Waterfalls are beautiful and unique. Some of them are even more photogenic with the perfect sunlight or need a heavy rainfall to unfold its beauty.
Make your Iguazu visit unforgettable! The insights we compiled from our own visits and from speaking with locals, you’ll find nowhere else.
The best time to visit Iguazu regarding crowds and weather is March, April, except for Eastern, August, September, and November. October is the wettest month. June to September are the driest time with pleasant temps and clearer falls. After heavy rain, the falls appear red-brown from the washed-out soil.
After heavy rainfall, up to 39 million liters of water tumbling over every second in comparison to just 2 million liters during the driest time. However, rain occurs throughout the year. In June 2014, after torrential rainfall was the biggest ever recorded flow. Lots of platforms were closed for safety reasons. The boardwalk on the Brazilian site got destroyed by the high-water level.
Avoiding the Crowds (Worst Time to Visit)
With 1.5 million visitors each year, Iguazu is pretty busy most of the year. Usually, 5 – 6 thousand visitors come here each day. On average, 10 thousand people visit the park daily in the peak season. There are even more visitors during Carnival, Easter and on bank holidays, which are on the same days in Argentina and Brazil. The peak season lasts from late December until the end of February (school holidays in Argentina and Brazil). June and July, the winter break is crowded as well. If possible, go mid-week. Important Tip: The park gets closed with roughly 12 thousand visitors inside. This can happen during the peak season from midday onwards.
Where We Stayed (Our Best Hotel Tips)
Either you stay in Puerto Iguazu like Casa 24 where we spent several nights or the perfectly located Melia Hotel inside the park. This hotel gives you more flexibility to enjoy the beautiful falls. Just keep in mind, that you have to leave the park and falls at 6 pm like all other visitors. The big advantage you are one of the first visitors in the morning. Enjoy the tranquility of the park before thousands of tourists enter the gate.
- There is a Full Moon tour to Devils’s Throat – Garganta Del Diablo offered each month. This is the only chance to watch the Iguazu Falls after closure.
- Several times a day, speedboat tours take place. These tours are pretty popular. It’s highly recommended to book a tour in advance; if you don't want to risk not getting a spot.
Opening Hours / Tickets
The Argentinian side is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the entrance is already closed after 3 pm. The Brazilian side of the falls opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tip: It's often mentioned that you should be at the ticket counter already before 8 a.m. to avoid queuing. We experienced the opposite. Lots of people come early and have to wait while we arrived after 9. It took us just a minute to get the tickets, although it was crowded inside the park.
To take marvelous shots with the perfect sunlight, consider the following order in terms of hiking to the falls:
- Hike to the Lower Falls in the morning
- To the Upper Falls around midday
- To the highlight Devil’s Throat at the end; in the afternoon.
The Iguazu Falls are spectacular with a high flow but more difficult to photograph with lots of spray. If it’s very dry, the falls are clear but less impressive. Your best months for a visit, depending on what you would like to experience. During the summer season, the level is higher, the falls are utterly impressive, but there is immense spray and the falls may be brown-red coloured. During the winter season, from June to September, the falls usually have a lower level and appear clearer. However, it's mother nature and, climate change has an impact as well.
It’s a subtropical and humid climate. The humidity is on average around 80%. There is a high amount of precipitation throughout the year. The annual rainfall is 1.800 mm. The colder “winter” months are usually a little drier than the hot summer months. Nevertheless, exceptions exist like in June 2014 when torrential rainfall occurred. More daylight during the summer; however, the daylight saving time doesn’t exist any longer in Iguazu.
Increasing temps, humidity, and rainfall from October onwards. In general, October is the wettest month of the year. In Oct and Nov night temps are slightly below 20°C/68°F and day temps below 30°C/86°F on average. December to March are the warmest months above 30°C/86°F but can climb up to almost 40°C/104°F. If there was too much rainfall before clouds of mist may spoil your view.
April and May are a little wetter than the months before. June, July and August are the driest time of the year. The day temps in the so-called winter are between 22°C/72°C – 26°C/79°F. Days are more pleasant, and nights are quite cold between 11°C/52°F and 16°C/61°F. Usually, it’s a fantastic time for Iguazu though the flow can be lower and the falls are less impressive, therefore, clearer. Already increasing precipitation in September.
The Colour After Rainfall
The Iguazu Falls are not any longer clear as they were more than 40 years ago. It is rare to experience them in their natural colour. If you like to see these spectacular falls in their originally colour; you should visit them in the drier season. Due to forest clearance, the unprotected soil gets washed-out into the river. The colour of the falls is brown-red very often nowadays, especially in the rainy season. Because of the harmful side effects, fish can’t reproduce; birds and mammals can’t spot their preferred prey. Deforestation has a massive impact on the entire environment.
Read our detailed guide to find out the best time to visit Watkins Glen State Park and enjoy the spectacular views of the Gorge Trail without the massive crowds. Additionally, you'll find a great review and tips by a local as well as 10 Must-Know Tips (scroll down) you should read before your visit. This Watkins Glen State Park guide answers every one of your questions and has received a huge update in 2019/2020. Don't forget to check out our hotel tips below.
Winter 2019/2020 Tip: Thinking winter is a bad time to visit? Wrong! Even when the Gorge Trail is closed, you'll experience mesmerizing views of sometimes frozen waterfalls in an icy and narrow gorge. It's worth it in the colder season even without snow and ice. Tip: Book one night at a nearby hotel (within walking distance!) Staying in a hotel the night before your park visit in winter means you are at the park early and enjoy some time there in solitude. That's awesome for taking the best photos! Book in advance to save money. Check out our winter tips below.
Highlights (Gorge Trail - Flow - Fall Foliage)
Waktins Glen State Park - Autumn by Andy Arthur, CC BY
Gorge Trail: The Gorge Trail offers the most stunning experience and gorgeous views of the waterfalls and all the caves. The trail is open from mid-May until late October. It's usually closed from the beginning of November. Depending on the weather it could be a little earlier or later.
Flow: There are a total of 19 waterfalls in the park. The peak flow is usually in spring. Especially with a strong flow, you can feel the earth tremble even more while standing next to or behind a waterfall. The flow gets worse in summer and often better during the months of fall.
Autumn Foliage: In the fall Watkins Glen State Park offers a beautiful show of fall foliage with vibrant displays of gold, scarlet, and orange. The best time for the fall colors is usually early October until mid-October.
Avoiding the Crowds
Summer (mid-June until August) brings the most tourist crowds. It's ridiculously busy, especially on weekends. The trail itself is packed as well as the entrance area and the parking lot. Regardless of the season, you should go early in the morning and on a weekday. Be there after sunrise right before the gate opens at 8:30 AM: Official Website - Opening Hours. We highly recommend to stay at a nearby hotel (see below), hike the Gorge Trail first thing in the morning and then choose one of the nearby activities. Alternatively, you may dodge crowds when you arrive in the late afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m. However, it's usually still busy later in the day on weekends during the peak months of July and August.
Spring and fall usually bring very pleasant weather conditions. A mild climate and often average temperatures up to 70°F (21°C) can be experienced in May and September. In the summer it doesn't get too hot with average highs of 82°F (28°C). However, the short but strenuous hike uphill can be a challenge for some visitors in the summer. The area also has some slightly muggy months. The least humid month is April and the most humid time is late August and early September. Winter brings the coldest conditions. In January temperatures range between 15°F and 33°F (-9°C and 1°C). The area can receive heavy snowfall, especially in January and February. Detailed Monthly overview: Watkins Glen Weather
Sweet Spot Months
Best months without the massive summer crowds, great views, open Gorge Trail and pleasant weather: mid-May until early-June or September (after Labor Day) until late October. But still, try to avoid weekends or go early. It's worth it!
Winter Months (Special)
The beautiful gorge trail is closed in the winter. However, the Indian Trail (read below for more details) is accessible and cuts across the gorge: From there you can see many of the waterfalls toward the bottom. One bridge, in particular, gives you an incredible view of a large part of the winding gorge down there. Even more stunning when the gorge is covered in snow and ice. Regardless of the closed gorge trail, we say it's definitely worth seeing this amazing landscape in the winter months. Either with everything frozen over and snow-covered cliffs or just be mesmerized by the falls and gorge without anyone else. It's true, sometimes you hardly see any other visitor in winter and have the park all to yourself. Especially when you visit in the morning! That's just perfect for taking unique photos.
