Iguassu Falls

One of the seven natural wonders of the planet.

World Heritage Site of Brazil and Argentina.

Iguassu Falls, Brazil & Argentina.
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Land Price (5 days/4 nights)

US$ 3,945 per person

The price includes travel insurance for U.S. residents through the age of 59 years (over that age, there is a supplementary fee). If you are a resident of the U.S., please provide your date of birth so that we can quote the supplementary fee, if applicable. Residents of other countries receive a 6% reduction in the tour price to purchase coverage in their home country. All prices are per person based on two people sharing a guest room. An intial payment of 50% of the land price is requested to guarantee a reservation, with the balance payable two months before tour commencement. The standard form of payment is by wire transfer. If you prefer to use a credit card, there is a 3% surcharge, which is our cost of processing such transactions. No air tickets are included, nor do we sell any. The flights are best arranged through your international carrier or Expedia. If you need an overnight in Cuiabá before the tour, we suggest booking through Priceline or similar hotel-reservation websites.

 

Iguassu Falls Wildlife Expedition

Iguassu Falls is considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the planet. Its more than 270 streams suddenly appear from the rainforest to form a myriad of cataracts, large and small, which mingle and blend graciously with the surrounding flora. This World Heritage Site, which is composed of the Iguaçu National Park in Brazil and the contiguous Iguazú National Park in Argentina, extends over 593,000 acres (240,000 hectares) and protects one of the areas of greatest biological diversity in the South America: the Paranaense subtropical rainforest, a continuation of the southern Brazilian jungle. The surrounding subtropical rainforest has over 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to the typical wildlife of the region: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and rare species, such as the Broad-snouted Caiman. Around 80 tree species, are believed to occur in the parks, along with around 400 bird species, including the elusive Harpy Eagle. The species listed below, just those beginning with “A”, “B” and “C”, represent a small sample of iconic and/or IUCN Red Listed animals and plants found in the parks:

Abrawayaomys ruschii / Rushi’s Rat
Aburria jacuntinga / Black-fronted Piping-guan
Alectrurus risorus / Strange-tailed Tyrant
Amazona vinacea / Vinaceous Amazon
Balfourodendron riedelianum / Guatambu Blanco
Cebus apella / Guianan/margarita Island Brown Capuchin
Chrysophyllum cainito / Star Apple
Claravis godefrida / Purple-winged Ground-dove
Clelia plumbea / Rear-fanged Colubrid Snake
Cordia gerascanthus / Tropical American Timber Tree

 

 

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Full moon over Iguassu Falls.

Iguassu Falls, Brazil & Argentina.
Photography: Arcana Mundi Expeditions. Iguassu Falls: Wildlife Photography Tours.

 

The rainforest, with a canopy exceeding 120 feet in height, is a natural frame for the spectacular waterfalls. Surrounding them are jungle paths, where a variety of wildlife is frequently encountered. Walking with a naturalist guide, guests will observe the incredible diversity of plants and animals as well as the many beautiful cataracts stretching for several miles along the river. The most conspicuous and interesting species that guests are likely to sight and photograph are the following:

Coatis
Brown Capuchin Monkeys
Red-rumped Caciques
Toco Toucans
Red-breasted Toucans (perhaps the most beautiful of the world’s 39 species of toucans)
Dusky Swifts (by the hundreds and thousands, nesting on the moist or wet walls behind the falls)
9 species of hummingbirds

 

 

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Your naturalist guide knows every one of the 400 species of birds in the park.

Red-rumped Cacique (Cacicus haemorrhous). Iguassu Falls, Brazil & Argentina.
Photography: Arcana Mundi Expeditions. Iguassu Falls: Wildlife Photography Tours.

 

Itinerary

Intra-tour flight Cuiabá (CGB) – São Paulo (GRU), Day 1, GOL 1423, 11:43 am – 3:00 pm (Provided by guests)

Intra-tour flight São Paulo (GRU) – Iguassu Falls (IGU), Day 1, GOL 1172, 4:05 pm – 5:45 pm (Provided by guests)

Day 1: Cuiabá (or Other) – Iguassu Falls. Flight to the Foz do Iguaçu airport, near Iguassu Falls. Reception and transfer to the colonial-style Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, the only hotel inside the Brazilian national park and right at the falls. Dinner on your own. If it happens to be full or near full moon, stroll to the lookout situated opposite the hotel and view the falls in bright moonlight. Overnight in the Belmond Hotel das CataratasDeluxe Falls View Room or Junior Suite.

Day 2: Iguassu Falls (Brazilian Side). Wildlife and scenery photo excursion on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. Your naturalist guide is a highly-experienced birding guide who knows every one of the 400 species of birds in the park. The vast extent of the hundreds of waterfalls that form Iguassu is best seen from the Brazilian side in morning light. Lunch at Porto Canoas. This spectacular, scenic lunch location on the riverbank at the top of the falls is a scenic walk away from your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a jet boat ride on the Iguaçu River to the base of the falls. Return to your hotel to change into dry clothes, if necessary. In the late afternoon, enjoy the Brazilian side of the falls once again, and try to photograph the abundant, cute, very inquisitive Coatis in their natural habitat. Also, try to photograph the beautiful Red-rumped Caciques (a large, tropical “New World blackbird” related to the Baltimore Oriole and Bullock’s Oriole). Enjoy dusk at the falls and dinner on your own at the hotel. After dinner, if the moon is full or near full, be sure to check out the view of the falls by moonlight. Overnight in the Belmond Hotel das CataratasDeluxe Falls View Room or Junior Suite. B, L.

