Best Active Tours in Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls sit on the border between Brazil and Argentina on a large horseshoe bend in the Iguazu River, which aptly means ‘big river’ in the local Guaraní language. Winding its way across Brazil for over a thousand kilometers, the river breaks out into the incredible series of waterfalls when it hits the rim of the Paraná plateau. The majority of the falls sit on the Argentinian side, where a well-planned system of trails and walkways let you experience both the upper and lower falls. From the incredible Iguazú Falls to places of natural beauty, here’s a sneak preview of what is waiting for you.

Alto Paraná River & Yasy Fall

Difficulty: EASY/MODERATE

Travel Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 5-6 hours

Duration: HALF DAY

Along the second largest river in the continent, at the point where the jungle meets the Urugua-í Creek, the most unusual geological formations are found. With semiprecious stones encrusted in the rocks, archaeologists believe this was the home of the pre-Guaraní civilizations, as the area provides readily available food and shelter. Explore along the waters of the calm Urugua-i creek, either by boat or kayak, finishing with a refreshing swim in the waters below the hidden Yasí Waterfall.

 

Note: Local authorities determine if the weather forecast allows this activity to take place, so last-minute changes could occur.

Iguazú National Park - Devil's Throat

Difficulty: EASY

Travel Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Duration: HALF DAY

Allow yourself to be awe-inspired by the most impressive cascade of the Iguazú Falls, walking right up to its 80-meter (260 feet!) drop. Walk a little over one kilometer on the boardwalks that cross the upper River Iguazú until you reach the massive fall. On the way, appreciate the jungle scenery and enjoy bird watching – there are many swifts in the early morning and at sunset before they return to their nests behind the waterfalls. This excursion can be enjoyed on its own, or combined with the Upper and Lower Circuits of the Iguazu National Park for a full day activity.

 

Notes: The Iguazu National Park is a Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited attractions in Argentina. Trust our Guides to suggest the best times to visit in order to avoid the biggest crowds.

Iguazu National Park: Upper and Lower Circuits

Difficulty: EASY

Travel Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

Duration: Half Day Tour

 

Admire hundreds of waterfalls from every possible angle. You will be able to walk right up to the San Martín, Bossetti and Dos Hermanas waterfalls, each set in lush vegetation boasting with birds, butterflies and coatis. We recommend heading out early from the hotel in order to enjoy these circuits before the crowds arrive, taking a gentle stroll along 3.5 km of walkways. This excursion can be enjoyed on its own, or combined with the Devil’s Throat for a full day activity.

 

Notes: The Iguazu National Park is a Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited attractions in Argentina. Trust our Guides to suggest the best times to visit in order to avoid the biggest crowds.

Iguazu National Park - Macuco Path

Difficulty: EASY

Travel Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Duration: Half Day Tour

A first approach to the Atlantic forest and its fauna in one of the least visited circuits of the Iguazú National Park. With a total distance of 7km, this walk allows visitors to discover the wilder side of this popular park at their own pace. A smaller waterfall of 20 meters, the Salto Arrechea, and the natural pool that forms at its feet marks the end of the way. This excursion can be combined with either the Upper and Lower circuits or the Devil’s Throat for a full day activity.

 

Notes: bring comfortable walking shoes and a hat or extra sun protection.

Uruguai Lake

Difficulty: EASY/MODERATE

Travel Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 4-5 hours

Duration: Half day tour.

 

Even though it was originated by a dam, this lake was turned into a natural sanctuary to preserve the quality of its ecosystem. The scarce human intervention, the existence of hidden salt water springs and peculiarities such as a submerged forest favor the presence of animals such as capybaras and otters. We can explore parts of this special landscape by boat or by Stand Up Paddle Board, or simply enjoy the landscape leisurly.

 

Note: Local authorities determine if the weather forecast allows this activity to take place, so last-minute changes could occur.

Biking tour at El Ñandú - Iguazu National Park

Difficulty: MEDIUM

Travel Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Duration: Half day tour.

 

An adventurous bike ride, crossing the red dirt roads in a lesser- visited area of the National Park. After a 30-minute drive we arrive at the starting point, from where we will travel on rough roads surrounded by jungle. We will reach the banks of the Iguazu River, just behind the Devil’s Throat, possibly being able to appreciate some of its mist in the distance.

The Triple Border: Argentina, Brazil & Paraguay

Difficulty: EASY

Travel Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Duration: Half Day tour

 

Take a boat ride to the confluence of the rivers Iguazú and Paraná (the second largest river in South America), serving as a natural triple frontier between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. This is also the point of origin of the Iguazú Falls, according to geologists. Learn about the history of Puerto Iguazú, visiting the port that initially drove this region’s economy: yerba mate and products of the logging industry were historically shipped out from this point.

 

Note: Local authorities determine if the weather forecast allows this activity to take place, so last-minute changes could occur.

Yerba Mate Drying Mill

Difficulty: EASY

Travel Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 3 hours

Duration: Half day tour.

 

“Mate” tea is more than a drink: it is a true cultural icon in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil; and it’s cultivated right here in the province of Misiones. Discover the secrets of the plantations, the drying of its leaves and the production process of one of the region’s main economic engines.

 

Note: This activity is only available during harvest season (from March to September).

Want to craft your own personalized itinerary? Something totally unique and tailored for you and your friends and family? Well, you’re in luck – we offer bespoke tours too. Just contact us  and let us know how we can design you your own perfect adventure in Iguazu Falls.

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