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Puerto Iguazu

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Introduction

More of a large town, the city of Puerto Iguazu is located in the upper northeast of Argentina at the confluence of the Parana and Iguazu rivers. From several points throughout the city there are magnificent viewpoints towards Brazil and Argentina. It's a far better place to spend your time compared to Foz do Iguacu on the other side of the Iguazu River in Brazil. Although much larger and with a wide range of accommodation, it also has the usual big city problems regarding safety, crowds and polution.

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Sights and Activities

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

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Weather

Winters last from June to August, but temperatures are generally still between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius or even more sometimes. Nights can be rather chilly though and frost is not unheard of though pretty rare. During this time, cloudy and cool days of just over 10 degrees make a visit to the Iguazu Falls not a great time.
Summers can be extremely hot and humid, with temperatures from November to March frequently hitting 30 degrees Celsius or (much) more. This is also when most of the heavy rainshowers fall.
Spring (late September - early November) and autumn (March to May) are actually quite pleasant times for a visit.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max31.8 °C31 °C30.6 °C27 °C23.7 °C20.7 °C22 °C24 °C25.3 °C28.4 °C30.2 °C31.4 °C
Avg Min20.4 °C20.1 °C18.7 °C16.8 °C13.1 °C10.7 °C10.7 °C12.1 °C13.1 °C15.9 °C18 °C19.2 °C
Rainfall172.6 mm174.6 mm114.8 mm199.9 mm184.3 mm154.4 mm131.3 mm124.4 mm137.2 mm182 mm209.5 mm134.6 mm
Rain Days1112810109889101110

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Getting There

By Plane

Cataratas del Iguazu airport (IGR) has flights to and from Buenos Aires multiple times a day.

By Car

Good tarmac roads lead south to other places in Argentina and across the bridge that spans the Iguazu River to Foz do Iguacu in Brazil.

By Bus

Frequent bus connections 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. For onward connections to other cities in those two countries, it is better to go to these cities first as domestic services are cheaper.

By Boat

You can cross the Parana River to Paraguay by boat. There is a small car ferry that plies the route every half hour or so. Normally, you can only board if you are with local person who takes you on a trip to a few places in Paraguay.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Frequent buses go to and from the Iguazu Falls.

By Foot

The town itself is small enough to negotiate on foot.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
AnahiAv. Paraguay 493 Av. Brasil y ParaguayApartment-
Azaleas PlaceBarrio Orquideas km5Guesthouse-
Che Lagarto IguazuAv Brasil 24Hostel75
El Guembe HostelEl Uru 120 Puerto Iguazu MisionesHostel-
El Guembe Hostel HouseAvenida Guarani/Esquina Gobernador Lanuse El Uru 120Hostel77
Hostel Bambu ArgentinaAv San Martin 4Hostel83
Hostel IrupeAv Misiones 80hostel-
Hostel Park IguazuPaulino Amarante Nº 111Hostel78
Hostel Sweet HostelEl Mensú 38Hostel71
Iguazu Falls HostelGuarani 70Hostel78
La StradaPombero 166Guesthouse77
Los Troncos BedSan Lorenzo 154. Puerto IguazúGuesthouse85
Marcopolo Inn IguazuAv. Cordoba 158Hostel80
Marcopolo SuitesRuta 12, Km 3.5Hostel76
Residencial UnoFray Luis Beltran 116Guesthouse74
Stop HostelAv. Victoria Aguirre 304Hostel70
The Hostel-Inn Iguazu FallsRuta 12 -km 5Hostel81
Timbó PosadaA. Misiones 147Guesthouse88
Garden StoneAv. Cordoba 441Hostel82
residencial la esquina del bambuFray Luis Beltran 345 Villa 14Guesthouse80
Residencial GuaraniAv.Guarani y Gobernador LanusseGuesthouse-
POP Hostel GardenSan Lorenzo 70HOSTEL-
Hostel El UruEl Uru 36 - Villa 14 Cataratas - MisionesHOSTEL-
Hostel Natura32 Av. MisionesHOSTEL75
Mango Tree Hostel BarAvenida Cordoba 264HOSTEL-
Residencial Noelia HostelFray Luis Beltran N.119Guesthouse79
Casa Yaguarete B&BAvenida Posadas esquina con el Dorado Zona de GranGUESTHOUSE-
Puerto CanoasUruguay 441Guesthouse-
Complejo YvyraRuta Nacional 12 Km 1599HOTEL-
Complejo Turistico AmericanoRuta 12 Km 5HOTEL-
Iguazu RoyalSan Lorenzo 132Hotel-
Iguazu Waterfalls HostelAvenida Brasil 24HOSTEL75
Guest House Puerto IguazuCalle Lindtron, Villa 14 Alta GraciaGUESTHOUSE79
Cabañas de la CostaneraAvenida Victoria Aguirre 187HOTEL-
Poramba HostelEl Uru Nº 120HOSTEL80

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are still widely available in most places, even in smaller towns, though many people are connected through the internet at home or by mobile device. Many cafes and restaurants offer free WiFi with an advertisement in their windows. All you need to do is buy something and ask for the password. Apart from specific places, including soms airports and major stations, quite a few cities are offering free wifi, including Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Argentina is 54. To make an international call from Argentina, dial 00 followed by the country code and the rest of the telephone number. All 0800 numbers are toll-free numbers, except if you call from a mobile phone. Emergency numbers are available for Police (101), Ambulance (107) and Fire (100). Emergency dispatcher for Buenos Aires (city), Santa Fe (city), Rosario (city), Salta (province), Corrientes (province), and Buenos Aires (province) 911. In a mobile phone 112 forwards to 911.

You can get a prepaid Movistar / Claro / Personal SIM card for a few pesos / free at phone shops, all you pay is about 20 Pesos for your initial credits. Inserting the SIM card into your unlocked American or European mobile phone should work, although to register the SIM you have to enter your passport (or any 9 digit) number - you then have your personal Argentinean phone numbers. Calls cost around 1 Peso per minute. Receiving calls is usually free, except for international calls, and some cross network / inter-city calls - hence buying a SIM card purely to keep in touch with people overseas may not be worth it.

Without a cellphone, there are similar cards with credits for international calls. You get them at so called locutorios, where you can also use the phone booths. You dial a free number to connect to the service, then your secret number for the credits, and then the international phone number you want to call. Using these cards, a one-hour call to Europe will cost about 10 Pesos. Don't call without such cards or even from your hotel - it will be way more expensive.

Post

Correos de Argentina is the national postal service of Argentina. There are also two private carriers operating nationwide (OCA and Andreani) and a number of regional ones though Correos de Argentina will be the one most likely to be used by travellers. Post offices are mostly open between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, though there are regional variantions with longer hours in central post offices in big cities and shorter ones in small towns. Services are pretty reliable but slow, mostly taking about two weeks to deliver a postcard or letter to the USA or Europe, but usually within a few days sending it domestically. There is also a more expensive express options. You can track a package online at the Correos de Argentino website. Parcels take at least 3-5 days domestically and weeks internationally. Otherwise try international companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS to send parcels. It is probably more reliable as well as faster.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -25.6024916
  • Longitude: -54.5740335

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