Iguazu Falls, Argentina: A Complete & Practical Guide

Eleanor Roosevelt uttered “Poor Niagara” upon seeing Iguazu Falls Argentina.

I’ve been to both and I have to agree with Mrs. Roosevelt on this one.

While you can see Niagara from pretty much one vantage point and have seen it all, Iguazu is made up of 150-300 smaller waterfalls (depending on water levels).

The falls in Iguazu are breathtaking and deserving of every hyperbolic term in the book.

I’ve been to Iguazu in Argentina twice now and it’s truly something I’ll never tire of.

Do not underestimate this natural beauty. It’s much more than just a waterfall. And being one of the most popular destinations in Argentina, it can be a bit overwhelming to plan.

How much time do you need in order to see both sides of the falls? Which side is better and how to navigate the border crossing?

This post is a complete guide to help you visit Iguazu Falls Argentina and answer all of your doubts.

A line of waterfalls of brown water pour down in a green jungle with mist rising up from the river below

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Visiting Iguazú National Park: The Important Details

  • Iguazu National Park in Argentina is open every day of the year from 8 am. You can enter the park until 4:30 in the afternoon, but you need to be out by 6.
  • Read more about the national parks in Argentina here.
  • The cost is $35,000 pesos for non-residents. If you validate your ticket at the ticket windows when leaving, you’ll receive a 50% discount on your second visit (must be next consecutive day).
  • You can pay in cash (in pesos) or credit card.
  • Your ticket includes everything. It includes access to all walking paths to the falls (upper circuit, lower circuit & Devil’s Throat). It also includes the free ferry to cross over to San Martin Island and use of the Tren de la Selva.
  • There are restaurants and facilities within the park.
  • There are buses from the Puerto Iguazu bus station that will take you to the park or you can take a taxi. You won’t need a rental car in Iguazu.

Iguazu Organized Tours

This post is a complete guide to help you plan your trip to Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

You don’t need a travel agent or guide for this destination. It’s sincerely as easy as booking your flight and hotel. Once there you can get entrance tickets and taxis on the fly.

But if you’d prefer to let someone else plan your trip and take care of all the little details, these packages will take care of everything:

  • Iguazu Day Trip | This organized trip will take you to and from Iguazu National Park from Buenos Aires in a single day. It’s a bit of a whirlwind (and not my particular style of travel) but if you’re on tight time constraints, it’s possible. It includes airfare and entrance fees.
  • Iguazu in 2 Days | This organized trip includes flights and one night in a 4-star hotel. You’ll see the Brazilian side on day one and the Argentine side of the falls on day 2.
  • Iguazu in 3 Days | This trip is similar to the 2 day itinerary except at a slower pace. It includes flights and two nights in a four star hotel. Day one will be spent on the Brazilian side and day 2 in Argentina, on the third day you’ll return to Buenos Aires.

How Much Time Do You Need in Iguazu Falls

Budget for at least 6 hours in the park, absolute bare minimum.

Ideally, if you can spend two days there, you’ll be able to see everything. If all walking paths are open, then I highly recommend spending two days on the Argentina side of the park to take it all at a relaxed pace, but…

UPDATE 2024: Weather and flooding has caused a lot of damage and closures to the Argentine side of the park this summer. Readers report needing far less time to walk the open sections of the park. Calculate for one day.

Click here to see which paths are open (senderos habilitados) and plan accordingly. A pop up should show up immediately with this information. If the Devil’s Throat path is still closed, you can shave a day off of your time on Argentina’s side.

The Brazilian side of the falls is a wonderful compliment to the Argentine side, as its view of the falls is more panoramic.

It is described as having a front seat to the show, whereas in Argentina you are on the stage itself. So it is very worthwhile to see both sides.

Everyone has a favorite side and it can be a polemic topic. I love Argentina’s best but others will fight for Brazil’s superiority, so definitely visit both.

Brazil’s side of the park is much smaller and can be done in just a morning. Take a taxi or the Rio Uruguay bus across the border.

After spending the morning in the falls, don’t miss a visit to the Foz do Iguazu Bird Park before returning to Argentina. It is said to be spectacular.

Can you do Iguazu in a day?

Well, can and should are two different things.

