Iguazu Falls are incredible waterfalls on the Argentina / Brazil border and close to the Paraguay border. Iguazu Falls offer the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Iguazu Falls (Argentinian side)
- Iguazu Falls (Brazilian side)
- Puerto Iguazu town (Argentina)
- Foz do Iguaçu town (Brazil)
- Iguazu Falls boat tours (no mans land)
There are boat tours on the river through no mans land in between Brazil and Argentina (above). A boat tour will get you very close to the falls, it will also travel through more tranquil parts of the river where you can wildlife watch. Note that whilst visiting the Argentinian side you will get very close to the top of the falls as well. The Brazilian side is just for viewing and photographing the falls from a distance.
To get to the Argentinian side of the falls from the small town of Puerto Iguazu, you must walk to the bus station and wait for the next bus marked ‘Cataratas’. The buses leave regularly and will take you right up to the visitor center.
Hotels in Puerto Iguazu are very cheap and you can probably just show up and find one close to the bus station.
On the Argentinian side of the falls there are lots of hiking trails through the jungle which open up at certain points giving unique viewpoints of the falls. There are many different prices to enter Iguazu, the tourist price is the most expensive but still great value for what you get to see and if you decide to stay a second day, it will be half price. At the visitor center you’ll find a mini village with shops and restaurants as well as information on the park such as hiking.
From the Brazilian side of the falls you get to view the fall from a distance as they fall from the Argentinian side. There are many wooden walkways reaching out into the water so you can make the perfect Instagram picture.
To get to the falls from Foz do Iguaçu on the Brazilian side you must first go to the bus station in the city and change for a bus to the falls. One ticket works for both buses. The bus will take you to the visitor center where you pay the entry fee and can take a courtesy bus to the viewing platforms and a short hike.
Famous movies filmed at Iguazu Falls include;
I bought my bus ticket to Rio at the Puerto Iguazu bus station, I thought I was buying a direct bus ticket but actually I got a private taxi to take me through the border and to the Foz do Iguaçu bus station in Brazil. This was a very easy process as the taxi driver took my passport for stamping out of Argentina and into Brazil whilst I waited in the car, then he took me onto Foz bus station. The bus I took was Kaiowa, which cost 207 Brazilian reais. As I bought the ticket in Argentina, it meant I paid in pesos which I bought on the black market, this meant the ticket was significantly cheaper.
You need to take anti malaria medicine whilst traveling through Brazil and you need a yellow fever vaccination too. You can get yellow fever vaccinations free in Brazil, it’s something to consider if it’s expensive in your home country.
The overnight bus was comfortable, it took 25 hours to reach Rio. There were no free meals on this bus but there were plenty of stops at clean places with good food.