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Getting a Brazilian Travel Visa To See Iguazu Falls

by David Pacella | October 1st, 2009

Do you think Niagara Falls is spectacular? Deep in the heart of South America, there is a waterfall that makes the mighty Niagara look like a mere trickle of water in comparison.

Iguazu Fals is located on the border between Brazil and Argentina. According to Wikipedia, an ancient native legend says that the falls were formed by a jealous god who wanted to marry a human woman.  The problem? She was already in love, so she and her lover fled down the river in a canoe. To cut off the pair’s escape, the god sliced the river into pieces, creating the waterfalls.

How much bigger is Iguazu Falls than Niagara Falls? Here are some statistics:

The peak surface area of the water flowing over  Iguazu Falls is 1.3 million square feet. The peak surface area of the water flowing over Niagara is 600,000 square feet.  At peak flow, water gushes over Niagara Falls at a rate of 2,800 cubic feet per second. However, when Iguazu Falls is at peak flow, water roars over the falls at a rate of 6,500 cubic feet per second.

When you compare the two, it is not hard to understand why Eleanor Roosevelt supposedly greeted the sight of Iguazu Falls by exclaiming “Poor Niagara!”

To get to the Argentinian side of the falls, all you need is your passport. However, if you want to see the Brazilian side, as well, you’ll need to get a Brazilian tourist visa.  Brazil’s visa system can be complicated and tough to navigate, even tourists. To get you started, here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • Your US passport, which must be valid for 6 months and have at least 2 visa pages left.
  • A completed visa application
  • 2 passport photos
  • A copy of your  itinerary showing when you plan to enter and leave Brazil
  • A clear copy of your driver’s license.
  • If you will be visiting friends or relatives in Brazil, you will also need to provide a letter from them.

Globe trotters take note: If you’ve been to any of the following countries within the past 90 days, you also need an yellow fever vaccination certificate: Angola, Bolivia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guiana, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Republic of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sudan or Venezuela.

The easiest way to get a Brazilian visa is to go through a visa expediting company.  When you apply for a Brazilian visa with, you’ll work with a professional visa specialist to make sure all of your paperwork is in order before it is submitted to the appropriate consulate.

Even better, you don’t have to make a special trip to the consulate to apply for your visa in person-we handle that for you.

So, if you’re going to Brazil, give yourself a break-apply for your Brazilian visa with us today!

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