'Absolutely Stunning!' One of the most enchanting places on earth you'll ever visit! In this comprehensive guide, we cover everything you need to know. Scroll down for camping reservation tips and permit (including new prices) updates, lodge reservations, as well as tips and details for the helicopter ride, camping, and the lodge at the end of this guide! 2020 Update: The reservation procedure will be the same as last year in 2019. Read our full guide below for booking and reservation tips. Maybe there will be slightly changed rates, but we don't expect any major changes. We'll keep you updated. Bookmark/save this article/page and check back later. As of January 31 there are still no updated 2020 rates on the official website. Thus, rates probably won't change.
When to Go
The best time visit to Havasu Falls is either in early spring or late autumn when the temperature is perfect for hiking, and the conditions are pleasant enough for camping. In the summer it’s even better camping weather, but you need to start your hike early in the morning due to the heat.
However,the falls are accessible year round and you should be flexible and visit whenever you are able to reserve a campsite spot or the lodge. In particular we get asked a lot about February, as it's easier to make a reservation with more spots left during this month. We recommend going in February, although those who usually only camp in the summer months, need to get accustomed to the cooler nights. We'd do it! Read more details about this month below in the season guide.
Quick Guide | Campsite Reservation
No time to read our full article with tons of tips and information in the main text below? Right here in the blue box, you'll find a quick guide. Please keep in mind, that these tips are for the campground reservations and not the Havasupai Lodge at the falls.
- Account: Create an account at www.havasupaireservations.com, if you haven't already! You can create an account at any time. Don't wait until February 1
- Why Create an Account: Since 2019 campsite reservations are only(!) possible with an online account. No phone calls, no emails!
- Reservation in February: Log in to your account on Friday, February 1 before 8 a.m. Arizona Time. Can't make it? Log in as soon as you can on this day or later in early February (maybe a few spots are still left). For most users it takes between 20 minutes and 2 hours of refreshing the website until they were able to start the reservation on February 1
- How Many People: You select the number of persons (max 12) in the next step
- Date Selection: Select your start date. Be quick and flexible since hundreds of others are trying to make a reservation at the same time. Summer months will be sold out first as usual
- Length: How long to stay? Since 2019 it's fixed: 3 nights (4 days). No more, no less
- Price: The total price for the 3 nights is between $300 and $375 per person (weekends nights cost slightly more than nights during the week)
- Lodging Before the Hike: Immediately(!) after you made your campsite reservation, book this place to stay the night before: Hualapai Lodge (save the link!). Be quick after you made the campground reservation before no rooms are left for your desired date. It's in high demand as it's the only place where you can spend the night before your hike without driving longer than 2 hours to the trailhead. Why spend the night at Hualapai Lodge? You cannot hike this trail in the boiling midday heat! And even in slightly cooler early spring or late fall an overnight stay before this hike is highly recommended. From the Hualapai Lodge it's a comfortable 1.5 hours drive (route via Google Maps) to the trailhead / helipad.
- Alternative Lodging: Alternative to #8: Stay at the 'Grand Canyon Caverns Inn' the night before. It's also only a 1.5 hours drive to the trailhead (> directions via Google Maps). Save the link and book your night immediately after your campsite reservation: Grand Canyon Caverns Inn Second Alternative: If no rooms are left on your desired date at Hualapai Lodge or you don't want to stay at Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, then the next best choice is Kingman, Arizona: 2h 10m drive to the trailhead - Kinggman -> Havasupai Trailhead : Save the following link/book here: Kingman Arizona Hotels - via booking.com (don't wait too long! Rooms are in high demand in Kingman as well!)
- Reserveration Problems: In case you had an issue with a campsite reservation process, please email email@example.com. They promise to get things fixed for you! Please do not call them.
