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Iguazu Falls - drought??

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1. Posted by michelle79 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi all,

I'm planning for a 2 week trip to Argentina in early Sept and was planning to head to Iguazu falls for a few days. I've heard that it's been hit by the worst drought in 20 years, and that maybe it's not worth going there!

Has anyone been to Iguazu recently (in the past month or so?) and is this really a problem?

Appreciate any feedback!! Thank you!!

2. Posted by megjc (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Hi Michelle,

Yup, i'm afraid it's true about the drought. There's still a very impressive waterfall at the 'devil's throat' bit but the huge wall of waterfalls that runs along the argentinian side is basically non existant. I have to admit to being very disappointed when i went there after looking forward to it for so long:(. However, i think i would still say it's worth a visit - depending on your time restrictions. I found it to be a beautiful place even without the waterfalls and the HI Hostel Inn in Puerto Iguazu is almost worth the visit in itself.

Hope you have fun whatever you decide to do.

Meg

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Hi Michelle,

I was just there a couple of weeks ago and the falls are definitely very reduced. Apparently, the water levels are the lowest they have been in 9 years, but additionally some nearby hydrp-electric power plant has dammed up most of the water or something (not sure why exactly) but they are in the middle of a project which is supposed to take a couple of months.

I wouldnt NOT go though. They are still impressive, especially the Devil's Throat, still worth seeing! ;)

4. Posted by michelle79 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi,

Thanks very much for your comments! Still sounds like its worth my time to pay it a visit! Either that, or maybe skip it and do the glaciers instead..2 weeks just isn't enough!

Thanks again and happy travelling!

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

was there 2 weeks ago; it's actually much prettier this way than when water levels are higher (I've been there before, so I can compare the two).