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Iguazu Falls

Country
Brazil
State
Parana
City
Curitiba
Type of Location
Water Fall
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

Both the Brazilian and Argentinean cities have nearby airports.
     Brazil

  Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (Brazil) is served by TAM Airlines, Gol Transportes Aéreos, Trip Airlines and Sol Linhas Aéreas, with direct scheduled flights to and from São Paulo Guarulhos/Congonhas, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Recife, Salvador, Cascavel, Porto Alegre, Londrina, and some more. Pluna airlines from Uruguay has direct flights from Montevideo. The airport is located just off the main road between the city of Foz do Iguaçu and the entrance to the Iguaçu National Park. Taxis are readily available - go to the taxi desk at the entrance to the terminal building and tell them your destination (they speak English) and they will arrange for a car and give you a price. You can either pay by card at the desk or pay the driver in cash. Expect the fare to Foz do Iguaçu to be around R$25-30. The fare to the park entrance in Brazil is closer and will be less. The airport is on the bus route between Foz do Iguaçu and the National Park entrance. The bus service runs every half hour and is cheap (R$2.20), efficient and easy to use. The stop is right outside the terminal building - board the front of the bus and pay the person sat at the turnstile (change is given) before passing through. The bus passes many of the main hotels on the way into the city (stops are frequent) and ends up at the bus terminal on the far side of the city where there's a friendly tourist information office. In the other direction the bus will drop you off just outside the main visitor's centre at the entrance to the park.

     Argentina

If you arrive at Iguazu International Airport, there is a taxi stand at the baggage claim where you can book transfer to either Pte. Iguaze (if you're staying in town) or the Sheraton if you're staying there. Consider renting a car  instead to give you more flexibility, esp. if you plan to spend a day in Brazil as well. It's about 15 minutes from the airport to the park/ Sheraton and about 30-45 minutes to Pte Iguazu.              

  By bus

  Buses from all major cities in the country arrive in each of the three towns (see there for details).

   From Puerto Iguazu there are buses to the entrance of their side of the falls every half hour (currently at :10 and :40 past the hour for AR$7.5 ow).
 
   From Foz do Iguaçu buses run every half hour from the bus terminal to the visitor's centre at the national park entrance, passing many of the main hotels in the city along the way. The R$2.20 flat fare makes the bus a very cheap way to visit the falls and it's also easy to use. If you're starting your journey at the bus terminal you pay your fare on entering the terminal and board the bus through the rear door (the bus is No. 120 to 'Parque Nacional' - the tourist information office at the terminal will point you in the right direction if you have any trouble finding it). When boarding the bus anywhere else you use the front door and pay at the turnstile onboard. The journey takes about 40 minutes
   
  From Puerto Iguazu to Iguassu Falls National Park take a public bus from the terminal (AR$7). The bus waits while everyone gets off at the Argentine Immigration for your exit stamp. It then drives onto the Brasilian immigration where it *wont* wait for you. No worries, get your Brasil entry stamp and then walk 150m to the main road. Heading right at the roundabout there is a bus stop to the falls, 10 minutes R$2.20/AR$7. (The town is to the left, 15 mins by bus). Conveniently there are large lockers that fit backpacks at the falls entrance (buy token in the shop - R$9). Which means you can see the falls and then take the bus back to town (or the airport) and get out

         

Key places to visit
Iguacu Falls, Isla San Martin, Circuito Inferior, Garganta del Diablo


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Places to Visit

Iguacu Falls

  The Iguacu Falls are an awesome sight as tonnes 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 the falls, especially if you plan to do any of the boat rides or other activities offered.

Don't just rush past the main viewpoints and leave. It's important to get a good perspective on the park overall to appreciate this awesome sight.

Whilst the majority of the falls are in Argentina, a better overview is had from the Brazilian side.


Isla San Martin

  Isla San Martin has two main lookouts to different sides of the falls. There are also a lot of birds. Access by boat only (free). This may be closed when the river level is high. You can always ask the park authorities or watch the information tv sets within the park to see if the access to the island is open.


Circuito Inferior

Circuito Inferior is a longer walk on the bottom end of the falls with the main attraction being the lookout to watch Salto Bossetti and Dos Hermanas. This pathway leads also to the free ferry service to Isla San Martin (that may or not be closed), and the tour operators.

Garganta del Diablo

Garganta del Diablo  The main attraction of the Argentine side. There is a free train running up to a 1 km-long walkway across the river to stand just back from the main horseshoe of falls where the roar and spray are most tremendous.

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