Brazil Side Of Iguazu Falls: Visit The Better Part

A panoramic view of Iguazú Falls surrounded by lush greenery under a clear blue sky. Multiple cascades of water plummet over the cliff edges, creating a dramatic and powerful natural spectacle, while the river below churns with frothy, white rapids. The verdant foliage adds a vibrant contrast to the white waterfalls and deep blue of the sky.

A visit to the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls is an unforgettable experience. The largest waterfall system in the world boasts up to 300 waterfalls in peak season, offering a grand scale of natural beauty. The exploration of Iguazu National Park both on the Argentine side of the falls and Brazil side of the falls is full of fascination and awe at the majesty of nature and adrenaline if you decide to take a boat ride under the falls or a helicopter ride over them. Located in South America, on the border between Argentina and Brazil, the falls are a majestic sight. Imagine the thunderous roar of the water echoing through the dense rainforest. If you’re lucky, you might even see a rainbow.

Whether you’re gazing at the Garganta del Diablo, the most feared part of the falls, or exploring the myriad trails and viewpoints, every moment at Iguazu Falls is unforgettable. A visit here isn’t just an excursion; it’s a reminder of the majestic and timeless beauty of our planet. When Eleanor Roosevelt laid eyes on this spectacle, she uttered ‘Poor Niagara,’ an acknowledgment that next to Iguazu, even the famed falls of North America paled. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iguazu Falls embodies nature’s raw beauty and stands as a testament to the wonders our planet holds.

The image depicts a scenic view from a metal walkway over a turbulent section of the Iguazu River, with the walkway railing painted in green. A person is seen walking alone, gazing at the panoramic vista of the majestic Iguazu Falls. Multiple cascades of the falls are visible in the background, creating a mist that rises above the lush, green tropical forest surrounding the falls. The sky is clear and a deep shade of blue, suggesting a sunny day perfect for sightseeing. This walkway appears to be a vantage point for visitors to witness the grandeur of the falls up close, and the water's powerful rush adds to the scene's dramatic beauty.
Walkway on the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls

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Why visit Iguazu Falls Brazil

Getting close to Devil’s Throat 

The Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls offers an up-close view of the crown jewel of the falls, the Devil’s Throat. It is a thunderous set of 14 falls that are about 80 m high. The walkway is designed to provide visitors with various angles to view the falls from the base to the side. There are thrills from rainbows to a refreshing mist to a feeling of walking on a waterfall. An observation tower completes the experience. 

The best panoramic view 

80% of Iguazu Falls are located in Argentina, so when it comes to the best views, the Brazilian side provides an extensive panorama. As you embark on the walkway, you will be treated to stunning views around every curve of the path, making it a photographer’s dream. At the end of the walkway is an amazing viewing platform that offers a breathtaking view of the falls. Be prepared to take plenty of photos and videos to immortalize this unique experience. Try to keep your camera and mobile phone dry. Not an easy task, keeping in mind you’ll get wet all over.

TIP: Bring a raincoat.

The photograph showcases a striking view of Iguazú Falls, where numerous waterfalls cascade into a turbulent, golden-brown river. A vivid rainbow arches gracefully through the mist created by the falls, adding a spectrum of color to the scene. The lush greenery of the surrounding forest is partially visible, framing the natural wonder, while the powerful rush of water conveys a sense of the falls' majesty and the dynamic energy of nature.
Rainbow over Iguazu Falls

Less Time Consuming

While the Argentina side of Iguazu Falls offers some great experiences, walking the Upper circuit or the Lower circuit is more time-consuming, even confusing with the many connecting paths. On the other hand, the Brazilian side of the falls consists of one walkway, approximately 1500 m long. You can reach the walkway by taking the National Park tourist bus from the main gate (the bus ride is included in the park ticket). If you are staying at Hotel das Cataratas, just cross the street. 

Less Walking 

If you can’t or for some reason don’t want to walk, one hour will be enough time to complete the entire walkway on the Brazilian side. Don’t forget you will be in the jungle, so most probably it will be hot and wet.The entire trip can be completed in an hour from one end to the other, but you will want to allow much more than that to fully appreciate the beauty of the falls. The walkway also features several balconies that provide an improved view of the scenery, making it a photographer’s paradise. 

