PLACES OF INTEREST
Located at the confluence of the Parana and the Iguazu rivers and in the borderline between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are the natural boundary of both countries.
Alvar Cabeza de Vaca discovered the Iguazu Falls in 1542 and named them Santa Maria Falls. A few years later, the Falls were renamed Iguazu, which stands for “Y” water, “Guasu” great, in Guarani. The National Park was created in 1934 and in 1984 the Falls were declared World Heritage Site.
Fascinating panoramic views, national fauna and flora and more than two hundred falls can be found in the 67, 000 hectares that shape the Park.
The Devil's Throat is 80-meters high and it can be easily reached from the trails on the Argentinean side. Its fierce, height and amount of water, together with the sounds of the jungle, the steam and the rainbow are a breathtaking view that should not be left out.
Don´t miss out on the Ecological Jungle Train that goes across the Park, stopping at the main sites near the Falls. At daytime the most exotic bird species and mammals can be seen. It is quite common to bump into endangered species such as toucans, parrots, monkeys, Argentinean coatis and yacarés, jaguars and ocelots.
This walk to the Falls underneath the moon light is an unforgettable adventure that those who have experienced it only know what it is about. In order to do this, you must check the moon calendar beforehand since it is an activity that can only take place when there is full moon.
This natural phenomenon takes place only five days a month, when there is full moon, two days before and two days after. The silver lighting reflected on the Devil´s Throat makes it a unique moment.
The Ruins are the most important historical and cultural legacy from the Spanish conquest. Two-hundred- year monuments are scattered all over Misiones and Corrientes provinces. Near the Misiones jungle, you can find the Ruins of the city designed by the Jesuits and built by the aboriginal. The most famous ones are the San Ignacio Mini Ruins which are best preserved and show its visitors the history of the colonization, education and Christening of the aboriginal Guarani. This historical event can be seen in models, show of lights and showrooms displayed at the Interpretation Center.
The Jesuit Ruins have been declared World’s Heritage and Provintial and National Historical Patrimony.
The Ruins are a major touristic attraction due to its cultural influence and they receive visitors keen on its myths and legends.
Its good preservation is due to the material used to build them, such as red clay, which allowed them to remain in time in spite of weather conditions.