowded, taking the edge off the experience.

And the winner is…

Brazil! We preferred this side because it was more exhilarating. Being surrounded by walls of waterfalls with rainbows appearing in the middle is a fantastic experience.

However … the Argentinian side is not to be missed either. It’s such a different experience and we’re glad we got to explore these trails as well.

So our advise is to take at least one and half day to see both sides of the falls.

Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments which part of the falls you liked best!

Do it Yourself

Visit the Argentinian side: Parque Nacional del Iguazú
Time needed to visit: 6 to 7 hours
Entrance ticket: 520 ARS per person
Nautical adventures: 270 ARS p.p. for a 12 minute ride / 520 ARS for the great adventure which takes 1h20.
How to get there: you can share a taxi for 90 ARS per person from Puerto Iguazú

Visit the Brazilian side: Parque Nacional do Iguaçu
Time needed to visit: 2 to 3 hours
Entrance ticket: 52.3 BRL per person
How to get there: you can share a taxi for 90 ARS per person from Puerto Iguazú