- Transfer a Reservation: The campground reservation is transferrable. However, only through their online system which will be active a few days after February 1. It's not allowed to sell a reservation somewhere else. You'll be banned forever from Havasu Falls if you do it
- Lodge Reservation: What about the Havasupai Lodge at the falls? It is booked completely separate from the campground. Reservations for then next season/year open up every summer on June 1. It's usually sold out very quick. Scroll down for more info
- Driving: Since Hualapai Hilltop (the trailhead/helipad) is in the middle of nowhere, no one will take you there (no shuttle or anything similar). You need a car! If you don't have one, definitely book a rental car right after campsite reservation to get a better deal and start your trip without any worries. You'll save a lot of money with pre-booking well in advance! Don't make the mistake and rent one at the airport or just before the trip. Pro Tip: Use rentalcars.com (save the link) as they offer Alamo, Enterprise, Thrifty and Avis at the lowest rates!
Guidebook Tip | Recommended
Me (Michael), reading the latest edition of the great Havasupai Guidebook
Before you continue reading our tips: There is one (physical) guidebook we highly recommend for 'Havasupai Falls'. It's 'Exploring Havasupai'. It has insider tips and really fascinating background information. It also identifies many new hikes, mines, springs, and historical sites never revealed before. It includes detailed maps, trail descriptions, amazing photographs, as well as intriguing historical insights. You'll love it: Exploring Havasupai on Amazon ('The best Havasupai guidebook ever!'). It gets better: I recently bought it (see my photo above) from Amazon: Although Amazon says that it's from 2016, you get the latest edition, which is from 2019. That means it's (almost) fully updated.
Quick tips if you either already made a reservation or want to check for free spots after February:
- Already made a successful reservation? Then we highly recommend booking the night before at Hualapai Lodge or Grand Canyon Caverns Inn (bookmark the link!). Book as fast as possible before no rooms are left for your date. The lodge is in high demand! This is a 1.5 hours drive only to the trailhead from both: Google Maps Hualapai Lodge > Trailhead or Google Maps Grand Canyon Caverns Inn > Trailhead. See #8 and #9 in the sticky note below. Why to stay there? The trailhead is in the middle of nowhere. You need to get there by car and driving a long distance from any bigger town is too strenuous. Staying at the only accommodation nearby means you can start the hike relaxed in the morning. Read more in our guide below!
- Haven't made a campsite reservation yet? You can check for cancellations from others as after February/March there are no more spots available via standard reservation: Create an account (see below) on their website. Now, there might be spots available via their online cancellation list! You still need to create an account (see below) on their website to access the list online and make a booking. You may log in every other day and check for any other cancellation throughout the year!
- Haven't made Havasupai Lodge reservation yet? Almost like with the campground, the lodge is sold out quickly. For the lodge, everything is still done via phone (no online reservation). You need to call them and ask if there are any cancellations. For more details read our main text below.
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Please note, that everything in this article is thoroughly researched, updated and double checked. We know that articles on other websites haven't been updated for a while. We are up to date (2020).
March - April - May
The climate is pleasant and great for hiking. Although theoretically already fully booked, the trail and the campground are often slightly less busy in March. The average temperature in March: 40-70°F (5-21°C) with an advantage: No bugs! The only downside this month: Not warm enough for swimming at times and no blooming fauna and trees yet. In April and May, trees turn green and it gets warmer, which is better for swimming but it’s also more crowded already.
June - July - August
It gets hot. Up to 100°F (38°C). You need to start your hike early in the morning otherwise it can become unbearable. Swimming is excellent with these temperatures outside. The downside: It’s peak season and the place is heavily crowded. You’ll also meet many others on the trail. July and August are monsoon months: There is a chance of thunderstorms and flash floods.
Pleasant and still very warm, but another quite busy month. Again, start your hike early! Also, thunderstorms and flash floods can still happen until mid-September.
October - November
In October it’s still pleasant without the summer heat: 48-77°F (9-25°C). Especially until mid-October, it's perfect for swimming and hiking: It’s hot enough to get wet all day and cold enough to wear a light sweater. In November temperatures drop to 37-63°F (3-17°C), but it’s still a great month and less busy. However, many report it's not pleasant for swimming any more (read the weather section below).
December - January - February
Means visiting in the winter. It's low season but everything is definitely accessible. However, it's too cold for swimming. Not very pleasant for camping as well. It can get freezing cold during the night, especially in December and January: 30-53° (-1-11°C). The lodge might be the better choice during these months. However, if you don't mind the that it's colder during the night: It's a great time for a much quieter, pure nature and hiking experience with less tourists.
