General and geography
According to abbreviationfinder, the Iguazú waterfalls are located directly in the border area between Argentina and Brazil, not far from the three-country corner with Paraguay.
Due to the different national languages Spanish and Portuguese, there are also different spellings for the world-famous waterfalls, as the Brazilians write the Iguaçu river, whereas the Argentine write Iguazú. Of course, both variants denote the same natural spectacle.
In total, over 250 larger and smaller waterfalls extend over a width of 2.7 kilometers, making Iguazú one of the undoubtedly most breathtaking waterfalls in the world.
Since the largest area is on the Argentine side, the Brazilian side of the national park offers a better overview and fantastic panoramic views. The border crossing is fairly unbureaucratic, which is why we strongly recommend visiting both sides when visiting the Iguazú waterfalls.
The city of Foz do Iguacu itself is not worth seeing, but it has a small airport with good connections to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Climate at the Iguazú waterfalls
The region around Iguaçu or Iguazú has a humid, subtropical climate that is opposite to the European seasons. Midsummer is logically between the end of November and the end of February, while winter is from the beginning of June to the end of August.
The climate in summer is especially hot and sometimes quite humid, with the highest average temperatures often recorded around Christmas time until the end of January. The humidity is also extremely high during this time. Precipitation can occur in the region at any time of the year.
Nevertheless, the Brazilian winter, especially the travel month July, not only significantly cooler but also noticeably drier. It can now cool down to 10 degrees, especially at night, while average values of around 24 degrees Celsius are usually achieved during the day.
When is the best time to go to the Iguazú Falls?
The waterfalls in Iguazú are worth a visit all year round, although the main season for South Americans is mainly during the summer holidays (i.e. in the German winter around December and January). The falls reach their highest water level between December and March, which is not least due to the higher amounts of rain.
The best time to travel to Iguazú also depends, so to speak, on your own expectations: the Brazilian winter is too fresh for some visitors, the sky is often clear for that and there are fantastic rainbows. In addition, the paths are now easier to pass when the water level is slightly lower and additional outdoor activities are possible.
Our tip for the best time to travel to the Iguazú Waterfalls is due to a combination of pleasant weather with moderate temperatures and a good chance of blue skies for even more beautiful impressions and photos. Accordingly, we particularly recommend March to early May and August to September to visitors.
Due to the good travel conditions outside of these core times, we can recommend the entire period from February (i.e. after the end of the absolute main season) to the end of September to our readers with a clear conscience.
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazú waterfalls)
|Daytime temperature||33 ° C||33 ° C||32 ° C||30 ° C||26 ° C||25 ° C||24 ° C||26 ° C||28 ° C||30 ° C||31 ° C||33 ° C|
|Night temperature||22 ° C||21 ° C||20 ° C||18 ° C||14 ° C||13 ° C||12 ° C||13 ° C||15 ° C||18 ° C||19 ° C||20 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||169||122||111||140||138||124||72||98||138||171||152||143|
|Hours of sunshine||13||13||12||11||11||10||11||11||12||13||13||13|
The average annual temperature in Foz do Iguaçu is 22.9 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is January (27.3 ° C), coldest month of July with average values of 18 ° C.
The annual precipitation is 1578 mm on 112 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. You cannot expect snow in any month in Foz do Iguaçu.
As our climate table shows, January is the sunniest month with an average of 13.4 hours of sunshine per day. In the annual mean, the sun shines an average of 12 hours a day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following larger towns are nearby and have a similar climate: Ciudad del Este.
Iguazu Falls weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 26 ° C and 32 ° C can be expected over the next three months. In Foz do Iguaçu, it gets warmest in March, but May is noticeably cooler.
In March, at about 9 days expected precipitation in April at about 9 days in May at about 9 days.
In the period from March to May , the sun shines an average of 11 to 12 hours a day. The sunniest weather is in March in Foz do Iguaçu, with a little less sun you will have to get by in April.