The complete guide to traveling Iguazu Falls in Argentina & Brazil. The Iguazu Falls are one of the most amazing waterfalls in the world since Argentina or Brazil is essential when traveling through South America. The Iguazú National Park is on the Argentine side of the falls, and the Iguazú National Park is on the Brazilian side.
We must say it out loud. After visiting Iguazu Falls, one of the most amazing and powerful natural wonders in the world has spoiled the waterfalls. In the future, when we get to see the world’s largest waterfall system (and very close to Paraguay) on the border with Brazil and Argentina, it would be difficult to get excited about an otherwise beautiful waterfall.
In the past, we saw a good amount of waterfalls: the highest waterfall in New Zealand, impressive waterfalls at Wells Gray Provincial Park in Canada or Jumping on Monday near Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, but all for now they faded and became overshadowed. by the Iguazu Falls.
I hope we want to see other falls soon!
When we wandered through South America, we might not find a single traveler who did not have the Iguazu Falls on his list of must-see places, even when traveling to Brazil or Argentina was not on his itinerary at all. Simply put, people fly all over the world just to witness this massive natural wonder, and we don’t blame them, although visiting Argentina or Brazil (or both at best) is the most recommended.
Since time immemorial, there has always been a discussion about which side of the falls is best to visit: Brazilian, Argentine or both.
Although the idea of visiting both sides of the Iguazu Falls seems interesting, it is often not an option for travelers on a budget, and we also believe that seeing the falls once is enough, since it cannot be so overwhelming for the second time Know what to expect.
Unlike visiting the Itaipu dam, it is difficult to decide in which country you should visit the Iguazu Falls, but we are not afraid to say that no matter which side you choose, you will not be disappointed.
Someone once said that Brazil has the sights, but Argentina has the waterfalls.
What does that mean?
From the Brazilian side, you will get the best panoramic view, but this part does not have so many walking trails, so you can allocate approximately three hours for your entire visit. On the other hand, on the Argentine side, you will walk through the falls and you will appreciate the individual waterfalls while enjoying wide walkways where you can easily spend the whole day.
After a couple of days of thinking and planning our route, we decided to visit the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls and here you can read our guide on how to do it.
BEST TIME TO VISIT IGUAZU FALLS
Iguazu Falls Travel Guide. The best time to visit of the year is summer from December to March. The best time to visit Iguazu Falls in summer. The Iguazu Falls are a destination that you can visit throughout the year. This is very similar to most popular travel destinations in Brazil, such as Paraty, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America.
You may experience two distinct seasons in the area of the three borders, wet and dry, but due to the humid subtropical climate, abundant rainfall and high temperatures are common throughout the year. You should always consider what you prefer to see.
Do you want to enjoy blue skies, powerful waters or empty roads?
The stations in the Iguazu Falls go hand in hand with the number of visitors, so if you hate being pushed or waiting for a photo, opt for the offseason.
In general, the most visited time of the year is summer from December to March, although it is also the rainy season. During this time, the Iguazu Falls are at their best, there is a great possibility of having a pleasant climate, but cloudy skies are also common (it usually rains at night or, sometimes in the afternoon, a storm or rain comes torrential for a day or two that may exceptionally close to the road).
The disadvantage of visiting the park in summer is that people in South America have their vacations, and the place is full of people, and it is also too hot and humid in this region. Probably the worst time to visit the Iguazu Falls is during the Easter holidays when it is very busy and accommodation prices soar.
March, April, August and September could be more convenient for travelers who don’t want to share the place with so many people. The temperatures are more comfortable, it does not rain as often but the falls do not reach their peak, so the flow can be lower.
The rest of the year (May-July and October-November) can change in any direction. You may experience blue skies, fewer visitors, but sometimes the falls can be in very low flow conditions that can negatively affect your experience.
VISITING IGUAZU FALLS
Once you pay your entrance ticket, go to the boarding area and wait for the bus that will take you closer to the Iguazu Falls. There are several stops along the way, such as in the bird park or near the nearest luxury hotel in the national park on the Brazilian side, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas.
