Iguazu Falls – Puerto Iguazú, Argentina & Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil Travel Guide
The primary purpose of tourists visiting either town is, of course, to see Iguazu Falls. Photos
To take a walk along the wood-planed path to the lower falls – Alvar Núñez Falls - named after the Spaniard Alvar Núñez Cabeza da Vasca who discovered them while traveling through the area in 1541 watch this YouTube video:
More videos of the falls, including Garganta del Diablo can be found here: Videos of Iguazu National Park & Waterfalls
Activities in the park in addition to walking through the maze of forest paths and river bridges include river rafting, rappel (Brazil side), full-moon tours, helicopter rides and taking a speed boat ride close to the bottom of the cascading cataracts and their thundering spray.
Note: They provide waterproof bags for electonic equipment as you are, without a doubt, going to get wet!
One company that has helicopter flights over the falls on the Brazil side is Helisul – www.helisul.com.
There is a sweet little “Humingbird Garden” in Puerto Iguazú but it can’t compete with Parque das Aves (Bird Park), a main tourist attraction in Foz do Iguaçu, located close to the entrance of Iguaçu Falls. Over 800 bird species are on display in Parque das Aves. For detailed information view the Parque das Aves website.
More than 2000 species of plant & fauna have been identified in the park in addition to over 900 species of bird.
Animals who call the park home include: Brazilian otter, black howler monkey, jaguar, ocelot, black-capped capuchin, broad-nosed caiman, tiger-cat, tapir, coati, tamandua, raccon and merganser (sawbill duck).
One of the most commonly seen small mammal is the coati, who roam the park in large numbers and like to congregate around the rest stations at lunch time… keep watch over that pricey chow!
Another tourist attraction in the area is the Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, the largest hydroelectric energy-producing plant in the world – shared by Brazil and Paraguay. On the Brazil side (Foz do Iguaçu) you can visit the Itaipu Tourist Center which has an Eco-museum. The dam can also be accessed through Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.
Original inhabitants in the area were the Caingangues Indians followed by the Tupi-Guaranies. Their history as well as other original settlers are celebrated with photos and artifacts in the Tourist Information Center Museum (Argentina side). To view a short video of the museum, click here.
Transportation & Visas
Busses leave regularily from the bus terminal in Puerto Iguazú to the falls (every 15 minutes, around 30 minute ride), Foz do Iguaçu (one hour) and Ciudad del Este, Paraguay (one hour). You do not need to obtain visas for daytrips to these areas, but if continuing on to Asuncion, Paraguay or to other areas in Brazil you will have to obtain a visa. Visas & Fees for South America
The bus terminal in Foz do Iguaçu has regular service to the Brazillian side of the falls as well – around 40 minutes leaving every half hour.
If you do not need an exit/entry stamp – are only visiting for the day – just stay on the bus when it stops at Immigrations.
Note: Puerto Iguazú is one of the few locations you can obtain a Brazilian visa (limited to 90 days) within a day or two. Paraguay does not offer this service from Puerto Iguazú, the nearest embassy that issues visas is in Posadas.
Address: Avenida Córdoba y Carlos Thays
Website: http://www.aqvarestaurant.com/ Salads, grilled fish, meat and seafood.
Name: La Vitrina
Address: Avenida Victoria Auirre 773
Website: None. Traditional Argentine cuisine such as asado, salads, etc.
Name: Color (pizzeria)
Address: Gustavo Eppens 258 (near bus terminal)
Website: None. Pizzas, traditional Argentinian cuisine, chorizo, salads, etc.
Name: Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa (only hotel inside the park) Book Now
Address: Parque Nacional Iguazú
Website: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/ Outdoor pool, spa, tennis courts and rooms with view of the falls.
Name: Complejo Americano
Address: Ruta 12 Km 5 (near entrance to park)
Website: http://www.complejoamericano.com.ar/ Spacious outdoor grounds, restaurant with deck seating overlooking the pool, game room with pool table.
Address: Rua Marechal Deodoro de Fonseca 1087
Website: http://www.trapicherestaurante.com.br/ Specialties include seafood stew & lobster.
Name: Martignoni Pizza Parlor
Address: Avenida Paraná, 3535
Website: None. Italian food; pastas, pizzas, salads.
Address: Av Juscelino Kubitschek 1565 (near bus terminal, inside market)
Website: None. Tasty pay by weight food – grab a dish, fill it up then get it weighed for your price.
Name: Hotel Das Cataratas (inside national park) Book Now
Address: Next to waterfalls inside Brazillian National Park
Website: http://www.hoteldascataratas.com/ Restaurants overlooking the pool, abseiling, rock climbing and canopy walks, views of the falls.
Name: Pousada El Shaddai (guesthouse) Book Now
Address: Engenheiro rebouças, 306
Website: None. Pool, WiFi, parking in central location.
Name: HI Paudimar Falls (hostal w/ camping)
Address: Rua antonio raposo 820 (in town)
Website: None. Small pool with garden, areas to put up a tent, local bus service to the falls.
Photographs & videos by Molly McHugh, all rights reserved.