Located in the middle of the tropical forest on the border between Argentina (80%) and Brazil (20%), Iguazu National Park is a natural wonder registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1984. Iguazú Falls is an incredible set of 275 waterfalls located next to each other on an almost 3 km-long (1.9 miles) […]
Located in the middle of the tropical forest on the border between Argentina (80%) and Brazil (20%), Iguazu National Park is a natural wonder registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1984. Iguazú Falls is an incredible set of 275 waterfalls located next to each other on an almost 3 km-long (1.9 miles) stretch of land. It is the Iguazú River (which means “Great Water” in the indigenous language), with a flow rate of about 6 million liters of water per second that cascades from 80 m (262 ft) high! Many consider them as the world’s most beautiful and impressive waterfalls.
Iguazu Falls are located 1100 km (683 mi) from Buenos Aires, and you can reach them either by land or air. There is an airport in the neighboring town of Puerto Iguazu that offers daily flights to cities such as Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Rosario. There are also some direct bus services to big Argentinian cities.
The town of Puerto Iguazu is 17 km (10 miles) from the falls. Buses leave very often from the Puerto Iguazu bus terminal and will cost approximately $11. There will also be a lot of taxis offering to take you to the falls.
To access the falls from the Brazilian side, the easiest way is to go to the town of Foz de Iguaçu, which also has an airport with direct flights to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Porto Alegre. From Foz do Iguaçu, you can take the bus N120 that goes to the airport and the falls (About 30 minutes depending on where you take the bus; cost is about $1.5 per person). You can also reach the falls by taxi or bike (about 12 km, 7 miles).
Although the falls are not visible from Paraguay, you can still have quick and easy access to it from the city of Ciudad del Este. There are buses that can take you to the Brazilian or the Argentinian side of the falls. If you cross the Brazilian border, you don’t need to stop at the immigration desk unless you’re coming back to Paraguay the same day.
If you cross the Argentinian border, you need to stop at the immigration desk to get the Paraguay exit stamp in any case.
You can get to Ciudad del Este either by bus or by plane from Asunción.
There are plenty of lodging options in Puerto Iguazu, and it is the closest place you can sleep from the falls in Argentina.
The city of Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil is a good and cheap base to visit the waterfalls. There you can also find all types of lodging options. There is also a large hotel called “Hotel das Cataratas” located inside the National Park.