The World’s Best Three Waterfalls

I’ve been to loads of waterfalls and as I once noted “you hardly ever get a sh*t waterfall” (except a ‘waterfall’ the Great Ocean Road in Australia which was literally just a drip of water). So here’s my top three from what I’ve seen – don’t miss them! Please note this is a top three of waterfalls I’ve actually been to, so Angel Falls (Salto Angel, Venezuela and Victoria Falls in Africa don;t qualify…). [I:]

1. Gullfoss, ICELAND:

Gullfoss you might think is a surprise inclusion, alas you may never even have heard of it. But this incredible endless flow of gushing water in Iceland is phenomenal!! As you walk up towards Gullfoss you have absolutely no idea of how much water is flowing. When you arrive at the first viewing point you can only gasp in awe. If you are ever in Iceland, don’t miss Gullfoss! To get there either hire a car, become part of a tour bus excursion to it or do the famous Golden Circle Tour (which I did). Entrance to the waterfall is FREE but you might feel obliged to have a coffee or buy a souvenir in the nearby shop. [I:]

2. Niagara Falls and Horsehoe Falls (on the border between CANADA and USA):

It was over 10 years ago since I was at the Niagara Falls. I did the Maid of the Mist tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. An amazing spray from these falls and the border town of Niagara is in an awesome location overlooking the spectacular waterfalls. It’s FREE to gaze down onto the waterfall itself, but to do the Maid of the Mist Tour is still under $20 Canadian Dollars and even cheaper if you’re a child, a student or a pensioner. I’d recommend it – you get up close to the falls and you get wet. [I:]

3. Iguazu Falls (on the border of BRAZIL and ARGENTINA):

I won’t stir up the debate of whether the Cataratas Del Iguazu or the Foz Do Iguacu is best as this seems to be a common discussion point between travellers. This series of immense waterfalls straddles the border between Brazil and Argentina (with Paraguay just behind as well). I visited from both Brazil and Argentina and I would recommend doing that as well to get the full experience from it. I’ll do a report on each side:

Argentina Side: [I:]

To get there you need to get a bus along Ruta 12 away from the town of Puerto Iguazu. If you stay in the Hostel Inn Iguazu ( a former winner of South American hostel of the year) you can get a bus there from across the road. Once you arrive it’s a day ticket for entrance, this was 85Pesos when I was there in 2010. Once inside there are three main sights: 1. Get a train to Garganta Del Diablo (which is a couple of kilometre walk over wooden platforms to the waterfalls). 2. Do the lower walk at Estacion Cataratas and 3. Do the upper walk at Estacion Cataratas. There are countless other things to do and see inside, including shows, boat trips, animal viewing, souvenirs and restaurants.

From The Brazil Side: [I:]

The Brazil Side of the falls featured wooden platforms right up close and personal to the waterfalls and a decent view over the border into Argentina. On the Brazil side the method of transport was by bus when I was there in 2010. There are a few walks along the side of the waterfall. Iguazu is just incredible!

You will probably find queues, viewing platforms etc. to be very busy such is the popularity of these waterfalls. Tourists are everywhere and how can you blame them. This is a must see waterfall!

Well that’s my top three waterfalls – feel free to disagree or comment. You have to love Iguazu though…it’s probably my favourite of the three!

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