Go List 2023: Puerto Iguazú

(Fodor’s) Get wet and wild in Argentina’s subtropical national park that’s home to one of the world’s natural wonders, the Iguazú Waterfalls.

There’s nothing like a brush with nature, and in the case of Iguazú National Park’s most majestic cascade, the Devil’s Throat, waterfalls plunge down 262 feet, lightly baptizing you with a spray of droplets. Iguazú National Park straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil, giving you the option to see the cascades from either country. While the Brazilian side of the park offers more panoramic views, the Argentine side boasts a myriad of trails to bring you close to these natural wonders.

Besides the spectacle of the waterfalls—whose name aptly translates as “Big Water” in the Indigenous Guaraní language—the national park is a wildlife lover’s delight. Home to more than 2,000 species of flora, 500 types of birds, and 80 mammals, including rare species such as the jaguar, South American tapir, and anteater. In the town of Puerto Iguazú, Guira Oga is a wildlife sanctuary and refuge working to rehabilitate and repopulate local wildlife. Consider booking a tour to support the excellent work that they’re doing and see pumas, toucans, and monkeys up close.

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