Largely unspoilt natural beauty
More expensive than other areas in Argentina
Be Sure To Come At Least Once
By the time we reached Mbiqua Falls the rain had arrived and photography was challenging. Note the hazy condition. I was really glad that I was using a zoom lens and did not have to swap lenses for different focal lengths. Be prepared. The weather can change rapidly. Other than that, the trails or circuits are wonderful and I highly recommend...more
As mentioned in other tips, day two we walked the upper and lower circuits trails to see other falls at the park besides Devil's Throat. Hermanas and Bossetti Falls are well worth the walk. Be prepared for sunny or wet weather, although these trails were more protected by shade than the one to Devil's Throat.more
Day two we walked the Iguazu Falls trails called Upper and Lower Circuits to see the other falls in the park. My wife went for the ride on the boat that approaches the falls and she described it as a thorough soaking. While she enjoyed it, I, a non-swimmer, also had a great time photographing the other falls on the trails. Photographers, I used all...more
There are a few options located inside the park for some snacks, drinks or even quick meals. After visiting the Garganta del Diablo we were feeling quite hot and wanted a refreshing treat before taking the train to the lower and upper circuits so we stopped in here to see what they had. The prices of course are much higher than outised the park but...more
We were staying at the Sheraton Iguazu Falls and after spending a full morning exploring half of the park we decided to come back to the hotel and enjoy our lunch at their restaurant, Garganta Del Diablo. As we made our way to the restaurant we were asked if we wanted a sit outside or in and we decided to stay inside for the airconditioning since...more
We ate dinner here twice during our trip. The restaurant takes on a new look after dark and its kind of sad to not be able to see the falls. The service is definitely in need of improvement in that when you don’t order wine with dinner they do seem to write you off and ignore you. Also they seemed offended when we wanted a copy of the bill before...more
After a full day of exploring all the different parts of the park all we wanted was to relax and enjoy a bit of the hotel. We were here for a few nights and wanted the relax with a few drinks. Since we didn't want to leave the hotel, during our two night stay we took full advantage of the Lobby Lounge where we grabbed a few drinks and enjoyed the...more
The Lobby Bar of the Sheraton is actually a pretty decent place to hang out. Their drinks are certainly affordable for what typical lobby bar prices go for and the environment is comfortable for relaxing.The service here can be extremely slow but it was never bad. They always bring you a plate of snacks to go with your drinks and there are many...more
From the Brazilian side, you can get on a high speed Zodiac boat and zoom up the river and get very close to the falls. You will get wet!! You can catch a ride on the Nautical Adventure which tends to have crazy drivers who love to get everyone in the boat as wet as possible by driving as close to the Devil's Throat as possible. There are also...more
The park itself is quite large and one of the best improvements to Iguazu Falls is the service of the "Tren de la Selva". The train leaves Estacion Central at the entrance of the park about every 10 minutes and times are posted on a board above the waiting area. There is no fee to ride the train and you can use it as many times is you wish. The...more
There is a bus that goes from Puerto Iguazu to Iguazu Falls which seems to run about every 20-30 minutes. The buses get quite crowded as it is a regular bus which many of the locals use. We didn't use the bus service, but our driver told us that the ride from Puerto Iguazu to the Falls would take about 45 minutes at a cost of $5 pesos, not bad...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
coaties are harmless beautiful animals which wander the paths in iguazu expecting to find generous tourists who ll share with them the crackers or whatever they re eating at the time. don´t be mean!!! and don t be scared either, they are very friendly.more
Argentineans speak Spanish officially but effectively their Spanish is a mix language because includes many Italian words and expressions. It sounds as if they would speak Spanish but without italian knowledge it is hardly to understand. The Italian influence can be recognized not only in the use of words, but also in the way, how Argentineans...more
Our guide book had an interesting story of the falls as told by the local (Guarani) people. According to the native people a snake lived in the river. Once a year the people would sacrifice a beautiful young woman by throwing her into the river for the serpent. During a tribal ceremony a girl is chosen for sacrifice. The girl and a boy from another...more
Coatis are called the thieves of Iguazu and for reason. During our visits to the falls there were so many coatis every where we went and they were especially visible around the many snack and quick meal stops located around the park. On our most recent trip to the falls we actually witnessed one of these fellas in action. We followed one particular...more
I found this sign a bit interseting. Now, I know we are in a "jungle" but this sign caught me totally off guard since I would think that most people would have some sort of common sense when it comes to the creatures of the jungle. There are pleny of signs posted through out the park to beware of snakes so please don't wander off the main path of...more
While you are walking through out the park you'll probably come across a few of these warning signs indicating (or reminding you) not to feed the animals especially the coatis, and to stay away from touching any of the plants you find in the park. Please adhere to park rules as they are there for the protection of animals, plants and of course...more
Entry to the National Park where you view the Iguazu Falls is $25. for 1 day.
