Legend has it that a Brazilian deity wanted to marry a beautiful woman. She fled with her mortal lover in a canoe, but the deity took his revenge, slashing the river that was their escape route in two. The lovers were condemned to an eternal fall down the Iguazu Falls.
Iguazu divides Brazil and Argentina; the best hotel - Belmond Hotel das Cataratas - is on the Brazilian side, which is reason enough to focus your attentions there. Helicopter tours are permitted only in Brazil, and they enable you to appreciate the falls in all their scale and glory.
A walkway along the canyon brings you right to the base of the Devil’s Throat, the narrow chasm through which half of all the falls’ water flows in a roaring tumult. Pair this with a boat trip on the Iguazu River or abseiling in the Iguazu Canyon for the ultimate thrill.
Allow yourself plenty of time to explore the Iguazu National Park, following its rainforest hiking trails. You’ll see plenty of creatures in the wild, but for the greatest concentration of species, a visit to the neighbouring Parque das Aves is a must.