In February it’s still less busy and already a little warmer. Also, it's a lot easier to make a campsite reservation as later months are unavailable! Would we go camping in February at Havasu Falls? Yes! Just be prepared for cooler nights (outside around 33°F/0°C). Although it's too cold for swimming (read more below), you can enjoy February as it's less crowded and a great time to take amazing photos.
Weather and Water
The chart below shows daytime temperature details for each month. Please note, that the displayed temperatures are average highs. Especially during the night, it gets a lot colder. The only reliable historic weather source for Havasupai is: Western Regional Climate Center
What about the water temperature for swimming? In pleasant months like March or late Oct/Nov, visitors report they can’t enjoy swimming, even though the water temperature itself is 70°F year round. That's because of the much colder outside temperature during these months. The best time to enjoy the water and swimming is April until September.
The Rainbow Falls located at Station Beach close to the Great Ocean Walk is easy to reach on a half-day hike. The Fall more a spring-fed trickle can be seen throughout the year. Depending on the high tide level it may be difficult to get close. Therefore it's safest if you consider the tides. High tide can be quite dangerous with the surf. The best sunlight for a good shot is during the afternoon for the rainbow coloured waterfall. Tide times
Weather Great Ocean Road
The Southern Ocean has a strong influence on the climate. It keeps the winter warmer and the summer cooler. During summer the sun is intense, but it is not too hot; there is always a fresh breeze, and temps are above 20°C. Take precautions and use sunscreen. Lots of precipitation throughout the year in the Great Otway National Park. Warmer and "drier" conditions from November to April, however, rain can always occur. Winter is the wettest and coldest season; rain every second day. Day temps in winter around 12°C and nights are chilly around 8°C, pretty cold for camping.
Don't miss out our entire Great Ocean Road Guide - 3 Days Itinerary - Top Tips - Where to Stay
The best months are June and September, although it is a year-round destination. Peak season is July and August, therefore, higher-priced and overcrowded with up to 10.000 visitors each day.
Seasons, Crowds, and Entrance Fees (100 Kuna are 13,50 € on August 18)
- Low Season from November to March, but usually there isn’t any boat service offered from Nov. to Feb. Therefore, you can't visit Visovac Island by boat. Swimming in the winter is not allowed, although some people do it. Enjoy the tranquillity of the park. The entrance tickets are pretty cheap. Adults 30 Kuna, Children 20 Kuna.
- Shoulder Season from April until June plus September and October. These months are still busy, but the waterfalls are not overrun. It's the best time if you want to swim without crowds. Swimming is allowed until the end of September. The autumn foliage is a highlight in October. Tickets adults 110 Kn, Children 80 Kn
- Peak Season in July and August. It’s the busiest time of the year. Up to 10.000 visitors each day. If possible, avoid these two months for your visit. Tickets adults 200 Kn, Children 120 Kn. The price is reduced by 4 pm. The advantage it’s less busy in the National Park and at Skradinski Buk, the most famous waterfalls. Anyhow plan an hour just for the boat ride. Too many people are queuing. Come here early or late, but the majestic natural wonder is too beautiful to spend here 2 hours only.
Good to know
- You can purchase tickets on arrival or in advance online, which makes sense in the peak season. Link online tickets Krka
- You may need to walk back as we did because the boat service will not run until the park closes. Have a look at the boat schedule from Skradin.
Climate / Weather
Krka National Park has a mix of continental and Mediterranean climate. Usually, the winter is mild with an average around 10°C (50°F) but can drop as well to single-digit temperatures. Summer temperature is on average around 22°C (72°F) but can climb up to 30°C (86°F) in July which is typically the hottest month. Precipitation occurs year-round but is more likely in the winter months from November to February. August is the driest month.
Where to Stay
You can either stay in Sibenik, Lozovac or Skradin what we did. We highly recommend staying here minimum for one night. Krka is too majestic to rush although many people come here just for a few hours from Zadar or Split by bus. We'd chosen the Guesthouse Ankora in Skradin within walking distance to the boat transfer. Another option is Lozovac the other main entrance to Krka, although there are fewer restaurants and shops. The Apartments Slavica also have an excellent location for the National Park.
Day Trips from Split
- Day trip from Split for those who want to get to Krka easily. Groups get a discount for the entrance.