If you are very tight on time, then yes, people do go to Iguazu in a single day from Buenos Aires.

You can book a tour package like this to take the work off of your plate or plan it yourself by booking the first flight in and last flight out.

There are lockers at the park to leave your things.

Can you visit both Argentina and Brazil in one day?

Here we are again with can and should but the answer is a reluctant yes.

It will be a long, busy and rushed day and, in my opinion, not the most enjoyable day.

I prefer to travel slow, but everyone has their own time constraints and ways of traveling.

If you plan to do this, definitely schedule a private driver in advance to make it all in time.

Hundreds of waterfalls at Iguazu Falls

Getting to Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires

The flight to Iguazu from Buenos Aires is a short 1 hour 45 minute hop to the northeast.

There are three airlines that fly this route: Aerolineas Argentinas, Jetsmart, and FlyBondi.

FlyBondi is a locally-based budget airline offering extremely competitive prices to fly in Argentina and bringing costs down overall.

And while FlyBondi may have done us the favor of bringing costs down, they have been plagued with cancellations and delays in the past year.

For more reliability, stick to Aerolineas Argentinas and Jetsmart.

For a complete, detailed answer to this question, read my guide on how to get from Buenos Aires to Iguazu.

Prefer to travel by bus? You can take the bus but keep in mind that it is 19 hours from Buenos Aires, check schedules here.

I have taken the bus and I have flown. I will now always fly.

How to get to Iguazu Falls National Park from Puerto Iguazu

The bus company Rio Uruguay runs regular buses from the town of Puerto Iguazu to the falls.

The buses leave every 20 minutes and as of May 2024 the ride cost $7,000 pesos in cash (around $7 USD).

The route begins at the Hito de los Tres Fronteras monument and stops at the bus station.

The station (estacion de omnibus) is the easiest place for you to catch the bus.

You can also take a taxi, ask your hotel to arrange a ride for you and expect it to cost around $15-20.

Read more: 7 Official Natural Wonders of Argentina

Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian Side

Iguazu Falls, Brazil: The Perfect Day Trip

If you’ll be in Puerto Iguazu, it would be an absolute waste not to hop across the border and see both sides of the park.

I’ve already mentioned this earlier but they really both have such different views and experiences to offer.

Brazil’s side of the falls may be smaller and require much less time, but the panoramic views are spectacular.

They also offer helicopter rides on this side of the border (Argentina does not allow this to protect the wildlife, a point of view I personally support). But if this is something you want to do, you’ll need to go to Brazil.

How to get to Brazil’s side

  • DIY: Take the bus. Rio Uruguay has a bus departing regularly from the main bus terminal in Puerto Iguazu. As of May 2024 the cost was roughly the equivalent of $7 USD, paid in cash in Argentine pesos.
  • Book a tour. The most hands off approach and something you can easily plan in advance? Book this tour, which includes all of your tickets and round trip transportation.
  • Hire a driver. For around $100 (give or take roughly depending on your driver) you can have a personal driver help with your border crossings, wait for you while you’re in the park. This is beneficial also if you want to visit the Bird Park or have someone drive you somewhere for lunch. Have your hotel arrange a driver, any taxi driver will be able to do this.

Do I need a visa for Brazil?

Currently, US citizens do not need a visa to visit Brazil.

🚨 A visa was in plans for US, Canadian, and Australian citizens to go into effect in 2024, but this has gone through many postponements. Recently, the visa requirement has been postponed until April 10, 2025.

Not from the US, Canada or Australia? I advise checking your local embassy’s website for information.

Iguazu Pro Tip: No Two Visits will be Alike

I’ve been to Iguazu twice. Once in 2010 and again with my parents in 2015. In 2010, the water was INTENSE (see earlier photos from the Brazilian side of the border).

Flooding had carried away some of the catwalks, closing off parts of the park. We were always drenched by the mist and spray. It was impressive!

My roommate had visited the year before me and the falls were bone dry.

This is very rare, but from looking at his photos he might as well have visited the Grand Canyon.

And in 2015, we noticed a change in just the three days we were there.

Thanks to heavy rains upriver, the falls were much stronger on our third day than the first.

The two photos above were taken from the same angle, one is just more zoomed in (one on our first day, the 2nd on our third day).

