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A guide to visiting Iguazu Falls – Argentina

by Sam
Panoramic view of Iguazu falls Argentina

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Comprising of over 275 spectacularly powerful waterfalls, you can’t help but admire the sheer force of the Iguazu falls. Considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world, this spectacle is found on the border between Brazil and Argentina. To visit Iguazu falls in Argentina, you’ll need to base yourself in the small town of Puerto Iguazu. Visiting the falls in Argentina you get the best sense of the unrelenting strength of the waterfalls. You’ll get close enough to be soaked from the spray of the crashing water, giving you a unique close up perspective of one of nature’s finest sights. On top of this, you’ll find trails through vast rainforest giving you the chance to see a variety of wildlife, as well as the opportunity to view the falls from a number of different points. While it’s possible to get some panoramic views on this side of the falls, visiting on the Brazilian side offers the best panoramas of the falls. Find out everything you need to know before your trip with this guide to visiting Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

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Getting to Puerto Iguazu

Flights – There is an airport nearby to Iguazu Falls in Argentina, which means flying is the easiest way to get there. Several flights operate daily from Buenos Aires to Cataratas del Iguazu International Airport in Puerto Iguazu. Prices can vary heavily, but if booking more than a month in advance you should be able to find flights for around 1600-2500 Argentinian Pesos. Click here to find the cheapest dates to fly with Momondo.

From Puerto Iguazu airport a minibus to your hotel costs 120 pesos per person. If you’re going to get a taxi be sure to check the price in advance as it fluctuates regularly due to inflation. When we visited it was around 350 pesos one-way.

Bus – Buses to Puerto Iguazu are available from a number of cities in Argentina. From Buenos Aires it’s roughly a 20-hour journey and will cost around 1500-1700 pesos. Alternatively, Green toad bus offer hop on hop off services travelling to Puerto Iguazu from Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Brazil.

Ferry – From Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, it’s possible to take a short ferry ride to Puerto Iguazu for just 10,000 Paraguayan Guarani if travelling on foot.

Sitting down and taking in the view of Iguazu falls Argentina

How long to spend here

It’s important not to try and rush through. By giving yourself 2 or 3 days in the area, you’ll be able to judge when the weather is best to visit the falls. You may even find you want to split your visit to the falls over 2 days – allowing you to take things at your own pace. If you decide to do this, you can get your ticket stamped for re-entry, meaning admission is half price the following day.

Best time to visit Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Iguazu is a great destination to visit year round. If you want to see the falls at their most powerful, visit between December and February. The downside of doing this is that it’s the peak time to visit and extra rainfall may lead to closure of some trails. As well as this, it’s the hottest time of year and queuing in the heat is exhausting.

We’d suggest trying to visit in March/April or August/September. You should have the advantage of fewer visitors, as this isn’t peak time to visit. One exception to this is the Easter period, when many Brazilians and Argentinians visit the falls. These months are also crossover periods between wet and dry seasons so the falls will still be relatively strong.

How to get to Iguazu falls from Puerto Iguazu

For just 130 pesos you can get a return bus journey from Puerto Iguazu to Iguazu falls. Buses leave every 20 minutes, with the first leaving at 7am each day. The journey takes around 40 minutes each way. We recommend trying to get one of the first buses of the day to beat the crowds and be the first on your trail of choice. If you’d prefer to take a taxi it should cost around 600 pesos one-way or 1,000 pesos return.

Upon arriving at the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, there is an entrance fee of 700 pesos per person, which can be paid by cash or card. If you want to visit the Argentinian side of the falls two days in a row then make sure to get your ticket stamped before leaving the park on your first day. This will entitle you to half price entry on the second day.

It’s worth knowing that the ticket price to visit Iguazu Falls in Argentina can regularly change at the last minute due to inflation. Unfortunately it is hard to predict when this will be, but the above information is correct as of February 2019.

View from Circuito Superior in Iguazu falls Argentina

Iguazu Falls Trails

We stayed in a great Airbnb with an extremely knowledgeable host. Having visited the falls a number of times himself, he gave us his recommendations on the order to do the trails. The order below is based around the positioning of the sun, meaning you’ll be able to get the best possible photos and views from each trail. If you follow the trails in order it makes for the perfect day itinerary when visiting Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

Circuito Superior – This half-mile trail gives some of the best panoramic views you’ll find on the Argentinian side of the falls. Take this trail to see some of the main waterfalls from above.

Circuito Inferior – A mile long circuit allowing you to admire some of the falls from close enough to feel the spray. You’ll also have the chance to take a boat ride on this route to get another perspective.

