5 Things to Know Before Your Trip to Iguazu Falls

5 Things to Know Before Your Trip to Iguazu Falls

December 5, 2017
By Leticia Calvillo

Hi! I’m Leticia, a student fellow at LocalAventura. This semester I have been studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. As such, I have done several weekend trips to other parts of the country.  Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature: the Iguazu Falls. Located on the border between Brazil and Argentina, the falls are split into two different parks, each with their own ticket prices and tours. Both sides are simply breathtaking and grant a different perspective. Here are some tips that will help you navigate and make the most of your time at the falls.

Waterfall with rainbow

1. You’ll Have to Pass Through Customs

As mentioned previously, the falls are located on the border between Brazil and Argentina in the cities of Foz do Iguaçu and Puerto Iguazú, respectively. Access to the Brazilian side is through the Iguaçu National Park, and access to the Argentine side is through the Iguazú National Park. In the case that you are staying on the Brazilian side and are going to the Argentine side (or vice versa) it is necessary to enter the country through Customs, so don’t forget your passport!

Three main airports in the region:

  • IGU- Foz de Iguacu International Airport located in Foz do Iguaçu ( Brazil)
  • ART- Guarani International Airport in Ciudad Del Este (Paraguay)
  • IGR- Iguazú International Airport in Puerto Iguazú (Argentina)

Bonus: There is no reciprocity fee for Americans to cross over to Brazil or Argentina

Iguazu Falls as seen through trees

2. Stay 2 Nights

Visiting the Iguazú Falls is a great weekend trip! Both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls are accessible during the same trip. During my trip to the falls, I visited the Brazilian side on Saturday and the Argentine side on Sunday. The Brazilian side, while smaller, has a great view because the falls face it. It will take you about half a day to visit the whole park, giving you some time to visit the Bird Park (see Tip 3 for more info). On the other hand, the Argentine falls have three different circuits; to take advantage of all the trails, I would recommend starting your day early and spending the whole day at the park. You don’t want to miss either side!

I personally used public transportation throughout my time in Foz do Iguaçu. Find more details about the bus system in Brazil here. It is cheaper and it is relatively easy to navigate.

Note: There are no Uber services in Foz do Iguaçu, Puerto Iguazú and Ciudad del Este.

Iguaçu National Park in Brazil

Integral Entrance Fee: R$ 62 ($19.03 USD) for adults and R$10 ($3.07 USD) for children

Available hours: 9 am to 5 pm

Iguazu National Park in Argentina

Entrance Fee: $500 pesos ($29.50 USD) for adults children between 6-12 and $120 pesos ($6.97 USD)

*only accepts Pesos

**Prices updated as of December 2017

Available hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm

Tucan on a tree branch

3. Check out the Parque das Aves, or Bird Park

Since the Brazilian side is smaller, it will take less time to check it all out. A great thing to do to take advantage of your location and your spare time is to visit the Parque das Aves on the Brazilian side! I would recommend going to the Parque das Aves before going to the Brazilian park because the birds usually have more energy in the morning and the falls are generally less full in the afternoon.

Entrance Fee: R$40 ($12.28 USD)

Available hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil spot

4. Exchange Some Money Beforehand

While most places accept international credit cards, it is always good to exchange some currency, especially for the Argentine park, public transportation or if you want to buy some souvenirs. Buy some Pesos for Argentina and Reals for Brazil. There is no need to exchange your money at the airport. Since the region receives so many tourists, you can easily find a travel agency or even a gas station to exchange money locally.

Iguazu Falls

5. Make sure to get on a boat ride

As I was told, “Not going on a boat ride in Iguaçu is like going to the beach and not getting in the water.” I personally took the boat ride on the Brazilian side, because it supposedly gets closer to the falls. To take the boat ride on the Brazilian side, however, you can’t just get on the boat, you have to pay for the Macuco Safari that takes about 2 hours. In my opinion, the tour was not very exciting, but the boat ride itself was great. If you do decide to go on a boat ride, plan ahead and bring clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and bring flip-flops. A poncho will not keep you dry!

Get in touch with one of our travel experts to find out more about Iguazu Falls and how to get the most out of your time there!

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