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Overview to Puerto Iguazu: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

The Magnificent Falls

There’s one main reason – or, depending on how you look at it, a couple of hundred little reasons – why travelers head for Puerto Iguazu: the 250 separate waterfalls that make up the mighty Iguazu Falls.

Part of the ‘Tres Fronteras’ (the borders between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay) the town itself is actually a rather pleasant little place. It’s not dissimilar to El Calafate, whose superstar glacier looms large over the town; quiet, unassuming and far from unattractive.

Aside from the falls, Puerto Iguazu is within reach of two other amazing sights. The Itaipu Dam (one of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams) is well worth a visit, while a couple of hours’ drive away lies the ruined Jesuit colony of San Ignacio.

Although there’s not much in the way of nightlife in Puerto Iguazu, there are a couple of bars and places to eat lining the Avenida Cordoba, down by the bus station. Like the rest of Argentina, the food is hearty and the prices are generally reasonable.

But none of this detracts from the fact that the falls are the main draw. A free train runs the 18 kilometers to the falls, and even the roar (which can be heard long before you can actually see anything) can’t quite prepare you for the full majestic spectacle.

Walkways allow visitors to get really close and, as you admire the tumbling water, you soon become soaked by the fine mist. The falls are divided into Upper and Lower trails, with the ‘Garganta del Diablo’ (the Devil’s Throat) a particularly awe-inspiring feature.

The entire area is a National Park and the falls are surrounded by subtropical forests teeming with all manner of incredible wildlife. And staring out at one of nature’s most remarkable sights, it isn’t hard to see why so many backpackers end up in Puerto Iguazu.