Isla San Martin – A quick boat trip will take you to the island of San Martin. Here, a short climb will reward you with views opposite some of the main falls. Alas, if water levels aren’t right you won’t be able to visit – as was the case for us.

Sendero Macuco – The most secluded trail in the park, leading to a more remote waterfall. Due to the length of the trail (3.5km each way), most visitors skip it so you’re likely to be one of the few people there. Unfortunately, this trail sometimes closes if Pumas have been seen on the route the day prior.

Garganta Del Diablo – Translating to ‘Devil’s throat’ in English, this is the most powerful point of the falls. Accessible via a short train ride, this gives you the best idea of the thundering force of the falls. Be wary of long queues for the train!

The powerful Garganta Del Diablo in Iguazu falls Argentina


What do you need for visiting Iguazu Falls?

We strongly advise bringing food and water supplies for the whole day as vendors in the park are overpriced. There are good supermarkets in Puerto Iguazu so take advantage of this and prepare yourself for a full day of exploring the falls. It’s best to take more water than you think you’re going to need as it can be extremely warm depending on when you visit. Beware of coatis throughout the park, especially if you’re carrying food. They can be dangerous so if any are nearby, don’t get food out or it will catch their attention.

You should also consider bringing a raincoat as it will help keep you dry when up close with the falls. It’s also useful for any sudden downpours, as you will be in the middle of a rainforest!

What to do in Puerto Iguazu

Visit Casa de Empanadas – Try out some of the local cuisine, with a great selection of empanadas. A favourite throughout South America, empanadas are a pastry with a number of fillings available – from various meats to spinach and cheese. The food is delicious and great value. Despite only spending a few days in Puerto Iguazu, we couldn’t resist visiting multiple times!

Three borders landmark – As Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay all share borders, each country has a monument symbolising this connection. Argentina’s landmark is an easy half hour walk from Puerto Iguazu town centre and there is no cost for entry. You’ll get views across to both Brazil and Paraguay and if you have the spare time, it’s a nice way to spend an hour or two.

Three borders landmark near Iguazu falls Argentina

Border crossing in Iguazu

If you are visiting both sides of the falls and will be staying on the Brazilian side too, the cheapest way to cross the border is from the bus station in town. Buses cost 20 pesos, and although they won’t wait for you at the border, your ticket will be valid for any subsequent bus to continue your journey to Foz de Iguacu once you’ve passed through immigration. Fortunately there aren’t restricted border crossing hours at Iguazu Falls, so you can cross the border 24 hours a day.

Alternatively, if you just want to take a day trip to the Brazilian side of the falls, you’ll be able to book a tour with one of the local operators in town. We’d personally recommend properly spending a few days in Foz de Iguacu to visit the Brazilian side, but if you’re short on time the day tours to Iguazu Falls in Brazil are a good alternative.

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One of the most beautiful places in the world, the Iguazu Falls are found on the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. With incredible rainforest and thunderous waterfalls, and all of this a short flight from Buenos Aires. Enjoy rainbows and witness the power of the falls at the devil’s throat. You can spend hours here having an adventure and taking photography of the amazing landscapes. Find out everything you need to know with this guide with tips and hotel recommendations. #waterfall

One of the most beautiful places in the world, the Iguazu Falls are found on the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. With incredible rainforest and thunderous waterfalls, and all of this a short flight from Buenos Aires. Enjoy rainbows and witness the power of the falls at the devil’s throat. You can spend hours here having an adventure and taking photography of the amazing landscapes. Find out everything you need to know with this guide with tips and hotel recommendations. #waterfall

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35 comments

Ruth August 4, 2017 - 3:41 pm

This looks amazing. I’ve always wanted to see it. Your pictures are great

Sam August 4, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Thank you very much!

Alex August 4, 2017 - 3:46 pm

Wow Iguazu looks fantastic! You have made me really fancy empanadas now too! Argentina (in fact the whole of South America) is on my bucket list – will add Iguazu now too!

Sam August 4, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Thank you! Yeah empanadas are so good at this spot in Iguazu, our favourite across all of South America!

Cath August 4, 2017 - 5:25 pm

Great post, lots of fantastic information and the photos are awesome

Sam August 4, 2017 - 6:20 pm

Thank you!

Carlos from IguazuFalls.com August 4, 2017 - 8:08 pm

Nice post Sam! Would you mind if i add something to your post?:

1) Meanwhile it is ok to bring food there, take care of the caoties, because they have good smell and can be dangerous if that attracts their attention. If you plan to eat in the park, do it on the Devil’s Throat circuit, there isnt coaties so it safe to eat.

