I’ve seen dozens of waterfalls and as I mentioned once before “you rarely get a sh*t waterfall” (there was one on the Great Ocean Road in Australia actually, as it was literally just a drip of water falling…). But I’ve narrowed it down to a top three here as these three stand alone as easily the best hat trick of constant dropping water I have seen (I missed Angel Falls/Salto Angel in Venezuela and I haven’t yet been to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe/Zambia). In no particular order of wetness…
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.
2. Niagara Falls and Horsehoe Falls (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.
3. Iguazu Falls (BRAZIL and ARGENTINA):
There seems to be a debate or poll amongst travellers as to which is the best country to view the Iguazu Falls from, Argentina or Brazil. So when I was there I decided I had to see it from both sides of the border. I don’t believe that there should be a “better side” to view it from, and having seen it from both I just have to say WOW! These waterfalls are amazing whether viewed from Argentina or Brazil. The Brazil one is slightly dearer to get in. A brief description of each here:
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.
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.
One thing to note is that both waterfall viewings whether from Brazil or Argentina will be busy such is the marvel of these natural flows of water.
So those are the top 3 waterfalls I’ve actually seen. I hope to do more sometime soon as I just love waterfalls!
Here’s a couple of videos I made at Iguazu:
1. From Argentina:
2. From Brazil: