My trip is getting closer. All I have to do now is pass university. 5 weeks to go, fingers crossed. After a week in Buenos Aires I will be taking a bus up to the Iguazu falls (20 hours, nasty) and I have been advised that if I stay in a town on the brazil side I will not need a visa, is that right? As an Australian I would normaly need a visa to enter Brazil. I know day visas can be arranged for touring both sides of the falls but this would be for a few days. Has anyone stayed in this border town before without a visa who would normaly need one? Any advice would be great as usual. Thankyou.
My experience at the Argentine/Brazilian border was the following: If you are purely going over for a day trip to visit the falls, they generally let you through without a visa, however, I believe they take your passport details. You cannot therfore use this as a way to enter Brazil and stay there and exit the country at a diffrent point several weeks later. You would be in serious trouble. Generally if you are just going over for tourism purposes involving the falls themselves they let you go back and forwards no problem! It is definitely better (and cheaper) to stay on the Brasilian side (Foz do Iguazu) since the argentines charge a kind of tax on top of normal prices for all forein tourists in hotels. Ridiculous I know. If you need any more info about this all don't hesitate to PM me about it!
One of the regulars here (Mim) has recently come back form trekking around that area for much of the summer and may have some recent/up to date info or stories from people she met. Try sending her a private message or she may miss this thread
Thanks, I will get in touch with her.