Iguazu borders between Brazil and Argentina
To visit both sides of the falls, one must cross the borders between Argentina and Brazil
If one is at hotels in Argentina and want to visit the iguassu falls in Brazil and vice-versa one must to bring the passport and the covid-19 vaccine proof (two doses), they accept a digital one. Children under 12 years old don´t need it.
No forms to fill in are required for people crossing the border to Argentina and Brazil bringing a passport.
Borders between Brazil and Paraguay
To enter Paraguay and travel further one needs to stamp the passport at the border and show the yellow fever card (no need any more to fill in the healthy declaration)
No need any requirement for children under 12 years old
For people that visit ONLY Ciudad del Este city, they don't require anything. People usually go to Paraguay for shopping because of the duty-free market.
There is a small waterfall called Monday falls near Puerto Franco town. One can also visit the Itaipu Dam from the Paraguayan side. In the city, there is the street market and also a souvenir shop.
Note: National Park in Iguassu Brazil is open also on Mondays
For people traveling in Argentina, it is better to cash dollars on the blue dollar rate. If one pays for bills using a credit card will lose money. Bring the new blue dollar bills. They give a poor rate for 50, 20, 10 and 5 bills. The bills must be in excellent conditions. It is better to get money in Buenos Aires, rates are better there and the WU bureaus in Puerto Iguazu always run out of money.
A flood damaged the devils throat bridge at Iguazu Falls in Argentina. The devils throat trail is closed for maintenance until January 2023. It is still possible to visit the falls in Argentina walking on the upper and lower trails.
How far is the Iguassu Falls Brazil from the cities?
The Falls in Brazil are 26 km from Puerto Iguazu town in Argentina and 27 km from Foz do Iguacu city in Brazil. There are 3 ways to reach the entrance of the park, by public bus, by taxi, by bike, or using your own transportation. As arriving at the entrance of the Iguassu National Park in Brazil ( PARQUE NACIONAL DO IGUACU ) in Portughese, until one reaches the falls there are still 11 km. From the entrance of the park one needs to catch a bus service inside the park. There are ticket bots to one to buy the admission fee. The price of the entrance fee of the park is changing according to the exchange rate and nationality, please, bring an I.D. or passport. One can also buy an advance ticket using this link: admission for the Iguassu national park Brazil
For people that want to go back to the park the next day, there is a 15% discount on a second-day visit.
Only tour companies, tour guides and taxi drivers are allowed to ride in the park. People arriving by car must pay for the car park and also take the public bus ride inside the park.
There is only one word to say about the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, PANORAMIC. Yes, the best panoramic view one will only have from Brazil. One can also see some of the waterfalls that only can be seen from Brazil.
Walking around the Brazil side of the Iguazu Falls
Walking around the trails on the Brazilian side is much easier than walking on the Argentine side of the waterfalls. There is only one trail, one mile long with lots of stairs on the way. In the beginning, from the first lookout, one will be impressed by the amazing panoramic view of the waterfalls in Argentina. Sometimes there are animals on the trail like the coati (Nasua nasua) begging for food. They are nice animals, but our food is not good for them to eat. Is forbidden to feed animals in the park. As one walk, the trails get better and better with different views until one arrives at the bridge. That is the best part, the feeling of the water on the face. Taking marvelous pictures of rainbows circling the waterfalls. After the trail one will approach the foot of some waterfalls for some other spectacular photos. There are two ways to reach the top, by stairs or by lift. One can decide about it according to the size of the line for the lift. As one arrives at the top, there is the grand finale, with some panoramic pictures. That is, it! From the top one walk to the square, from where the buses are departing. At the square, there are choices for food and a cold beer. From the same place buses are departing to the entrance of the National Park.
On the way back there are some optional tours like the boat ride at the falls, the Bird Park and also the helicopter ride over the falls and also the National Park.
(they spell Iguassu with double S and C in Brazil), in Argentina with Z)
Yes, one can walk at the falls in Brazil wearing flip-flops or training shoes.
Boat ride at the falls in Brazil
This is the only boat trip at the falls on the Brazil side. After visiting the falls in Brazil, one can do the macuco safari boat ride at the iguassu falls departing from Brazil. This tour starts 3 km from the falls. One can reach it by park bus, tour company transportation or by taxi.
As we arrive at the starting point of the tour, there is a desk for one to buy the ticket. There are lockers available for 2 dollars at the beginning of the tour. There are also more lockers available near the boat departing place. The tour is divided into two stages. It starts with a wagon ride pulled by an electrical cart in the forest with some stops for information about fauna and flora. During the jungle tour, chances to see animals are remote. At a certain point, there is also a walking trail. There is a chance to skip it and go all the way to the pier by jeep. There are two kinds of boats departing one is the dry boat, the other one is the wet boat. One can decide at the pier which one to board. After people wear the raincoats and get ready for the tour, the boat departs upstream for about 3 km until reaching the great Iguassu Falls. One has time for pictures before getting wet under the waterfalls. After people get soaking wet, they return to the pier. Even when one decides for a dry boat, there is a 5% chance to get some splashes.
After the tour, in case people dont have a tour company waiting for him, they must catch the park bus to the way out of the park.
