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Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls - Decisions decisions

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1. Posted by miclev21 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

Hey guys,

Our plan has 5 nights right now in Buenos Aires. I didn't realize until further research (oooops) that would be a minimum of either 17 hours each way by bus to get there ( two days in the area then) and/or $$$ for flights for Iguazu (at least 1.5 days).

Should i shave off 2 nights from Buenos Aires and head up to the falls? Im sure after going to Argentina I want to return to South America to explore.

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.


2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 5y

I would definitely go to the falls - it was the highlight of my trip to Argentina as they are stunning! I'd spend at least 2 days up there so you can also go across to the Brazilian side of the falls which is fantastic and gives an entirely different perspective. It's easy to arrange tours from Puerto Iguacu or you can do it independently by bus. Our tour to the Brazilian side included a visit to Paraguay which was interesting. BA is a great city but 3 days will enable you to cover off a lot of the main sights.

17 hours might sound a long time on the bus but Argentinian buses are absolute luxury! We went with a company called Rio Uruguay and they were great. A lovely meal with wine was served, and drinks and snacks throughout. Each seat had its own personal TV and seats reclined into a flat bad so you can get a proper night's sleep. We flew up to Iguacu with LAN and got the bus back; after using the bus we wished we hadn't bothered flying!

3. Posted by miclev21 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

Thanks for the info. Do you think it would be ok to wait until i arrived in BA to arrange my trip?

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 5y

Yes- we booked our tour the day before, in Puerto Iguacu. I'd book the bus a few days in advance as they can get busy, although there are serveral companies doing that route. In Puerto Iguacu we stayed at Stop Hostel and they arranged our Brazilian falls and Paraguay trip.

In BA I stayed at Sandanzas hostel and then Che Telmo guesthouse - both were great!

5. Posted by jerry758 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Miclev21: A couple of things you should know. If you're a US citizen you will be told that you need a visa ($100) to enter Brazil. When we were there nobody checked so we could cross the border from Argentina to Foz do Iguazu (and spend a night there at a hotel) without the visa.
The Falls are much more spectacular from the Brazil side, and don't miss a quick trip to Itaipu Dam on the Parana River while you are there. I agree that Iguazu falls are one of the absolute highlights of South American travel, up there with Machu Pichu and The Galapagos Islands.

6. Posted by jerry758 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

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7. Posted by juandey (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

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