Puerto Iguazu & Iguazu Falls



It is one of the most fiercely argued topic: which the most spectacular waterfall in the world.  Iguazu Falls, which sits on the border of Brazil and Argentina is perhaps the most beautiful in the world.  The Iguazu falls are not one simple fall tumbling down from a river bed, instead they are a vast series of cascades, varying from a thunderous crash to a drizzle, throughout a wide jungle flat.  Unlike Niagara Falls which has found itself in the middle of a urban jungle, Iguazu Falls is a fair drive from the nearest town, Puerto Iguazu on the Argentinean side, and is situated in the middle of a thick rain forest.  The nearby Puerto Iguazu will likely serve as your base for exploration of the area.

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

How to get to Iguazu Falls

Getting to Iguazu Falls from Puerto Iguazu is actually very simple, but it can also be mayhem in the high season.  Buses leave the town’s main bus terminal every 15 or 20 minutes to the National Park.  You can get your tickets from one of the vendor stalls at the station or from your hostel.  Do not buy your tickets from people selling them on the street as they can be fakes.  The lineup for the buses in the morning can be hectic to say the least, but after some high elbows you’ll make your way on.  The bus ride is about 20 minutes which will take you to the gates of the National Park.

Iguazu Falls Lower Trail

Iguazu Falls Lower Trail

Once inside you have a number of options of different trails to take.  My recommendation, depending on the time you arrive at the park, is to go to the Devil’s Throat (the lookout that overlooks the mouth of the falls) either first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon.  Midday the look out is packed.  To get to the Devil’s Throat there is the option of hiking (about 20 minutes), or hoping on the train (which has an added cost).  The other options for viewing the falls are a couple of trails which offer a variety of different perspectives of the falls, including the panoramic view as seen in the photo above.  You will likely want, and need, an entire day at Iguazu Falls.

Where to eat in Puerto Iguazu

The town of Puerto Iguazu is actually quite pleasant, and has a number of very good places to eat, drink and be entertained.  The main street in town has a number of good places to eat.  I went to a restaurant called Color which had great service and really good food.  It was a little bit pricey, around 15US$, but it was worth it.  If you are looking for something cheaper you can always head to an empanada shop which will feed you for about 5us$

Where to Stay in Puerto Iguazu

I’ve been to Puerto Iguazu on two occasions.  On the first occasion I stayed at the Marcopolo Inn, which is a nice hostel in a great location right across from the bus station.  The second time I was being put up, so I stayed at a mid range hotel called Hotel Lilian which was quite nice and near enough to the bus station to be able to walk.

 

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