So keep in mind that you’ll have a unique visit, regardless of how much time you spend there.

Enjoy that!

When to Visit Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Honestly, Iguazu Falls is one of those destinations that is great year round.

There is no dry season or rainy season, there is rain year-round. This is the Argentine rainforest.

The two main things to keep in mind when planning when to visit Iguazu Falls are the heat and holidays.

May through September will bring you the mildest temperatures and fewer crowds, overall.

December-February is summer, which means high temperatures, humidity, and the most crowds (domestic and international alike).

Local holidays to keep in mind are the entire month of January and the final two weeks in July. This is peak travel season due to summer and winter school holidays.

Easter week is also a very busy travel week for locals in Argentina and crowds in Iguazu will swell then.

Read more: The Best Time of Year to Visit Argentina

What to do in Iguazu National Park

Argentina’s side of Iguazu Falls is huge.

There are different circuits and paths you can explore that can take one to two full days, depending on what’s open.

Upper & Lower Circuits

There are 2 main circuits: the Upper Circuit and the Lower Circuit.

After entering the park, you can take the Tren de la Selva (or Jungle Train) to reach the trailheads for both.

  • The Upper Circuit is shorter and just half a mile and will take around an hour. It has catwalks leading you on top of the falls with views over the nearly 200 foot high waterfalls. It’s very impressive. There are no stairs here and this path is accessible for all.
  • The Lower Circuit can take 2-3 hours to explore, with multiple viewpoints and paths. This is where you can catch the free ferry to San Martin Island (depending on water levels). You can also pay for a speedboat ride right up to and under one of the falls. There are stairs here, reducing access for stroller and wheelchairs.

After walking the circuits you can make your way back to the jungle train station to continue on to Devil’s Throat if it’s open.

There are bathrooms and restaurants here as well.

Boat Ride Under the Falls

Ok, not UNDER but close enough to feel like you are under them.

And few things will give you a bigger rush than the feeling of Iguazu Falls crashing down near your little speedboat.

It’s one of the most common activities in the park but it’s an extra fee of 14,000 pesos (as of November 2022).

You don’t need to reserve in advance. Purchase your tickets for the next boat out in the park itself.

Keep in mind that you will get drenched on the ride. They’ll give you a dry bag to keep your belongings safe but it’s not a bad idea to wear quick dry clothing (think dri-fit clothes and Teva sandals) or bring a change of clothes for later.

Macuco Trail & Arrechea Falls Hike

This nature walk, an unexpected Argentine hike, takes you one hour into the jungle down the rustic Macuco Trail to the Arrechea Waterfall.

Important: The trail closes at 3 pm as in you must on the trail before 3 pm. This is to allow you enough time to complete the trail before the park closes.

Budget minimum 2 hours and up to three hours for this activity, an hour to get there and back and an hour to swim or have a relaxing picnic.

If you choose to swim and want to take a shower, there are showers at the train stations.

Iguazu National Park is rich in wildlife and choosing to do this hike is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the park.

Garganta del Diablo

Devil’s Throat (pictured below) is the absolute highlight of the park.

From the station, take the catwalk pathway leading you to the falls for a little over a kilometer (round trip will be about 2.4 km).

Garganta del Diablo is massive. While walking the catwalk, keep your eye open for crocodiles and turtles in the water.

UPDATED MAY 2024: Currently the Garganta del Diablo pathway is closed for repairs. Check here for changes.

Garganta del Diablo

Enjoy & Respect the Wildlife

The jungle of Iguazu is FULL of life. If you keep your eyes open you’ll see a rainbow’s worth of colorful birds, including toucans and the yellow-eyed bluebird (above).

The coatis are the most noticeable as they are everywhere and not afraid of people in the slightest.

Beware, this cute cousin of the raccoon can inflict painful bites and scratches. Don’t pet them.

Watch your food, they’ll steal it. In just seconds, one had jumped onto our table, grabbed my mom’s ice cream out of her hand and was back in the grass devouring her raspberry sorbet.

When eating at the restaurants, be respectful and throw your food away in the bins. It broke my heart at night to watch the monkeys tearing open forgotten mayonnaise packets for dinner.

For more information read all about the best places to see wildlife in Argentina.

One night, when the park closed we were surprised by a troupe of monkeys and herd of coatis that seemed to come out of nowhere.

