Come and discover one of the world’s seven natural wonders!!!
The Iguacu Falls are one of the natural sites you must see in Brazil. Enjoy our package tour of Iguacu and visit this impressive place with over 275 waterfalls stretching across the Iguacu river that creates a natural border between Brazil and Argentina in the region of Parana. This magnificent site, lost in the heart of one of the Mata Paraense, the largest subtropical forest in America, is a unique treasure in Latin America.
The Iguazu cataracts, as the Argentines call them, will hold no secrets once you have visited them with a guide. They are situated on an enormous geological divide of 2700m. which was created over 200,000 years ago and originated from large localized tectonic plate movements that also produced the “Cascade des Sept Chutes”, the most imposing cascade in the world until 1982 when it was submerged under the waters of the giant Itaipu dam.
Shared between Brazil and Argentina, the site of the Iguacu falls is visited as much on one side as on the other. Each side is very different and they complement each other very well to offer a comprehensive view of the place.
On the Argentine side, you can reach the foot of the falls as well as overlook them and arrive just a few metres from the most famous waterfall, the “Devil’s Throat”. The Brazilian part is not so wide and less “spectacular”, but offers an amazing and unique panoramic view of the dozens of cataracts leaping between the rocks covered with lush jungle.
For even more fun and in total safety, you can go to the very foot of the falls and feel their torrential roars, with the Macuco Safari! With this excursion, you will go up the Iguaçu River aboard large, powerful zodiacs to reach the falls and their turbulent waters, an exhilarating activity full of emotions in the heart of the rainforest!
In the Iguacu region you can also visit Latin America’s largest bird sanctuary (parks das aves), with more than 5 hectares of aviaries where birds and people can mingle and interact with no fences. This is an experience not to be missed where you can get close up to toucans, parrots and more than 150 species of tropical birds! A unique opportunity to combine the pleasure of discovery, learning and the magic of a close encounter with animals.
Finally you can visit one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and one of the most formidable engineering adventures of the twentieth century, the gigantic Itaipu Dam. You can also take a boat ride to admire the sunset reflecting on the water of the dam’s impressive reservoir of more than 1300 km².
Included in your stay at Iguacu:
The Falls from the Brazilian side
The Macuco Safari to the foot of the falls
The Falls from the Argentine side and the « Devil’s Throat »
The bird sanctuary
Our Two Night Iguacu package includes:
• 1 private transfer from the International airport and your hotel in Foz d’Iguacu
• 2 nights in a double room at the hotel of your choice (see our selection in the accomodation section)
• A half-day private visit with a guide to the Brazilian side of the Falls.
• A half-day private visit with a guide to the Argentine side of the Falls.
• The Macuco Safari (2hrs) (see details in the full program)
• A guided visit to the bird sanctuary
• 1 private transfer from your hotel to the Iguacu airport
• Une demi-journée de visite privative avec un guide francophone des chutes côté argentin
• Une excursion Macuco Safari (2h) (voir descriptif dans le programme détaillé)
• Une visite du parc aux oiseaux avec un guide francophone• 1 transfert privé retour entre votre hotel et l’aéroport d’Iguaçu
With our two night stay tour in Iguacu, you will thoroughly enjoy this little corner of paradise on earth!
The Iguacu Water Falls is an enormous natural amphitheatre where mountains of water literally surge out of the jungle, in the heart of the Iguacu National Park.
Hundreds of waterfalls stretch out in a gigantic horse-shoe shape of nearly three kilometers wide splitting the river between Brazil and Argentina. There are 19 main falls, each with its own name. You will discover 14 of them during your visit of the Argentine part. The remaining 5 will be revealed during the visit in Brazil.
The National Park itself is an exceptional place as it is probably the best preserved subtropical forest in the country! It is home to an abundance of wildlife including many birds whose song will accompany your visit. You will certainly meet other intriguing inhabitants of the park such as the mischievous Coatis. These tropical racoons will not hesitate to come and steal your belongings without warning, so keep an eye out!
The forces of nature at work in this unique place are difficult to believe: during periods of flood, the flow can exceed 40 million litres of water per second, the equivalent of 11 Olympic swimming pools! This illustrates just how enormous this natural formation is. One can not remain insensitive to such a spectacle, all visitors are struck by the incredible beauty and power that emerge from the Iguacu falls.
