See it if you have a couple of extra days in South America
Whatever you do, don't miss this! You can walk all the way out to the beginning of the catwalks, or take the free train. However, you might wait in line for an hour to get on a train. It's like a Disneyland ride. I walked out to the catwalks then took the train back. The catwalks are a trail of metal bridges that take you up close to the roar and mist of the falls. It was even better than the boat ride!
When you are there you have to do this! This experience takes you in the middle of it all. One important tip: take minimum amount of clothing. I can guarantee, you will be completely soaked. Be quick with your camera ‘cause if you’re not you’re going to regret it. The boat is very fast and it takes you up the stream and under the thumping waters of this mighty waterfall. Great fun! You’ll be back for more!
Indoor and outdoor areas to eat, pleasant atmosphere. At the recommendation of the waiter, I had the dorado, a local fish from the river. It was prepared in a tomato based sauce with bell peppers, which I hate! So that was just bad luck, ordering that dish. The service was absolutely terrible. The waiter never came back after he brought my food. Also, he never brought the salad I had ordered. I finally got up and walked out after leaving some money on the table. If the service had been good, I would go back again and order something different.
Favorite Dish: The dorado fish is good, but since the menu is in Spanish only, it's hard to figure out the different sauces.
The falls are in between the airport and the hotels. So if you are visiting the falls in the morning and taking an afternoon flight out of Iguazu, you won't want to have to go back to your hotel before going to the airport. They have a place to check luggage at the entrance to the park for a small fee. You get a claim ticket. It worked out great.
If I had to do it over again, I would just get a cab! I took one of those vans from the airport to the Esturion Hotel, which is probably 15 miles from the airport. We had to wait around for the van to fill up, about 20 minutes. Then they drop people off at various hotels one by one. It took over an hour to get to my hotel and the worst part is that I had to listen to a big sales pitch for the jeep and boat rides all the way! The cost was $8 pesos and over an hour of my time!
I did the combo package of jeep ride and boat ride. Don't bother with the jeep. Just go directly out to the boats. You will see all the same trees and scenery by walking the trails around the falls.
Unique Suggestions: Just say no.
Fun Alternatives: The boat ride was fun but I was expecting to go closer to the Devil's Throat. They actually take you over to some smaller falls on the side and you get drenched.
Luggage and bags:
I USUALLY CARRY:
A SMALL BACKPACK THAT CARRIES MY CAMERA EQUIPMENT AND NECCESARIES.
MOST IMPORTANT HERE IN THE TROPICS IT PAYS TO ALWAYS CARRY SUFFICIENT BOTTLED FRESH WATER AND
ALSO A STRONG RELIABLE MOSQUITOE AND INSECT REPELLANT THAT SHOULD BE USED DAILY ESPECIALLY IN THE EVENINGS
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A GOOD PAIR OF HIKING BOOTS/SHOES AS I WALK AND CLIMB A LOT
A GOOD WIDE BRIMMED HAT FOR SUN PROTECTION
A GOOD PAIR OF SUNGLASSES
A SPARE PAIR OF READING GLASSES
A COMPACT PONCHO FOR WET WEATHER THAT COVERS ME AND MY BACKPACK
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A SMALL PACKET OF WET ONES FOR THE HEAT
A SMALL PACKET OF TISSUES IN CASE THE ROLL IS EMPTY
A TUBE OF RELIABLE STRONG SUNSCREEN
A TUBE OF MOISTURISER
A SMALL TUBE OF LIP BALM
A COUPLE OF BAND AID STRIPS..
Photo Equipment: I ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT EACH NIGHT THAT I CHARGE ALL MY DIGITAL CAMERA BATTERIES TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE MAGNIFICENT PHOTOS ON OFFER EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK
AN INTERNATIONAL POWERPOINT ADAPTOR IS A NECCESARY AND
A SPARE PHOTO CARD
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A RELIABLE TORCH PREFERABLY SELF CHARGING WITHOUT BATTERIES
Miscellaneous: THIS MAY SEEM A LOT BUT ITS NOT...I CAN CARRY THESE LIGHT ITEMS IN MY BACKPACK ALL DAY WITHOUT PROBLEM AND CAN MAKE YOUR DAY OUT A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE..
In Cataratas del Iguazu, in the Argentine side, we bought tickets to sail in a boat close to the Falls. Amazing experience, except from my 2-years-son, who cried all the time..... My 5-years-daughter enjoyed it a lot!! It costs $40 pesos each adult ($13 dollars)
Equipment: Waterproof clothes.