Suggested Itinerary of Iguazu
See the best of Iguazu Falls and avoid the tour groups.
People typically book only two or three days to see Iguazu Falls. At first, I didnít believe this was enough time to see everything, but if you do things on your own two days is plenty of time to see all the highlights Puerto Iguazu and Foz do Iguacu have to offer. The main attractions in these two cities are Iguazu Falls from the Argentinean side, Iguazu Falls from Brazil, a helicopter tour of the falls, and the Bird Park Iguazu.
Most flights and buses arrive at Puerto Iguazu or Foz do Iguacu from Buenos Aires in the afternoon. It is a short ride from the airport to the area most hotels are located, which gives you plenty of time to see some of the falls the same day you arrive.
The perfect way to start your tour of Iguazu Falls is with a helicopter ride over the falls. It is a short trip, about 15 minutes, but it gives you the best views available. After the helicopter ride you may still have time to either go to the bird park or visit the Brazilian side of the falls. If you are planning on saving a full day for a tour of the Brazilian side and bird park then head of the Hito Tres Fronteras, where the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet.
Brazilian Side of the Falls
The Brazilian side of the falls is a short walk with panoramic views of
Iguazu Falls. On the Brazilian side of Iguazu repelling and boat tours
are available. I recommend doing the Great Adventure Boat Tour on the
Argentinean side because it is less expensive there. If you choose to do
the repelling it occurs just before the board walk along the falls. Touring the entire Brazilian side of
should take about two hours, less if you walk at a normal pace and donít
stop frequently to take pictures and admire the wildlife.
Argentinean Side of the Falls
Start your day as early as possible for touring the Argentinean side of
Iguazu Falls Park. The park opens at 8:30 am, and I suggest you are there,
ready to buy your ticket, at 8:15 so you can beat the tour groups. Most
tour groups arrive at 9 am and head straight to the train to see Gargantua
del Diablo or Devilís Throat. I suggest you start at the Superior Circuit
where you will see spectacular views and enjoy an easy walk. Then head for the
lower circuit where you are right next to the water. At the lower circuit
you can take an optional tour of San Martin Island and the Grand Adventure
To get to Devilís Throat follow the green trail to the train stop. The
train runs every thirty minutes, or you can walk, but it is a long way so
I suggest waiting on the train. There is a small snack bar at the train
station, so this might be a good time to eat something or feed the coatis
which gather behind the snack bar.
After Devilís Throat take the last trail in the park, Macuco Trail, to Salto Arrechea. Be careful to watch the time. There is a fine is you stay in the park after closing time which is 6:30 pm. Most tour groups skip this falls completely, so enjoy the time to yourself. =)
Reason for My Suggested Itinerary
Puerto Iguazu Airport
If you are flying out of Puerto Iguazu, donít worry about long lines and crowds at the airport. The airlines are not available for check in until 1.5 hours before your flight and you cannot enter the actual terminal until about 45 minutes before your flight. If you have an early afternoon flight I suggest you spend you morning visiting the attractions. A morning is plenty of time for a quick trip to the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls, the bird park, or the casino. The airport is not air-conditioned and there are not a lot of shopping or eating options, so donít go to the airport early.
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