Day 3: Iguassu Falls (Argentine Side). With your guide, return to the falls again, in case the early morning light reveals new photo opportunities. By mid-morning, check out of your hotel and drive over the international bridge to Argentina for a visit to the Hummingbird Garden, the private, hummingbird-packed garden of a home in the town of Puerto Iguazú. Lunch on your own in one of the recommended restaurants in town, such as Aqva or La Rueda, and then continue to the Argentinian national park. Walk the Upper Trail of the falls and the elevated, 1-kilometer-long (3,280-foot-long) footbridge out into the middle of the Iguassu River to look down “The Devil’s Throat” — the highest and most impressive part of the hundreds of falls at Iguassu. Near dusk, leave the park and drive 10 minutes to the beautiful Loi Suites Hoteles, set in 1,500 acres of rainforest adjoining the national park. Dinner on your own at the hotel or in the town of Puerto Iguazú. At night, join the “Full Moon Walking Tour” of the falls inside the Argentinian park.  This unique tour is available only on the few days around the full moon. Overnight in Loi Suites HotelesSuperior Suite. B.

Day 4: Iguassu Falls (Argentine Side). Your guide is one of fewer than a half dozen special birding guides in all of greater Iguassu who has passed a series of rigorous academic and field bird guide tests given exclusively by the Argentinian park service. Therefore, he is able to take you into the park at 6 am, two hours before the gates open for travelers who are using any other of the hundreds of guides at Iguassu Falls. If you are serious about taking advantage of this exclusive chance to gain entrance to the Argentinian park before the general public, eat the earliest breakfast the hotel offers and depart promptly with your guide. Walk the best birding trails and waterfall-view trails in splendid isolation. Search for Toucans and tanager flocks in the trees, Brown Capuchin Monkeys (the only monkey species this far south in South America) and Coatis in attractive natural poses. Walk the Lower Trail, which you will not have done the day before, and be sure to visit the Devil’s Throat overlook for extended views. Lunch included at Fortin Cataratas, inside the park. Afternoon to revisit your favorite views on the Upper Trail or Lower Trail and then return to your hotel. Dinner on your own at the hotel or in town. We would like to book you on the full moon tour again in case it was cloudy on the previous night. Overnight in Loi Suites HotelesSuperior Suite. B.

Intra-tour flight Iguassu Falls (IGU)– São Paulo (GRU), Day 5, GOL 1101, 1:40 pm – 3:05 pm (Provided by guests)

São Paulo (GRU) – Your next destination (Provided by guests)

Day 5: Iguassu Falls – São Paul. Enjoy birding with your guide or relaxing at your hotel. Check out by mid-morning and drive back over the international bridge to the Brazilian side of the falls. Lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants in the city of Foz do Iguaçú, such as Churrascaria Bufalo Branco, or closer to the Brazilian airport. Check in for your flight departing in the early afternoon, arrival in Sáo Paulo and connection to your next destination. B.

 

 

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Abundant, cute, very inquisitive Coatis.

Baby South American or Ring-tailed Coati (Nasua nasua). Iguassu Falls, Brazil & Argentina.
Photography: Jon Stevens. Iguassu Falls: Wildlife Photography Tours.

 

Inclusions

The price includes escorted transfers, excursions with a naturalist guide, entrance fees, specified accommodations, specified meals, all land and water transportation, and travel insurance for United States and Canadian residents through the age of 59 years (over that age, there is a supplementary fee). Residents of other countries will receive an allowance to purchase travel insurance in their own country. All prices are per person based on two people sharing a guest room.

 

Exclusions

The price excludes passorts and visas, tips, any flights (which may be arranged for an additional cost), airport departure taxes, drinks, alcoholic beverages, meals other than specified in the itinerary, personal expenses for extra services (such as laundry and phone calls), optional activities, changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control and any other item not mentioned as being included.

 

Flights

Air flights are not included. We recommend booking the intra-tour flights through your international carrier, your travel consultant or Expedia.

 

Passports & Visas

A passport valid for six months from your date of entry is required to enter Brazil. It is important to note that a visa may be required. Please check with the nearest Brazilian Consulate as soon as possible. Requirements and costs vary by country. For those traveling on a U.S. passport, a visa is required at a cost of $160 per person to enter Brazil, but none is required to enter Argentina.

 

Health Advice

No vaccinations or prophylactic treatments are required or recommended. Take an ample supply of your medications with you and your doctor’s prescription for each, in case you need refills. Further health information for travelers is available from the Centers for Disease Control.

 

 

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The national parks protect one of the areas of greatest biological diversity in the South America.

Iguassu Falls, Brazil & Argentina.
Map: Arcana Mundi Expeditions. Iguassu Falls: Wildlife Photography Tours.

 

 

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