Foz do Iguacu
While Foz do Iguacu may be slightly more dangerous than Puerto Iguacu, it also offers far more interesting sights. There is some decent shopping to do on Avenida Brasil, some fairly interesting cuisine choices and some not too bad nightlife on Avenida Jorge Shimmelpfeng. You'll also find some great shady streets and some interesting architecture like this church.
Obviously this is the reason why you're here. This can and should be an all-day activity since the whole area of the falls is about a mile wide and there are different vantage points from which to see the falls, as well as a few activities inside the park.
Admission costs about $12p/p and if you're thinking about coming back the next day make sure they stamp your ticket on the way out since it can be used to get a 50% discount on the next day's admission.
There is a small scale train that can take you all the way to the end of the falls to see the Devil's Throat section with a couple of stops on the way, which is included in the admission price.
For all other excursions you have to pay extra to the only operator allowed within the park, Iguazu Jungle Explorer. They offer a ride on a flat bed truck through the jungle, an up-river raft ride and a boat ride up to the bottom of the falls. The jungle ride on a truck is a waste of time and money as far as I'm concerned- your chances of seeing wildlife is minimal and all you see is trees. But if you've never seen a rain forest I guess it's worth it. To me personally the boat ride, at Port Macuco, is definitely worth it. After getting on your life preserver and stowing away your things in a waterproof satchel you get on the zodiac-style boat and take off up the river. The boat does slalom- like maneuvers to get over and through the rapids, stands still for pictures, and then shoots through one of the falls just enough so that everyone gets wet! A real life theme-park type of ride!
BIG WATERS: Isla San Martin
We did take a small rubber boat to Isla San Martin, apparently a serious crossing of the river, because we had to wear real life jackets. We disembarked on a sandy beach and had to climb very steep stairs (!!!!) to reach some of the viewing points.
Great views to Salto San Martin and a little bit further away Garganta del Diabolo / Devil’s Throat and on the other side of the river Brazil.
The boat ride to San Martin Island is free of charge.
Hito Tres Fronteras
If you are staying in the town of Puerto Iguazù it is a nice walk along Av. Tres Fronteras to a small park at the end of this shady road. In this park is a blue white coloured pyramid, marking the border with two other countries: Brazil and Paraguay.
From the park the view to the both countries is rather impressive and you also can see the place where the Rivers Parana and Iguazù come together. Brazil and Paraguay also have the same kind of memorials to mark the 'Tres Fronteras', but in their own national colours.
In the park are some souvenir stands and one can buy a drink or have an icecream.
Interesting Characters of Puerto Iguazu
"Felix who looks like a younger Tagore"
Indians say that eventually you would meet the people you need to meet, as long you dont go looking for them. It is true of my encounter with Felix, bearded, with a calm look on his face and an artisan by nature and culture. A sense of balance exudes from him and he is in touch with the indigenous communities in the area. He lives by what he preaches. surrounded by tall trees, he watches patiently the rhythm of nature in its leaves, insects, butterflies and the birds. He loves to read Rabindranath Tagore to whom he bears a canny resemblance.
do you canada, asked a visitor of Felix. does canada have the same sun and the moon, he enquired. Of course, answered the visitor.. Then I know the land of Canada which is under the same sun and the moon.
He said to me.. remember MIND BODY AND WORDS these are the three things you can hurt another person with. achieve a balance between them.
Meeting him you realize that Time is a measure of nature not measured by your wristwatch..
"Puerto Iguazu o Foz do Iguacu"
Foz the brasilian town had some rap because of the presence of a large number of arab immigrants and the presence of Hezbollah. It is a nice city, with its plus and minuses and one fels that one is in an active place. the centre of town is well protected. However it is not a charming city.
That credit should go to Puerto Iguazu which is tranquil and one can spend days in its lull . While there are not an awful lot of things to do in the city itself, the tranquility is welcome. also, as my friend felix points out, if you just go to protected areas and have fear, you will never venture out and find out the unexpected.. which is what happens in the smaller town of Puerto Iguazu