Why Visit Iguazu Falls
- The most scenic waterfall in the world and the most voluminous with over 275 plunging falls into the Iguazu River.
- Explore the Atlantic Rainforest which clads the impressive waterfall system.
- Excellent Atlantic Rainforest birding.
- Photographing the falls from a helicopter.
- Staying at the Belmond gives exclusive early morning and late afternoon visits to falls outside of visitors hours.
- South American Coati
- Capuchin Monkey
- Surucua Trogon
- Helmeted Woodpecker
- Rufous-capped Motmot
- Rufous Gnateater
- Saffron Toucanet
- Spotted Bamboowren
- Tufted Antshrike
When to visit
The falls are truly spectacular year-round and the weather is typically pleasant, the main consideration that could put a damper on things is rain.
SUMMER (December, January and February)
The summer months are especially rainy, humid and hot with water levels at their highest. This is also a busy time for tourism.
DRY SEASON (March, April and August, September)
There is less risk of rain over this time and temperatures are comfortable. Water levels are not at their peak but being able to view some of the rock faces between the water is impressive. This time is less crowded (except over Easter).
INTERMEDIATE SEASON (May, June, July and October, November)
These months form the transition period between the wet summer and the dry season. Clear skies and comfortable weather is typical of this time, but it may rain. The park is not generally crowded.
About Iguazu Falls
Iguazu National Park protects the vast majority of one of the most important forests south of the Amazon: the Interior Atlantic Forest. This hosts dozens of unique orchid species, small primates, rare bats and several endemic birds. Here the Iguazu River falls 70 meters, forming a fan of cascades with more than 250 individual waterfalls! You will get to enjoy the falls to their fullest by strolling the park’s walkways and stopping at their many lookouts, where you can behold some spectacular views. These trails have been built at different levels and visitors have a chance to see the falls from both above and below. There are at least 68 species of mammals that call Iguazu National Park home,
however they are tricky to see in the dense Atlantic forest and it is usually only comical bands of South American Coati and small troops of Capuchin Monkeys that entertain the mammal enthusiast. Birding in Iguazu National Park is exceptional, a myriad of colourful birds live in Iguazu. You can also expect to see thousands of Great Dusky Swifts and several species of forest raptors, while the forest canopy is home to noisy flocks of parrots, parakeets, antwrens, and five species of toucans! The magic of the forest is further accentuated by the distinctive calls of species such as Solitary Tinamou, Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Tufted Antshrike and Southern Antpipit. For those that would like an aerial perspective, a helicopter flip can be arranged.
Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas
The only hotel located within Brazil’s Iguazu National Park, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas enjoys an unrivalled location just a short stroll from the sensational waterfalls. Staying at the hotel one can enjoy exclusive access to this magnificent sight in the evening and at dawn, when the park is closed to other visitors. A Portuguese-colonial residence, this classic luxury hotel is perfect for lazy days lounging on a veranda or beneath sub-tropical palms.
Opening in December 2017, this boutique property is located on the Argentinian side, just 15 minutes from the falls. Awasi Iguazu’s 14 villas are situated on the banks of the Iguazu River, within the forest and built on stilts for minimal environmental impact. Each room features a private plunge pool, outdoor shower and spacious living area. The lodge will feature a private-guide system and excursions will include biologist-led journeys to the falls, sunset boat rides, and visits to archaeological sites in the area.