- Combined day trip for travelers who are limited in time and without a rental car we recommend Krka Waterfalls and the historic town Trogir. A must see!
Skógafoss! An astonishing waterfall in Iceland. Read on and learn about the best time to visit, how to avoid the crowds and more must-know tips.
Skókafoss is an excellent year-round destination. However, the best time to visit depends on what you’re looking for. Less crowds and cooler conditions or pleasant temperatures with the downside of a packed and crowded place? Read our season overview:
Winter / Early Spring (November - April)
Although winter conditions can already occur in October, it’s usually November/December when heavier rain, strong winds, more fog and especially snowfall and ice are coming to Iceland’s south coast. It’s getting colder in winter months but not as cold as many visitors think. Average high temperature during the coldest months (December, January, February, March) is 3°C / 37°F. Be careful at the base of the falls, as it’s often covered with ice between November and April. Also keep in mind that days are short in winter. Between mid-November and the end of January there are only 4-6 hours of daylight on average. That’s important to know in case you want to photograph the waterfall: Sunset - Sunrise Reykjavik The great advantage in winter: It’s definitely less crowded. However, even in winter it can be a little busier at popular Skogafoss sometimes.
Late Spring / Summer / Early Fall (May - October)
The pleasant temperatures start in late May. On a warm summer in July or August day temperatures can even climb up to 20°C at times. Average daily sunshine in July/August is 5-6 hours. The perfect months terms of mild temperatures months are June, July and August. Great shoulder months for a visit without the harsher winter conditions as well less crowds and cheaper rates are May and September/October. July and August are the months when it gets very crowded with the highest rates for hotels and flights.
Avoiding the Crowds
Due to its popularity it’s usually very busy at Skógafoss, even more so in peak summer months. Tour busses, many cars, people to the falls and back from the parking lot. However, while some complain about the crowds, other visitors say it doesn’t feel too crowded, even during high season.There is definitely plenty of free parking, which means you don’t have to worry about getting a parking lot, even in July or August. Also the climb to the top is not too crowded since a good portion of the visitors stay at the base area. On the other hand, it’s a different experience to enjoy such a stunning waterfall with less people in general. The well-known way to dodge the crowds is visiting in the cooler months with less daylight. Although less crowded, you won’t experience real solitude at Skógafoss in winter, it’s just too popular. Thus, two other great options to avoid tourist crowds are:
- Visit Early/Late: Usually it’s a great idea to get to the famous waterfalls in Iceland very early to avoid the crowds. The reason: Most visitors and especially the tour busses usually don’t arrive before 10 a.m. However, at Skógafoss the early mornings can be busy in summer with campers due to the very close campground. Visiting later in the day? In general, after 5 p.m. crowds start to dissipate. Some even visit at night for real solitude. Tip: We wouldn’t drive directly from a hotel in Reykjavik. Rather check hotels close by (Skogar Hotels). They are pricier than in Reykjavik but it's worth it to stay closer. Then you can visit this waterfall twice: During daytime/morning and then later or even at night. That way you dodge the crowds enjoy walking around, take photos during different light conditions. Trust us, it’s 100% worth it! After your second visit or on the next morning you can continue to Seljalandsfoss and still have plenty of time. As recommend: It’s not a good idea to visit both waterfalls on one day starting from Reykjavik and returning there.
- Climb to the Top / Walk Along the Path: Even if you visit in peak season and the base area is packed: Climb the 400 stairs and then walk the path along the river. Many visitors stay at the base area, some walk to the top and only very few continue walking the path along the river. Check the details about this great path in the text below (How to Visit)
Weather and Climate
The south coast and it’s waterfalls experience cold winters (around freezing) and mild summer months with temperatures around 11°C (52°F). However, Iceland’s south coast experiences a milder climate in winter than you might think. This is due to the Gulf Stream that flows along the west and south coast, bringing pleasant air from the Caribbean. The summers are short with only 3 months where temperatures are considered warm. Regardless of the season: Weather in Iceland can change very quick. Always be prepared and pack an extra sweater as well as rain gear. Please note, that the temperature chart below shows the average high temps from a weather station (Stórhöfði) which is located 40 km from Skogafoss and on a small island. Degrees can vary at the waterfall.