It’s easy to add thundering Iguassu Falls—twice as wide as Niagara Falls—to your explorations of South America’s natural wonders. On this extension, we’ll visit the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of this array of 275 separate cascades. We’ll also spend a day discovering the Parana River Delta near Buenos Aires.
- It's Included:
- Flight to Iguassu Falls
- Accommodations for 2 nights in Iguassu, Argentina, and 1 night in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 5 meals—3 breakfasts and 2 dinners
- 3 small group activities
- Services of our own resident OAT Trip Leader, who speaks English and the native language
- NEW for 2015: Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and luggage porters
- All transfers
After main trip travelers on our The Wilderness Beyond: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & the Chilean Fjords adventure depart this afternoon, we remain in Buenos Aires. Dinner is on your own this evening.
After breakfast today, we fly to Iguassu Falls. Located on the Argentina/Brazil border, the falls at Iguassu are among the world’s most impressive sights—twice as high as Niagara Falls and 65 feet wider. After arriving at Iguassu, we’ll cross the border to survey the Falls from the Brazilian side. A stone path leads to several platforms with fine views from different angles. You can get close enough to the thundering torrents to feel the spray, and you may glimpse the park’s resident coatis (raccoon-like animals). We then return to the the Argentinean side of the falls and check into our hotel. We'll enjoy an included dinner this evening.
After breakfast today, we spend the bulk of the morning on a guided walk along the Argentinean side. Here the falls can be approached, viewed, felt, and experienced from a number of angles. We’ll also enjoy a dramatic walk along the Garganta del Diablo (“Devil’s Throat”), where the water plunges 230 feet into a roiling cauldron. With the spray flying up to 50 feet above your head and rainbows dancing in it, the view here can only be described as breathtaking!
After lunch on your own, you’ll have the remainder of the afternoon to spend at leisure before returning to our hote. Or, perhaps you’ll join our optional Great Adventure tour that brings together both halves of Iguassu National Park: the jungle and the waterfalls. We begin by entering the jungle on the Sendero Yacaratía trail, which offers sweeping panoramic views. After a short ride, we arrive at the Puerto Macuco base and the floating dock where we board our motorboat for the second half of our tour. We travel by motorboat through the Iguassu River Canyon, passing through a few river rapids, before reaching the calm side of San Martin Island. From here we sail on for up-close views of two of the park’s waterfalls—first to Tres Mosqueteros for a view of both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of Iguassu, and then to the largest and most impressive waterfall, the San Martin. We'll enjoy an included dinner this evening.
After breakfast, you have the morning free in Iguassu Falls. Lunch is on your own, and we transfer to the airport at midday for our afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. At the Buenos Aires airport, you will transfer to the international terminal for your overnight flight home to the U.S.