In total width, height and flood flow-rate it, this breathtaking waterfall is on par with the world famous Niagara and Victoria falls. It is however omitted from the record books, because it is considered to be a large concentration of smaller falls rather than one a single waterfall. What counts against Iguazu falls in official credibility, counts massively in the favour of photographers. The multitude of cascades located at different heights and lengths along the gorge make this a much more dynamic and engaging sight than the single veils of Victoria and Niagara. According to photographers that have been to all three, Iguazu is by far the most photogenic and worthwhile to see. Another advantage is that it is far lesser photographed than it’s cousins in North America and Southern Africa, thus offering many new opportunities to be photographed. Set in amongst beautiful forested lands, Iguazu lies in one of the most idyllic locations for a remote waterfall and is the quintessential ending to a visit in South America.
On the day that the Patagonia tour ends, those joining this extension will fly directly from El Calafate to the town of Iguazu Falls for a three night stay. We have done a lot of research to ensure that we’ll be staying at the right hotel on the Brazilian side to ensure optimal photographic opportunity. Over 4 days and 3 nights at Iguazu, we will explore it from all angles on both the Argentinian and Brazilian side. We will scout the best viewpoints and make sure that we’re there when the conditions are ideal for photography. The vast grounds of the hotel as well as the areas surrounding the falls is filled with bird and wildlife, so in between shoots at the falls, there is a lot of wildlife to be photographed. At certain times in the year Mac caws even nest in the hotel gardens.
This annex to the main adventure of Patagonia promises to be a great extension and the warmth will be welcomed after 2 weeks in icy Patagonia. Getting to South America is a lot of effort for most people, so whilst there, one might as well make the most of it and end your trip with this very worth while extension to Iguazu.
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Leave your long lens at home: When you photograph with Hougaard it is with a wide-angle lens and a tripod. For here is a young man who will open your eyes to the world of landscape and seascape photography. He got his first camera when he was 19 and it instantly turned his life around. Within a year of shooting as a hobby he had excelled and learned so quickly that he dropped all his previous career plans to pursue a career in nature photography.View Profile >
You will arrive at Puerto Iguazu airport (IGR) on a flight from El Calafate with a stop over in Buenos Aires. You will be met and transferred to your hotel in Foz do Iguaçú, on the Brazilian side. The drive will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, including customs at the border between Argentina and Brazil. Belmond das Cataratas Hotel is the only accommodation located inside the Brazilian national park and by the Iguazú Falls. You will enjoy a Dinner at the Belmond das Cataratas Hotel.
After an early breakfast you will depart for a full day visit to the Brazilian Parque Nacional do Iguaçú (Iguassu National Park) – UNESCO’s World Heritage Site-, from where you will have a complete view of the spectacular waterfall system, with more than 275 individual falls (more than 70 % of them are located on the Argentine side). The Park’s boardwalks and balconies will allow you to have a very close contact with the falls and even to get wide panoramic shots. Breakfast and Dinner is included.
After an early breakfast we will depart for a full day visit to the Argentine Iguazú National Park (the Park opens at 8:00 AM), also declared UNESCOS’ World Heritage Site. The view of the stunning Iguazú waterfall system is very different than the one we had from the Brazilian side. Walking along the Upper and Lower trails we can photograph smaller waterfalls such as the “Two Sisters” and “Bozetti”, the arch of San Martín Fall and have good chances to observe diverse rainforest wildlife such as toco toucans, plush-crested jays, scaly-headed parrots, coatis, capuchin monkeys, tegu lizards and a wide variety of tropical butterflies. In the afternoon visit the Devil’s Gorge, the main fall of the Iguazu system. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Please note that the Argentine National Park opens between 8:00 AM to 06:00 PM
After breakfast, last visit to the Iguazu Falls before the transfer to Puerto Iguazu Airport in Argentina to board the flight to Buenos Aires. Breakfast is included.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is a 4-star hotel welcoming guests to enjoy a unique experience directly in the heart of Iguaçu National Park. This 1st-rate hotel of luxury is surrounded with tropical nature as well as the world-famous Iguaçu Falls. Following a joyful day exploring the enchanting waterfalls and appreciating the park’s natural beauties, guests can unwind in the spacious swimming pool while taking in the sunset and enjoying beverages brought by the staff.
During the evening, guests can enjoy a mouth-watering barbecue or fish as well as live music from the hotel bar, or stop by the stylish Itaipu Restaurant to delight in its delicious Brazilian and international cuisine. In addition, 24-hour-a-day room service is available. Furthermore at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, a games room with pool tables can be found on site, along with a quiet reading area with free Internet access and computers.
30% deposit confirms your booking.
Minimum of 4 clients max 8 clients.
Digital SLR cameras. A wide-tangle lens is pretty important for landscapes. 17mm or 10mm for aps-c.
You will arrive at Puerto Iguazu airport (IGR) on a flight from El Calafate with a stop over in Buenos Aires. Road transfer to your hotel Bourbon Cataratas Convention & SPA Resort in Foz do Iguaçú, on the Brazilian side for 3 nights.
Road transfer to Puerto Iguazu Airport in Argentina to board the flight to Buenos Aires.