During the visits, you walk along several kilometres of footbridges that wind between the falls and large dark rocks. There are also small islands of greenery that offer views that would otherwise be inaccessible. Thanks to this infrastructure, you can entre the heart of this enchanting setting and so forget the rest of the world. Along the lower walkways, the water is omnipresent, projected several tens of meters high, its violence at the foot of each of the waterfalls raises sprays of foam. The misty sheets that emerge, reveal incredible halos of rainbow colors, giving the landscape a magical aspect. You will leave Iguacu with the satisfaction of having experienced an exceptional and unique place and remember it for the rest of your life !
Enjoy most memorable moments at Macuco Safari
The Macuco Safari will be one of the most memorable moments of your stay, combining a forest walk and a boat trip in a giant Zodiac.
It offers you a completely different view of the falls as well as a first approach to the characteristic subtropical forest of this region.
The excursion begins by discovering the lush flora and fauna of the jungle in the Iguacu National Park, comfortably installed in a small electric vehicle.
For about 3km you will be able to admire this perfectly preserved environment thanks to the park’s creation in 1934. For the last 500m you will finish the walk on foot along a forest path immersed in this still wild environment. At the end of this walk still in the middle of the luxuriant jungle, you will arrive at the landing stage to take the boat to the foot of the waterfalls.
After putting on a lifejacket (compulsory), you will embark on a twin-engined boat specially designed for this type of adventure.
This is where the second part of your adventure begins. Comfortably installed in your seat in the Zodiac, you will go up stream to the canyon where the falls are. Rocked by the current but perfectly mastered by the professional pilots, the boat will take you to a unique view point where you will feel the thrills of these poweful waterfalls. The high point of this ride is under the waterfalls, deafened by the noise and the volume of water, you will feel the exhilaration and power of these falls, an unforgettable experience during your stay at Iguacu!
Warning ! No raincoat resists these falls, the best thing to do is wear a swim suit and leave your clothes in rentable lockers on site or wear light clothes you can get wet and take a change of clothes along. Similarly, only specialized electronic equipment such as all-terrain cameras will withstand the deluge of water.
Visit the bird sanctuary and the Itaipu dam, a modern world wonder
The Iguacu bird park is a unique and innovative place where humans and animals can really interact.
Set right in front of the entrance to the Falls Park, you will enjoy this peaceful and exotic tour after the excitement of the Macuco Safari.
In visiting the bird park, you can fulfill a childhood dream: to be surrounded by exotic birds flying around you, a parrot on your arm, like Robinson Crusoe on his island. You will discover enormous bird cages that you can walk through, and be surrounded by hundreds of multicolored birds freely fluttering by your side. One of these enclosures is devoted to macaws, the famous parrots with bright and shimmering colours. You can also see the aviary devoted to birds of the Pantanal region, with red ibis and toucans as well as birds from the Atlantic Forest such as the mutuns with their curious ruffled crests.
But that’s not all ! for reptile lovers, the “Covil dos Répteis” is home to lots of iguanas, crocodiles and snakes, including one of the biggest species in the world, the famous anaconda!
Daring travelers will even be able to pose in the company of one of these distant bird ancestors to bring back a souvenir worthy of the greatest explorers of the region!
The Itaipu Dam is a huge hydroelectric power station located on the River Parana, straddling Brazil and Paraguay, forming an arch 7km wide and 225m high. The lake created by the dam has covered up the largest cataracts in the world, the Seven Falls. This titanic construction took 8 years of work day and night to build with more than 40 000 workers continuously relaying each other in difficult weather conditions including heat waves and heavy rains.
As the highest performing nuclear power plant in the world, the dam has been listed among the seven wonders of the modern world according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. By way of comparison, the maximum flow of two of its water evacuations is equivalent to the total flow of the site of the Iguacu Falls! Its annual electricity production is also proportionate to its size, it could supply electricity for the whole of France for nearly two and a half months! It’s worth visiting this site to take in the amazing ingenuity of the human race.
Detailed program of your stay in Iguacu
The visits to both sides of the Waterfalls mentioned in the program are private and with a guide.
Meals are not included except for breakfast.
Day 1 : Iguaçu/ in – The Brazilian side of the Waterfalls
Morning, your flight arrives at Iguacu International airport and a chauffeur driven vehicle will collect you.
Transfer to your hotel.
Check-in at your hotel and departure to visit the Brazilian side of the Waterfalls.
The Falls spread out over 900m on the Brazilian side. There are 5 main cascades and the visit this side allows a magnificent panoramic view of the complete horse-shoe shape of the falls.
On this outing, you will discover the luxuriant ecosystem that exists in this incredibly humid environment. Each little island is seperated by différent cataractes and covered by vegetation so forming a micro-ecosystem surviving in the middle of the torrents of water. A fascinating sight that shows the vitality of the flora and fauna in this subtropical region.
