Iguazú Falls – Weather
Iguazú is near the equator, so there isn’t a significant temperature change between the seasons. The summer months from December to March are slightly hotter and more. At this time of year, the towns of Puerto Iguazú and Foz do Iguaçu virtually close down over the noon hour and then come alive again after sunset. Expect to eat dinner after 9 pm and to find the city center full of families with young children playing in the parks near midnight.
Iguaçu Falls Brazil Visit
December to January is also the rainy season, which means the falls have their highest volume of water. St Martin Island, in the park, closes due to the high waters at this time of year. The dry season runs from April through June. In the winter months of June – August, highs are in 70s F (20s C) and lows are in the 60s F (10s C).
January is a great time of year to visit Iguazú Falls. Riding a jet boat into cool water during the heat of the day is exhilarating and the busy streets and restaurants late at night make it a special experience. Just remember that Brazil and Argentina take holidays in January and February, so it can be busy. Easter is also a popular time for South Americans to visit Iguazú.
Iguaçu Falls, Top of Brazilian Side
Visit Iguaçu Falls – Brazil Side
The Brazilian side, Parque Nacional do Iguacu, has far fewer waterfalls, but has views directly to the numerous falls on the Argentine side. It follows the canyon toward the Devil’s Throat, which can’t be viewed from the Brazilian side. The Brazilian park can be easily accessed by bus from Foz do Iguacu. See our Iguacu Falls Brazil Visit blog too.
- Admission includes a fee for the bus service that then takes you 7 miles from the entrance to the viewpoints and trails. Credit cards can be used at the entrance and at the concessions. There is also a cash machine at the entrance.
- The trails are much less extensive on the Brazilian side. The major viewpoints are easily covered in less than 2 hours.
- A boat trip with Macuco Safari below the falls is fabulous. Be prepared to get completely soaked as they drive the boats right into a number of falls.
- An extended platform scaffolding walkway allows you to feel like you are right in the middle of the river.
- Take the elevator up to Porto Canoas Restaurant with a view of the river above falls. You can see the tourists in Argentina at the Devil’s Throat and you can see the spray, but you can’t get a good view of the Devil’s Throat from the Brazilian side here.
- Just outside the park entrance, visit the Iguacu Bird Park (Parque de Aves).