Discovering Iguaçu Falls, the world’s largest waterfall system that’s home to 275 cascades, is a truly wet and wild experience – a must for any Latin American adventure. Indiscriminately straddling the borders of northeast Argentina (where it’s spelt Iguazú Falls) and southwest Brazil, the river the falls flow into also converges with a third country, Paraguay. Appreciating the falls from each country gives varied perspectives on the plunging spectacle. But to get you started, rush over to these boutique hotels in Foz do Iguaçu – on the Brazilian side.
With mirrored windows and a grand entrance, Tarobá Hotel Foz do Iguaçu makes a good first impression, with the modern decor and clean, spacious rooms decorated in a neutral tone maintaining the positive image. The outdoor pool surrounded by wooden decking offers a pleasant spot to relax in between busy days of sightseeing, and the pool bar helps guests slip into holiday mode. The hotel is located in Foz do Iguaçu city center and is within easy access to restaurants, bars and the waterfalls, as well as other well-known attractions in the area.
The bright and spacious Águas do Iguaçu Hotel is located in Foz do Iguaçu’s city center, and is surrounded by several low-key yet excellent bars and restaurants – as well as nearby public transport links to easily get to and from the area’s major attractions. To book tours, whether to the waterfalls or any other point of interest, the hotel’s multilingual tour desk can help organize every last detail. A buffet-style breakfast is served every morning with regional specialties including local fruits, cheese, bread and hot options such as bacon and sausages.
To experience the waterfalls and explore the surrounding area of Foz do Iguaçu, a trip of three days is usually enough. But with all the additional features that Vivaz Cataratas Hotel has to offer, you’ll be wishing you had a few extra days. More than just a hotel, the Vivaz Cataratas Hotel comes with a large swimming pool, two restaurants, a spa, gym, mini-golf course and even a waterpark – open between October and February. The rooms are bright and airy with tropical plant-print linen and curtains for a true holiday feel. The hotel is family-friendly with several activities for kids, making it a great option if you’re traveling with children.
Sorrel Moseley-Williams contributed additional reporting to this article.