As I look back to all the things I’ve done so far on our RTW (now in our fifth month in South America), one experience I can say is now one of my all time favorite travel experiences was only 10 minutes long. It’s the Iguazu Falls helicopter ride where we took a helicopter in Brazil to see the Iguazu Falls from above.
The Iguazu Falls are separated into two countries, Brazil and Argentina. Part of our tour from Rio de Janeiro Brazil to Lima Peru included a stop at the city of Foz do Iguaçu where the Brazilian Iguazu Falls are located. On our first day in the city, we visited the Brazilian side of the falls, which is the side where you can take a helicopter ride and in my opinion, the prettier side.
Helicopters take off right across the street from Parque Das Aves (bird park) in Foz do Iguaçu. After paying $110 USD per person, we didn’t have to wait long before we were escorted to the helicopter. You can have four people in one helicopter and the pilot just takes off and lands with new passengers every 10 minutes without turning the engine off.
There’s also a guy with a huge video camera that video tapes you getting into the helicopter and taking off. You can purchase that video clip when you land.
This was my first time on a helicopter and the view of the falls were stunning. I just can’t even describe how amazing it was to see the Iguazu National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site from the air. It was so worth the $110 USD (which is about $6 USD a minute!).
A Vine video I took while on the helicopter:
A Vine video I took while landing:
After the ride, we went into the park. This is a picture of the falls called the Devil’s Throat. You can walk on the walkway and get soaked. There was also a rainbow present in almost all of my pictures of the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls.
The next day, we crossed the border to Argentina to see the Argentinian side of the Iguazu Falls. This was our fourth time visiting Argentina in four months. (First was to see the Perito Merino glacier, second to Bariloche and Mendoza, third to Buenos Aires, fourth to Iguazu Falls and a fifth to Salta in the north. You can read about my experiences in Argentina here: http://ontaskva.com/category/rtw2013/argentina)
There were too many people in Iguazu Falls Argentina when we were there on a Saturday that it was almost hard to enjoy the falls. People were shoving to get a picture in front of a fall. You’ll also notice a difference between Argentina and Brazil’s falls is the Argentinian side has a lot of trees obstructing the views. Though it does add a nice touch to photos.
All in all, I enjoyed my last few days in Brazil with the Iguazu Falls helicopter ride to top it off.
Have you been on a helicopter or to the Iguazu Falls? Leave a comment below 🙂