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Puerto Iguazú

Puerto Iguazú (Argentina)

Practical information on Puerto Iguazú

  • Viewpoint
  • River
2 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
2 hours flight from Buenos Aires or Salta, or 20 hours by bus from Buenos Aires
When to go
All year round, but it is very hot in December and January.
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Puerto Iguazú

Fanny Dumond Seasoned Traveller
64 written opinions

Puerto Iguazu is where you go to see the famous Iguazu waterfalls. It is a town in the province of Missiones, in the extreme north east of Argentina.  

My suggestion:
If you are going to visit the falls I recommend you stay at Puerto Iguazu on the Argentine side, rather than at Foz do Iguacu on the Brazilian side, because Puerto Iguazu is a much smaller, safer and nicer town.
My review

Although there was a record number of travellers who visited the waterfalls over the course of the year, I was surprised to find that Puerto Iguazu has managed to remain a tranquil spot. As soon as you are out of the centre of town you are surrounded by sub-tropical vegetation. There are palm trees in the gardens and the untarmacked roads become bright red earth. Totally beautiful colour contrasts.

It's really easy to get to the falls. Buses leave from the central station at different times of the day for the Argentine or Brazilian sides of the falls. They also stop at the hotels, so check with your reception. It's the cheapest solution.

When you are creating the itinerary of your trip to Argentina, you should remember that you can fly directly to Puerto Iguazu from Buenos Aires or Salta.

Virginie Bigeni Seasoned Traveller
49 written opinions

Puerto Iguazu is a human sized town in the north of Argentina, very close to the Brazilian border. It's where you can get to the amazing Iguazu waterfalls, an absolute must see during a trip to Argentina.  

My suggestion:
The town is really just a departure point for your visit. So don't bother staying there more than one or two days, unless you want to do an excursion to one of the local tribes.
My review

Puerto Iguazu has a gentle atmosphere. You feel good there, relaxed, because the town is surrounded by the jungle! It's a change from Buenos Aires. You can either get there by bus (check the distances, Puerto Iguazu is in the extreme north) or by plane. Then you have a good trot through the jungle, in a vehicle obviously, which gives you a foretaste of the magnificent scenery around the Iguazu waterfall. You might even see some toucans on the road!

In the centre of town, around the bus station, are the restaurants and tourist shops. If you've got the time you can easily cross over the Brazilian frontier to see the waterfalls from the other side. There are hotels and youth hostels everywhere. We had no problem finding a room at a moment's notice. Puerto Iguazu really only exists because of tourism.  

Tours and travel ideas Puerto Iguazú

  • Off the beaten track
Solar Eclipse with Iguazu and Bariloche December 2020
Length 12 days Approx. $2,040
  • Highlights
Nocturnal hikes and jungle waterfalls
Length 8 days Approx. $2,350
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