Iguazu Falls: Travel Guide

Visiting the Iguazu Falls is a unique experience and to have the full experience you’ll have to visit both sides of the falls.

See also: The 6 Best Iguazu Falls Hotels in Brazil | The 6 Best Iguazu Falls Hotels in Argentina

Area

Brazil and Argentina share more than 600,000 hectares of protected areas.

Best Time to Visit

Iguazu Falls can be visited at any time of the year.

Iguazu Falls during Spring and Summer

Between October and March it rains more often and the maximum temperature frequently is around 30ºC. The rainiest month historically is October. The hottest: December, January and February.

Iguazu Falls during Autum and Spring

Between April and November it rains less and can be cold. The driest months historically, are July and August. The coldest months are June, July and August, when the minimum temperature can drop to 10ºC (dawn and early in the morning). Sunny days however usually have a large thermal amplitude, and even in the colder months the maximum temperature can reach 25ºC.

Getting There

Iguazu Falls is served by two airports. See also: Iguazu Falls Airports

Flying from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguaçu takes 1.35 hours to arrive and flying from Buenos Aires to Misiones takes 1.47 hours to arrive.

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Transportation in Foz do Iguaçu

There are many transportation alternatives in Foz do Iguaçu.

If you like to rent a car, rent it, it will be worthwhile. But you can also travel by taxi, uber and by public transportation, which is very efficient.

Iguazu National Park Brazil

The Iguazu National Park Brazil was created in 1.939 and is the habitat of several endangered species.

Since 1.986, the site is considered as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Besides the usual trail to see the Iguazu Falls, other tours are offered and paid separately, such as the helicopter flight, Macuco Safari, a boat trip.

When you get close to the Iguazu Falls, on the suspended platforms, any effort will be worth it.

You can pass through the famous Devil’s Throat walkway, with one of the most amazing falls with 80m in height. It’s so beautiful!

The park has a good structure. For those who prefer to eat something fast, there is a fast food with inviting prices. For those who prefer to eat in a restaurant overlooking Iguazu Falls, do not miss the Porto Canoas.

You will see coatis everywhere at the park so it is good to be careful with the bags, as they can appear when you least expect.

For those who want to live an even more intense experience there is a luxurious hotel facing the Iguazu Falls (Belmond Hotel). Click to check availability and price.

Tickets

It is possible to buy the tickets at the attractions box office, attractions websites, agency websites and also at the hotel, where there will certainly be an agency outpost in the lobby. Some agencies also sell shared transportation to attractions.

Address: Rodovia das Cataratas, km 18

Opening hours: every day from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Iguazu National Park Argentina

Iguazu National Park Argentina has more attractions than the Brazilian: there are three essential circuits.

It is a wilder park, where you are all the time in the woods and close to several falls.

Instead of buses that depart every moment as in Brazil, in the Argentinean Park the means of transport is the train.

It’s worth visiting the park during a whole day (or even two days!). On the way back, you can pass the 3 Borders Marco, which is scheduled late afternoon / early evening.

Tickets

The Iguazu National Park Argentina only sells tickets at the box office and you must pay in pesos or with a credit card.

Address: Ruta 101, Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Opening hours: every day from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ecotourism

The two national parks, on the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, offer activities that go beyond contemplating the falls.

Macuco Safari Brazil

Macuco Safari is the perfect complement to the panoramic trail where you are taken by boat near the falls of the Três Mosqueteiros.

It is advisable to buy the tour in advance because the number of visitors per day is limited. There is, however, no scheduled time. The tour is in order of arrival.

The more adventurous can buy the Macuco Safari + Rafting Combo. After the tour you are taken to a quieter point on the Iguazu River.

Gran Aventura Argentina

The Gran Aventura is the Argentinean version of Macuco Safari.

But the tour is much more radical than the Brazilian one: boats go faster and do two stops in different waterfalls (the Macuco makes only one) and it gets very near to the waterfall.

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