4 days in Iguazu Waterfalls
In our trip to Argentina, we dedicate to visit the first three days to Buenos Aires, 6 days to Mar del Plata (where Vero is from) and 4 days in Iguazu falls. Beforehand I tell you that Iguazu for me has been one of the best trips I have ever done.
As you know, Iguazu is one of the seven natural wonders of the world according to the contest organized by the New Open World Corporation, we only have six left to visit!
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How to get to Iguazu?
We found on Lastminute.com a good deal that included Flight + hotel from Buenos Aires for 193€, with three nights on the Argentine side of Iguazu.
The hotel is a youth hostel that is a member of Youth Hostelling International so if you go with your hostess card then you’ll have a better price.
They are dormitory rooms, but as we went three friends we were able to hire a shared room for four and pay for the extra bed (it cost us 16€/night) so that the room is only for you and your friends.
If you are two people, they have double rooms, but look because it is another price completely different.
The flight is from Buenos Aires and departs from airport “Aeroparque Jorge Newberry”, instead of Ezeiza. Much better, since aeroparque is in the city itself, and Ezeiza is quite far away. The flight takes about two hours.
You can go by bus, but it takes about 15 hours to arrive.
How to get around in Iguazu
First detail that you have to take into account before you even reach Iguazu: transport.
As you go by plane, you have no transport of your own, and that means that you will at least need transportation to get from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to the National Park on the Argentine side (it is about 16 km) and the Brazil side (about 25 km) , you will also need to be taken to the airport.
We didn’t think about this and we were looking and asking when we were already there.
For the park that is on the side of Argentina you have two options, the first is the bus that takes you to waterfalls, charges you 50* pesos each way, that is 100* pesos per person.
Taxi or Remis
The second option is the taxi or remis (there are both, they are not the same but the difference is small). A remis charges per trip to the falls of the Argentine side 500* pesos and the Brazilian side other 500* pesos.
I mean, you get the same price for the bus if you are four people.
Also for Brazilian side, you need remis or taxi.
*NOTE: these prices are from 2015, most likely they will have risen, but the change to the euro or dollar will be more or less the same.
Here, we were lucky and found Diego, who went from being our taxi driver to being our friend.
He lowered the price by 100 pesos for each trip. So he charged us 400 pesos to take us to waterfalls on the Argentine side and 450 pesos to take us to falls on the Brazilian side.
We got the same as the bus, but we were going much more comfortable, we would pick up at the agreed time and if we finished before we would put a message and he came early.
So if you want Diego to be waiting for you at the airport with a pre-agreed price and with peace of mind, call him, or give him an e-mail, he treated us so well that he deserves us to put his details here.
But as I always say, this is an option for you. If you prefer, do a search for yourself and call whoever you want.
These prices are from April 2015, attention with inflation
Name: Diego Alberto Riquelme.
Phone: +54 93757 15459620
If you prefer enjoy roundtrip transportation from Puerto Iguazú to Iguazú National Park with an English and Spanish-speaking guide
Accommodation in Iguazu
Well clarified the subject of transport I tell you about the accommodation.
The hotels are not very expensive. The offer we found was with a youth hostel that went out for 55 pesos (5.5 euros) per night. For me, the best youth hostel I’ve ever been to, and look I’ve been to quite a few.
It had a swimming pool, music bar, restaurant where they were prepared some huge sandwiches for 60 pesos (6€) of churrasco or Milanese, the cheap beer, for example, 1 bottle of 3/4 liter of Quilmes at 35 pesos (3.5 euros).
And the people who looked at, very friendly, young people who didn’t give us a bad face, very cool.
Rooms are cleaned once a day and bathroom facilities are shared. As I said, if you prefer a hotel you have a lot to choose from, and they are not overly expensive, you can see them here.
What to see in Puerto Iguazu
Puerto Iguazu is a relatively small city, whose main source of income is tourism that comes to visit the falls, and to a much lesser extent mining or agriculture.
The center of Iguazu is, I would tell you, the most interesting area. You can see that they are taking care of it and improving it for tourism. I liked it, actually. The treatment of the tourist is good and the city is not expensive.