You can upgrade your ticket to a 2 day pass for an additional $5. This will allow you to enter the park on the preceeding day.
You upgrade by paying an official ranger the $5. They will date stamp your ticket stating that you can enter the park on the next day.
We needed 2 days to see the whole park due to it's size.
Unique Suggestions: Pace yourself exploring the park. I guess if you are rushed you could see the whole park in one day.
TAKE YOUR TIME MUN, your on holidays.
Stop and listen to the jaguars eating the monkeys.
Catch some butterflys.
Sit in the sun.
I promise you will not be bored in this park over a 2 day period. Explore all the paths. Not just the major tourist attractions.
Fun Alternatives: Stay home, become a monk.
Iguazu is in the subtropical rain forest. It can be sunny and raining at the same time, and/or within 5 minutes of each other, only to change again. Bring sun protection and walking shoes. What ever you are wearing should be light and breathable, and handle rain. waterproof protection from the rainmore
It can rain here and when it does you'll be thankful if you have a rain poncho. If you're checking Virtualtourist and not bringing a camera I'm terribly surprised. Specifically here I recommend something with at 10x zoom if you're staying in a Falls View Room at the Sheraton so you'll be able to get more up close shots.Also highly recommended is...more
A water proof bag or palstic garbage bags you can seal your food and good stuff in.Do yourself a favour and buy a drybag from a camping store for about $10. Peace of mind for your good camera and your dry shirt. Board Shorts, bikini, a spare dry shirt.Poncho?Waterproof boots or sandals. Hardcore Mozzie RepellentSting CreamSun CreamFirst Aid...more
If you happen to venture to the Brazilian side of the falls be sure to visit the Parque Das Aves across from the entrance to the Brazilian National Park. What looks like nothing more than a huge tourist trap and complete waste of money turned out to be a very interesting (and huge) living museum of local and foreign birds. You literally walk...more
The Macuco Nature Trail sees much fewer visitors than the other trails in the national park, but it's well worth doing it if you have the time, as there are great wildlife spotting opportunities along the way, and the trail ends at a lovely pool, just below a waterfall, one of the few areas in the park where swimming is permitted.You can get a map...more
After our Zodiac boat dropped us off 9-km downstream from the Falls at Puerto Macuco landing, we returned our life-jackets and took our valuables out of their protective plastic bags. The group then boarded the two rugged 4WD Mercedes 'Unimog' trucks that were waiting for us, as part of the 'Grand Adventure' tour.A handy set of steps leading up to...more
Just like most parks in the world, there are plenty of adventurous things to do. One of the highlights of Iguazu Falls is to take a 30-45 minute Adventure Boatride along the Iguazu River towards the falls. The trip is on a high speedboat where the "captain" circles around the river before speeding towards the falls. It was a fun and exciting...more
If you find walking boring you can choose some of these options offered from a company inside the park but better prebook in advance anywhere in town. All the companies in the bus terminal have offers like these: -gran aventura 120$, 8km ride in the jungle with 4x4 vehicle through the Yacaratta trail. Navigation through the lower Iguazu river with...more
I have talked about these activities before; there are some possibilities to sail the Iguazú river: the "Great Adventure", the "Nautical Adventure" and the trip to San Martin Island. The speedboats sail the rapids and lead you to the waterfalls; another option is sailing the upper Iguazú river in rowboats.He hablado antes de estas actividades; hay...more
There are many species of animals in the park and if you are lucky enough you may spot one or many of these creatures, just remeber stop to look at them, photograph them and move on.We were lucky because we spotted many coati running around, some iguanas, birds, butterflies, beautiful plush crested jays, a few caiman, agouti and some giant ants. I...more
Iguazu Falls is one of the most spectacular and accessible falls in all the world. The many catwalks leading to the three different viewing areas are very well planned and quite safe. When viewing the Garganta del Diablo the largest and most awe-inspiring fall you will walk about 10-15 minutes meandering through the catwalks and crossing over many...more