There are two main places where you can get off the bus when you want to see the Iguazu Falls: near the hotel, where there is also the first viewpoint over the falls or at the final destination of the bus. We recommend that you get off at the first point of view, as this is what most people do and you won’t have to fight in the opposite direction. Sometimes it is easier to keep up.
Once you take enough photos from the first point of view, continue along the narrow path to the climax of the Brazilian side, a bridge that leads into the falls where you can spend as much time as you want (understand that it depends on how wet want to be).
Then, you can walk through the restaurant and shops to the elevators that will take you to another observation deck (it is better to walk since there is a line for the elevator, unless, of course, you do not have limited mobility problems). Once you reach the top, wait for the bus to return to the entrance door, where you must wait for public bus 120 that will take you back to the city.
HOW TO GET AROUND IGUAZU FALLS
The most budget-friendly way to how to get around Iguazú Falls to by public transport. From there getting around and reaching the Iguazú Falls is easy.
Go to the Rodoviario Urbano bus terminal and take bus number 120. The bus also passes through the airport in case you need it later. The first bus leaves around 8 AM and leaves every 20 minutes, so it is not necessary to buy a ticket in advance.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
As of February 2020, the prices of visiting the Iguazu Falls were following.
We take a regular direct bus from the bus terminal to the entrance by R 3.25 per person. The entrance fee to the Iguazu Falls costs R 70 per person and includes the entrance fee, the conservation fee and the bus inside the park due to the next 10 kilometers on the paved road from the entrance to the waterfalls.
When you arrive at the entrance of the part, you can line up and pay in cash at the box office, or you can go to the self check-out counters and by your ticket with your credit or debit card.
THINGS TO DO AT IGUAZU FALLS
In addition to walking along the promenades to get the best view of the falls from various angles, you can also take a boat ride to get even closer (get ready to get wet), visit a bird park or participate in a helicopter flight over the cataracts, but this activity is only available on the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls.
The national park where the falls are located also houses many species of native animals, such as howler monkeys (we hear them howl in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, and we must admit that the sound they make is quite scary), toucans, capybaras and even jaguars.
But since all these animals are shy, their best option is to see coatis, because they are everywhere, especially in places with a high concentration of food. The coatis belong to a family of raccoons, so they look cute, but make sure they don’t get too close to you since their claws are sharp.
No matter how adorable they look, we hope it is clear that you should never feed them!
FOOD AT THE FALLS
As expected, the food inside the park is expensive: there is a buffet restaurant, so in case you travel on a tight budget, it is smart to bring your own food.
When visiting from the Brazilian side, the entire visit, including transportation, should take around five hours, so just bring your snack and eat when you return to Foz do Iguacu.
WHAT TO PACK
It depends on the season when you visit the falls, but most of the time the weather in the region is hot and humid, so wear a short-sleeved shirt and shorts.
Don’t forget to pack a camera and a waterproof backpack or at least a waterproof bag where you can store your valuables. Insect repellent is optional. We did not find such terrible mosquito situations
Many people wear rain poncho (you can bring it yourself or at the bus station or at the entrance of the park) because at some point you will approach the waterfalls and the water will spray you, but it was very hot in the At the time of Our visit did not seem necessary to wear rain poncho.
From Foz do Iguacu, you can easily cross the borders with Argentina or Paraguay.
There are frequent public buses that circulate between these countries, to Puerto Iguazú in Argentina or Ciudad del Este in Paraguay and crossing the borders is quite simple.
Make sure the bus driver knows that he needs to get a passport stamp because locals travel freely here, and it is not uncommon for the bus not to stop at the borders.
WHERE TO STAY IN FOZ DO IGUAZU
Where to stay in Iguazu Falls. The top five hotels my suggest for The Iguazu Falls. The Melia Iguazu Hotel. San Martin Hotel and Resort. Cataratas Hotel Iguazu Falls. Mabu Thermas and Resort. The Amerian Hotel.