Information on the internet
Favorite thing: To make it a little bit easier to find information on the internet about Puerto Iguazù some links:
Iguazù National Park
Boat trip Iguazu
Foz do Iguacu (Brazil)
Parque Nacional do Iguaçu (Brazil)
Crucero del Norte (bus)
Via Bariloche (bus)
where to find money....
Favorite thing: There are several exchange offices in Puerto Iguazu so don’t worry about your precious euros/dollars, they will turn into pesos in a few minutes! :)
On Avenida Victoria Aguirre I found 2 and one of them was open till 20:30 even on weekends. There is also a bank (probably with better rate) but you have to go there in the morning (expect a lot of people) but usually in the morning the tourists go for the falls! The good thing is that the banks has 2 ATM so you can take money even in the night….
Travelling to Brazil
Favorite thing: Staying so close to Brazil, many visitors will take a look at the other side of the border. Either to visit the falls or just to go to Foz do Iguaçu.
We went to Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil with a regular public bus, leaving from the bus station in Puerto Iguazu and had to pay just a couple of pesos (one way). At the Argentinean border we (and all the passengers) had to leave the bus and went to the Argentinean custom office and got (again) a stamp in our passports. At the Brazilian border nothing at all happened and the bus passed without stopping (so we missed our Brazilian stamp !!).
We went back 'home' with a taxi and got again an Argentinean stamp in our passports. I think these guys love stamping.
Crossing the border at the Tancredo Neves Bridge was not a problem for us ‘Dutchies’. We didn’t need a visa, but I know Brazil has a reciprocity policy, so if your home country requires Brazilians to get a tourist visa to visit, then you also need a visa to go into Brazil.
Tourist Information Centre
Favorite thing: ... not favorite ...
The office of the local tourist information centre is located at the main street Avenida Victoria Aguirre 369, close to the town centre.
The information we got was rather poor or inaccurate (they told us for instance we couldn’t pay with pesos at the bird park in Brazil, which turned out to be false) and the employees hardly speak English. We hadn’t expect this in such a major tourist centre.
They seemed to be touts trying to sell guided tours or to make an arrangement with a local taxi driver for your transportation.
So when visiting Puerto Iguazù, be sure what you want to do/see and what kind of transportation you want to use.
Favorite thing: Returning from our Argentine-side visit to Iguazu Falls, we asked our tour guide where, in his opinion, the best place was to eat. He recommended the La Rueda restaurant, just off Av. Victoria Aguirre as we were descending the hill into the main part of town. As a result, the following day, when we were returning in mid-afternoon from our Brazilian-side tour of the Falls, we asked to be dropped off at that location, on the corner of Cordoba Ave., so we could have a closer look at the place. We liked what we saw and decided to return that night to check it out!
We then strolled down the very nicely shaded street for three or four blocks before reaching the business area of town. After taking care of some details there for an hour or so, we continued onward for the 15-minute walk to our hotel to finally enjoy some of it's pool-side luxuries!
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Train ride to the falls
Favorite thing: On the Argentinian side of the falls, you have to take a trian ride once you are in the park. The train is not so fast, I think I can walk faster, but everyone has to take it in order to get to the walkways to see the falls. Once you get to the falls you will forget all the pain of the train!
Favorite thing: I took this picture from the Friendship Bridge which connects Foz do Iguacu, Brazil with Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. You are looking at Puerto Iguazu, Argentina and the land in the left foreground is Brazil. The slivers of land along the right edge of the photograph are Paraguay and the city skyline is Puerto Iguazu.
You can visit Tres Fronteiras (Three Borders) which has markers for each country at the spot where the Rio Parana and the Rio Iguacu meet.
Best time to visit.
Favorite thing: I visited Iguazu during the autumn, nice weather, blue skies, but i heard that if you want to see the waterfalls at its best you must visit the waterfalls during the rainy season.
Favorite thing: Here are the official web sites for the Argentine and Brasil parks. Very helpful resources.
Favorite thing: The walkway and platform at the falls is just great... make you feel like you are some place you should not be...
Favorite thing: Such an amazing sight as you walk to the falls.... the noise and the water captyures you in it's spell....
Favorite thing: Take a walk to the mouth of the water fall know as the devils troat... it is very spectacular in it's violence and noise! I could have stayed there for hours!
Favorite thing: The river that pours over the waterfalls is called the Iguassu River and it also provides the border between Brazil and Argentina and Foz do Iguacu and Puerto Iguazu.
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