Iguazu Falls ~ From the Brazil Side Including a Helicopter Ride

January 10th ~ Getting there

Brilliant flowers hung from a tree at the bus depot

The 10th was a travel day. Sebastian and crew dropped our group off at the bus station for a scheduled 5-6 hour ride in a local bus from Ituzaingo to Puerto Iguazu. 

Bus ticket with assigned seating, meals served

With a late departure, and then an unexplained stop where the entire bus was emptied and then loaded onto a replacement bus, the trip turned into closer to 8 hours.

When we arrived in Puerto Iguazu, the local laws do not allow Brazilian vans to pick up passengers, so a make-shift solution was for us to be carried by local taxis/transfer vehicles, driven around the corner, and then loaded into our Brazilian van.

We then continue for another hour plus drive, crossed the border into Brazil and arrived at Foz do Iguazu for our three night stay.

Our hotel for three nights

January 11th – Iguazu Falls

Mehul and Uma wanted to take a helicopter flight over the falls. Tim, Juani and I decided to join them.

Helicopter we took

Can I say – wow, Wow, WOW! The views were spectacular.

Iguazu Falls from the helicopter

What an amazing way to get my first look at the largest waterfall system in the world.

“The falls are shared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil). The two parks were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987, respectively.” ~ Wikipedia

According to our Intrepid trip notes, Iguazu Falls is over 2 kilometers long and actually a series of cataracts. There are over 270 falls with some reaching up to 80 meters in height. They are wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls.

Devil’s Throat

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I can whole-heartedly recommend this experience!

Back on the ground,  we drove a bit further to the official entrance of the park where tickets are purchased.

Entrance into the Brazil side of the park

If you are interested in staying inside the park, check out Belmond Hotel das Cataratas.

Hotel we could see from the air.

Greeted by Coati,(aka Coatimundi), furry creatures of the raccoon family, that were cute, but a pest as well. They are aggressive and adept at opening backpacks to obtain food. We were seriously warned not to feed them, as they could carry a harsh bacteria similar to rabies. If bitten, a trip to the hospital would follow where a series of shots must be taken.


You can bet we used at least some degree of caution – even if MANY pictures were taken.

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On the Brazil side, you walk along a boardwalk, look across at the Argentine side and get more of an overview of the immensity of the falls.

My first view of the falls from ground level

Take a note of those boats – we will go on them the next day

Tim and Joanne at Iguazu Falls

Here is a variety of shots taken along the walk. We took our time and really savored the experience.

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There are also big and small lizards in abundance that we viewed along the path.

The size of a small to medium iguana

Another type of lizard

As we neared the end of the boardwalk, near Devil’s Throat we put on our plastic raincoats. Fortunately Juani had advised us to purchase them earlier as we left the hotel for half the price they were offered at the falls.

This last portion of the walk, everyone got soaked to the bone, but the views were out of this world gorgeous.

Walkway out to look down in to the throat of the falls

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Tim needed windshield wipers for his glasses

The visitors center offers the option of taking an elevator or stairs back to the top. My sandals had gotten very wet and slippery so we waited in a line for the elevator. We arrived back at our bus about 15 minutes late. I felt bad about keeping the group waiting.

Normally Tim and I are very prompt, but I hope I was forgiven that after dreaming of seeing this magnificent place for so long we truly and literally “soaked it up”.

View down from elevator back to the parking lot.

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Iguazu Falls had been on my bucket list for many years. Not only did I get to experience it up close, but had an unexpected opportunity of seeing it from the air. It was definitely worth the wait!

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55 Responses to Iguazu Falls ~ From the Brazil Side Including a Helicopter Ride

  1. Terry says:

    Those falls are fantastic and the view from above, then below must have just been out of this world. Can not wait to see photos from the boat trip. Hope your camera is waterproof.

