A 24 hour bus ride from Rio, on the border between Brazil and Argentina, lie the Iguaçu Falls. 3km wide and 80 metres high the 275 individual falls make stunning viewing. You can view the falls from both sides of the border - the Brazilian side gives you a more panoramic overview of the falls from the other side of the river, whereas the Argentinian side you can walk through walkways on the same side the falls are coming down. Both sides are equally impressive, although I much preferred the Brazilian side and being able to see a larger view.
I visited the Brazilian side first and this included a short boardwalk looking across the river at the falls. You then got to the Devils Throat - the largest and most impressive of the falls. There is another lookout taking you out into the centre of the river where you can see the full force of the falls as they crash down into the water.
Yesterday I took a day trip to Argentina along with Julia, who was in my dorm. This involved 3 buses and the hassle of crossing the border and back but it was all worth it. The Argentinian side is much bigger and closer to the falls as you are on the same side of the river. The walkway at Devils Throat on this side is at the level where the falls start and you can see the volume of water coming over. I also took a short boat trip that took you under the falls which was pretty cool, except that it left you soaking wet!
Love Ellen xxx