From Florianópolis it was on to the famous Iguazu Falls, located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, and right next to Paraguay. I did it in what many would call the correct order: first, the Brazilian side, which is a bit smaller and lets you get up close and personal with one part of the falls, and then the Argentinian side, whose highlight is a speedboat trip that literally takes you into the falling water.
First, on the Brazilian side:
There’s a walkway that brings you right to the edge.
Where you can literally step out into the abyss.
It’s selfie capital, of course.
And also has what has to have one of the best “views from the office” in the world, for the gift shop employees.
If you can afford it, you can stay in a hotel right at the falls! On both sides, as it turns out.
There is a minor nuisance, however: the raccoon-like Coati that are very much not people-shy, and will mob you when you try to eat food in the park.
On the Argentinian side, the nuisance is the moths that swarm you and then lick your sweat as you try to walk or awkwardly outrun them.
But, as mentioned, the view is even better over here. This is the main point, the “devil’s throat”. You can’t even see the bottom because of all the “smoke” rising up.
I always get a kick out of the bad translations you see outside of English-speaking countries, but they really upped the ante here.
If the Brazilian side was selfie capital, the Argentinian one was smooch capital.
In summary, it’s the most touristy thing you can do, but definitely worth seeing.