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Iguassu Falls (Iguacu): Brazil & Argentina

The Iguass˙ Falls are the most spectacular in the world, with a height of 75 metres and a spread of 3 km along the border between Brazil with Argentina. Most of the falls are found on the Argentinian side (where there are various walkways to enjoy), however the best panoramic views are from the Brazilian side. As such, if you book a hotel on the Argentina side of the falls, it's worth taking a days excursion to the Brazilian side, and vice versa - both sides have something to offer. Iguass˙ National Park is renowned for it's great biodiversity, and it also a great area for birdwatching, or visits to the rainforest.

The falls can be visited at any time of the year, however the waterfalls are at their most impressive between the months of December to March, which is the rainy season. During the dry season, the site is less spectacular - at the height of the dry season (August and September) there has been very little water present at times in the past.

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Top tip for holidays to Iguassu Falls: you'll either be on vacation in Brazil or vacation in Argentina. If you've flown (with Lan Argentina or with Aerolineas Argentinas) from Buenos Aires to Iguassu, rather than returning to Buenos Aires, you might as well carry on to Rio de Janeiro as it is a short flight (with Tam Airlines) from the Brazil side of the border. Likewise if you've flown from Rio - why not continue on to Buenos Aires? There's two airports at Iguassu Falls - Foz do Igassu airport (Brazil) and Puerto Iguassu (Argentina).

Hotels on the Argentinian Side

The Argentina side of the Falls is the more pleasant than it's Brazilian counterpart, and there is more to do. If you've come from Brazil, it's worth crossing the border to get to Puerto Iguassu - the border crossings are now very speedy. The best hotel is the Sheraton.

Sheraton Internacional - Very well located overlooking the falls, there are also walkways down to the Cataracts. The main reason for staying here is that you can walk down to the falls early in the morning before any of the crowds have arrived. Rooms at the Sheraton have a balcony, most of which overlook the falls. Those without a Falls view are less expensive. This the best hotel in the area.

Iguassu Grand Resort - a very luxurious luxury hotel with three swimming pools and a casino, situated about 20km from the Argentinian side of the Iguassu Falls, and 200m from the Brazilian border. .

Panoramic Hotel - has a unique setting on a hilltop overlooking the junction of the Iguassu and Parana rivers ľ a wonderful location with unobstructed views over the water and tropical rainforest. From here it is 30 minutes to the Argentinian side of the falls, 10 minutes to the Brazil border, and 5 minutes drive to the town of Puerto Iguassu (Argentina side). The swimming pool has jungle views. Rooms are a little small but stylish. This hotel has a great bar on the 5th floor with fantastic views.

Esturion Hotel - a large (125 rooms) ranch style hotel with beautiful grounds about 30km away from the actual waterfalls.

Cataratas Hotel - Not to be confused with the Tropical Das Cataratas on the Brazilian side, this pleasant low-rise hotel of 115 rooms is located 15 mins from Iguassu Falls.

Hotels on the Brazilian Side:

Foz Do Iguaš˙ is the main town on the Brazilian side. It's a rather more hectic and unattractive town in which to book a hotel when compared to it's Argentinian counterpart, Puerto Iguassu. Nevertheless, here's a rundown of the best hotels, the best of which is the Tropical Das Cataratas:

Bourbon Resort & Convention - This decent modern resort is located on the road between Foz do Iguacu and Iguassu National Park - 30 minutes from the actual falls. With a large swimming pool and lots of activities for kids, the hotel is a good option for family vacations to Brazil. Free use of an 18 hole nearby golf course is included for guests.

Mercure Grand Internacional - a sleel hotel with excellent service in a large 18 storey tower block with views of the town of Foz do Iguacu. It's a good value hotel, and suitable if you want to be close to the shopping, nightlife and restaurants of the town.

San Martin Hotel - a rustic hotel has a fine location just outside the I National Park that is within walking distance of the Bird Park. There are various nearby walks that nature lovers can take. The nearby Bird Park is worth a visit.

Tropical das Cataratas Iguassu - This is probably the most famous of the hotels at Igassu - classicly elegant, but it is rather in need of refurbishment. The deluxe rooms are far higher in quality than the standard rooms. Being right next to the Falls, guests can easily visit early in the morning before the tourist hordes arrive from elsewhere.

Rafain Centro - a traditional, good value mid-range hotel located in the centre of the town of Foz do Iguacu.

Falls Galli - This hotel is also good value with 80 rooms and is located 3km from the centre of Foz do Iguaz˙ and 30km from the falls.

Mabu Resort - a resort hotel with 200 spacious, air-conditioned rooms. Popular with large groups of Brazilians and Argentinians, as well as conferences.

Rafain Palace - 120 rooms and found just a few blocks from the centre of Foz do Iguacu, 30 minutes from the waterfalls.

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