Iguazu Falls & the Ibera Wetlands

Iguazu Falls Holidays: An Overview

Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet where the Iguazu River joins the Paraná River at the very tip of the north-eastern province of Argentina called Misiones.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Take a chartered flight tour over the falls to get a bird's eye view before heading on to the wetlands to spot the wildlife below
  • In relation to its rivals, Iguazu is wider than Victoria Falls, higher than Niagara and, in the opinion of most, more beautiful than both

Iguazu Falls Tours: The Detail

It is here that the Iguazu Falls (Big Water in the local Guaraní language) plunges over hard granite into a wide gorge in a series of gigantic waterfalls two miles in length and more than 240ft below. The sound of the thunderous roar of crashing water and the sight of the multi-coloured mist which rises above the falls combine in an unforgettable experience.

Further south, in the Corrientes province, the wetlands region known as the Ibera marshes - or Esteros del Ibera - is utterly unspoilt and a haven for birding, riding safaris, walking and wildlife. Made up of lagoons, marshlands, and pools, and hugely rich in flora and fauna, the area is a game reserve similar to the Pantanal in Brazil and scenically reminiscent of Botswana's Okavango Delta. Wildlife here includes hundreds of capybara, wild boar, caiman, marsh deer, anteaters, fox, otters and howlers monkeys and thousands of bird species.


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An exhilarating speed boat ride down the Iguazu River takes you right up close to the mighty San Martin waterfall - the largest waterfall that any boat can safely approach.

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A note on price

Like many of its neighbours, Argentina is a large country and so much of the expense in travelling here lies in flying domestically. Hotels, lodges and estancias range from rustic to super-luxe, so it’s possible to arrange holidays catering for all budgets. A two-week trip would start from roughly £3,500 per person including international flights. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 26°C / 78°F
  • Rainfall — 3cm / 1.3 inches
Flight from London

13:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs

Top picks for Iguazu Falls & the Ibera Wetlands

Estancia Rincón del Socorro

Estancia Rincón del Socorro

Iguazu Falls & the Ibera Wetlands

Estancia Rincón del Socorro is a 30,000 acre former cattle ranch on the edge of the Iberá wetlands in North-eastern Argentina which has been transformed into a nature reserve by its Anglo-Argentine owners, Valerie and Leslie Cook.

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Puerto Bemberg

Puerto Bemberg

Iguazu Falls & the Ibera Wetlands

The colonial Puerto Bemberg is a traditional and comfortable residence on the banks of the Parana river, around 18 miles from the famous Iguazu falls.

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Loi Suites Hotel

Loi Suites Hotel

Iguazu Falls & the Ibera Wetlands

In the sub-tropical Iryapu jungle on the edge of the Iguazu National Park, the Loi Suites Hotel is an architectural gem hidden among native Earpod and Rosewood trees.

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Estancia Santa Cecilia

Estancia Santa Cecilia

Iguazu Falls & the Ibera Wetlands

Get a taste of traditional Argentinean life at the working Estancia Santa Cecilia in the south of the Misiones province.

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Hotel Puerto Valle

Hotel Puerto Valle

Iguazu Falls & the Ibera Wetlands

With its somewhat convenient location providing private access to the Wetlands, Hotel Puerto Valle offers the best wildlife fix in Argentina, combined with a good dose of luxury.

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Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls Helicopter Ride

Iguazu Falls & the Ibera Wetlands

Silence the arguments over whether it’s the Argentinian or the Brazilian side of the Iguazu/Iguassu Falls that affords the best view, see the whole lot from the air in a thrilling helicopter ride.

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