They ran along the path, playing with each other as if we weren’t even there.

I just sat on the sidewalk and enjoyed the show until they decided to run back into the jungle.

A rainbow in the mist over a waterfall
View from the window of our room in the Melia in Iguazu National Park

Where to Stay in Iguazu

Most of the best hotels in Iguazu are in the town, Puerto Iguazu.

There are hostels and hotels for all budgets here.

My favorite hotel, however, is located inside the national park in a very privileged location!

Let’s get to it…

Best Hotels In Iguazu

Fancy a treehouse vibe?

Being in the jungle there are a number of interesting hotels in Puerto Iguazu to choose from.

  • Loi Suites Iguazu | Multiple pools divided by lounge chair covered decks, suspended bridges, this luxury hotel tucked away in the jungle is a unique Misiones jungle experience. Warning, you’ll want to have an extra free day to enjoy the pool and property!
  • La Cantera Lodge de Selva | One star less than Loi Suites at 4 stars, this property is still a once in a life time experience with tree house-like rooms, wooden pathways weaving through the jungle, and hot tubs and pools with a view.
  • Best Hostel | The Host Hostel Iguazu | The Host Hostel is the highest rated hostel in Iguazu. Travel sustainably in this local run establishment, with breakfast included, a pool to cool off in and more.
  • Beer Hotel Iguazu | Like beer or just want to a fun environment and to meet fellow travelers? The Beer Hotel’s name may feel a bit on the nose but you can’t say it isn’t accurate. For a bit of fun, pick a beer themed room.

The Luxury Splurge: Gran Meliá Iguazú 

If you’re wondering where to splurge on your trip to Argentina, save it for Iguazu and stay inside the national park.

The Gran Meliá Iguazú is located inside the Iguazu National Park grounds on the most privileged real estate in town.

You have direct access to the park and the falls by just walking along the path by the swimming pool.

We were able to access the park at 8 am right when it opened and had the park all to ourselves, enjoying views of the falls with no other tourists blocking our views for at least an hour. That solitude was priceless.

Wildlife was also more active before the heat of the day set in and we were able to see so much more.

We could easily walk back to the hotel for lunch and lie by the pool before going back in for the afternoon.

From our balcony we watched the morning fog lift with a direct view of the falls. If it’s within your budget, don’t think twice about staying at the Melia.

What to Pack for Iguazu

You’re going to get wet, it’s inevitable, so bring shoes and clothes that can wet. Along with that, sun protection, insect repellent, and of course your camera should be at the top of your Iguazu packing list.

QUICK IGUAZU PACKING GUIDE:

  • A day pack: Pack a small backpack for most comfort to walk the trails (versus a shoulder bag).
  • Teva Sandals are my favorite because they’ll also give you good grip and traction on slippery pathways.
  • Quick dry clothes: Prioritize comfort with DRI-FIT shirts and quick dry pants (like my go to hiking shorts from Outdoor Voices). I love those shorts because they’re comfortable and the deep pockets fit my huge phone.
  • Binoculars: Pack a good pair of binoculars to more easily spot the wildlife and toucans that are hiding deep in the jungle. Read my post here listing the best travel binoculars.
  • Rain poncho: you may or may not need one. Pack a reusable one like this to avoid waste just in case or pick up a disposable one on the ground in one of the gift shops if needed.
  • A water bottle, the jungle days get hot. I like my Hydroflask with a straw lid so I don’t have to take off the lid and risk clumsily dropping it into the falls (I lost a lens cap this way).
  • Protection from the sun: sunscreen, a sun shirt, a hat, & sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent: This is the jungle so repellent isn’t a bad idea. These OFF wipes are ideal, they weigh very little and you’ll avoid trouble with security (aerosol can be a problem).
  • A camera to capture the amazing views of the waterfalls.
  • Portable phone charger: You’ll likely be using your phone all day to take photos and video, don’t forget a battery bank to keep your phone charged all day.
  • quick dry towel that you can toss in your backpack or tote to dry off after going on the boat ride (you will get soaked!).

Read more: A complete Argentina packing guide

A woman in black stands between two doors in the ruins of a Jesuit Mission
The San Ignacio Mini is one of the most popular day trips from Iguazu

What to do in Puerto Iguazu Besides the Falls

There are more things to do in Puerto Iguazu than just the falls (although they are the clear and obvious highlight!)

