Argentina Falls Iguazu Boat Ride getting drenched on the Iguazu Argentina Falls boat ride. The Iguazu Argentina Falls boat ride experience was frantic and completely exhilarating. Visiting a waterfall (or set of waterfalls) the size of Iguazu was incredible enough but actually getting down to water level beneath the roaring cascades was like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
Iguazu Argentina Falls, in Iguazu River, are one of the world’s largest waterfalls. They extend over 2,700 m (nearly 2 miles) in a semi-circular shape. Of the 275 falls that collectively make up Iguassu Argentina Falls, “Devil’s Throat” is the tallest at 80 m in height. Iguazu Argentina Falls are on the border between the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones, and are surrounded by two National Parks (BR/ARG). Both are subtropical rainforests that are host to hundreds of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.
Iguazu Falls, Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls Argentina Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. They are the largest waterfalls system in the world. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River rises near the city of Curitiba. For most of its course, the river flows through Brazil, however, most of the falls are on the Argentine Falls side. Below its confluence with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil.
The name “Iguazu” comes from the Guarani or Tupi words “y” [ɨ], meaning “water”, and “ûasú “[waˈsu], meaning “big”. Legend has it that a deity planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In a rage, the deity sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. The first European to record the existence of the falls was the Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541.
Argentina Falls Unlike Any Waterfall on Earth
You might have seen the photos. Even read about it. You might have visited other great waterfalls before. But you probably still have no idea what to expect when you come face to face with the almighty Iguazu Argentina Falls, on the border of the Argentina province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana.
Unlike over-hyped destinations that can leave you feeling disappointed, Iguazu Argentina Falls instantly turns even jaded travelers into a raving fan. Judging by the sheer number of visitors more than one million a year its pulling power is showing no sign of weakening.
To describe the Iguazu Falls without gushing superlatives is a futile exercise. With water cascades as far as the eye can see some massive and powerful, some small and dainty the Iguazu Falls are a shock to the system. Even the late U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was reportedly so impressed when she saw them that she purportedly said “Poor Niagara.”
“Iguazu Falls always catches you by surprise,” says Martin Ruffo, Intrepid Travel’s regional product manager for Latin America. “They’re truly a magnificent display of nature. “Their size and scale are unlike any other waterfall on earth.” That’s no exaggeration. By any measure, Iguazu Falls is a monster. It’s made up of a system of 275 waterfalls or cataracts, with the exact number depending on the season. It spans an area 2.7 kilometers wide.
The tallest of these waterfalls, called the Devil’s Throat, drops by more than 80 meters into a milky abyss that creates a permanent cloud of mist. To put that in perspective, Iguazu Falls is nearly twice as tall as Niagara Falls and rivaled only by Zambia and Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, which is taller at 108 meters. It’s nearly three times as wide as Niagara Falls and significantly wider still than Victoria Falls. The amount of water pouring from these falls to the Iguazu River is equally staggering. On average, about 1,500 cubic meters of water flows every second.
Depending on the time of the year, the rate of water flow can be as much as 13,000 cubic meters per second enough to fill five Olympic swimming pools especially during the rainy months of November to March. It’s little surprise then that the river that the water flows into, as well as the waterfalls, are both named Iguazu, which literally means “big water” in native Guarani Indian language.
Iguazu Falls Boat ride
Iguazu Falls Walking Tour with Boat Ride Under the Falls. Experience one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world on this walking tour of Iguazu Falls. Go beyond the typical Iguazu Falls tour with a boat ride that takes you out into the Iguazu River and in front of some of the most impressive waterfalls.
What You’ll Do
- Enjoy panoramic views of the famous Iguazu Falls
- Walk along all 3 trails inside Iguazu National Park to experience Iguazu Falls from different vantage points
- Take a boat and discover 18 breathtaking waterfalls up close
- Learn the fascinating history of the waterfalls and national park
This special outing takes you beyond the typical Iguazu Falls tour with a boat ride that takes you out into the Iguazu River and in front of some of the most impressive waterfalls.
Begin your guided tour with a complimentary pickup from your hotel. Travel outside the city of Puerto Iguazu to Argentina’s side of Iguazu National Park. Here, you will spend the day exploring the magnificent falls while learning about the history and culture of the area.
Explore all 3 tiers of the park as you take in the different vantage points and a number of different panoramic views. Walk along the extensive footbridge on the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls.
After exploring the falls from the park’s 3 trails, take your journey further with an exciting boat ride under the falls. Overall, you will see 18 waterfalls up close, including the Three Musketeers, San Martin Falls, Adam and Eve Falls, and many others.
Don’t miss this spectacular voyage to see Iguazu Falls up close!
- Complimentary arrival transfer – shuttle transfer from
- Cataratas International Airport (Argentina) or Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (Brazil) to your hotel.