Milestone 3 borders and Identity Square
In Puerto Iguazu you can visit the Milestone of the Three Borders and the Identity Square (Plaza de la Identidad).
At the junction point of the three borders, which is also where the Iguazu River and Paraná meet, each of the three countries, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay placed a pyramid-shaped landmark or column with the colors of the country. From each milestone, you can see the other two. Everyone takes the picture at the milestone.
They are now under construction and have built a new milestone elsewhere, but we sneaked into the work and took the photo to the original… hehehe.
The Place of Identity collects stone murals with important moments of history.
Visit the Iguazu Falls
The Iguazu Falls are on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The Iguazu River is the natural border between the two countries, until it joins the Paraná. At this point of union, is the point of the three borders between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.
You can see the falls from Argentina (Iguazu National Park) and from Brazil (Parque do Iguaçu).
The 80 waterfalls are on the Argentine side and the most panoramic view is on the Brazilian side.
As our friend Maxi said, the Argentinians have the show and the Brazilians have the seats.
I’m not going to tell you if one side is better than the other, visit both, because each side has its unique things, and on each side you’re going to see things that you can’t see on the other side.
If you prefer enjoy roundtrip transportation from Puerto Iguazú to Iguazú National Park with an English and Spanish-speaking guide
Iguazu Falls. Argentinian side
We visited the waterfalls on the Argentine side on the first day.
You have to pay the ticket entrance. One thing and is that foreign tourists (differentiating Mercosur and not Mercosur) have a different price for things. For example, to enter Iguazu National Park, a European tourist pays 260 pesos (about 26 euros) while an Argentine pays 160 (about 16 euros).
I can still understand that being a natural heritage of all Argentines, and for that they have a lower price.
But we went to a private business, for example the Ice Bar, and the entrance for an European are 200 pesos (20€) and for an Argentine 100. I don’t think it’s the best way to encourage foreign tourism, but they’ll know.
Leaving this nuance aside, Iguazu is spectacular. When you get to the park, you have to go to the “Central Station” which is where the little trains that lead you to the devil’s gorge (Garganta del Diablo) come from.
There are four main tours. The lower path, upper path, the macuco path and the path of the devil’s gorge. The first three make them walking, while to go to the Garganta del diablo, you have to take a little train.
First thing everyone does is queue to take the train that goes to the Devil’s gorge, if you do that get ready to be waiting at least an hour and a half.
The best thing from our point of view is to do first the pedestrian routes that will take you for about three hours between the lower and the upper and another three hours the macuco trail and when you return to the central station there, are no queues and you go more comfortable.
Iguazu Falls. Bottom level
On the lower course, you can see the Dos Hermanas falls, Chico fall and Bossetti fall. That you see from below and the Alvar Nuñez and Lanusse falls you see from above stand out.
Iguazu Falls. The Upper Path (recorrido superior)
On the upper path you see these same falls from above and you also see the Adam and Eve falls, the Bernabé Mendez and the Mbigua Falls.
In addition to these tours that are included in the entrance, you have several routes for which you have to pay an additional cost.
The safari or the great nautical adventure are the best known. If you only have one day you will have to choose between one or the other because it will not give you time to do it all on the same day.
Personally, the boat is not what attracts me the most, we already did it in niagara Falls and although it was not bad, you get wet and you can not take good photos because the water, I prefer the safari or tour the jungle. But everyone who does whatever they want is natural.
One of the things that I liked the most, not only of the natural park, but of the destination and the place is the vegetation.
You’re in the jungle, literally. When you leave the airport, what you see on either side is a green wall of vegetation. It’s spectacular, at least for me, that I’m not used to it at all. I loved looking anywhere and seeing lush, super green and unknown vegetation.
The soil is red, with an ochre red color that also permeates everything. Humidity, about 90% and considerable heat, about 30 degrees by day, although at night refreshes.
