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These amazing and famous waterfalls are truly one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Bordering Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazu Falls comprise of 275 waterfalls which cascade along the cliff edges for some 2700 metres, falling from heights of up to 80 metres.
The falls can be viewed from both Brazil and Argentina, however with more than 70% of the falls located within Argentina, visitors are advised to allow more time on the Argentinean side to appreciate this spectacular sight. Wilst the Argentinean side of the falls allows you get "up close and personal", the Brazillian side offers spectacular panoramic views.
The biggest attraction at the falls is Devil's Throat, right at the top of the cliffs 70 to 80 metres above the river. Here the largest volume of water passes with a strong and impressive roar that can be heard several miles away. Stroll the 2.2 km dirt track and then walk along the board walk over the swollen river to view this part of the falls from only a metre or two away. There is also a free passenger train from the lower part of the falls to reach the board walk.
The Brazilian side of the falls opens daily at 9:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm during the winter and 6:00 pm in the summer. The Argentinean side can be visited between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.
An entry fee is payable on both the Brazilian and Argentinean side of the falls upon entering the National Park.
Lots of private tour companies offer transport to and from the falls, or alternatively both the Brazilian and Argentinean public bus system offer stops at the falls.
The airport at Foz do Iguaçu is served by flights from Curitiba, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The falls are located approximately 4 kilometres from the airport.
Cataratas del Iguazu airport (IGR) has flights to and from Buenos Aires multiple times a day.
Local buses run from Foz do Iguaçu city to the falls on a regular schedule. Buses cost 1.85 reals and run every 20 minutes from Centro. The bus terminus on Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek has a Tourist Information Office where they speak excellent English.
From Sao Paulo to the Iguazu Falls will cost approximately USD $79 leito (sleeper bus - Pluma). Conventional or executive buses will cost approximately US$49. Travel time - 16 hours. From Sao Paulo, buses normally depart in the evening and arrive the next morning.
Frequent bus connections from Puerto Iguazu exist to and from Buenos Aires (18 hours), Cordoba (Argentina) (23 hours), Corrientes (9 hours), Posadas (5 hours) and San Ignacio (4 hours). Many more cities are served though, just ask around. Buses also go to Foz do Iguacu in Brazil and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay.
Taxis from the center of the city to the falls should cost around 40-50 reais.
At Puerto Iguazu you can have a cheap meal on the different buffet restaurants and in Foz de Iguazu take advantage of the happy hours that include meals and drinks.
There are possibilities of staying very near to the falls, but those are generally expensive upmarket hotels. It's better to stay in either Foz do Iguacu on the Brazilian side or (much better) the Argentinian town of Puerto Iguazu, which might be smaller than Foz, but is a great place to stay with less problems regarding safety. Here you will find a list of most budget accommodation in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina.
|Aguara House Suites||Cordoba Ave. 32 Puerto Iguazu, Misiones||Guesthouse||-|
|Anahi||Av. Paraguay 493 Av. Brasil y Paraguay||Apartment||-|
|Azaleas Place||Barrio Orquideas km5||Guesthouse||-|
|Complejo Acuarela||Tambor de Tacuari Centro||Hotel||-|
|Don Lino´s Place||Andresito 145 Puerto Iguazu, Misiones||Guesthouse||-|
|El Guembe Hostel||El Uru 120 Puerto Iguazu Misiones||Hostel||-|
|El Guembe Hostel House||Avenida Guarani/Esquina Gobernador Lanuse El Uru 120||Hostel||75|
|Hostel Irupe||Misiones 80 Laurel 485||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Park Iguazu||Paulino Amarante Nº 111||Hostel||77|
|Hostel Sweet Hostel||El Mensú 38||Hostel||72|
|House of Africa||Calle el Pindo 60||Guesthouse||-|
|Iguassu Flower Garden||Calle Entre Rios 223 Villa Nueva||Apartment||-|
|Iguazu Falls Hostel||Guarani 70||Hostel||79|
|Iguazu House||Av. san lorenzo 132 1 de mayo 360||Hotel||-|
|Kerana Hostel & House||Hipolito Irigoyen y Guarani||Guesthouse||-|
|La Strada||Pombero 166||Guesthouse||78|
|Las Palmeras Hostel||Av.Cordoba 341||Guesthouse||-|
|Las Tinajas||Los Pinos 46 Puerto Iguazu||Guesthouse||-|
|Los Troncos Bed||San Lorenzo 154. Puerto Iguazú||Guesthouse||86|
|Marcopolo Inn Iguazu||Av. Cordoba 158||Hostel||76|
|Puerto Canoas||Uruguay 441||Guesthouse||-|
|Residencial Guarani||Av.Guarani y Gobernador Lanusse||Guesthouse||-|
|Residencial Uno||Fray Luis Beltran 116||Guesthouse||71|
|The Hostel-Inn Iguazu Falls||Ruta 12 -km 5||Hostel||75|
|Timbó Posada||A. Misiones 147||Guesthouse||-|
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