Accessibility

While there are some stairs at the beginning of the walkway, they are manageable for most tourists. Even people who need a wheelchair or a baby stroller to get around can get to the end of the walkway and thus close to the Devil’s Throat. From the last stop of the National Park tourist bus, there is a paved trail with elevators at the end that will take visitors down to the walkway at Devil’s Throat. The park also offers wheelchairs free of charge for visitors with mobility needs. Wheelchairs can be requested at the Visitor Center.

A panoramic view of Iguazú Falls surrounded by lush greenery under a clear blue sky. Multiple cascades of water plummet over the cliff edges, creating a dramatic and powerful natural spectacle, while the river below churns with frothy, white rapids. The verdant foliage adds a vibrant contrast to the white waterfalls and deep blue of the sky.
Iguazu Falls is hundreds of falls

Sunrise at Brazil side of Iguazu Falls

You can watch the sunrise on the Brazil Side of Iguazu Falls. The experience is a tour offered by Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, called Dawn at the Falls. It is available at certain days and costs R$195 in addition to the park entrance fee. 

Helicopter ride at Brazil side of Iguazu Falls

If you prefer a privileged aerial view over the majestic Iguazu Falls, book a helicopter ride in Iguazu Falls. It is only available on the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls.

How to get to the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls from Argentina

If you’re planning to visit the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls from Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, then it’s important to know how to get there and what to expect. 

There is a regular bus service from the bus station of Puerto Iguazu to the park on the Brazilian side. The buses run every hour or so. Just go to the bus station and buy your ticket. Make sure to clarify you are traveling to the park and not to the town of Foz. I bought a round-trip ticket, which was very cheap, and hopped on the bus, which left a couple of minutes later. 

Argentina-Brazil border crossing

Crossing the border of Brazil is quick and smooth.

TIP: Check beforehand with your local authorities the visa requirements for entering Brazil. 

If you are returning to Argentina on the same day, there is only a checkpoint, on the Argentine side. If you are staying overnight in Brazil, then you have to get off the bus and go through passport control at the Brazilian border crossing as well. Take all your belongings with you as the bus will not wait for you. You will continue your journey on the next bus. 

TIP: If you want to get from the town of Puerto Iguazu to Foz do Iguaçu International Airport, get on the same bus. Tell the driver you are going to the airport and he will stop the bus on its way to the National Park and leave you just 1 km away from the airport.

Parque das Aves (Bird Park)

The next stop of the bus is at Parque das Aves (Bird Park). It is 100 m away from Iguaçu Falls Brazil visitor center. If you plan to visit the Bird Park, where you can experience the beauty and diversity of over 150 species of birds, you’d better get off the bus here. Later you can walk to the visitor center.  

A wide-angle shot of Iguazú Falls showing expansive waterfalls cascading down in a powerful display of nature's force. The falls stretch across the frame, with mist rising from the impact zones. In the foreground, the river flows rapidly, dotted with dark boulders and surrounded by lush green vegetation. A walkway with visitors is visible on the right, offering a close-up view of the falls, set against a backdrop of a clear blue sky with a few scattered clouds.
Iguazu Falls

Buying the entry tickets

The last bus stop is at the Visitor Centre. You can buy your tickets in advance online or at the Visitor Centre.

When I tried to buy a ticket online, I was asked to select the date and TIME I wanted to enter the park. I found this very confusing as I couldn’t predict the exact time I would arrive at the park. My plan was to visit the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls on the same day I flew into Puerto Iguazu from Buenos Aires. I had booked an early morning domestic flight but had to check into my hotel. Upon landing, I had to go to the bus station to catch the bus and I didn’t know the timetable. I had no idea how long it would take to cross the border. So I decided not to buy my ticket online and just go to the park and buy it there.

At the visitor center, tickets are bought from vending machines. Only card payment is accepted. You are again asked to select a DATE and TIME. You’ll be asked to choose the time you want to board the National Park Tourist Bus. The intervals are every 15 minutes and are, in my opinion, a mere formality. The buses run at different intervals depending on how busy the park is. Nobody looks at the time on the ticket. When the seats are full, the bus leaves and the next one takes its place.

National Park tourist bus stops

The photo shows a single-story building with a terracotta-tiled roof nestled among verdant greenery. A sign with the word "Macuco" and an illustration of a bird and leaves hangs prominently over the entrance, suggesting the building is a stop or attraction, possibly named Macuco, within a larger park or tour area. The structure has an open, pavilion-like design with large supporting wooden pillars, offering a welcoming area for visitors. The setting appears tranquil and shaded, a pleasant stop for those exploring the surrounding natural attractions. A clear sky and bright sunlight indicate a fine weather day, perfect for outdoor activities.
Macuco Stop of the National Park Tour bus

The first stop of the National Park Tourist Bus is Macuco. This is where those who want to take a longer walk through the jungle get off. Get off here for the various water attractions – boat rides, rafting, etc.

