Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls Iguazu falls are an awesome sight as tons of water throw themselves over cliffs and the mist rises amongst the jungle. They are taller than Niagara Falls, and twice as wide, for which Eleanor Roosevelt is said to have exclaimed on her first sight of the Falls: “Poor Niagara!”

It is well worth spending a day on each side of Iguazu Falls.

On the Argentine side (30 AR$ pp, second day for half price if you get your ticket stamped before leaving on the first day) there are a whole series of walkways and trails by the main visitors centre, allowing you to stand right on the edge of the precipice, below some of the waterfalls themselves, see a good overview and take a short boat trip to Isla San Martin below the falls. Wear waterproofs and protect your camera!

There is a free train running up to a 1km-long walkway across the river to stand just back from the main horseshoe of falls – the Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo), where the roar and spray are tremendous.

On the Brazilian side (20 R$ pp, cheaper for Brazilian residents) you get an excellent overview of Devil’s Throat and the rest of the falls, from both above and below.

Albergue Paudimar Campestre (Av. das Cataratas). Twelve kilometres outside Foz do Iguaçu on the way to the Brazilian side of the falls, it’s more a mini-resort than a hostel. It offers free internet, budget meals and also has a swimming pool and bar. They also arrange tours to the Argentinean side of the falls. Half the taxi fair from the bus terminal is returned if you go with two or more persons and stay at least two days. Look for the stand at the bus terminal.

Camping El Viejo Americano – 5 km outside of Puerto Iguazu on the Argentine side of the falls. Very cheap and great for both camping (bring a tent and your gear!) and staying in the bungalows (costs extra). You can get there by bus (take bus heading towards the falls) or by taxi (which will cost a bit more). There are pools, a restuarant, convenience store and soccer fields, which are all very well maintained. Many fire pits for barbecues and other niceties. Bugs galore so bring Off or other bug repellent.

From Ciudad del Este or Foz do Iguaçu you can visit the Itaipu Dam – one of the largest in the world. No entrance fee, but expect a quick tour in a bus and a bit of propaganda.

Between Puerto Iguazu and Posadas the red sandstone ruins of the Jesuit mission of San Ignacio are well worth a visit.

How to get to Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires

By bus – There are many options if you are traveling to Iguazu Falls by bus. You can take Greyhound or Eurolines. Both are extremely comfortable with movies and fully reclining seats as well as excellent prepared meals and drinks built into the price. The trip last about 18 hours and the cost is about $50 or 150 pesos for the premium service. For a less expensive service you can take Tigre-Iguazú (owned by Via Bariloche). The bus is smaller and the seats do not fully recline, but the food is good and it includes drinks too. Cost is 130pesos one way.

I took Expresso Singer on the return trip and the bus borke down 3 times. Twice the police boarded and asked for ticket stubs. Via Bariloche was slightly more better. They has less stops and were faster by two hours.

By plane – You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls from the domestic airport in the city. The trip takes about 3 hours and costs about $300 round trip. Expect to pay 10% more if you are not from Argentina.

By car – You can rent a car or motorcycle to Iguazu falls from Buenos Aires. You will need a driver’s license, a passport and a credit card. The cost of an economy size car for a week is about $300. Sometimes the mileage is an additional cost.

What to do at Iguazu Falls

Hotels – There are a variety of hotels to choose from once you arrive. Many people prefer the Sheraton because it is so close to the Falls. Cost is about $250 a night. But there are also hostels and cheaper hotels available in the area without reservations.

There is a bus that runs to the park where the falls are. The bus leaves every hour and the cost to get in the park is 30 pesos.

There is also a train that runs straight through the park to the Devils Throat which is free.

Hiking – Inside the park the three trails worth seeing are the “garganta del diablo” which is at the top of the big horseshoe (directly across from Brasil), the “upper circuit” and the “lower circuit”. Try and get the garganta out of the way your first day (which is at the end of the train line), and then maybe the upper circuit. You should be able to do this before the park closes at 7pm.

There is also a small waterfall you can hike to which will take an hour. Lots of insects on the way and when you arrive, you will see a small waterfall with a great pool at the bottom worth a swim.

There is one private company that runs tours in the park called “Iguazu Jungle Explorer” and there are several options to choose from.

Boat ride – The Aventura Nautica takes you on a boat and basically under the falls, you get totally soaked and it’s well worth the $45pesos.

Jungle ride – The Gran Aventura has the same boat trip, but also takes you on a jeep ride thru the jungle as well as a slow ride on top of the falls.

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Tom Wick is an American expat living in Buenos Aires. An expert travel consultant and tour guide offering free travel inforamtion and private guided tours of Buenos Aires.

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September 2006

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