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Iguazu National Park

Iguazu Falls © Martin St-Amant
Iguazu Falls © Martin St-Amant

The Iguazú National Park is a huge subtropical rainforest covering 135,000 acres and is home to thousands of different species of flora, fauna and birds, including colourful parrots and hummingbirds. It is most famous for the Iguazú Falls, declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO. The deep flowing waters of the river tumble down 275 falls, the most famous of which is Devil's Throat. On the border with Brazil, it drops 230ft (70m), almost twice the height of Niagara Falls. As well as enjoying the stunning views from the series of platforms, visitors can enjoy kayaking and other watersports on the river.

The Iguazú Falls was one of the locations used for the 1986 film The Mission and, appropriately, Jesuit Mission ruins remain nearby. Iguazú is home to the Guarani people, who sell their handmade crafts inside the park. Some activities available to visitors include a ride on the Ecological Jungle Train, a meal at La Selva Restaurant, and a trip to the San Martin Island at the heart of the falls. Travellers can also enjoy a trek along the Green Trail or Macuco Trail, a walk along the Upper Circuit (the very top of the falls) or the Lower Circuit (the bottom of the falls), and a full moon walk accompanied by national park guides.

Website: www.iguazuargentina.com

Opening times: Daily 8am-6pm.

Admission: ARS330 adults, ARS80 children 6-12 years; other concessions available.