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Higher than Niagara Falls at 269 feet and twice as wide, in a horsehoe shape covering nearly 2 miles of the Iguazu River, Iguazu Falls is the result of a volcanic eruption.  Iguazu comes from the Guarani word for "great water", which is understandable considering the waterfalls produce 550 cubic feet of thundering water per second.  As depicted in the film "The Mission", the first explorer to see the falls was the Spaniard, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, in 1541.

Iguazu Falls lies on the Argentinian/Brazilian border in a tropical setting which is so beautiful that it led Eleanor Roosevelt to say "poor Niagara".  Two thirds of the falls are on the Argentinian side of the river where you can also tour Iguazu National Park with its jungle trails, bird watching, wildlife, flora and fauna.  Downstream from the falls where the Parana and Iguazu rivers meet, so do the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.

It is also possible to discover the lesser known colonial history of this jungle region by exploring Jesuit ruins south of the falls towards Posadas or north into the borders of Paraguay at Encarnacion. Travel a little further south and combine your trip to the Falls with a journey of discovery into the fascinating flora and fauna of a rich tropical zone in the vast and, until recently, inaccessible Ibera wetlands, home to capybara, caiman, marsh deer, anaconda, howler monkeys and giant storks - a remote untouched haven for nature lovers. Fly-fishing for Dorado, splashing through the shallow waters on horseback or floating through inlets by canoe make for a unique wildlife experience.

The best time to see Iguazu Falls is in the spring and autumn. Summer is intensely hot and humid and in winter the water level is considerably lower. 

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A year round destination, Argentina's climate ranges from subtropical in the north to sub arctic in the south. The best times to visit are November to March. Spring and autumn (September to November and April to May) offer pleasant, mild temperatures.

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Buenos Aires - British Airways daily.

flying time

13.5 hours

time difference

GMT -3 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

Nights: 19 | from £13,730pp

This 20 night voyage will see you visit the wind-swept Falklands, wildlife-rich South Georgia and the great White Continent, Antarctica. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Adventure & Culture | Cruising

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Buenos Aires, Iguassu & Rio

Nights: 8 | from £3,785pp

Experience the diverse cities of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janerio with a visit to the beautiful Iguazu Falls. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Argentina's Wildlife

Nights: 12 | from £4,895pp

Discover a rich diversity of wildlife on this 12 night journey through some of Argentina’s most remote regions, from wetlands and rainforests to the open... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Patagonia: Tierra del Fuego to Torres del Paine 2017

Nights: 9 | from £7,495pp

Travel to the ends of the earth on this diverse itinerary that ranges from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to rugged, untouched wilderness and the southernmost... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Patagonia Explored

Nights: 11 | from £4,850pp

Start with a blast of cosmopolitan chic in Bueno Aires before immersing yourself in the invigorating and utterly majestic Patagonian land and seascapes... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Hotel Puerto Valle

First built in 1868, Puerto Valle was originally a manor house of Corrientes with just 17 comfortable and stately rooms. 14 hectares of landscaped gardens,... Find out more

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Loi Suites

Set deep in the jungle, this is a truly amazing hotel. It has been designed to fit effortlessly in its lush surroundings, working in harmony with nature... Find out more

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Rincon del Socorro

Rincon del Socorro is a former main ranch house, which has been transformed into a small, refined eco-lodge surrounded by Ibera's untouched flora and... Find out more

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Silversea Cruise - Valparaiso, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nights: 21 | from £11,900pp

Tick off a host of bucket list experiences on this South American cruise, from walking with penguins in the Falklands and watching glaciers calve in Patagonia... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Dave, Kerry and Kelly are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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