Category Archives: Argentina

Glaciers in Argentina

What’s the big deal about Perito Moreno?  How can I climb into an ice cave?  Are there any glaciers near Ushuaia?  Read our handy article on glaciers in Argentine Patagonia.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

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Iguazu, Iguassu or Iguacu Falls

Forget Niagra, or even Victoria Falls – if you want to see a truly spectacular, noisy, powerful waterfall; then you need to get to Iguazu Falls.  Whatever you call them, these falls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nominated as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and just beautiful, spectacular, romantic and all the other superlatives you can think of.

What is so special about Iguazu Falls?

The River Iguassu starts in the Parana region of Brazil and makes its way west until it arrives at a huge volcanic plateau.  At this point the largest average flow of water in the world falls an incredible 269 feet into the lower Iguassu River.  The Falls make a U shape with 2 miles of falls interspersed with islands making 275 different cascades of different sizes and intensities.  Where Iguazu beats other waterfalls is just how easy it is to see the falls up close from different viewing points along the upper and lower walkways; as well as the intensity of the waterfall.  See the falls from above, from below, from a boat below the falls and from a distance for a fantastic panorama.

The Devil’s Throat

The most spectacular section of Iguazu Falls is the Devil’s Throat, where fourteen falls drop 350 feet with such force that there is always a 100 feet cloud of spray overhead.  You can see the full Devil’s Throat from the Brazilian side or, for a close up view, take the trail in the Brazil National Park to the base of Salto Floriano and take the elevator to the top of the falls.  From the Argentine side you can take follow a series of walkways above the falls, or get a soaking on a boat ride into the falls.  Take a trip out to Iguazu at full moon for a truly romantic view.

Where is Iguazu?  

Iguazu Falls is located at the meeting point of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.  The Rver Iguassu (or Iguazu) forms part of the border of Argentina and Brazil.  Below the falls, the River Iguazu empties into the Paraná River at the point where the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay join; an area known as the Triple Frontier.  Two-thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory.

What’s In a Name?

The name “Iguazu” comes from the Guarani or Tupi words y, meaning “water”, and ûasú, meaning “big”. The falls are called Cataratas de Iguazu in Argetina and Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil.  They are also known as Iguassu Falls.

What about the setting?

The falls are located within a practically virgin jungle ecosystem.  It is protected by Argentine and Brazilian national parks on either side of the cascades. You can tour the Argentine side of the falls in the Iguazú National Park where there are jungle trails and bird hikes.   The huge park is home to 450 species of birds including macaws, toucans and Harpy Eagle. Mammals include ocelot, peccary, tapir, anteater, monkey.  There is a also a huge range of bright butterflies to be seen

How to get there

In Argentia, the nearest town is Puerto Iguazu serced by the Cataratas del Iguazu international Airport (IGR).   There are flights to here from Buenos Aires and Salta, Argentina.   In Brazil the nearest town, Foz do Iguaçu, is served by the airport of the same name (IGU).  The Brazilian airport has flight to Sao Paolo and Rio plus one daily flight direct to Lima.  Note that US nationals require a visa to enter Brazil; even just for a short trip to visit Iguaçu.

Take advantage of LAN airline’s cheap flights between Lima and Iguaçu to visit Iguazu Falls and Machu Picchu in one  unforgettable trip.

Dakar Rally to Finish in Lima

The Dakar Offroad Rally for 2011 is already over and we are looking forward to 2012 when the event will start in Argentina and finish in the Peruvian capital of Lima.  The tough route will cross the high Andes, the driest desert in the world before finishing in the main square of Lima on January 15th

Dakar Bike in Argentina

Dakar Motorbike in Aregentina

The Dakar Rally is really an offroad test of endurance.  Comptitors can take on the rally  2012in cars, trucks or various kinds of motorbikes  The vehicles cover a range of tough terrain that  tests their machines and drivers to the limit,  and is open to amateurs and professionals.  The race has taken place in South America since 2009 after security problems prevented it from following the traditional route from Paris to Dakar.  This will be the first time for the race to finish in Lima.

The competitors will start off from Mar del Plata; a seaside resort outside of Buenos Aires.  They will then cross the Aregtine pampa to get to the range of Andes mountains separating Chile and Argentina.  After entering Chile, the rally crosses the Atacama desert; the driest place on earth.

In Peru, the racers will enter via the southern city of Tacna before continuing across the desert to Peru?s second city of Arequipa.  Ica is also on the rally map; an area famous for some of the largest sand dunes in the world.  The final stage will take the cars, tucks and motorbikes into the Peruvian capital, Lima, for the prize ceremony in Lima?s historic main square (Plaza de Armas)

Dakar route for 2012

Dakar Route for 2012

With their combination of ocean, high mountains and desert; it?s no wonder the organizers chose Peru, Chile and Argentina for this exciting race.

Are you interested in seeing the Dakar Rally?  The benefit of travelling with Into Latin America is that we can completely customize your trip throughout South America.  Into Latin America can take you to different stages of the rally as and when you like.  Contact to find out how.

Photos from the official Dakar Rally website.