Iguazu Falls Tours and Vacation
Advantages and Disadvantages of Tour and Vacation Packages
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting
Iguazu Falls is a
beautiful destination that I highly recommend, but it is also a tourist
trap. Although the all inclusive hotel, flight and tour packages may save
you money, I recommend you tour Parque Nacional Iguazu (Iguazu National
Park) without a tour group.
Take a Taxi
There are several advantages to taking a taxi around Iguazu
Falls as opposed to going with a tour group. The first is that you
leave your hotel when you are ready, not a second sooner or later.
Another advantage is that you
are the only stop for the taxi. When you take a shuttle or bus you may
have several stops before you reach the Iguazu Falls Park, and sometimes
the people at the stops are not ready and you must wait for them.
The Tour Guide
Once you arrive at the park it is nice to have a guide tell you about the
park. We had one guide name the various species that inhabit the park.
He told us how many acres the park encompassed on both the Brazilian side
and the Argentinean side. He told us about the plans and regulations in
place to protect the rainforest and wildlife and he explained the layout
of the park. A good tour guide can make your visit much more interesting
if they give you lots of information about the area, but many times they
have poor English and they just lead you around like sheep without
providing any interesting details on the area.
After our short stay at the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls, our bus made two stops. The first was at tourist shop, filled with chocolate, crafts and other souvenirs. The second was at a restaurant, which also sold souvenirs. We were previously informed of the arts and crafts stop, so it wasn't a problem. We weren't interested in any of the items sold in the store, but we were able to sit down for the 45 minute stop. After we left the Tres Frontiers Arts and Crafts shop, the tour guide informed us that we would stop for lunch. He told everyone that they didn't have to eat there, but we would be there for two hours and there were no other restaurants in the area - so you could either eat or sit on the bus for two hours! It was a buffet style restaurant and we were forced to sit at school cafeteria style tables with everyone else on the bus. I prefer a private relaxing setting when I eat, but there was nothing I could do!
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