Puerto Iguazu (cataratas del Iguazu)
"IGUAZU IS LIFE"
Puerto Iguazu is a city located in the N E of the province of Misiones (Argentina). Is really near of Iguazu falls (18 km).
Is tourist center and border port because is united to Brasilian city (Foz do Iguazu) through of Tancredo Neves bridge.
To the natural beauty, is united the attraction of union of three international border. That's mean an atractive trade.
The falls was discovered in 1541 by Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca. This watwrfalls is located in a subtropic clim zone.
"The great show"
Iguazu " Big Water" in the Guarani language. The warwefalls of this place are a colossal wonder that must be experimented live and enjoyed with our five senses. They consist of 275 falls with a height of up to 70 m. One can go on exciting boat rides under the cascades and walk along the paths appreciating some of the animals typical of the subtropical forest. The "Devil 's Gorge" is a different spectacle which, leaving Puerto Canoas, can be enjoyed in all its majetic splendour from a distance of only fifty metres.
The rich variety of animals makes it possible for the tourist who dares go deeper into the picturesque and winding red soil road, to occasinally observe typical local species in their natural habitat: "coaties", "tapirs", "cuises" (wild rodents), "carpichos" (wild amphibiam pigs), jaguars, large colorful parrots, hummingbirds, toucans and multicoloured buterflies among others.
An extension of the Parana forest that can be appreciated in all its splendour. It houses more then 2000 well-known species of plants. Its main characteristic is the multi-layered vegetation.
Typical tropical tree-like ferns, a very varied group of orchids, kind of jungle pink and the Rosewood, considered National Monument, wonder the carefulobserver permanently.
My husband and I will be in the Iguazu Falls area in January and are thinking about hiring a guide. We only have a couple of days and would like to make the most out of our trip. We're hoping for someone to show us some hidden gems that you might miss if you just follow the usual tourist tracks. Ideally, we'd like to take in both sides of the falls and also take an afternoon trip to Paraguay. Has anyone hired a guide that you'd recommend? Thanks!
Re: Guide Recommendations
I have been there 3 times always without any guide, but I suggest you few thinks:
try to stay here:
Hotel Das Cataratas, Iguaçu National Park, Paraná, Brazil
it's the only hotel inside the park, so when all the tourist go away, you can enjoy everything.Spending an evening/night looking and listening the falls, is fantastic.
in the hotel there is a tourist ofice with guide and organized trip.
The best view of the falls (or to say better, the most spectacular sight of the falls) is in Argentina:
you will take the "tren ecologico" and in 20 minutes you will reach the "pasarela" .
A short walk will put you into the magic.
Re: Guide Recommendations
We used a guide who only spoke spanish, as it was low season so they didn't have any english speaking ones but it was still good, we went to itaipu dam, brazil side of the falls and ciudad del este in paraguay for 'duty free' shopping. It cost us $120AR each. This was a 1 day trip, you only need 2-3 hours at the brazilian side of the falls, and we did the short trip for the dam - watch a video about it then go on a bus to lookout points and they tell you all about it.
We went across the road from the bus station in Iguazu to the little place that says english spoken here and the guy - don't know his name, we decided to call him hans, gave us directions to our hostel and told us about the tours.
For the Argentine side, just go to the bus station when your ready to go and get a return ticket to the falls, ours were $10AR each and you can get any bus going there and back. When you get to the bus station if you are looking at the station the ticket counter for the buses to las cataratas (waterfalls) is on your right, whereas the bus counters to leave iguazu are on your left.
Hope this helps :)
We were there in September 09 if this helps, so prices are relatively recent.