Experience the mighty Iguassu Waterfalls on your Argentina & Brazil tour. Nestled in the subtropical rainforest in the Misiones Province, the Iguassu Falls are one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. The local Guarani people named the waterfalls "Iguassu," meaning, "Big Water." Flowing down the Paraguay River, the Iguassu Falls borders Brazil and Argentina, and it's possible to visit both countries to see the waterfalls from both sides of the river. Take a tour of the Iberá marchlands, visit the ruins of the beautiful Jesuit Missions, go 4x4 off-roading through the Misiones Forest, or just get close (and wet) on an Iguassu Falls boat ride. Browse all the Iguazu Falls tour options below, or just contact us to get a free quote on a custom Iguazu Falls tour.
Additional Excursions around the Iguazu Falls
PUERTO IGUAZÚ - ARGENTINE FALLS
Half day tour (approx. 6 hours)
This tour takes you to the Argentine side of the Iguassu Falls. From your hotel in Puerto Iguazu, the town on the Argentina side of the waterfalls, your tour guide will greet you and take you to the Iguazu National Park. Enjoy a short train ride through the verdant and lush national park. Once you reach the edge of the river, you can explore the waterfalls from several angles, and see the famous "Devil's Throat," the concave waterfall that is one of the largest at Iguazu. In the afternoon, the tour will transport you back to your hotel. While on this Iguassu Falls tour, you can also opt to visit San Martín Island, take a short boat ride along
San Martín Bay to the Bozetti and Tres Mosqueteros Falls, or ride in the Great Adventure - a boat ride to get up close to the mighty Iguazu Waterfalls.
Half day tour (approx 4 hours)
On this Iguassu Falls tour you'll see the waterfalls from the Brazilian side. You'll be picked up from your hotel and then will cross over the Tancredo Neves Bridge and enter the Brazilian part of the Iguassu Falls "Das Cataratas" park. Enjoy a walking tour through the park and get an upclose view of the Devil's Throat. Return transportation to your hotel is included. Please note, in order to enter the Brazilian side of the waterfalls, Canadian and American citizens must have a valid Brazil visa, which must be obtained months in advance. Please see our Travel Visas & Insurance page for more info. Optional tours include a lunch in Churrascaría in Foz do Iguazú, a tour of the Birds Park, a short Iguazu Waterfalls over-flight, a visit to the city of Foz do Iguazú, and a visit to the Itaipú Hydroelectric Power Plant.
SAN IGNACIO JESUIT RUINS
Full day tour (approx 10 hours)
This full day tour of the San Ignacio Jesuit Missions takes you to the ruins where Jesuit missionaries once had immense influence on the local Guarani people. The Jesuits built beautiful baroque churches and buildings, and approximately 30 missions remain today. San Ignacio de Miní, founded in the early 1600s, is the best preserved, and the ornate stone decor and architecture are visible. The nearby Mines of Wanda are an active mining area where semi-precious stones such as crystal, amethyst quartz, and agate are mined for use in the jewelry industry. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Puerto Iguazu and taken to the Mines of Wanda and the San Ignacio ruins, where you can explore and have lunch before returning to your hotel.
MINES OF WANDA AND YERBA MATE PLANTATIONS
Half day tour (4 hours)
Take a tour of the Mines of Wanda to see where miners extract semi-precious geodes, and perhaps shop for some of the local gems from the shopkeepers nearby. Then head to a Yerba Mate plantation, where the yerba plant is grown for the production of yerba mate tea, a favorite drink for Argetines and a part of their daily life. Try some tea and then return to your hotel or continue on another Iguassu Falls tour.
GREAT ADVENTURE BOAT RIDE
Half day tour (2 hours including transfers)
Get up close (and wet!) to the Iguassu Falls on this exciting Great Adventure Boat Ride that you won't want to miss. The tour includes transportation to and from your hotel, as well as a tour of the Iguazu National Park on the Argentine side, and a 4WD along the Yacaratia pathway. Enjoy the thrill and excitement of getting close to the mightiest waterfalls in the world, and then experience more of an adrenaline rush on an adventurous 4WD off-roading tour of the Iguazu National Park. Note that a similar tour called the Safari Macuco can be done on the Brazilian side of the waterfalls.
Full day tour (12 hours)
Another great option for the adventurous spirit who wants to experience the Iguassu Falls and the surrounding Misiones Forest by off-roading. Take a 4WD vehicle to El Soberbio and to the riverbanks of the Uruguay River and embark on a drive to the Moconá Falls.
ITAIPÚ HYDROELECTRIC DAM
Half day tour (5 hours)
This itinerary includes an Iguassu Falls tour on the Brazilian side, as well as a visit to the impressive Itaipú Hydroelectric Dam on the Paraná River. This hydroelectric dam powers much of Paraguay's and Brazil electricity, and has been called a modern marvel of engenieering. Transportation to and from your hotel is included in this tour.
Half day tour (4 hours)
The forests in the Misiones Province surrounding the Iguassu Falls offer some of the most rugged and adventurous terrain for the intrepid traveler. Some parts of the Iguassu forest are so thick that 4WD is necessary to traverse it. Delve into the forest in an all-terrain vehicle until you reach Puerto Peninsula Natural Reserve, where you can try your hand at a number of adventure tours such as rock climbing and rappelling, zip-lining, canopy walks, hiking through the nearby forests, and bird-watching.
POSADAS - IBERA MARSHLANDS
Full day tour (12 hours)
Experience the beauty and biodiversity of the Ibera Marshlands on this optional Iguassu Falls tour. Depart from your hotel and head to Loreto, near the San Juan Lagoon. Take a boat cruise on the lake, looking for caiman, river otters, marsh deer, and waterfowl during your cruise. These wetlands are second only to the Brazilian Pantanal in size, and are birder's paradise. The Iguazu Falls region is home to numerous species of plants, butterflies, mammals, and birds, including egrets, toucans, hummingbirds, grebes, storks, ibis, and eagles.
The dorado and surubí are native fish of Río de la Plata river basin, which gathers to great tributaries: the Uruguay and the Paraná rivers. The dorado, also known as ‘tiger of the rivers’ due to its fighting spirit and its ability to obtain its food, can be fished by various methods: with lures (spinning or trolling); with flies; or with live bait. Once hooked, it tries to get rid of the hook jumping repeatedly clear out of the water and shaking its head violently. Males rarely exceed 5 kg (11 pounds) while females weigh an average of 10 kg. The surubí is, undoubtedly, the largest fresh-water fish in Argentina. There are two species of surubí according to the color of the skin: the ‘spotted catfish’ (reaching 50 kg/110 pounds) and the ‘tiger’ or ‘barred catfish’ (reaching 20 kg/44 pounds). The distinguishing features of the surubí are: its scale-less body and its large and flattened head with small eyes, a huge mouth and whiskery barbs. A number of different techniques can be used to hook it: trolling, spinning, fly-casting and fishing with live bait (adrift and stationary). Fishing grounds are found in the following areas: Misiones: Montecarlo and Puerto Rico; Corrientes: Esquina, Goya, Ituzaingó, the Iberá Marshes and Paso de la Patria; Entre Ríos: Concordia and La Paz.
ESTANCIAS (RANCHES) TOURS
Many estancias, or ranches, offer a glimpse of life in the surrounding region. Spend half a day or a weekend relaxing on an estancia, getting to know its gauchos, tasting an authentic Argentina asado barbeque, sipping yerba mate tea, touring the countryside known for its production of fruit, timber, yerba mate, tobacoo, rice, and cattle.
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