Fly To Iguassu Falls, Brazil
One of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, the Iguassu Falls, sits neatly on the border between Brazil and Argentina and promises an experience that will literally force your jaw to drop. With 275 individual falls making up this massive downpour in the middle of the mighty Iguassu River, it’s undoubtedly a must-see on any trip to Brazil, perhaps even for the entire continent.
Derived from two local words meaning ‘water’ and ‘big’, the Iguassu Falls range between 60m and 82m in height, with the highest point aptly named Devil’s Throat. The Falls were declared one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2011 and, even though the majority of the falls are found on the Argentine side, the view from Brazil is the most incredible. Make a day out of it, visiting the national park and drinking in the sight from each of the numerous viewpoints inside it.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Iguassu Falls, Brazil. You are allowed 90 days in Brazil without having to apply for a Visa.
- The South African Embassy can be found in Brasilia at SES – Avenida das Nacoes, QD. 801, Lote 6, 70406-900, Brasilia DF. Phone: + 55 61 3312 9500 The South African Consulate-General in Brazil is found in Sao Paulo at 1754 Avenida Paulista, 12th floor 01310-920, Sao Paulo SP. Phone: + 55 11 3265 0449.
See and do
Merely exploring the Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, is already an incredible experience in itself. There are colourful buses, with open tops, that will take you there and they are very affordable.
For an aerial view of the falls, book a helicopter ride to take you up into the air and over the falls for a different perspective of this incredible tumbling mass of water. For a view from below, book a boat ride to the base of the falls. This exhilarating experience on the river will not only expose the sheer magnitude of the falls, but it will also get you entirely wet. Don’t worry, the captains stop off at different spots where you can unwrap your camera and take some beautiful pictures.
After admiring the falls from all possible angles, take an hour or two to visit the bird park, only 200m from the gate. Here you can admire the natural life of the area in 17 hectares of preserved semi-rainforest. Keep an eye out for the exotic toucans and macaws.
Foz do Iguaçu International Airport – IGU
Food and beverage: There is one restaurant at this small airport that is open for breakfast and lunch.
Currency Exchange: ATMs are available on the ground level next to Arrivals.
Lost Luggage: Enquire about lost luggage with your individual airline.
Airport Hotels: None on site. The town is 15km away and there you will find Hotel Foz do Iguassu, Hotel Aguas do Iguassu, Hotel Del Rey and Continental Inn.
Car Hire: Avis, Hertz.
Airport Hub: Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (code IGU) is a hub for Azul Brazilian Airlines.