What to bring: a passport, money, credit card, waterproof phone, swimming suits, shorts in the spring and summer, raincoat, sunglasses, and sunblock. During the speed boat ride one can stay barefoot, wear flip-flops or anything else. Some people bring a small towel. There are lockers available near the docks.
White water rafting in Iguassu Falls Brazil (THIS TOUR IT IS NOT AVAILABLE ANYMORE)
There are two options to do the rafting in Iguassu Falls, Brasil
It lasts 3 hours, one must COMBINE this tour with the Macuco Safari and Boat Trip. The rapids vary from the 1.5 to 3.5 level, depending on the water level. When the water level is good, there are about 3 sets of rapids downstream. During the tour, one can also be swimming in the Iguassu River. One can buy the tickets at the Macuco Safari desk at the starting point of the tour.
There is a chance to buy the ticket only for the white water rafting. In this case, the tour will last around 95 minutes.
How to get to this option? As one arrives at the first lockout (beginning of the Iguassu Falls trail in front of the Belmond hotel), must walk to the right for 30 yards, they have a ticket office there. One can also buy the ticket at the Macuco Safari desk.
What to bring: there are water-resistant bags for small belongings available on this tour. If one has have large bags better leave at the lockers at the desk before it starts. If one has an Iguassu tour company assisting, there is a chance to leave it in the car or bus.
How many days one need to visit Iguassu Falls?
We recommend people to split it in two days, but we know that some people need to do it in one day to catch up with the travel schedule.
Yes, it is possible to do it in a day. To do both sides of the falls in one day, one must be a good walker. There are trails to cover on both sides. Depending on the hotel people stay at and the time of the year, one can start with the Brazilian side and finish with the Argentinean side or vice-versa.
In case one decides to visit both sides of the falls on private transportation in a day. There is also time for the boat ride under the waterfalls but one needs to skip one of the trails in Argentina. Please, bring shampoo.
We are reminded that there are borders to cross and a Passport is mandatory. During high season and holidays one can face lines at Iguassu borders.
The same waters that are passing through Iguassu Falls, making the borders between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay 23 km downstream. The Iguassu river ends into the Parana River that is the second-largest river in South America, just behind the Amazon River.
Each of these countries has built a stone and cement obelisk on its territory painted with the colors of their respective flags. From this landmark, one has a panoramic view of each of the three countries.
The site in Brazil is run by a private company and they charge people to visit. There are facilities with a short local folk show focusing South American. The Building at the site looks like the Jesuit Missions run by the Jesuits, there is some information about the Jesuits and Spaniards, there is also a restaurant Cabeza the Vaca, kiosks with food and drinks and a gift shop. Limited buses from the site to Foz city in Brazil. Most of the people visit it during the evening. Tuesday to Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., admission US $9.00
The site in Argentina is run by the Argentinean government and is free of charge. There is a short water show with lights. At the site, people find kiosks selling handcrafts, beverage. Street vendors selling handicrafts. There is also a hippie market with handcrafts. This place is only busy in the evening. During the day people are at the falls. The site is walking distance from Puerto Iguazu, downtown.
Optional tours outside of the park on the way back to the hotel
Bird Park Brazil walk-in-through
The Park was designed and built by Dennis and Anna Croukamp. He has been a bird lover since childhood, she, a veterinarian, the two from Namibia, southwest Africa. In their incredible adventure, the couple arrived in Brazil without even speaking Portuguese. The park was opened on October 7, 1994, and it is getting bigger and bigger. Each year more than 700 thousand people visit the Bird Park in Portuguese Parque das Aves. The Park is located in an area of more than 16 hectares of forest. Strategically located between the Iguaçu River and the highway that leads to the Falls.
Bird Park serves as a hospital and refuge for animals rescued from abuse and trafficking.
It is the largest bird park in Latin America, the largest macaw nursery in South America, the largest aviary for birds in the Americas, it has the largest groups of macaw jacutingas in the world and the largest set of parrots (the family of parrots, macaws, jandaias and parakeets) on display in Brazil.
The Park currently has one of the most complete sets on the planet, with species from all continents: flamingos from Africa, cranes from Asia and cassowaries from New Guinea.
World reference for many species of toucans, one of the most popular Brazilian tropical birds.
At floresta aviary, one find birds of the Atlantic Forest. At Pantanal aviary, birds adapted to the aquatic environment. At macaws aviary, one can have the experience of admiring the low-flying macaws.
One can buy the ticket at the site.
Bird in the picture: Sayaca Tanager
Iguassu Falls Brazil and Argentina are in front of each other but if one is in at the falls in Brazil and want to see the falls in Argentina needs to drive 44 km (28 miles) and cross two borders to get there. Looks simple as one sees on the map, but it can be difficult if there are lines at the borders during busy times. It is mandatory to stamp passports or passenger list while crossing borders.
At the moment the borders are closed, people can´t cross borders to see the Iguazu Falls in Argentina. We will let people know when it is open.
For backpackers that have plenty of time, here is a (link with the bus timetable is not working) around Iguassu Falls.
For people that don´t have much time, it is possible to visit both sides of the falls in a day. If one got plenty of time available is recommended to split in two days visit.
Iguazu falls map both sides of the falls