The second stop is opposite the Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas. 

The photo showcases a picturesque two-story building painted in a soft pink hue with white trim, featuring a prominent clock tower with a spire at the center. The architecture suggests a colonial style with arched porticoes lining the front of the building. Lush, well-manicured lawns surround the structure, dotted with tropical palm trees and a large, shady tree at the forefront. The clear blue sky suggests a bright, sunny day. Stone steps lead up to the entrance, and a few vehicles are parked on the side, indicating that this may be a place of interest, possibly a hotel or historic site, which is frequented by visitors.
Hotel das Cataratas

TIP: If you’re looking for a luxurious stay on the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls, Hotel das Cataratas, a Belmond Hotel is the place to be. It is a 5-star luxury resort located within the National Park, offering you easy access to the falls. You can reach the walkway by simply walking across the street from the hotel. It offers a unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the falls and the surrounding natural environment. Staying at Hotel das Cataratas, you can have the Iguazu Falls all to yourself. The National Park closes at 17:00 h, which means regular visitors are unable to see the spectacular sunset at the falls. However, guests of Hotel das Cataratas have access to the falls from early morning until night, allowing them to enjoy the falls when there are no crowds. As a guest, you can visit the falls as many times a day as you wish, as unlimited admission to the park is included in your hotel room price. 

This is where the walk to the falls begins. Right from the bus I was speechless, but it got better and better. Until I reached the end of the walkway, where the highlight was – the Devil’s Throat. I can’t find the words to describe how it felt. I was dumbfounded, staring at one point, and could not believe that such power and grandeur could exist. And that I was lucky enough to see it with my own eyes.

The image captures a vibrant scene at the start of a trail on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. A group of visitors is gathered at a viewpoint, overlooking the spectacular waterfalls in the distance. The falls are a series of vast and powerful cascades, creating a dramatic backdrop against the clear sky, with a few puffy clouds floating above. Lush greenery frames the scene, with a large tree in the foreground providing shade and a sense of scale. The observation area is marked by yellow railings and paved with stone tiles, suggesting an accessible path for tourists to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The photo conveys a sense of wonder and the allure of exploring one of the world's most magnificent waterfalls.
The start of the trail on the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls

The last stop of the National Park Tourist Bus (and the first on the way back) is suitable for people with mobility problems. The path is paved and there are lifts at the end to take you down to the falls. The last stop also has a gift shop, toilets, a restaurant, and several self-service food and drink stands.

Best time to visit Iguazu Falls

The high season for visiting Iguazu Falls is from December to January and the second half of July. During this time, it can get crowded and there may be less availability of accommodation, especially on weekends. The weather at this time of year is usually rainy and humid, and the water levels are high, which may lead to some trails being closed. It’s important to keep in mind that due to the higher water levels, the falls will be even more impressive and powerful. However, if you prefer to avoid the crowds and have a more peaceful experience, it might be better to plan your trip outside of the high season.

How many days in Iguazu Falls

If you are planning a trip to Iguazu Falls and wondering how many days you should spend there, it’s recommended to plan for at least two to three full days. Although some visitors may attempt to travel from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu and back in one day, it’s not advisable to do so. Iguazu Falls is a place that deserves to be experienced at a leisurely pace. Every moment spent at this majestic place is worth savoring, and the memories you create are sure to stay with you forever.

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Which side of Iguazu Falls is better

The best views of Iguazu Falls are actually from Brazil, even though 80% of the falls are located in Argentina. The panoramic view from the beginning of the walkway on the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls is truly breathtaking, with amazing views around every curve of the path. You can explore the walkway and reach the incredible viewing platform at the end, which provides an even more stunning view of the falls. The platform is the perfect spot to take in the breathtaking beauty of Iguazu Falls and capture some unforgettable photos.

Finally, a trip to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls is an experience like no other. It’s not just a trip, it’s an encounter with one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Every moment spent there is precious and every sight is a new memory etched into your history. It’s important to plan your trip well in advance so that you can embark on this adventure with confidence and fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the falls. Rest assured, the Falls will reveal their full splendour and leave you in awe and awe.

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