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Iguazu Falls is a breathtaking spectacle that should be on any traveler's wish list. We spent two days on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides, awe-struck by the thunderous plunge of millions of gallons of water down hundreds of feet along hundreds of different cataracts over miles of river, often with rainbows spanning the mist. And, if you can tolerate the long steep climb, don't miss the Great Adventure boat ride through the falls, yes, through.

Review By: Selwyn F. from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Visiting Iguazu Falls and the surrounding area was a high point of our visit to Argentina (certainly the northernmost point!). Our family (mom, dad, and sons aged 16 and 19) spent 10 days in BA and flew up to Misiones province for a few days at the confluence of the Iguazu and Parana Rivers.

As a "natural wonder of the world", Iguazu must be experienced from above and below. The size and quantity of falls is unbelievable. We walked to all the viewpoints on the Argentine side. We enjoyed the visitor center and trail/bridge/train network (much improved from our visit 20+ years before), and appreciated the tour that took us downstream by land and then up to the falls in a speedboat. The truck ride exposed us to the local flora and fauna, and the boat trip right up to one of the falls proved very exciting (and wet!). Unfortunately most of the bird life has been driven away by the tour helicopters operating from the Brazilian side. We seriously considered going back a second day (on our two-day passes). Our conclusion: once we'd paid to get all the way there, it was worth paying for the tours. The guides are excellent, too.

However, Brazil's punitive visa fees ($100 a person even for a day's visit) might lead many to pass on the reputedly excellent views from the other side. For those willing to submit to that tourism-defiant price gouging by Brazil's government, it's fun to experience a bit of that country. (One can try to sneak across in an unmarked cab—ask the hotel concierges.) The food is excellent—we enjoyed the huge churrascaria restaurant (called "Bottega", Avenida Mercosul 400—with a samba show on the weekends) just over the bridge on the Brazilian side. A great draw for us was Itaipu Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project which supplies 25% of Brazil's electricity and 40% of Paraguay's GNP: the scale of the man-made construction contrasts somehow with the immense falls nearby. Do take the bus tour offered free by the dam's operating company. And for the daring, a jaunt across the Parana River to Paraguay and Ciudad del Este can offer a view into a duty-free, smuggler-rich, wide-open-city, full of international bargains and packed with Brazilian tourists and local thieves.

The Argentine town of Iguazu, where the rivers merge, is walking-scale. Maps are easily available. We turned down the fancier hotel out on the point, preferring one in town (St. George). Two banks had ATMs. The many local restaurants gave us plenty of eating choices—some too expensive, most reasonable. For fun the soccer enthusiasts among us went to the local league game one evening, and stayed to watch a pick-up "arena" game under the lights. Prices for tourist items are similar to in BA (in fact many of the goods are simply trucked up from BA). At the confluence of the rivers it was fun to stand at the obelisk marking Argentina (and painted in the colors of the Argentine flag) and look across one river to the Brazilian obelisk and across the other to the Paraguayan obelisk.

We made a side trip down to the Minas de Wanda (we should have passed on that—there's not much to see and a lot of it appears faked and simply a front to sell overpriced semi-precious gem items to tourists), and to the ruins of the Jesuit mission at San Ignacio Mini. In contrast to the mines, the immense and picturesque ruins, a World Hertitage Site, were well worth the trip. We'd seen the movie "The Mission" to prepare for the experience—and we took away memorable insights into the area's history.

The Iguazu area gives visitors a chance to contrast the cultures, economies, and peoples of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, although none of the experiences are completely representative of the countries—each country influences the others in this strange corner of the world. Only the outstanding natural attractions know no nationality!

Review By: Ted K. from Portland, OR

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