Jeremy Irons successfully scales the Iguazu falls in his habit during the blockbuster-hit The Mission. The view from the Sheraton is rather better that the one Jeremy – or his stunt man – enjoyed. Without a trip to the Iguazu falls, your trip to the Argentine is not complete.
rnWhile you can take a day trip up to the falls – 18 metres higher than Niagara and wider than the Victoria falls (see PLAY) – dusk and dawn views of the 275 falls crashing down 82 metres are stunning, and the sound made in the jungle by around 400 species of bird (not to mention the odd killer cat) is deafening.
rnThe Sheraton is the only Argentine hotel with direct views of the falls, so do not be tempted to book in at any other, despite their claims to be a few minutes from the action. Built for tourists during the 1978 World Cup – when Argentina beat the Dutch in the final – this looks like a structure erected in a hurry.
rnIt’s a concrete slab of 180 rooms, half of which face the hotspot. It’s the kind of building you see on the Costa del Sol, but luckily all eyes are fixed on the clouds of water sent up by the millions of tons of it crashing into the river below. The Sheraton has a particularly warm swimming pool, so it’s best to walk down to the falls, swim in the river beside them and, literally, be nibbled at by curious fish.
rnDo not ignore the Park’s rules and walk down to the falls alone during the evening. If the noise of the falls doesn’t get to you, a puma, jaguar or snake possibly will. The restaurant serves excellent pacu fish.