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Iguacu Falls

  • February 17, 2016
  • By Brittany
Iguacu Falls

Hi!  Happy Wednesday!  Today is a very happy day for me because it’s my bday!  Woo hoo!  I’m planning to go out to lunch with my mom and the little man and then my mom is going to make us all dinner.

And to make this day extra happy, I’m going to travel back in time a little to our recent trip to Iguacu Falls.  This is honestly one of the best trips I’ve ever taken in Brazil!  Everything about the trip was amazing.  Well, except for one thing.  Unfortunately TAM Airlines somehow managed to lose my bag containing all of my clothes and all of Cooper’s clothes on a one and half hour flight from Sao Paulo to Iguacu.  And the worst part was that they couldn’t find my bag for 3 (!) days!!!!  To say I was frustrated is an understatement.  Luckily my mom was on the trip with me so I could borrow some of her clothes!

belmond 6

We stayed at the Belmond Hotel, which was absolutely fabulous.  They had the most beautiful pool area with impeccable service that included mini juices, fresh fruit and cold towels.  

Belmond Hotel

We had a gorgeous room with a fantastic view of the falls and it also came with a great crib for Coops that had a stuffed animal, free flip flops (for everyone) and a little bathrobe!  Honestly, this is one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed at because the staff there were so friendly and accommodating.  They even called the airline for me multiple times to help me with the lost baggage situation.

view of falls from room

This was the view of the falls from our room!

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And the food was pretty amazing too!  My favorite was the fish with passionfruit sauce.  So good.

passionfruit fish

passionfruit toast

Ok, now to the falls.  In case you haven’t heard of Iguacu Falls it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the new seven natural wonders of the world (the Great Barrier Reef is one of the original!).  And it is no wonder because it is so amazing to look at!  


It actually is bordered by Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay and when you are standing on the Brazilian side (like I am in this photo), you are looking over at the Argentinian side.  The falls are actually situated on the Argentinian side while the river is on the Brazilian side.  It was so cool to be right on the border.

Iguacu Falls

The name Iguacu (or Iguazu in English) actually means “Big Water” and you can see why it is called that!  The myth is that a deity planned to marry a beautiful woman who fled with her lover in a canoe.  The deity, in a rage, sliced the river creating the falls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.  

walking the falls

However, the real story is that eruptions from volcanoes caused basalt lava to flow and then cool creating layers that led to the falls.  Erosion later created the falls as we see them today.


Imagine the surprise of the Spanish Explorer Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca when he happened upon the falls in 1541!


Iguacu is located in a subtropic rainforest, which is pretty cool because we got to visit the bird park and see some of the animals that call this area home.  And then of course, there were the monkeys that were regularly in our path and the stories of jaguars just showing up on the lawn of our hotel at dawn!!!





We took a boat tour that took us underneath the falls and holy moly!!  It was so fun.  You couldn’t even see because the spray was so strong.  It was a rather strong experience for the little guy!

boating cooper

Boat Tour of Iguacu Falls


We also did a really fun tour just the two of us that started out with a 9km mountain bike, a short hike and ended with a kayak upriver of the falls.  They didn’t let us kayak too long because there is no way you would want to be sucked in this thing!



This is the devils throat and is best seen by helicopter because you really get the sense of the calmness of the river and then all of a sudden, the sheer force of sucking the water down.  It’s so crazy!  And loud.  You can hear the falls from the hotel even at night.

helicopter 2

Check out how the falls look when you are approaching from far away.  Like a fire!

Helicopter Ride over Iguacu Falls

You can see how dramatically the falls just drop out of nowhere!  Also, in one photo, you can see our hotel overlooking the falls!

Readers, is there a heritage site or natural wonder you are dying to see?  



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  • Shawna
    February 17, 2016

    oh my gosh this looks amazing!! i’ve heard such great things about this spot. so glad you guys had such a fabulous trip there.
    annnnd HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  • Natasha
    February 18, 2016

    First, Happy Birthday!!! This is what I call a birthday experience of a lifetime. I hadnt heard of this incredible place before reading your post. This is definitely on my bucket list now. The falls are absolutely mystifying. The accommodations and activities surrounding the area sound like so much fun! You all look so happy. 🙂

  • Allie
    February 18, 2016

    WOW!!!!! This is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen on your blog – and there have been a lot of amazing things! The hotel, the falls, the kayaking – all of it is just so incredible. I absolutely love that you took a video too – very, very cool.
    But so uncool about the luggage!! However, seems like a small price to pay for that trip. Amazing!

    • FitBritt
      February 23, 2016

      Thanks Allie! Yes, it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. It was Cooper’s first adventure trip!

  • Holly
    February 18, 2016

    I would like to see all the natural wonders of the world-I have seen two and they are both so uniquely majestic! Your post is beautiful-excellent photos.

  • Sara
    February 18, 2016

    Happy birthday!

    I actually live about three hours from Iguazu (on the Argentinian side). Looks like you just did the Brazilian side. The Argentinian side feels much more like a US national park–lots of hiking trails, and there’s a great trail inside the park that ends at a smaller waterfall with a natural pool you can swim in!

    Sorry to hear about your TAM issues–I’ve never had to take them, but I can tell you Aerolineas Argentinas is often no better.

    • FitBritt
      February 23, 2016

      We didn’t get a chance to do the Argentinian side, although it had been recommended to us. I’m pretty sure that we will be going back with more family members so we will probably do that side to change it up then. I really want to walk out on top of the falls!

  • catherine gacad
    February 18, 2016

    i forget why we didn’t go to iguacu when we were in brazil/argentina. maybe because it was out of the way. but it looks so amazing. i wish we had gone!

    • FitBritt
      February 23, 2016

      It is not easy to get to or really on the way to anything but it is definitely worth the trip if you are back in this area!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    February 22, 2016

    This looks like such a fun trip!! I definitely want to see Iguacu Falls one day. And I love the pic of the baby in his robe!

    Hope that you had a fabulous birthday lady!! 🙂

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