The Iguazu falls are an unavoidable stop in the itinerary of most visitors to both Brazil and Argentina. In spite of its popularity and overcrowding during certain times of the year, the beauty of the falls is so captivating that you don’t need to make a big effort to forget the crowds and enjoy the place.
1. WE LIKE THE MOST:
The falls, the boat trip to the falls
2. WE LIKE THE LEAST:
Ciudad del Este, only advisable for those seeking an unforgettable socio-anthropological experience; the photographers at the Devil’s Throat; the constant presence of helicopters over the Brazilian side of the park; the Sheraton hotel right in the middle of the Argentinian park
3. HOW TO GET THERE:
There are airports on the Brazilian side (Foz do Iguaçu) and Argentinian side (Puerto Iguazú) of the falls. Alternatively, a long bus ride from São Paulo or Rio – or Buenos Aires if coming from Argentina. See from Rio to Foz do Iguaçu. There are also buses from Florianópolis and Curitiba.
4. CAREFUL WITH:
Avoid crossing to Ciudad del Este when there is an ongoing police operation against smuggling and drug trafficking, there are usually clashes on the bridge where the border between Brazil and Paraguay is located; the coatis at the park, will eat your food and anything else they might think it’s edible.
5. FAVOURITE PLACES:
The Devil’s Throat, on the Argentinian side of the falls; the walkways on both sides of the falls; the Buddhist temple in Foz do Iguaçu; the Parque das Aves right next to the entrance to the Brazilian National Park.
6. PIECE OF ADVICE:
- from December 2011 entrance fee to the national park for foreigners is R$40,80, including transportation to the falls
- half a day is enough to visit the Brazilian side of the falls; some decent food in the restaurant next to the falls also on the Brazilian side; on the way out from the National Park, you can visit the Parque das Aves, even if you don’t like zoos you will be impressed by the size of the cages – you can walk inside them and enjoy the view of exotic birds flying around
- for a decent visit to the Argentinian side of the falls, allow for an entire day
- the visit to the Itaipu dam is worth it only if the spillway is opened – it is opened only when the dam is full
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Yellow fever is an issue on the region. You are strongly adviced to get vaccination against it. More info at 10 facts about yellow fever in Brazil.
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12. GOOGLE MAPS:
Iguaçu photo album at Flickr.
Category: Destination: Iguazu
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