2) I would also add two other attractions in Puerto Iguazu: Guira Oga, and, if an extra day can be use, Jesuit Ruins.

Thanks for sharing about the destination!

Sam August 5, 2017 - 2:45 pm

Thanks for your comment and the advice! We completely forgot to mention the coatis so have added it in now.

We are going to do a bit more research for Guira Oga and the Jesuit Ruins before potentially adding them in – we didn’t get a chance to visit so don’t know too much about them.

It’s great to have your feedback and we’re glad you liked the article!

Who do I do August 4, 2017 - 8:26 pm

Iguazu falls is at the top of my bucket list – have always wanted to go! Your pics are fantastic. Thanks for sharing the useful tips on the best views for each trail.

Sam August 5, 2017 - 11:09 am

Thank you so much – we’re glad the article was helpful. It’s definitely a great place to have on your bucket list!

lexieanimetravel August 4, 2017 - 9:26 pm

II personally like your photos they are very refreshing and attractive, you got some talent on that part. I love falls and rivers but this one really its a “WOW” all I can say is I wanna go there, I’ll definitely consider this in my bucketlist.

Sam August 5, 2017 - 11:10 am

Thank you for the kind words! You’ll love it if you ever do get chance to visit!

lexieanimetravel August 5, 2017 - 12:40 pm

I really hope I could visit 😉 or if ever you got an empty baggage you can put me in I’m small anyway hahaha

Sam August 6, 2017 - 7:59 pm

Hopefully one day you will!

roamingourearth August 4, 2017 - 11:58 pm

Perfect timing. We are busy putting together our South America adventure as we speak! I was a bit undecided if the falls was a must? But it clearly is

Sam August 5, 2017 - 11:13 am

Exactly – it’s definitely a must. You’ll have a fantastic time in South America – we’re jealous of your trip already! If you have any questions about travelling there just let us know.

lloyd August 5, 2017 - 5:00 am

Fantastic photo’s and a great write up! been looking to head to argentina for a while now and this is going to help alot! many thanks and great work!

Sam August 5, 2017 - 11:16 am

Thank you – we’re pleased to hear it’s helpful for you! We’re sure you’ll have a great time in Argentina – especially if you visit the falls!

TravellingDany August 5, 2017 - 1:05 pm

Me and hubby love to go chasing waterfalls, so this would be such a dream trip for us!!

Aditi Shukla August 5, 2017 - 1:25 pm

275 falls sure is a huge number. I would love to spend 3 days by the falls. I love the idea of taking a ferry ride to ease it out. Cheers!!

Sam August 5, 2017 - 2:30 pm

It’s a crazy amount to have in one place! You’d love it there – it really is amazing!

BnBNation August 5, 2017 - 2:21 pm

275 waterfalls in one place sounds amazing! Loved your pics. We think that a knowledgeable host would have got you more curious about the falls and the various points. Great post.

Sam August 5, 2017 - 2:32 pm

It really is amazing and the host was so helpful – we got really lucky with that! Thanks!

Joyce August 5, 2017 - 5:54 pm

Visited this place 3 years ago but it was raining. Would love to go back when its sunnier and warmer 🙂

Sam August 5, 2017 - 9:09 pm

Great excuse to go back!

Sam Sparrow August 6, 2017 - 6:00 am

Waterfalls are just one of the most beautiful things – it’s been my dream to visit Iguazu falls for well over a decade now, this is such a great guide. Bookmarking for when my dream becomes a reality!

Sam August 6, 2017 - 11:08 am

Thank you!

DTG August 6, 2017 - 9:57 pm

Fantastic post, I really enjoyed reading about the falls, the photography was stunning, I will definitely be adding this to my never ending bucket list. I’ve bookmarked the post.

Sam August 6, 2017 - 10:33 pm

Thank you very much!

Hra Karidi August 7, 2017 - 9:00 am

what a great guide!! I really want to go in Argentina 🙂 I love your photos <3

Sam August 7, 2017 - 11:34 am

Thank you!

CreativeTravelGuide (@CTGTravelGuide) August 7, 2017 - 2:30 pm

These falls have been on my bucket list since I was a kid and I can’t wait to visit! They look breathtaking and your pictures are stunning – thanks for sharing!

Sam August 7, 2017 - 7:29 pm

Thank you!

Rahat Arora August 7, 2017 - 6:57 pm

This looks amazing. I’ve always wanted to see it. Your pictures are great

Sam August 7, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Thank you!

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