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1. Posted by huntdaisy1 (Full Member 66 posts) 11y

Hello - i am currently in Salta, Argentina and tomorrow morning i catch a bus to Iguazu Falls - 27 hours going to be a killer! Just wanted advice from people who have been there of what to do and where to stay. (very tight budget!) want to do some trekking around there -Any recommendations would be really helpful. Thank you
Daisy

2. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 11y

Hi Daisy!!

well, you are choosing your route well! I hope you enjoyed Salta! Did you take the "tren" or did you go up by lorry?

Iguazu falls are spectacular and well worth the visit. You should stay on the Brazilian side of the border, not the argentine side, as it is generally cheaper. If you want to see things like Itaipu, it is easy to get there on your own by local bus. If you are going to see the falls, its easier to find a taxi or tour bus that will take you over as there is quite a distance to cover between the Brazilian and the Argentine sides of the falls. It is well worth seeing both sides as you get totally diffrent views.

If you want to do some hiking, there are plenty of trails going from the falls in the surrounding park. So long as there are no jaguar alerts, the worst thing you will encounter on these are a few mean monkeys that throw things at you (they were camera shy). I would also recommend either the bird museum (brazil - if i remember correctly) which will give you the chance to see the local wildlife close up, as well as the animal sanctuary (argentine side)

If you are there for a while, a trip over the border to Ciudad del Este, in Paraguay, could be worth it if you are in need of cameras etc. Only a day trip mind you, that's plenty enough!!!

I can't remember the names of the places I stayed at, but there are loads of choices so don't worry!

Good luck with the bus trip! Sympathising and wishing I was doing it too!!

3. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 11y

Hi Daisy!!

well, you are choosing your route well! I hope you enjoyed Salta! Did you take the "tren" or did you go up by lorry?

Iguazu falls are spectacular and well worth the visit. You should stay on the Brazilian side of the border, not the argentine side, as it is generally cheaper. If you want to see things like Itaipu, it is easy to get there on your own by local bus. If you are going to see the falls, its easier to find a taxi or tour bus that will take you over as there is quite a distance to cover between the Brazilian and the Argentine sides of the falls. It is well worth seeing both sides as you get totally diffrent views.

If you want to do some hiking, there are plenty of trails going from the falls in the surrounding park. So long as there are no jaguar alerts, the worst thing you will encounter on these are a few mean monkeys that throw things at you (they were camera shy). I would also recommend either the bird museum (brazil - if i remember correctly) which will give you the chance to see the local wildlife close up, as well as the animal sanctuary (argentine side)

If you are there for a while, a trip over the border to Ciudad del Este, in Paraguay, could be worth it if you are in need of cameras etc. Only a day trip mind you, that's plenty enough!!!

I can't remember the names of the places I stayed at, but there are loads of choices so don't worry!

Good luck with the bus trip! Sympathising and wishing I was doing it too!!

4. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 11y

Hi Daisy!!

well, you are choosing your route well! I hope you enjoyed Salta! Did you take the "tren" or did you go up by lorry?

Iguazu falls are spectacular and well worth the visit. You should stay on the Brazilian side of the border, not the argentine side, as it is generally cheaper. If you want to see things like Itaipu, it is easy to get there on your own by local bus. If you are going to see the falls, its easier to find a taxi or tour bus that will take you over as there is quite a distance to cover between the Brazilian and the Argentine sides of the falls. It is well worth seeing both sides as you get totally diffrent views.

If you want to do some hiking, there are plenty of trails going from the falls in the surrounding park. So long as there are no jaguar alerts, the worst thing you will encounter on these are a few mean monkeys that throw things at you (they were camera shy). I would also recommend either the bird museum (brazil - if i remember correctly) which will give you the chance to see the local wildlife close up, as well as the animal sanctuary (argentine side)

If you are there for a while, a trip over the border to Ciudad del Este, in Paraguay, could be worth it if you are in need of cameras etc. Only a day trip mind you, that's plenty enough!!!

I can't remember the names of the places I stayed at, but there are loads of choices so don't worry!

Good luck with the bus trip! Sympathising and wishing I was doing it too!!

5. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 11y

sorry about the multiple answers, I kept getting error messages!!!

6. Posted by emmanuel (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Hi Daisy...

I actually just came home from South America and spent 3 days seeing Iguazu Falls. I agree that it is cheaper to stay in Brazil than in Argentina. Also the night life is a bit more lively on that side. Having said that, I stayed at a hostel called the Hostel Inn on the Argentina side. It's about 5kms outside of Puerto Iguazu and it cost about $10US per night in a co-ed dorm room including breakfast. It's got a nice pool, bar and there's lots of travellers to hang out with and talk to. The bus to the falls will stop across the street to bring you to the conservation area. There's good hiking on both sides of the falls but to see the Brazillian side takes about 3 hours, the Argentine side about a day - this is just to do the "tourist catwalk hikes".

My personal opinion is that if you want to experience the falls properly, I would start on the Brazillian side where you get a more panoramic view of them, and then you get right up to the main falls called the Devil's throat. The next day I would go to Argentina where most of the walks put you beside or above the falls and you get some more amazing views. If your budget allows definitely take the boat trip that puts you under the falls...just be ready to get really really wet.

Have a fantastic time...

Emmanuel

7. Posted by kirtley (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I am going tomorrow and thinking of taking my folding bicycle. Do you think that's a good idea? Is it allowed to bike the trails?

Chris

8. Posted by kirtley (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I am going tomorrow and thinking of taking my folding bicycle. Do you think that's a good idea? Is it allowed to bike the trails?

Chris

9. Posted by emmanuel (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Hi Kirtly,

I honestly don't know if they allow bikes on the nature trails. The one's that go around the falls are metal open girder paths that are meant only for walking as they are quite narrow and involve sets of stairs.

So I can't really say about the bike but the trails are easily walked.

Have a great time, the views are fantastic. I'm envious that you're there and I'm in Toronto now enduring cold weather...

10. Posted by huntdaisy1 (Full Member 66 posts) 11y

thanks for all the advice -really helpful!!!!! I am in buenos aires now after a another long bus ride 20 hours - treated myself to cama - really nice. Anyway the falls were incredible. Strangely i found it a lot cheaper to stay on the argentine side so that is odd. absolutley brilliant. spent a day doing argentina side - incredible did the boat ride got very wet!! really good fun though. Saw some big lizards. Then the next day i did the brazilian side really good overview of all the falls. Thanks for all the advice. have a great christmas! byexxxx