iguassu falls- alone or use a tour guide/group????

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1. Posted by ilanaqt (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello my husband and I will be in Brazil/SA in December.
One of the places on our list is naturally iguassu falls.
I have read many different things on the best way to supposedly see the falls and that area.
Can anyone recommend if it is worth it to get with a guide/tour or see it independantly. also recommendations for places to stay on both sides would be awesome.
We do definitley plan on visiting both the brazilian and argentenian side.
Thanks so much

2. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Tour group is a complete waste of money; the parks on both the Br and Arg side are extremely accessible, so you shouldn't have any trouble. For lodging, consider staying in Argentina; it's both cheaper, and Pto Iguazu is so much nicer than Foz do I


3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I didnt go with a guide, so it's hard to give a straight answer, but I was perfectly happy having done the falls without one. There are booklets and guides you can pick up at the information centres at the entries to the park.

As for accommodation, I stayed on the Argentinian side in Hostel Inn, Iguazu. Its more like a 2 star hotel than a hostel and if you are looking for comfort book ahead and request a room in the main building as opposed to the more meagre chalets on the grounds. There is a pool, a restaurant, it's right by the bus stop and theres a small but adequate supermarket and internet cafe right next door.

Its about 10 minutes outside Puerto Iguazu on the bus, 30mins walk. There are places to stay within the town itself too, but nowhere terribly upmarket.

If you are feeling flush, you could book into the Sheraton which is situated within Iguazu Park and has a view of the falls!

Hope that helps ;)

4. Posted by alex1234 (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

See it independantly - although you can do tours within the park. The Argentinen side has more to do and see - but you have to see both sides really - both very distinctive.
We stayed at the YHA on both sides - which can get very busy- but good facilities.