Here are some of the best Iguazu activities if you have some extra time on your hands.

San Ignacio Mini Day Trip

A day trip to this Jesuit mission, founded in 1632, this is the most popular day trip from Iguazu Falls.

It is one of the most preserved of the Jesuit missions and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

This is quite a trek from Iguazu and will take an entire day, with a stop at the Wanda Mines to see the semi-precious stone mines on the way.

If you’re traveling through the rest of Misiones as well, it’s very close to Posadas. We visited a number of Jesuit missions on our road trip through Misiones.

Of all the missions, the San Ignacio Mini is the most preserved and it’s a very worthwhile day for those interested in the region’s history.

Hito 3 Fronteras

In the town of Puerto Iguazu, the Paraná and Iguazu rivers join and the three coastlines each form the border of a different country.

Stand in Argentina and look across the water at Brazil and Paraguay.

There’s a small monument with the flags of the three countries that makes a fun photo op.

La Casa de las Botellas

Just outside of town, there’s a house built entirely of plastic bottles. This perfectly livable house is built to promote a more eco-friendly way of life.

Could be interesting if you’re nearby, I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Biocentro Iguazu

I have heard great things about this park but haven’t been yet. The Atlantic Rainforest is one of the most threatened and diverse ecosystems in the world.

Only 7% of the original forest remains. Visit this park that’s working to conserve the ecosystem and its at risk species.

You’ll see animals here you may never see anywhere else (like a tapir) along with a wide variety of birds, butterflies, and fauna.

Read More about Northeast Argentina

Iguazu is the most popular destination in Misiones (and Argentina overall!), but there is so much more to see while you’re in Argentina’s northeast.

Argentina Travel Resources

  • TRAVEL INSURANCE | It is always a good idea to travel insured. It protects you in so many cases, like lost luggage and trip cancellations, medical emergencies and evacuations. It’s very affordable with the potential to save you thousands in the case of an emergency. I recommend SafetyWing.
  • PHONE PLAN | These days, traveling with data is essential. Especially in Argentina where everything is managed on Instagram and WhatsApp. I recommend this E-SIM card. It’s hassle-free and affordable, for more read how to get an Argentina sim card.
  • ACCOMMODATION IN ARGENTINA booking.com is the most common hotel site used in Argentina and it’s where you’ll find the most options.
  • RENTAL CARS | I love to travel Argentina via road trip, I’ve always used rentalcars.com, now they are operating under the umbrella of Booking.com’s car rental system.
  • BUS TICKETS | Check Busbud for long distance bus routes and tickets.
  • VPN | If you’ll be using a public WiFi connection and want to secure your data, I highly recommend using a VPN, I personally use and have had a good experience with ExpressVPN. I also use it to access Hulu and American Netflix from Argentina.
  • FLIGHTS | Always check Google Flights and Skyscanner for flights to and within Argentina. Aerolineas Argentina is the local airline with the most routes. FlyBondi and Jetsmart are two budget airlines with dirt-cheap prices (but expect to pay for every add-on like luggage).
  • BOOK A CONSULTATION | I offer one-on-one travel consultations to help you plan your trip to Argentina. Pick my brain to get a local’s insight. Click here for more information.

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32 thoughts on “Iguazu Falls, Argentina: A Complete & Practical Guide”

  1. I’m glad it’s helpful, you’re going to love it so much!! Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

  2. Thanks for reading, I’m glad it’s helpful!! I wholeheartedly recommend visiting the Argentina side if you only have time to visit one side. There’s just so much more to do! You’ll love it 🙂

  3. Thanks for this awesome information! This is definitely the most relevant and helpful we have been able to find. You’ve helped us decide that the Argentinian side is the one to visit.

  4. Excellent info. Very useful. We r planning visit in January. We’ll fly from Buenos Aires to get to Iguazu in the evening, so we have all next day to spend at falls. Then evening transfer to Brazilian side, check in hotel and spend next day on Brazilian side, after that, next morning fly to Rio Brazil. I’ve heard there is a bus to go from Igazu Argentina to iguaszu Brazil, but I can’t find details / schedule on this bus. If u know any info please share. Thanks a lot!

