5 Alternative Things to Do in Iguazu beyond the Falls
When we mention ‘Iguazu' your mind will no doubt turn instantly to the Iguazu Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a major tourist attraction here in Argentina. However, it would be a shame to come all the way to this part of the country without experiencing what else Iguazu has to offer. Below are a few suggestions of things to do in Iguazu, so you can ensure that you truly make the most of your stay there.
1. San Ignacio Jesuit Ruins
Inside the jungles of Misiones is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the San Ignacio Ruins. Take a tour of this site to travel back in Argentina's history to the arrival of the Spanish and the Jesuit missionaries. Explore the red sandstone ruins of the mission site established in 1632, designed by the Jesuits and Guarani natives.
- Location: Ruta 12, 240 kms from Puerto Iguazu
- Days & Hours: Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays at 7am
2. Visiting the Guarani Community
If you are looking for things to do in Iguazú, you can also visit the park as you never have: go sightseeing through the wilderness of Misiones with this Guaraní Community Tour. This ecological option will take you to the Triple Frontiers and the eco-friendly park La Aripuca, amongst other things. Nature lovers will obviously love this option, but if you are into history and culture, take into account that this is a great opportunity to learn more about the Guaraní culture!
Another option if you are interested in the ancient roots and like to spend some quality outdoors time in the jungle while contributing to the community is a Sustainable Tour in Misiones to one of the few Guaraní communities that remain in the zone. This Guarani community visit that will enable you to go deep inside the rainforest and to be introduced to the Yriapú jungle to visit a reservoir inhabited by a guarani Indian community of the region. An expert guide and interpreter will be providing all the information about their culture, habits, and beliefs. Definitely the most authentic adventure you can live in Iguazú!
- Days & Hours: Every day. Time to be determined according to the tour you choose.
3. The Argentine Experience
If you wish to enjoy a fun gastronomic experience in Iguazú, the Argentine Experience is just what you need! In this restaurant, you will be able to discover the Argentinian gastronomy and to participate in a great Wine Cocktail Experience. You will be able to learn how to close your own empanadas and to prepare your own mate. This is definitely a great option if you are looking for things to do at night after having visited the park!
- Location: Avenida Brasil 57, Puerto Iguazú
- Days & Hours: Monday to Saturday
4. Moconá Falls
The famous Igauzu Falls aren't the only waterfalls in the area. 35 km from Puerto Iguazu is the town of Puerto Paraíso. From here you can take a boat ride along the Rio Uruguay, inside the Moconá Provincial Park where you'll get to see these amazing falls that form the boundary with Brazil. The falls run for 3km and are unique in that rather than falling down, they effectively fall perpendicular into the river alongside, the only falls in the world to do so. The name aptly means "to swallow everything" in Guarani. You can visit with a tour to Moconá Falls.
- Location: Iguazu National Park
- Days & Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7am
5. Rafain Steakhouse Dinner Show
If you are wondering what to in Iguazú at night, an excellent option located on the Brazilian side is the Rafain Steakhouse Dinner Show. You will be able to enjoy a very fun dance show inspired by the rhythms and sounds of Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pampas. Discover Paraguayan costumes, the Argentinian Tango, the Mexican danzón, the Capoeira and much more as you enjoy an exquisite buffet. This way, you will be able to learn more about the South American culture as you prepare to (re)discover the amazing waterfalls of Iguazú.
- Location: Av. das Cataratas, 1749 - Jardim Iguacu, Foz do Iguaçu. Brazilian side
- Days & Hours: Monday to Saturday from 7:30 pm.
There are many more things to do when visiting Iguazu. For more information on all our Iguazu tours and activities, head to our website.
Written by: Daytours4u content team