Our Latin America expert Ashleigh has just returned from Argentina, where she visited colourful Buenos Aires, trekked on pristine glaciers in Patagonia and got up close to the many waterfalls that make up the impressive Iguazu Falls, staying at the beautiful Awasi Iguazu.
Here, she tells us why she thinks the falls are a must-see on a visit to this beautiful country, from how best to see the waterfalls and experience the surrounding area, to where you should stay to make the most of it.
How should you see Iguazu Falls?
From walking on the elevated walkways that take you to vantage points around the vast falls to taking a boat trip to their base and even beneath the waterfalls (and being drenched by the spray from the thundering waters!), there are numerous ways to experience the falls in all their glory, on both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides - and get away from the crowds too.
Where should you stay?
Awasi Iguazu is a stunning luxury lodge where guests are treated like royalty from the moment they arrive. It’s all about exemplary personalised service and fantastic all-inclusive activities here - the service is second to none, and it is the little personal touches that make the difference. For instance, if it’s your birthday while you’re there, don’t be surprised if your guide finds out your favourite foods and gets the chef to prepare you a special surprise birthday meal.
You will be met at the airport by your expert guide and driver, who will take you in a comfortable 4x4 to the hotel and your exceptionally spacious villa. The interiors are stylish, in chic neutral tones and featuring local touches such as artworks, and they come complete with a giant king-size bed on an elevated platform, a lounge area, a mini-bar, a large bathroom and a wraparound deck with a private plunge pool and sunloungers.
The villas are nestled in the heart of the jungle, with floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the views, so if you’re after an immersive nature experience, which brings the whole area to life, this is the place to be.
Your guide will take care of you throughout your stay and help you make the most of the falls. Awasi Iguazu has a partnership with Gran Melia Iguazu, which means that guests at Awasi Iguazu can enjoy breakfast at this beautiful hotel in Iguazu National Park, which is in a privileged position overlooking the infinity pool and the Devil’s Throat (Iguazu’s largest and most impressive waterfall).
After breakfast, as guests are already in the national park they have a headstart to view the falls, offering a more exclusive and leisurely experience. After venturing on the trails in the morning, you can have lunch back at Awasi Iguazu before exploring the Devil’s Throat later in the day, when there are fewer crowds.
What else can you do around Iguazu Falls?
While the falls are of course unmissable, to take some time out during your stay and get off the beaten track, I recommend a kayaking trip on the Parana River - a serene, tranquil experience. Take a break on the river for a delicious picnic and a glass of wine.
Iguazu Falls is in an environmentally diverse and culturally rich setting, and Awasi Iguazu is keen to develop experiences for guests beyond the falls: these include birdwatching trips in a private reserve (you can see birds such as toucans and flocks of butterflies, as well as wildlife such as monkeys here), trekking in the lush Atlantic rainforest, and visiting indigenous communities and discovering local cultures. Awasi’s guides often have specialities in particular areas, so whatever you are interested in, activities can be tailored to suit you.
Ask Ashleigh for her top tips! Contact her on 0207 563 1318, email her at email@example.com or make an enquiry. Get some inspiration by taking a look at our Argentina itinerary ideas.