  5. I’m glad it was helpful! You’re going to love Iguazu. From what I can find online, there are a couple bus companies that connect Puerto Iguazu to Foz do Iguacu in Brazil (Rio Uruguay and Crucero del Norte), the most recent information I can find was that it cost 25 pesos in April, it will cost more now but I can’t find current prices. It looks like it leaves every hour, check at the bus station in town (if you’re taking the bus from downtown Puerto Iguazu to the waterfalls you can check then). good luck, it’s so great that you get to see both sides!

  6. Thank you so much! It’s good to know buses are going often so we can spend all day on Argentina side and by evening go to Brazil side. We’ll have visas. I am appliing for evisa. Do u know how long is bus trip? Any recommendations on where to stay on Brazil side. We’ll come evening and will spend 2 nights on Brazilian side. Spend all day in park/ falls and next morning fly to Rio de Janeiro to spend 4 days there. Then return to USA. I am truly thankful for your comments and advice. Your posting is wonderful, I am glad I found it

  7. I’m heading from the US to Fortaleza to pick up my Brazilian wife. I have a passport and visa for Brazil, but will I, or my wife, need additional visas to visit Argentina or Paraguay? Also, we will be there for nine days doing whatever we can in the area. Are there any multi day bike, hiking, canoeing excursions/activities? Thanks so much for your awesome guide.

  8. I would look on the official government websites about visa requirements. You don’t need a visa to visit Argentina, I do believe you’ll need one for Paraguay. For your wife, I’m not sure and I don’t want to pass on incorrect information. I’m not sure about what activities Fortaleza has to offer, I’m sorry! Jericoacoara is a beautiful beach town nearby but it’s a 6 hour bus ride.

  9. We’re staying at Gran Melia with a falls view on the red level in December and I am SO EXCITED.

  10. Hi, We will be staying in Gran Melia in december. Is it better to get . a guided tour or better to follow the trails and do it on your own?

  11. Thank you for the information. We are visiting this March with our two pre-teens, staying at the Merit Iguazu (booked by KimKim Travel). We are an adventurous family who enjoys hiking and exploring. Do you recommend a "full day excursion" guided tour for the convenience of being picked up and dropped off at our hotel or is the bus easy enough to navigate to/from the Park that we could probably explore the Park on our own with a good map? We arrive the afternoon of Mar21st from Bariloche and head to Buenos Aires the morning of Mar23rd. KimKim has also suggested a "Great Adventure" package for us that includes a 4×4 ride to some viewing spots and then a boat excursion that I think my teens will love. Do you have an opinion? Thank you! 🙂

  12. Hi Tracy! I don’t think you need a tour to experience the park at all, which is why I created this post (to help you do just that). It’s very easy to navigate and there’s no need for a guide. You can take the bus or if there four of you like you said, just hire a taxi/remis to drive you to the park instead. There’s a boat excursion you can hire within the park, you don’t need to plan ahead for it, just walk up and sign up and it’s very painless and easy.
    But whether you decide to go alone or with the tour, you’ll love Iguazu!

  13. I am looking at taking the bus from estacion de omnibus to the argentina Iguazu falls. Do you know what time I get the bus so I can get to the falls before it opens at 8am? Can I purchase the tickets at the bus station? Also, do you know the time for the bus to go to the Brazil side of the falls so I can get there as soon as it opens up? Is the bus company for both sides called Rio Uruguay?

  14. This is such great info. We are going in a couple of weeks with our 5 year old and staying at the Loi Suites. Are there restaurants that you would recommend nearby? We are foodies:)

  15. What are the animals on the walkway?
    I visited the falls from the Argentina side. I only had time to use a walkway to view points. On the walkway there ware some animals reminding me of monkeys. I don’t know what they were and can’t describe them better. I’m writing this in case anyone knows what they were. There were many of them and of course they were following for food.
    Does anyone know what they are?

