The Iguazu Falls are one of the most visited sights in Argentina. The falls are in total 2.700 meters long; 800 m on the Brazilian side and 1.900 m on the Argentinian side.
Make your Iguazu visit unforgettable! The insights we compiled from our own visits and from speaking with locals, you’ll find nowhere else:
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 in the peak season. There are even more 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). July is crowded as well. If possible avoid weekends. Important to know: The park gets closed with roughly 12 thousand visitors inside. This can happen during the peak season from midday onwards.
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 level of water but more difficult to experience and photograph with lots of spray. If it’s too dry, they might be less immense. The best months for a visit depend on what you would like to experience. During the summer season the level is higher and after the winter season July, August, and September it’s a lower level.
It’s a subtropical and humid climate. There is a high amount of precipitation around the year more than 1.800 mm. The winter months are a little drier from late May to mid-September. The day temps are more pleasant and nights are quite cold. In summer roughly from November to February day temps are on average around 30°C / 86°F and can be up to almost 40°C / 104°F.
The Color After Rainfall
They are not any longer clear as they were more than 40 years ago. Due to forest clearance, the unprotected soil gets washed out into the river. As you can see in the pictures, the color is brown-red nowadays. The harmful side effects fish can’t reproduce, birds and mammals can’t spot their prey.
Mindo located on the western slopes of volcano Pinchincha on roughly 1200 to 1300 m elevation is a small town. It has about 3000 inhabitants and is packed with hostals and lodges.
Mindo is the hotspot for birdwatchers from around the world. Get to know the ultimate time, which tours you should not miss in the area, where to stay, and how to get there.
The best time for birdwatching in Mindo is during the rainy season. The very best months are December to April while the birds are more abundant (migratory birds) and active. Due to the high food supply birds start mating and nesting.
It already starts in October and lasts until mid-May or even June. Generally, it rains from the afternoon until the next morning, but it can happen that it rains all day long. The average annual rainfall is 2.500 mm.
The dry season is pretty short from June until the beginning of October. The driest months are June to August but expect precipitation even during the driest months.
Due to the proximity to the equator, the sunrise and sunset don’t change much. It’s always roughly around 6. Nights temps are around 15°C / 59°F and colder and day temps on average around 20°C / 68°F and can be up to 25. There is a high humidity throughout the year.
Mindo is a popular weekend escape for people from busy Quito. Avoid weekends and public holidays like Carnival and Easter.
Honeymoon Island was offered for newlyweds for two weeks free honeymoon by wealthy Clinton Washburn in 1939. This is where the name origins from.
The Bald Eagle; the national emblem of the United States nests here again since 2009 from October to May. Honeymoon Island is also a great spot for ospreys and great horned owls. You may spot many birds of prey on the Osprey Trail, especially in the winter. If you'd like to know all details read our summary of the highlights by season.
Highlights by Seasons
- Nesting season of the great horned owl and the osprey.
- December is the best time to spot the belted kingfisher.
- January is the nesting season of the roseate spoonbill.
- February the snowy plover starts nesting.
- Manatees can be seen close to the island in winter.
- Migratory birds come to the island; peak in April.
- Great blue heron nesting season in March.
- Stingrays move to the shore in April
- In May shorebirds start nesting.
- Frigate birds come to the island if storms are blowing on the Gulf of Mexico.
- Warblers, peregrine falcons, and other birds migrate to the island.
Bald Eagle mating and nesting season roughly from October to May.
Turtle nesting season from May to October; loggerhead from April to August. The North Beach trail can be walked best at low tide. Tide Times Honeymoon Island
Daily from 8 am to sundown. The exact time is shown at the entrance gate.
Worst Time to Visit
Late summer and autumn are the worst times due to the huge number of mosquitoes.
Chrystal River in Citrus County is quite busy during winter time due to the huge number of manatees in King’s Bay. It’s the largest gathering of manatees in North America.
The West Indian Manatee migrates to Chrystal River and the surrounding springs roughly mid-November and stays around the springs until mid-March. Guided tours are offered from November to end of March. You experience most activity during the early morning. If you like to get interactions with manatees book the early morning tour in advance.
The manatees come here during winter time because they get stressed by the cold gulf if the temp goes below 68°F / 20°C. Although they look like to be prepared for cold temperatures their body has not much fat for insulation. The springs have a constant temp of 74°F / 23°C. The reason that they gather around the springs.
During high tide, they move to the Three Sisters Springs, and at low tide, they gather outside in the channel at Idiot’s Delight I and II. Often 400 to 500 manatees can be seen at the springs.
Visiting Three Sisters Springs
If you like to come here to see them in high numbers inside, come during high tide.
Tide times Chrystal River
It is almost impossible to avoid crowds while swimming with the manatees. Even early morning expect 30 to 40 people in the water. The Three Sisters Springs, however, are tranquil when they open the gate at 8.30.
During the peak season of the manatees, it can be pretty chilly in the morning. On average it's roughly 50°F / 10°C cold in the early morning. We experienced 28°F / -2°C which happens rarely. It was pretty cold when we got out of the water. Day temps are usually between 58°F / 15°C and 70°F / 21°C. Precipitation occurs year-round with its peak in the summer months. It’s quite hot and muggy in summer and temps are around 90°F / 32°C.
Guanwu National Forest Recreational Area located on 2000 to 2.500 meters above sea level between Wufeng and Hsinchu County.
Guanwu is always worth to visit but try to avoid the typhoon season which is most likely to happen from July to September.
It’s famous for incredibly beautiful sunrises and sunsets at the end of the Leshan Forest Road close to the parking of the second trail entrance to the giant Formosan trees. The other popular spot is on the top of the Jehnshan trail. The views are spectacular on clear days. The very best time for it is the equinox in spring on March 21st and autumn on September 23rd. Anyhow, the sunlight has a minimal variation from summer to winter; rising from 5.06 to 6.42 am and setting between 5.09 to 6.48 pm.
In March the almost 100 years old Wushe Cherry Tree is white blooming. From April to June the whole area is covered in blooming rhododendrons, azaleas as well as red Taiwan Cherries.
Rare flowers are in bloom at this time of the year. You may spot the rare butterfly Broad-tailed Swallowtail in June.
The foliage of the maple trees is fiery red.
The mountain ridge called Holly Ridge is covered in snow.
Taiwan's climate is subtropical usually with wet and humid summers. Snow is common during winter mostly in January and February. Most precipitation from April to July. There is less rain from August to November and the driest months are December until March. Anyhow, even in the driest season, you can expect rain. During summer it's refreshing cool on 2000 up to 2.500 meters elevation. Guanwu is located in the mid-altitude fog belt; it’s often misty. Frequently clouds and fog roll in in the afternoon.