- Round-trip transfers from Puerto Iguazu Hotels to the Falls.
- Nautical Adventure” boat ride
- Guided walking tour on the National Park’s walkways
- Bilingual Guide
Argentina Side of the Iguazu Falls
The Argentina side of the Iguazu Falls is absolutely massive which is why it takes one full day to explore. After you get into the park most of the trails are elevated wooden walkways that are broken up into three sections; the Lower Trail, Upper Trail, and Devil’s Throat.
At the first station when you enter the park they will try to sell you a boat trip and a 4×4 truck tour through the jungle (to the boat tour). The boat trip is more than worth it but I didn’t find the truck trip worth it unless you are going early in the morning you aren’t going to see many animals. You can buy just the boat trip and board at the lower trail.
The hours for Iguazu Falls park on the Argentina side are 8am to 6pm. You need an entire day to see everything at the Argentina side of Iguazu falls. Make sure you bring clothes that you want to get wet!
Once Inside the Argentinean Side
Once you enter the park you can either take the free train to the lower and upper trails or continue all the way to the Garganta Del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). There are concession stands that are near the first train train station that leads to both the upper and lower trails. They do check bags at the gate and you are allowed to bring food and drinks into the park if you want to save money and bring your lunch.
Circuito Inferior (Lower Trail)
The lower trail is where you can access the boat trip into the falls (literally) and also the island in the middle of the park. Near the end of one of the trails there is a walkway that leads right under one of the smaller falls. Once you start walking down the stairs keep to your right and you will find it. There is also a great panoramic picture on the lower trail as well.
Circuito Superior (Upper Trail)
The upper trail is where you walk on top of most of the falls. You can still get some good pictures here but the best pictures are on the lower trail and at the Devil’s Throat.
Isla San Martin (Island in the middle)
The free boat service into the island depends on the water levels of the falls. The island was closed both times that I visited the park since the water levels were too high. You can see on the map though that there are two good view points of the falls on the island.
Garganta Del Diablo (Devil’s Throat)
The Devil’s Throat is absolutely incredible and the one thing that you should not miss before leaving the park. After walking what seems like miles over the water you arrive on a deck that stands over the waterfall. You can get great pictures here (click here to see video). There are waves of mist so make sure to watch your camera.
GRAN AVENTURA (GREAT ADVENTURE)
The Great Adventure is unique, and combines the whole essence of the Iguassu National Park in one ride: the jungle and the waterfalls. It starts by entering the jungle from the “Sendero Yacaratía” trail with special transportation that allows a panoramic view of the environment along with experienced guides that give a lot of explanations as well as the legend of this spectacular place.
It starts and finishes at the end of the Lower Circuit, which is located in front of the San Martin Island. The ride is made with powerful motor-boats that pass through the Lower Canyon of the Iguassu River and around. After enjoying the view from the calm side of San Martin Island we sail to the “Tres Mosqueteros” waterfall, at that point, the Brazilian and Argentinean sides and the Devil’s Throat can be clearly appreciated.After that, we sail along the shore of the island until we get to the most exciting part where we face the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience, for it’s the largest waterfall any motor-boat can approach safely.
The jungle, the sugar cane plantations and small branches of the river, shelter a wide range of fauna and flora. The 2.5 km ride is made in the calmest and most harmonic way: rowing Professionals that know the place better than anyone will revel secrets of that fauna and flora and show beauties that cannot be seen from the traditional trails, but only by those who go in this wonderful adventure. The boarding for this amazing ride that puts the visitors in direct contact with nature is at the beginning of the trail and ends by going back to the Cataratas Station, where the traditional circuit of trails begins.
The ride starts at the Devil’s Throat with special boats projected for rivers with such characteristics. It is a silent, calm and totally illustrative ride that takes place in the Higher Delta of the Iguassu River, where its bank is seen in its clearest and most natural state
The jungle, the sugar cane plantations and small branches of the river, shelter a wide range of fauna and flora. The 2.5 km ride is made in the calmest and most harmonic way: rowing Professionals that know the place better than anyone will revel secrets of that fauna and flora and show beauties that cannot be seen from the traditional trails, but only by those who go in this wonderful adventure.
AVENTURA NAUTICA (NAUTICAL ADVENTURE)
It starts and finishes at the end of the Lower Circuit, which is located in front of the San Martin Island. The ride is made with powerful motor-boats that pass through the Lower Canyon of the Iguassu River and around the island until the foot of the Tres Mosqueteros waterfall, where one can enjoy a spectacular and clear view of both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, as well as the Devil’s Throat Fall.
Besides enjoying the beautiful panoramic view of both sides of the falls, we also get very close to the waterfall of San Martin Island, the biggest waterfall that a motor-boat can approach safely. The ride starts at the Devil’s Throat with special boats projected for rivers with such characteristics.