  16. Hi. I’m currently here in Puerto Iguazu from NYC. Left April 21, landed in morning of Sat April 22nd.
    If you’re coming straight to the falls and not stopping in Buenos Aires, be prepared for a bit of frustration getting cash from Western Union. Couldn’t do it in Buenos Aires because I landed at 3am. Because it was a Saturday, Western Union wasn’t Western Union. Luckily I had $100USD thanks to her suggestion and my driver got it changed for me through is friend with a blue marker rate of 1USD to 400AR (WU’s was $399.11 for 1USD which is great).
    Come Monday, Western Union wasn’t functioning as Western Union and told me (and 3 others) to go to Correo Argentino (the post office). Had my passport and the tracking #, was sent a few blocks away to make a copy of my passport and was given a form to fill out. Once all of that was done, I got my money (they max at $180,000 pesos/day).
    My suggestion if you’re going directly to a small town:
    1. Bring USD. Someone will or will know someone who can change it for the blue dollar rate.
    2. If you feel more comfy with a service like Western Union make sure you have your actual passport AND a copy of the passport. They have a copy machine there but won’t do it for you. Maybe even skip going to the actual Western Union and just go directly to Correo Argentino. Will save a lot of steps and driving around.

    Also regarding the park, I needed my passport to purchase the Jungle Adventure (under the falls) tour so bring that with you just in case.
    The trains leave even 30 mins at 10 and 40 after. To go to Devil’s Throat, you’ll need another ticket. You won’t be charged but you need it to board the train and the kiosk is right by the station.
    Also, go on a weekday. I went today (Monday April 23) and got to see everything easily as the park wonderfully wasn’t crowded. There was a holiday in Brazil on Saturday and Sunday so the parks (Argentina and Brazil) were crowded over the weekend but great on Monday. Make sure there aren’t any holidays when you book.

    Hope this all helps someone. 😊

  17. Hello, will be going to Iguazú March 2-4, this year. Traveling from Ushuaia. Booked a small hotel jardin de Iguazú . Do you recommend it? Want to be close to bus stations and restaurants, on a budget. Any other recommendations are appreciated, traveling with husband, brother and his wife . Thank you.

  18. fyi for anyone looking at iguazu in late 2023, the Argentina park has a lot of areas closed as a result of flooding in October. Devil’s throat was closed entirely as well as several viewing platforms on both the upper and lower circuits. I was able to see everything currently open in about 2 hours total.

  19. Hi – planning to stay in the centre of Puerto Iguazu next December. Is it feasible to get a bus to the park early in the day to the Argentinian side, do walks, the train and a boat trip (no need to book? even in December?) for a full day and the Brazilian side for just 4 hours the following day? Or are we rushing things too much?

  20. It’s possible! Normally I’d recommend two days on the Argentina side if you have it to spare but lately there have been a lot of paths closed due to storm/flood damage so it reduces your time a bit. Brazil takes less time but if you’re really tight on time hire a taxi for the way there and back to avoid stress.

  21. I am so glad I read your blog. I am an Australian and going to Iguazu in March for 4 days and didn’t think I was going to be able to go to the Brazilian side of the falls because of the visa constrictions. But fantastic to find they have been put back to April. I have booked the tour you recommended. Thank you so much!

  22. Excellent details.
    Two of us (do not speak Spanish) will visit the falls from Argentina side this April.

    Do you know anything about taking a ferry and visit Paraguay for a day? Any info of we would like to visit Ciudad del Este, Paraguay from Argentina side?

  23. To visit Paraguay for the day you can go with a driver or on a guided tour, we did a tour back in 2010 that was a three countries in a day tour so we saw the Brazilian side of the falls then the dam and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, TBH I’d never go back it wasn’t great. Unless you really want to say you were in Paraguay, just skip it. Ciudad del Este is a busy market of electronics and knock offs, nada mas.

  24. Hey! We visited Iguazu today so just thought I’d provide some further information to update this article – if that is helpful? Due to inflation unfortunately the prices quoted are massively higher now – 35.000 ARS to get into the park as a foreigner. For the boat ride there appears to be three levels – the most adventurous (the one that gets you soaked and closest to the falls) is 60.000 ARS.

    The Devils Throat on the Argentinian side remains closed! I heard a park ranger say to another tourist – maybe 2 months if we’re lucky!

    Not all the lower circuit was open. The parts getting closest to the waterfalls was closed and to be honest it only takes 1-1.5 hours max. to walk with taking photographs etc.

    Hope this is helpful for people visiting the Argentinian side!

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