Iguazu Falls are incredible waterfalls on the Argentina / Brazil border and close to the Paraguay border. Things to do at Iguazu Falls include;
- Iguazu Falls – Argentinian side
- Iguazu Falls – Brazilian side
- Puerto Iguazu town – Argentina
- Foz do Iguacu town – Brazil
- Iguazu Falls Boat Tours in no man’s land
- Bus from Iguazu to Rio
You can stay on the Argentinian or Brazilian side of the falls. The Argentinian side is quieter, safer and cheaper so I recommend staying there. However, the best views of the falls are from the Brazilian side.
Iguazu Falls – Argentinian Side
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. 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.
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. At the visitor center you’ll find a mini village with shops and restaurants as well as information on the park such as hiking. Note that whilst visiting the Argentinian side you will get very close to the top of the falls.
Boat Tour through No Man’ Land
There are boat tours on the river through no mans land in between Brazil and Argentina. 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.
Iguazu Falls – Brazil Side
From the Brazilian side of the falls you get to view the falls 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.
Movies Filmed at Iguazu Falls
Famous movies filmed at Iguazu Falls include;
You may remember the earlier Indiana Jones film which was filmed at Petra, Jordan.
How to get from Iguazu to Rio
I bought my bus ticket to Rio at the Puerto Iguazu bus station in Argentina. I thought I was buying a direct bus ticket but actually I got a private taxi to take me through the border 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 in addition to a yellow fever vaccination. You can get yellow fever vaccinations free in Brazil which is 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 and clean bathrooms.