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How to visit the waterfalls of Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil

We visited the amazing waterfalls of Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil and they left us mesmerized.

Scroll down to find useful information on how to get there and what to do.

About Foz do Iguaçu waterfalls

Iguacu National Park of Brazil was recognized in 1939. Besides the fantastic waterfalls that occupy 800 meters on the Brazilian side, it also encompasses a great variety of flora and fauna, including endangered species.

The park is the first of its kind in Brazil that was recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1986.

There are many falls varying in length and height, but the most known is the Devil’s Throat, which is highly spectacular.

How to get to Foz do Iguaçu waterfalls

The Foz do Iguaçu waterfalls and park opening hours are daily from 9:00 until 17:00.

If you choose to visit the park by yourself from Foz do Iguacu, you can take bus 120. It will leave you directly at the park entrance. A one-way ticket costs R$ 4 (~0.9 USD /0.8 EUR) and you can pay directly on the bus.

If you choose to go on an organized tour, you will most probably get a lift from your hotel.

Entrance fees

There are different prices for visiting the Foz do Iguaçu waterfalls and park, depending on your nationality:

*Data as of 5th March 2020

waterfalls of foz do Iguaçu - pricing

You can pay cash in Brazilian Reals, USD, Argentine Pesos, Paraguayan Guarani, or by Credit / Debit Card.

To do and see in the park

There are a few ways you can get around in the park:

  • By yourself. Once you pay the entrance fee, you will have a bus ride included. This will stop in different places that you can explore, it took us less than 4 hours. 
  • You can book an organized tour. You can choose only for the park or one that includes a visit to the Argentinian side of the falls.
  • At the entrance of the park, there is a company selling tickets to rafting excursions. This one also includes the jungle tour, that you can do by yourself anyway. The price for rafting and tour is R$ 280 (~60.5 USD / 50 EUR) per person. We found this a bit expensive to do as you have to pay besides the entrance fee.
  • There is also the option to book a helicopter ride to see the falls from above:)
  • As already mentioned, we chose the first option. We really enjoyed it because it gave us space to see and do everything at our own pace. Even better, another advantage of not being on an organized tour was that the sightseeing spots were not too crowded and we were able to take photos.

    The trails are not difficult to do and were quite peaceful. We spotted plenty of colored butterflies and lizards, and we encountered some coatis, the symbol of the city. Chances are you will find some too, but do not pet or feed them as they may get aggressive.

    Regarding food, there are a couple of places where you can get food in the park. However, we had Brazilian shawarma and it was the least tasty dish ever.

    Tip: When you visit the Foz do Iguaçu waterfalls, don’t forget the 3 holy items: water, sunscreen, and insect repellent!

    Below you can find a map of the park, taken from the official website.

    waterfalls of foz do Iguaçu - map

    Did you enjoy this article? Find out more about our journey in Foz do Iguacu here.

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