Iguazu Falls are by far one of the most beautiful waterfalls we have ever seen. It is not wonder why it part of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The massive waterfall system straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil.
While you can visit the falls from either side, this guide is about how to visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls, even though we were staying in the Argentinian side. Both sides have close to 275 waterfalls of different sizes. The side of the waterfalls are constantly changing due to the volume of water.
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How to get to Iguazu Falls?
The only city near Iguazu Falls in Argentina is Puerto Iguazu, a two hour flight from Buenos Aires. There are three options to get to Iguazu Falls in Brazil, either taking a tour, bus or taxi. You end up going through the city on the Brazilian side, Foz do Iguaçu. We visited both sides but stayed in Argentina as Steven did not have a visa for Brazil.
We chose to fly to get more time in the falls as a bus from Buenos Aires is least a 15 hour ride. We did not book the tickets ahead of time, in fact we bought it one week before and it was the same price to fly than to take the bus. So, try to visit the falls during its low season. We visited in September and it could not be more beautiful.
There are public buses that run every half an hour between the central bus station and Iguazu Falls. The bus costs 100 ARS each way. The bus does quickly fill up during busy times of the day and year. The buses run every 20-30 minutes. Keep in mind that you are crossing a border and you will have to go through migration. The bus from Puerto Iguazu to the Brazilian falls will take approximately 40-50 minutes. Tickets can be bought on the bus.
Another option is to take a taxi from Puerto Iguazu to the Brazilian side of the falls. The prices always vary and are subject to negotiation, but you can get a “deal” for under 600 ARS round trip. Remember local inflation is 20% a year in Argentina, meaning prices always change.
While a complete one day tour to Iguazu Falls is the most expensive way to experience the waterfalls, it does come with its benefits. The tour includes pickup and drop off right from your hotel or the airport. There is no need to get to the bus station or find an available taxi.
At the same time the tour from Argentina4u includes a tour guide, with helpful and historic information about the falls as you go. The guide also makes sure you a stress free adventure without missing a thing. The full day tour is $45 USD. The tour we took actually took us to both sides of the falls. We visited the Argentinian side one day and the Brazilian side the next day.
Where to sleep in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
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Depending on where you arrive you should look for accommodation, as we were flying from Buenos Aires, we decided to stay in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. We stayed in a beautiful, economical and well located hotel. The Tajibos hotel is owned by amazing young couple that make sure to make you feel at home. Our favorite part of the trip was talking to them after a long day of hiking and sharing some travel stories with them. We recommend to stay here it is way cheaper than staying at one of the big chain hotels in the national park!
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When is the best time to visit Iguazu Falls?
For what we have read and were told there is not a bad time to visit. The falls are always beautiful and accesible. The only thing to have in mind is that the seasons are divided by rainy or dry season. You definitely want to avoid going during the heart of the rainy season and the high season.
The worst time to go to the falls are in January and February as both countries have more holidays and it will be packed! During Summer, it is more humid and hotels are more expensive due to more tourists.
The rainy season is between June and August. Even though there is high water levels, seeing the falls while its raining is not the best experience.
September and October are my favorite months to visit the falls as the temperature is comfortable, hotels are cheaper and there are fewer people visiting.
Getting ready to visit Iguazu Falls
We recommend to visit Iguazu Falls for at least three days! It will take you one full day to do the Argentinian side and half a day to do the Brazilian side, but with three days you have time to relax and explore each city a little bit.
Both sides are worth the visit as you get a total different view. The Argentinean side has a full days worth of trails and walking. You can walk out on top of the falls and feel the full rush of the water underneath you.
However, the Brazilian side is where you get the postcard photos, it is more of a complete panoramic and frontal view of different waterfalls. It only takes a few hours total, as there is only one path to walk along.
What to see in Iguazu Falls National Park in Brazil?
Entrance to the park costs 62 BRL per person. You can pay in cash or credit cards. The park itself is open from 8 AM to 5 PM, but it is best to arrive early in the morning to beat the heat and crowds, leaving you with enough time to explore the park.
How to best experience the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls?
The Brazilian side offers helicopter rides that fly over the park, but we strongly discourage you from doing this as it is bad for the ecosystem, which why the Argentinian national park does not offer it. Instead of riding the helicopter we encourage you to walk out onto the Devils Throat and feel the magic and power of nature. At the end, we all want to be able to enjoy nature and keep it beautiful for future generations to experience.
Important notes when visiting Iguazu Falls in Brazil:
When you are planning your trip to Iguazu Falls keep in mind that you might need a visa to visit either side. It all depends on your passport. Steven, as an American citizen needed a visa for Brazil and not for Argentina. Americans used to need to pay for a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina but that is not the case since 2016. Jazmin, on the other hand, only needed her Ecuadorian ID to visit both countries.
It is also advisable to bring your own lunch and snacks into each park. While the park does have plenty of restaurant and food options, they very much over priced and overcrowded. It reminded us of a busy ski resort food court.
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