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    • Actually no, not waterproof. We had Tim’s iPhone and my little Sony Rx100 with us in the boat. You can bet we had them buried under our jackets when we went under the falls. Tim and I got soaked to the bones, but managed to protect the cameras, LOL.

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  2. A Little Claireification says:

    So happy to read the next chapter of this adventure. What an amazing place! That helicopter ride must have been phenomenal. Thanks for the amazing pictures!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. paperpopups says:

    Wow, thanks for all the great photos and details.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. DeniseBalog says:

    Wow!! Your trip and photos are amazing!! Thank you for sharing!!


  5. cindy knoke says:

    Love this place and your photos! We were on the Argentine side looking at Brazil!


    • Cindy, each side has plusses. We loved them both. First I thought the Brazil side was my favorite (saw it first), but later thought the Argentina side was more beautiful. Now I can honestly say that I do not have a favorite, but appreciate each one for their own magnificence…


  6. Arati says:

    Wow! So happy for you that you got to be there.


  7. Your RX100 is partially weather sealed. I don’t know if it could handle the water of the falls, but it did well for us in a pretty heavy rainstorm. I really like the walkway picture. It really shows us where you were.


    • Ray, I think for a minor rain, it would do fine, but we actually went under and through the falls on the boat ride the next day. We had a sealed waterproof bag to put the cameras in and then put that under our rain coats. We were soaking wet but cameras stayed dry.


  8. Bindu says:

    This is simply spectacular. Thanks and God bless you for sharing Nature’s amazing gifts. I travel, without moving. The pictures are brilliant.
    Words can’t define this beauty.


  9. What a stunning place !!!

    Incredible images and I am sure this is something to experience 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing and have a nice day 🙂


  10. joylennick says:

    Most of the adjectives have been used up…but sufficient, eh, just to say WOW! FANTABULOUS FALLS! Onwards and upwards…


  11. Peter Buller says:

    I love these photos but coupled with that was the constant amazing roar of the water.
    It’s hard to really immerse yourself in the experience (although Tim and you did; literally…) without actually being there.
    When anyone asks me about my personal favourite among all the amazing sections of my South American adventures, although it had some tough competition from The Galapagos and Macchu Picchu to name a couple, this one always springs to mind first.


    • Peter, I agree that photos can not begin to capture the magnitude of the falls. I was, and am still in awe of all we saw and experienced on this trip. The other places you mentioned, The Galápagos Islands and Macau Picchu were also favorites of ours. I’m glad that we saw them on earlier trips.


  12. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson says:

    Such a magnificent place! Thank you for sharing so many wonderful photos. I showed this to my husband this morning – we recently had a guest from Brazil stay at our house. He talked about this place!


  13. I don’t have Java Script, so I missed some of the beauty, but there was enough elsewhere in the post to satisfy me. The views from the helicopter ride were truly awesome.



  14. Sounds like a wonderful time! Enjoy!


  15. Vijayan says:

    Loved this post👍🏾


  16. TracyNicole says:

    Water of any sort but particularly waterfalls are my favorite element of nature. I loved visiting Multnomah Falls in Oregon in 2015. Thanks for sharing so many beautiful pics; I can’t imagine how much more gorgeous the falls are in person!


  17. curvyroads says:

    Spectacular photos and that helicopter trip must have been thrilling! I’ve been fortunate to take many heli trips, and they cannot be beaten for getting views that are impossible otherwise! 🙂


  18. Iguazu Falls has been a dream of mine since I did a project on it in Junior School. Amazing pictures, it looks like you had a great time.


  19. Anabel Marsh says:

    Just amazing! Definitely on my list now.


  20. Tim Harlow says:

    That is just amazing! I had never heard of the falls. Thanks so much for sharing. And that hotel looks so nice. Happy blogging.


  21. Fran Vukovich says:

    Crazy beautiful!!


  22. PoetSpeak says:

    Wow! What amazing and beautiful place the world is! Thanks also for liking my post on https://annegaelan16.wordpress.com – for the very different city delights.


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