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Although the Brazilian side can't offer the same close contact and varied view of the Iguazu Falls as the Argentinian, it does offer wonderfully panoramic views (photos 1-3) of the different points seen from closer up - and often side-on - on the other side. A half-day visit is sufficient - morning is the best time.

This is where you really will notice the numbers who come to Iguazu. Twice as many visitors come here as come to the Argentinian side, and there is only one long viewing walkway, a 1.5km path that takes you through the rainforest along the ridge with various viewpoints all along the way, dropping down a bit until at last you come to a large platform that gives you a spendid view of the Devil's Throat (photo 4). That's about it - a short walk to the end of the walkway where an elevator takes you up to the bus that will take you back to the park entrance. Say hello to Alberto Santos-Dumont when you get to the top - a statue of the aviation pioneer stands under a tree there (photo 5).

Tours will usually include lunch at one of the tourist-focused churrascaria on the raod to the falls - I have to say our heart sank when we saw the vast dining room we were ushered into at Rafain, but the buffet was excellent with a wonderful array of salads, side dishes and delicious icecream.

One note of warning - you may need a visa to enter Brazil (and these can be expensive - the charge is reciprocal with your country's visa charges for Brazilians) even though your visit may be for just these few hours, and you may need a yellow fever shot - not because Brazil requires you to have one but because your home country may require evidence of the vaccination on your return - Brazil is on the WHO list of yellow-fever-affected countries. Different countries have different regulations - you will need to check with your own authorities about this. Weighing the cost and the inconvenience up against the falls was a no brainer for me - when was I ever likely to be here again?

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  • Updated Jun 4, 2007
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