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We took a taxi arranged by our hotel to get to the Argentine National Park, there is also the option to take the public bus. According to the guidebook, you take a Linha Internacional (Puerto Iguazu) bus to the terminal in Puerto Iguazu and then catch a yellow El Practico bus labeled Cataras to get to the Park. If you are not staying in Foz do Iguacu, you might check with your hotel whether or not the buses run along Av. Cataras, I suspect that you have to get into town in order to use this bus if you are staying at one of the resorts along Av. Cataras.
Written Apr 16, 2006
The least expensive way to get to the Parque and to visit the Falls is by public bus. The bus leaves from the municipal bus station in Foz de Iguacu and goes up Av. Catarates where many of the luxury hotels are located. We picked up the bus across the street from our resort, the Mabu Foz, and the cost was R$1.85 (90 cents) each. The bus ride was about 25 -30 minutes, this is the same route that goes to the airport. Buses run every 20 minutes.
You board the bus and pay the woman seated about 1/3 of the way down the bus, she can make change, we even saw her take US cash but it's always best to have exact change. After paying go through the turnstile.
To pick the bus back up to get back into town, we just waited under the shelter where they dropped us off, the bus dropping passengers off will come by, wait until the bus turns around to get on.
Written Apr 16, 2006
We had an arranged transfer from the airport to our hotel included in our Go Today package but I noticed that the same bus that takes you to the National Park also serve the airport. Look for the "Parque Nacional" stop at the airport and make sure that you are headed to town instead of to the National Park as the bus stops there both coming and going. The fare was R$1.85 one way.
According to Lonely Planet you can fly in on one of 3 airlines, Varig, TAM or VASP, we came in on Varig and it was an uneventful flight.
Written Apr 16, 2006
You'll probaly don't have problems to buy you ticket to go to Foz, but don't leave it for the last moment buying your return ticket.
There is many people from all around Brasil who goes to Paraguay to buy any kind of things cheaper and they come back to their cities to make bussines.
Most of the times they go in the morning and they come back at night, so the buses often are full.
I had to come back to Campinas alone because tere was no place for everybody in the buses, so you should decide when are you going to come back as soon as posible and buy the tickets.
Written Oct 26, 2005
You do not need any reservations for a hotel room because the taxi driver is going to show you around Foz for the same original price of 34Reals (less than USD15).
I went to 3-4 different hotels before settling down. The explanation for this state of affairs is the fact that hotels pay commission to taxi drivers (nicely explained to you by the tourist official at the airport). Moreover, mister "fix it" offers to you an option of visiting "all" sights worth seeing the very next day. There is a chance that you, impressed by his skills might hire him again. I personally would not recommend it - just too expensive compared to the local transportation system, but one has the choice.
Updated Sep 16, 2005
Perfect mode of transportation for in or around Foz. Comfortable(exept during rush hour) cheap and culturally interesting.
I used buses to go to the falls, the monument of the tres fronteras and the Itaipu dam. I have not been sorry even for a second.
Written Sep 3, 2005
To get back and forth between Puerto Iguazu and Foz do Iguacu you do not have to travel far. The photo shows one of our crossings over the Rio Iguazu on the modern Tancredo Neves International Bridge.
As far as the tours were concerned, once the bus driver picked us up from our hotel, they wanted passports and then wrote various details of all the passengers on a sheet of paper. On arrival at the Brazil border post near the bridge, the driver would head off into the building with his piece of paper and the passports. A short time later, he would return with our documents and away we went, never having actually shown our faces to the Brazilian authorities.
Check for Visa requirements though. Brazil has a tit-for-tat policy of requiring them if your country requires them to get one. In my case, due to a little spat between Canada and Brazil over aircraft manufacturing subsidies, before leaving on our trip I had to get my first visa (US$80) since going to Egypt in 1974.
Updated Jun 10, 2005
You get on one of this trains to reach the falls unless you like to take a long walk through the jungle,it is run very effectively and takes about 15 minutes to reach very close to falls,from the train I seen few people walking they did not look tired maybe next time I will take a walk too because no smoking is allowed on the train...
Updated Mar 30, 2005
Our excursion to Foz do Iguacu was actually a bit of a joint mistake between us and our tour company, Cuenca del Plata. We had pre-booked a tour of the Argentine-side of Iguazu Falls for our first day-trip and were waiting outside our hotel at 8:15 AM as indicated on our ticket from Cuenca. One of their big tour busses pulled up, but the door did not open and the staff remained inside talking among themselves. Very soon afterward, the smaller bus you see here pulled in and the driver came over to us and said something in Spanish that we did not understand. I handed him our ticket which said 'Argentine-side tour' for this date. He seemed happy enough and waved us into the van.
I began to think that things were going funny when we immediately crossed over into Brazil, but we at least turned for the Brazil-side of Iguasu Falls after clearing Immigration. However, it was only a short drive to pick up some more Spanish-speaking passengers before we then turned to head toward Foz and onward to Itaipu Dam! Oh well, we were along for the ride now! It was only near noon while we were waiting in downtown Foz that the driver gestured to see my ticket again and realized what was going on.
Arrangements were made to finally get us to the Argentine-side of Iguazu by 2 PM in the afternoon. It is a good thing my motto is 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff'. The morning had been interesting in it's own way! Overall, Cuenca del Plata did a great job, except for this little mix-up.
Updated Mar 1, 2005
Phone: (011) 4393-5584 in Argentina
If you are looking for a private transportation option than contact Jose Chelest. I have used his services twice and can say he makes it very easy to get around. He took me to the Argentine side of the falls, Brazilian side as well as Itaipu dam tour. Rates are neg.
Written Jul 6, 2004
Phone: house - 574 6616 cel - 9103 8069
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