The Iguacu Falls are known throughout the world as one of the most beautiful and majestic natural waterfalls man has ever seen. The falls themselves sit on the Iguacu River and rest on the border between Brazil and Argentina. Visited by many people every year, the Iguacu Falls are one of the more popular natural tourist destinations in South America.

The first European explorer to find the Iguacu Falls was Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish Conquistador, who came upon them in 1541. The falls went mostly unvisited after that until being rediscovered once again in the late nineteenth century. The name Iguacu comes from a local Indian language and roughly translates as "Big Water".

The magnitude and overall length of the Iguacu Falls insures that it will be kept in the pantheon of great waterfalls of the world. The Iguacu Falls belongs right up there with Victoria Falls and Niagara Falls when it comes to the most beautiful waterfalls of all.

This extension is an excellent addition to our Pantanal Wildlife Tour and is also organised by your hosts on this ride.

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Day 1
Your guide picks you up at Iguaçu Airport and transfer to the Hotel San Martin for overnight. The hotel features a lush tropical park and swimming pool and is located right next to the Parque das Aves (Birds Park).

Day 2
After breakfast your guide picks you up to visit the Brazilian side of the world famous waterfalls. The falls are located within the limits of the Iguaçu National Park. In 275 cascades the Iguaçu River rushes with an average height of 60 m down the horseshoe-shape canyon over a length of almost two miles, an unforgettable natural spectacle. We suggest: a sightseeing helicopter flight (optional), which gives an even better vision of the overwhelming dimensions of the falls.
In the afternoon you will be escorted for a visit to the Itaipu dam and hydro electric power plant, where nature is tamed for the use of man and 14.000 MW of power are generated. The energy is delivered to Paraguay where it supplies 70% of its energy needs and to southern and southwestern Brazil, supplying some 17% of Brazil´s energy consumption. This gigantic capacity tops the Yangtze 3 Gorges dam in China.
Back at the hotel you will take a one-hour walk, or so, through the Parque das Aves or Birds Park. Over 150 different species of tropical birds, but also alligators, snakes, butterflies and monkeys, amidst a beautiful natural habitat, can be observed. For the rest of the day you may want to stroll through the Hotel gardens and enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool.

Day 3
Today you head for the Argentine side of the falls. A mini train rails you through the Iguacu National Park. A panoramic boardwalk leads to the roaring Garganta del Diablo, where you look right into the Devil's Gorge. Our suggestion is to do the adventurous and breathtaking raft ride right beneath the falls (optional). If you wish to return to the Hotel for shower, changing travel cloth and packing gear, we can arrange a late check out for you (please let us know in advance). Otherwise you need to check-out prior departure for the tour as we transfer you straight from there to the airport for flight to Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo and connections.

Please note this itinerary is intended as a guideline and may be altered due to prevailing conditions at the time. This itinerary may also change in accordance with arrival and departure schedules. Your guide will offer you the best options.

We recommend late evening arrival and departure to/from Iguaçu.

The hotel used on this extension is the San Martin Hotel and Resort. Specifically designed and crafted to integrate man with the natural world it is a stunning oasis on the doorstep of the Iguacu National Park. 135 apartments and suites are spread out over 130,000 square metres of beautiful gardens.

All rooms have:
• Phone
• Air Conditioning
• Minibar
• Safe
• TV
• Internet

Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style. The hotel has 2.4 km of nature trails, an outdoor football pitch (this is Brazil after all!), table tennis, volleyball, a gymnastics academy and swimming pool.

The park lies within the Alto Paraná Atlantic forests ecoregion.The fauna of the park includes several endangered species: jaguar, jaguarundi, South American Tapir, Ocelot, tirica, anteater, pavas de monte, the Harpy Eagle, and the Yacare Caiman. One can also find birds like the vencejo de cascada and large toucans, mammals like the coatí, and a diversity of butterflies. The Vinaceous Amazon, named for its wine-colored plumage, is found in this park.

The Iguacu River ends in the Paraná River 23 km beyond the falls, after a 1320 km course. Inside the park it becomes up to 1,500 m wide and turns first south, then north, forming a large U-shape. Its banks are densely populated by trees, including the ceibo (Cockspur coral tree), whose flower is Argentina's national flower. The flora of the park also features lapacho negro and lapacho amarillo (family Bignoniaceae), as well as palmito trees and the 40-metre-high palo rosa (family Apocynaceae).