After this visit you will come back to the Macuco Safari base close by and set off on another thrilling adventure for about 2hrs.
Firstly, you will cross about 3km of subtropical forest along paths in the park aboard open electric vehicles to explore the preserved ecosystem around you. Then you will continue on foot through the forest for about 500m to reach the boat jetty (it is possible to continue by electric vehicle if needed).
Here you will be equipped with a life jacket and climb into a giant inflatable boat. The zodiac will then set off up the river against the strong currents to reach the foot of the Falls, with the roaring waters surging around you. You can chose the ‘all thrills’ option where the boat gets as close to the falls as possible and so you get wet or the ‘less thrills’ option where the boat will stay 100m away from the falls and you can comfortably take all the photos you want.
To top off the afternoon, you can go and visit the beautiful bird park 300m from the entrance to the National Park. It’s the largest bird park in South America with over 1000 species of bird and reptiles. The visit lets you walk through huge bird cages to get close to about 150 different bird species such as parrots and toucans. It is an amzing place and a perfect finish to your stay in Iguacu especially if you bring children.
Return to your hotel.
Night at the hotel chosen from our selection.
Day 2 : Iguaçu – the Argentine Falls – Bird Sanctuary
After a good buffet breakfast at the hotel, you set off in a private vehicle to visit the Iguacu Falls from the Argentine side accompanied by a guide.
You will cross the river on a bridge taking you to Argentina (don’t forget your passport !) then you will reach the waterfalls on the Argentine side. This side is more developped allowing everyone to reach the best view points.
Thanks to a large network of walkways well situated and a small train, you can admire the falls from above on the upper walkway that is 650m long or from the lower walkway where you will get a bit wet !
Finally, don’t miss the star of the show by taking a walkway for about 1 km long to get to the most impressive cascade, the famous Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s throat). It’s the most amazing and powerful waterfall here, In a horse-shoe shape, it is 80m high and about 700m wide, It’s volume of water is the equivalent to three times that of the Seine flowing through Paris !
Free afternoon to enjoy your hotel facilities.
Optional excursion to visit the Itaipu dam, the largest in the world before they built the three valley dam in China.
You can also go trekking in the forest or rafting on the river (contact us).
Night at your chosen hotel.
Day 3 : Iguaçu/ out
Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.
A free morning to enjoy your hotel or go on a last trip : shopping in Paraguay, or visit the impressive Itaipu dam or walk in the forest (contact us).
Hotel check-out at midday.
Depending on your flight time, transfer to the airport and end of our services.
Accommodation in Iguacu
Hotel Continental Inn Cataratas (standard)
This is a quality hotel that was completely renovated in 2016 in a bright contemporary style combining comfort and functionality for the pleasure of passing visitors. This hotel isone of the best in the centre of Foz d’Iguacu and is ideally located in the best quarter of town, close to all the shops and restaurants.
There is everything from plain rooms to large suites of 45m2 and all visitors wishing to stay in the town centre will find what they are looking for. An excellent choice at an excellent price.
Hotel São Martin Resort & Spa (standard)
Located halfway between the Iguacu Falls and the airport and in a large park – more than 16 000m2. The hotel Bourbon is mainly for visitors looking for peace and quiet in a resort style hotel.
It is also a good stop over for those on a short visit focusing on the Falls rather than visiting the town or surroundings
Hotel Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort (superior)
Installé à mi-chemin entre le site des Chutes d’Iguaçu et l’aéroport, dans une belle propriété de plus de 16 000 M², l’hotel Bourbon est avant tout la destination des voyageurs recherchant la tranquillité et une infrastructure complète de type Resort.
C’est aussi un point de chute intéressant pour les séjours touristiques courts qui se focalisent sur les chutes et ne nécessitent pas d’aller en ville ou ailleurs.
Hotel Belmond das Cataratas (luxury)
The Belmond das Cataratas is a palace of excellence, a luxury establishment with a refined, colonial décor. Located opposite the Brazilian side of the Iguacu Falls, it offers an exclusive access to the falls at sunrise and sunset when the park is closed to visitors. Who doesn’t dream of having the priviledge to take a romantic walk in the sunset looking out at this amazing wonder offered to us by nature?
Whether it’s for the rooms, the service or the rest of the hotel, special care has been taken to all the little details so making your stay in this palace one to remember. Choosing the Belmond das Cataratas, ensures a perfect stay. This accomodation is for those looking for the best, whether it is to celebrate an occasion such as a honeymoon or simply for pleasure.