I would have liked to have seen more animals than I saw, although I had the opportunity twice to see a toucan relatively close. It’s beautiful, especially to see them in freedom. The beak is impressive big and colorful. I don’t know if it’s because I was watching it live and free, not at a zoo, but I was quite impressed. I was able to take a picture of him.
La Garganta del Diablo. Devil’s Gorge
Of the end, the top of the visit to the Argentine side is the Devil’s Gorge, “la garganta del diablo” It is an immense waterfall of about 80 meters high. Hard to describe. Water falls so hard that the same waterfall generates a column of vaporized water that rises into the sky.
We finished the day super tired, so we went to rest, because the next day we go to Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side.
Brazilian side: Parque de Iguaçú
The Brazilian side is a shorter course, about two and a half hours if you take it easy.
The entrance to the park also has different prices for nationals or foreigners.
When you enter the park you are taken by bus to the beginning of the tour. You do it quietly until you get to the end it’s a walkway that gets inside the falls (you get quite wet) and you see the Garganta del Diablo in the background.
What do you see? all the falls that are on the Argentine side, but in “panoramic mode”. While on the Argentine side you can almost touch them but you don’t have such a general view, on the Brazilian side (except in the end part), you see them from afar.
In the end, you have a pretty big waterfall, by the way, it’s on its side.
Once this is done, take the bus back that takes you out of the park.
In addition to this you have excursions that are paid extra, just like on the Argentine side.
Recommendations for your visit to Iguazu Falls
Some recommendations I can make you, take “antimosquitos” bug repelent. if you didn’t buy it before, in the shops at the entrance of the park sell it to you. The one they use is the brand OFF! and it is very good.
Take the sandwiches made in advance, it will be much cheaper to eat. But look, do not eat them on the terraces of the picnic areas there. Why? because there are some little cute and funny animals, called Coatíes who steal your food, and they do it without contemplation.
We knew we shouldn’t feed them (they tell you everywhere on billboards), but not that they stole your food, so we sat quietly to eat our sandwiches at the tables at the picnic area.
You see them hanging around and sniffing on the floor and you don’t give it any more importance. Without realizing it they went up from behind me, I got up fast and half was funny, Vero and Maxi sat there looking at them. Before we knew it, one of them bit the bag with one of Vero’s sandwiches and ran away.
We watched like five more circling, they appeared out of nowhere like twenty more and mounted a tremendous stir, swirling around Vero’s sandwich, as you might assume, nor does it cross your mind to put your hand in to get it back. In a matter of five or 10 seconds there was nothing left, there was not even the bag left.
From that moment on, we walked paying more attention to these cute coaties.
You have during the tours places to have a snack while watching a beautiful waterfall.
Visit to the Aripuca
The Brazilian side of Iguazu is done in a morning, so by lunchtime we were already back in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina.
We take the opportunity to visit in the afternoon a store of gemstones that they mine directly in the area, especially geodes, expensive by the way, and ARIPUCA.
ARIPUCA is a center that claims the care and maintenance of plant species in the area, especially the jungle trees of the province of Misiones. They show you interesting things about Guarani culture and have made a building emulating a trap for birds made by the Guarani called Aripuca.
The trap is tiny, but this building is huge, almost 20 meters high. It is built with trees that recovered from illegal logging in the jungle of Misiones. Instead of burning or destroying them they used them to make this monument to the conservation of nature. Just for that, it’s worth helping them out and going.
You also have the possibility of sponsoring a tree for 10 years for 200 pesos (20 Euros), they guarantee that the tree will be cared for and will not be felled. We think we’re a very good initiative and we’re going to sponsor one.
In addition, they do not charge different entry for nationals or foreigners, we all pay the same. For me, one more reason to go.
It’s a great excursion that is worth doing if you decide to visit Argentina. For me, a place to visit at least once in a lifetime.
If you want more information you can access this facebook group where Diego gives information and you can consult him what you want. It’s a closed group, so you have to apply.
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- Buenos Aires Excursions & Tours (super cheap)
- My must-visit places in Buenos Aires
- Visit to Mar del Plata, The Happy City
- Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier
- Salta, la Linda
- The Quebrada de Humahuaca
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