 

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

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Rider requirements

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The hotel used on this extension is the San Martin Hotel and Resort. Specifically designed and crafted to integrate man with the natural world it is a stunning oasis on the doorstep of the Iguacu National Park. 135 apartments and suites are spread out over 130,000 square metres of beautiful gardens.

All rooms have:
• Phone
• Air Conditioning
• Minibar
• Safe
• TV
• Internet

Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style.

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

British nationals are normally admitted to Brazil without a visa as tourists or business visitors for an initial maximum stay of 90 days. You should retain your immigration landing card (green) and enough cash to pay the US$38 or R$ 115 airport tax, if this has not been paid with the airline ticket; both the landing card and payment of the airport tax are required to leave Brazil.

In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on 020 7008 0230/ 0233 or www.fco.gov.uk

In the UK the Brazilian Embassy Consular Sectioncan be found at: 3rd and 4th Floor, Samuel House, 6 St Alban's Street, Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SQ, tel: (020) 7930 9055 web site: www.brazil.org.uk

In Brazil the UK Embassy can be found at, Setor de Embaixadas Sul, Quadra 801, Conjunto K, CEP 70200-010,Brasilia – DF, Brazil Telephone: (55) (61) 3329 2300, local opening hours Mon-Fri: 0830-1730, Website: www.uk.org.br


Health

At Unicorn Trails, the health and safety of our customers is of paramount importance. While cases of the Zika Virus remain predominantly in Brazil and Ecuador, there have been reports of cases in Mexico, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cape Verde.
Whilst the symptoms of the Zika Virus are usually mild, customers are recommended to take the strict insect bite avoidance measures. This is particularly relevant if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, suffer from a severe, chronic medical condition, or have a medical condition that weakens your immune system.

Customers due to travel to the affected areas should monitor the World Health Organisation website for further updates and advice.
Customers planning to become pregnant should discuss travel plans with a healthcare provider to assess the risk of infection and receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures.
Customers who are already pregnant should inform their obstetrician or midwife if they have recently travelled to a country where Zika is known to occur.


Tap water is heavily treated giving it an unpleasant chemical taste but is safe to drink in most urban areas providing it has been passed through a charcoal filter system; you should check with your hotel/restaurant management before drinking tap water. Tap water in remote areas can be unsafe even if filtered; stick to bottled mineral water, which is available virtually everywhere.

As a preventative to Dengue fever you are advised to minimise exposure to mosquito bites by covering up and using repellents. Malaria is also a risk in some northern parts of Brazil. You may need to take anti malarial medication, depending on the areas to be visited. Take medical advice before travelling.

You are recommended to have good medical insurance.

Electricity

Electricity 110/220V 60HzHz. Electric Plug Details: European plug with two circular metal pins, American-style plug with two perpendicular flat blades above a circular grounding pin, Japanese-style plug with two perpendicular flat blades.

Programmes

This extension can be booked throughout the year.

Departure Dates

Any day arrival

Pricing
Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.


Other Activities

The hotel has 2.4 km of nature trails, an outdoor football pitch (this is Brazil after all!), table tennis, volleyball, a gymnastics academy and swimming pool.

Wildlife

The park lies within the Alto Paraná Atlantic forests ecoregion.

The fauna of the park includes several endangered species: jaguar, jaguarundi, South American Tapir, Ocelot, tirica, anteater, pavas de monte, the Harpy Eagle, and the Yacare Caiman. One can also find birds like the vencejo de cascada and large toucans, mammals like the coatí, and a diversity of butterflies. The Vinaceous Amazon, named for its wine-colored plumage, is found in this park.

The Iguacu River ends in the Paraná River 23 km beyond the falls, after a 1320 km course. Inside the park it becomes up to 1,500 m wide and turns first south, then north, forming a large U-shape. Its banks are densely populated by trees, including the ceibo (Cockspur coral tree), whose flower is Argentina's national flower. The flora of the park also features lapacho negro and lapacho amarillo (family Bignoniaceae), as well as palmito trees and the 40-metre-high palo rosa (family Apocynaceae).

Other Country Information

Around 156,000 British nationals visit Brazil each year.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Iguaçu Airport, Brazil (IGU)
Transfer:
Included from meeting point
Flight Guide: