First Impressions of the Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls Argentina

I recently spent 3 nights up in Puerto Iguazu visiting the Iguazu Falls, an area home to incredible waterfalls which stretch over the border between Argentina and Brazil. If you’re trying to decide whether you should make a trip to Iguazu then hopefully my first impressions of the area (below) will help you decide!

Brazilian side Vs Argentinian side

Iguazu falls Brazil side Iguazu falls Argentinian side

If you’re coming to Iguazu you really have three options as far as seeing the waterfalls are concerned – the Brazilian side, the Argentinian side, or both. I highly recommend taking 2 full days to see both sides of the waterfalls. However, if you’re really short on time and only have 1 day I recommend choosing the Argentinian side for the simple reason that there’s more to see and the type of views are particularly spectacular. This is not a criticism of the Brazilian side of Iguazu. Both sides are beautiful and offer different perspectives of the area, but if you really can’t stretch to more than 1 day in Iguazu then my recommendation is to choose the Argentinian side. In fact, at the moment if you’re American you won’t be able to visit the Brazilian side anyway due to border controls (sorry America!) So if you’re American you’ll have no choice but to see the Argentine side anyway as things stand right now!

How do you view the waterfalls up close?

Argentina Iguazu Waterfall Up Close

On both sides of the waterfalls they have erected walkways and platforms that allow you to get very close to key points of some of the waterfalls. Whilst this is exceptionally touristy, I must admit it was pretty cool to get so close and be able to peer right over the top of these gigantic waterfalls. Getting soaked was also pretty fun! Just remember to bring some waterproofs in your bag and preferably a plastic bag to wrap around your camera!

How much does it cost to see both sides?

Entry costs are different for tourists as they are to locals (on both sides), but for 1 adult tourist on the Brazilian side the total entry fee cost was R$ 48.80 (£14 / $22.30 / €16.45). On the Argentinian side it was 170 ARS (£18 / $29 / €21.45). Generally speaking you’ll need at least a day to do the Argentine side and half a day to do the Brazilian side of Iguazu.

Opening Hours

Opening hours for both the Brazilian sides and the Argentine sides are typically 8am until 6pm (except during off-season when they typically close at 5pm). However it’s always best to check with your hostel or tourist information once you arrive in case there are changes due to public holidays etc.

How do you get there?

My accommodation was in the Argentine side of Iguazu and so I just took the regular public bus to the waterfalls for the Argentine side (which I believe was 70 ARS for a return). For more information on the bus times, prices etc you’re best to speak to information desk at the main bus station in Puerto Iguazu where the buses depart. There is only one bus that goes to the waterfalls so it’s very easy to find. For the Brazilian side you have to cross the border first and so we decided to hire a taxi to take us instead of the public bus as we thought this was easier for the trip. It cost 220 ARS total to hire a taxi to take us there and back, and he did all the running about for us with passports at the border check, escorted us around the park while we were there, gave us information, and drove us there and back.

Where 3 countries meet…

3 countries meet iguazu

Another cool thing about Iguazu is that there is a spot where you can stand and see 3 countries – Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay – which are separated by the natural border that is the convergence of the River Paraná and the Iguazu River. It’s sort of a touristy thing to do but is quite cool to be standing somewhere you can see all 3 countries up close.

Sunshine weather

Having caught the tail end of winter during my previous 5 weeks in Buenos Aires I was especially pleased to get some sunshine up in Iguazu! By enlarge temperatures tend to stay warm there compared to much of the rest of Argentina. There’s not a huge amount to do in Iguazu beyond the waterfalls, but if you pick a hostel or a hotel that has a pool (like I did) you’ll probably want to stay an extra day or two just to chill.

– So these were my first impressions of Iguazu! Hopefully they were helpful to you if you’re planning on making a trip there soon, and if you liked this article you may also be interested in reading my first impressions of Buenos Aires or my review of the South Pass for Argentina.

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3 Responses to “First Impressions of the Iguazu Falls”

  1. John B says:

    Iguazu looks stunning! Yet another place I need to add to my travel list!

  2. Rebecca says:

    some really useful information! I was convinced by the photos alone

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