Vendors inside the park: All sorts of items from the Guarani
Inside the park you will see all sorts of vendors selling everything from wooden carved animals to hand made bags and jewelry. The vendors located here near the Estacion Central were all indigenous people. Later I learned that these people are native to Paraguay and are Guarani, they all pile into a taxi, taking a 1 hour drive from their border city to sell their items here at the park.
We were walking back to meet our driver when I spotted a women with a small baby craddled in her arms. She was selling wooden carvings of coatis and other animals as well as some jewelry made of beans and some bags woven from natural fibers. It was so sad to see her there trying to make some money to feed herself and her child that I decided to purchase something. I bought a wooden carving of a coati which is quite cute.
The cost of the woodedn carving was only $5 pesos, a small price as I felt I was helping a less fortunate individual than me.
What to buy: An assortment of items like wooden carvings of animals, hand made bags and jewelry. I bought a wooden carving of a coati.
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- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Vendor near the upper circuit at Salto Mbigua: Beautiful hand painted magnets and wall hangings
We were just finishing up taking some pics of the Salto Mbigua when I spotted a women with a bench selling some items, at closer look she was actually selling unique hand painted (no brush) magnets and wall hangings of the surrounding falls.
The images were quite beautiful and very unique so I decide to pick up a few magnets for a few friends back home as well as one for myself.
The vendor told me that the items were either painted by her father (who taught her how to do the intricate paintings with her fingers) or by her.
What to buy: For two small magnets I paid $12 pesos and for a medium size magnet I paid $8 pesos. The vendor did not allow me to take any photos of the items, but did allow me to snap a pic of her.
Shops at the Sheraton Iguazu: A few small items to take back home
Located in the lower level of the Sheraton is a few small shops. There is a convenient shop selling all sorts of items like water, an assortment of candy and gum, a few t-shirts, hats, sunglasses, postcards and magnets. I wanted some gum and wanted to check out the postcards as well.
Their prices are a bit higher than the prices of Puerto Iguazu, so if you aren't staying here and can wait til you get back to town, then skip buying anything here.
What to buy: I picked up a few postcards and some gum, I can't remember exactly what Ferni paid for these items, I know it was more than we should have.
What to pay: More expensive than the shops in Puerto Iguazu
Gifts from the Iguazu Park Gift Shops: A T-shirt for my Prince Leo
As in any park you will find an assortment of gift shops selling a wide range of items like t-shirts, carved wooden animals, magnets, clocks, calendars, mugs, posters, hats and a variety of other stuff.
We walked into the shop near the Estacion Central to find a t-shirt for my little Prince Leo. Although pricey, well worth it.
What to buy: I purchased a t-shirt with a cute print of Iguazu for my little grandson for a whopping price of $37 pesos.
The Lobby Shop: Where to get your postcards
The Lobby shop has everything you might need from aspirin to shaving cream. They have a nice selction of souveniers from post cards, books, t-shirts, stuffed animals, dvd's and snacks.
**They also sell stamps here and will mail your post cards for you.**
What to buy: We bought some very nice post cards for 3 pesos each. We also bought a magnet for 5 pesos. I thought the prices were good considering it was a hotel gift shop.
Shopping Pavillion: From TShirts to Shoes
The Sheraton has a mini strip mall type shopping pavillion on the lower concourse. The shops sold jewelry, soveniers and clothing items. We wandered down and checked out the shops during a rainstorm. We didn't find anything to buy and had already purchased our postcards from inside the hotel.
Shops at IGR: Various Shopping
I was surprised that such a small airport had a decent amount of shops. Inside were various shops selling jewelry, souveniers, clothings and food. We wandered around browsing in and out of shops to kill time while waiting for our flight back to Buenos Aires.
handmade crafts and wooden animals
There are many souvenirs all over the small town of Puerto Iguazu but you will find some Guarani people selling handmade crafts like small wallets, wooden souvenirs, purses etc inside the park, just after the entrance of the park.
Plaza Pueblo: Leather Goods
If you want to do some shopping in Iguazu, keep in mind that it´s not the cheapest shopping place in Argentina, but still cheaper than Europe or North America. There are some good shops in Plaza Pueblo located in the main avenue (Avenida Victoria Aguirre 262). I bought a beautiful leather bag and a leather purse made by Argentinian company SKIN.
Inside the park: Local crafts
Once you get inside the park, there are two opportunities to buy some souvenirs from your visit, the official stores selling tshirts, stuffed animals and refrigerator magnets or you can take a look at the vendors with their wares spread out on the pathways. We bought a few souvenirs from the sidewalk vendors, blowguns for my nephews and a wood carved coati for my husband's souvenir collection. They were also selling bow and arrow sets, jewelry, and hand woven purses.
Shopping centre: Souveniers
There is a shopping centre at the entrance of the park. You can find quite a good choice of gifts and souveniers.
The good news is that you can use VISA and MasterCard.
The bad news is that the prices are almost three times higher than the prices of the same gifts sold on the streets :)
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No name: Native crafts
What to buy: Everywhere you will find native people selling their typical craft: musical instruments, purses, feathers, necklaces, bracelets, little sculptures...
En todas partes verán nativos vendiendo sus artesanías típicas: instrumentos musicales, bolsos, plumas, collares, brazaletes, pequeñas tallas...
What to pay: Everything is really affordable.
Todo es verdaderamente "pagable".
Misiones Creativa: Natural Stuff
"You get a natural stuff for your entire life" is the slogan of Misiones Creativa.
"Usted adquiere un objeto natural para toda la vida" es el eslogan de Misiones Creativa.
What to buy: Here you can find excellent local craft and small furniture; basketwork, wood carving, iron... spoons, trays, little tables, frames, necklaces, boxes... everything has a regional touch.
Aquí pueden encontrar excelente artesanía local y pequeños muebles; cestería, tallado en madera, hierro... cucharas, bandejas, mesitas, portarretratos, collares, cajas... todo con un toque regional.
After entering the park, you'll walk down a path, passing the Interpretation Center, before you come across a few shops which sell postcards, handcrafts, tee shirts and other sundry items. Need to find an Iguazu magnet for your fridge? This is the place. Want a tee shirt for the kids? Here you go. Just keep in mind that there will be Native South Americans selling various products and a few other shops along the way. Buy things on your way out, not on your way in, so that you don't have to carry extra bags.