After seeing the ‘Brazil side’ of the spectacular Iguazu Falls yesterday, today our aim was to see the ‘Argentina side’ in a day trip from our hotel in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. We decided to do it via local buses, which was cheaper than taking an organised tour, but more challenging as well. Thankfully it worked out, and it was completely worth it.
To help others wanting to do the same, I’ve written a comprehensive guide to doing a day trip to the Argentinian side of Iguazu falls from Brazil.
We had an early breakfast at our hotel then took three buses: the first to the Foz do Iguaçu bus station; the second to Puerto Iguazu bus station in Argentina; and the third to Argentina’s Iguazú National Park. Entry to the park cost 600 Argentine pesos each.
Jungle Iguazu boat trip
As we walked in, a man approached to ask if we wanted to do a boat trip under the falls: to which the obvious answer was “yes”! We paid 1,200 pesos each – which to be honest, I think was expensive for what we got – then walked to the Jungle Iguazu HQ in the park’s centre to join the 12:45 trip. To Jungle Iguazu’s credit, the man who sold us the tickets very helpfully suggested an itinerary that would allow us to see the park’s highlights before the park closed, and by following it we did just that.
The boat trip began with a bumpy 20-minute bus ride through the Atlantic rainforest, throughout which the guide told us about the creatures who lived there in English and Spanish. After arriving at the river we collected life jackets and dry bags for our belongings (including our shoes!) before boarding the large speedboat.
If you decide to take this trip, try to sit at or near the front of the boat because it’ll make it easier to take photos. The boat took us to two sets of waterfalls, at which we stopped to take photos. Once we’d returned our cameras to our dry bags, the boat drove closer to the falls and we all got soaked by their spray! The water was rough, and it was fun bouncing over the rapids and thrilling getting so close to the falls. However, the experience felt too short for the money we paid.
After the boat trip we were returned to the park, where we took the train to the Devil’s Throat viewpoint. The walk to it was dull, but the pay off was worth it; being confronted with that much power was just awe-inspiring.
Superior waterfalls walk
After that we got the train back to the park’s centre and did the ‘Superior’ waterfalls walk, which provided further dramatic views over the tops of the falls. The paths took us very close to the rushing water, and the misty views were spectacular. Spotting toucans high up in the trees was the icing on the cake!
Dinner at Emporium Com Arte
We left the park as it closed and caught the two buses back to Brazil. We alighted at the restaurant Emporium Com Arte on Avenida das Cataratas, and had a fantastic meal of local beer, wine, delicious deep-fried starters that included coxinhas, and interesting main courses: steak with banana for Steve, and giant courgettes stuffed with beef, tomatoes, and plenty of cheese for me. The restaurant was small, friendly, and filled with quirky artwork and sculptures that you could buy.
We shared a cake with dulce de leche for dessert, before getting a taxi back to our hotel. Tomorrow, we’d be boarding another plane to fly to our final destination on this trip: Recife, Brazil.
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