Iguazu Falls: How Do I Get There?
While I realize that answering this question really depends on who's doing the asking, we can only speak from experience so we're going to break down how we were able to do it. Therefore, I'd imagine this page would be most useful to foreign visitors wishing to get here (since that was the situation we were in).
With that being said, obviously the quickest and most convient way to get to Iguazu Falls
is by air. Since we're talking about 2 different countries, there are obviously multiple ways to get here by air. We're most familiar with the Argentina side so we'll start here first.
, you're most likely going to be flying into Buenos Aires
(EZE), the country's capital, and then take a connecting flight (typically 90 minutes) from there to the town of Puerto Iguazú
Budget at least an hour for this drive alone. The Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in the outskirts of Buenos Aires
is actually quite a drive from El Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP), the domestic airport, so we had to arrange for a taxi to make the transfer between airports.
We arranged a remise (private car transfer) with a tour operator prior to arriving at the airport so there was someone waiting for us. I'm sure it's not the cheapest option, but we did it for the piece of mind. Alternatively, you can catch one of the taxis at the airport itself. I'd imagine if you're going this route, you might want to ensure your Spanish is decent enough to at least communicate with the cab driver.
If you happen to already be in an Argentinean city or other South American city outside Argentina that's both reasonably closer to the Iguazu Falls than Buenos Aires
and contains a direct connection to Puerto Iguazú
, then you can probably fly directly to the airport by the falls.
After landing at the Iguazu Falls International Airport on the Argentina side, you'll need a taxi or a remise (private car transfer) to take you to your accommodation. In our case, we had pre-arranged with the tour operator prior to leaving on this trip to have a remise so we had someone waiting for us. Again, I know it's probably not the cheapest way to do it, but at least we had piece of mind.
The accommodations are either in the town of Puerto Iguazú
or the Sheraton Iguazú
, which is the only hotel within the National Park and where we stayed.
If you're staying in Puerto Iguazú
, you either need a bus or a taxi to get to the visitor center in the National Park. From there, you can catch a short in-park train ride or walk to get up to Iguazu Falls
. However, if you're staying within the park at Sheraton Iguazú
, you can just walk for about 15 minutes from the hotel to the falls.
Note that the park generally closes after 6pm and doesn't open until 8am. This usually means small barricades are put up to discourage access though sometimes moonlight tours are conducted at Iguazu Falls.
If you stay within the park, at Sheraton Iguazú
you'll be able to enjoy a view of the falls and visit before the park opens and after it closes.
, I believe you're most likely going to be flying into Sao Paulo
(GRU), a major hub of Brazilian flights. From there, you'd probably take a connecting flight (90 minutes) to the city of Foz do Iguassu
(IGU). Then, you'll need a ride (taxi or bus) to your accommodation.
The accommodations are in Foz do Iguassu
or Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
which is the only hotel within the National Park.
If you're staying in Foz do Iguassu
, you'll need a taxi or bus to get from your accommodation to the falls unless you're at the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
(in which case you'll just walk a couple of minutes right to the overlooks).
If you stay within the park, at the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
, you'll be able to enjoy a view of the falls and visit before the park opens and after it closes.
If flying isn't your thing, then you can take a bus ride in either Argentina or Brazil. It's certainly cheaper than flying, but you're typically looking at a minimum of 20 hours on the road (at least that's what Lonely Planet said). Naturally, time was more of a factor than cost so the bus option wasn't palatable to us.
Just to give you an idea of the amount of travel involved, here's our travel circuit, which consisted of...
On the return trip, we took a different route...
Naturally, these transit times will differ depending on where you're at, but at least this gives you a rough idea of how much time to budget for travel days.
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