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Iguazu Falls are one of the world's most spectacular natural attractions. Located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, the falls are known as Cataratas do Iguaçu in Portuguese and as Cataratas del Iguazú in Spanish. Iguazu Falls are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and are one of the most impressive attractions in all of South America. Although border crossings are certainly possible, many people prefer to stick to one country for their stay in order to avoid extensive travel and customs regulations at the international borders. There are several ways to enjoy your time at the falls. Ride a horse in the surrounding jungle, take a helicopter ride, a boat tour or just relax in the nearby accommodations. However you decide to spend your time in the area, use this guide for information on sightseeing in both Brazil and Argentina as well as travel and accommodations.
Getting to the Iguazu Falls
There are two nearby airports that service the Iguazu Falls. Those travelling in Brazil should aim to catch a flight and arrive at the Foz do Iguaçu International Airport. Flights are available to and from the airport from cities throughout Brazil as well as Peru. From the Foz do Iguaçu International Airport there are rental cars, shuttles and buses to get to the entrance of the falls. The journey takes roughly thirty minutes. Those travelling to the falls from the Argentinean side of the border should opt to arrive at the Iguazu International Airport. It is a mere fifteen minute ride by car, taxi or bus to get from the airport to the entrance of the Iguazu Falls Park.
Sightseeing on the Brazilian Side
Although the falls are primarily on the Argentinean side of the border, the best views of Iguazu Falls are to be had on the Brazilian side. The best viewpoint is without a doubt from the platform above Devil's Throat. The price to view this incredible scenery is R$41, although discounts are available for Brazilian citizens. If you want to take a boat tour underneath the falls, it is best to do so on the Brazilian side of the border. Expect to take some incredible pictures but also get splashed quite a bit thanks to the falls as well as the rapids along the way.
Sightseeing on the Argentinean Side
There are several great spots to view the falls from the Argentinean side of the border. It will cost AR$100 per person to enter the protected area around the falls. However, if you choose to come back the next day you will receive discounts on the prices and may even get free entry. If you only have a short time to view the falls, walk along the Circuito Superior and take in the major views. Those with more time should enjoy the longer hike along the Sendero Macuco. This seven kilometre trail ends up at a swimming spot along the base of the falls so bring along your bathing suit for a truly unique and exclusive experience.
Accommodations in the Area
As a major tourism attraction for both Brazil and Argentina, there is no shortage of accommodation options surrounding Iguazu Falls. If you want to stay within walking distance of the park, it is possible to do so from both countries at one of the larger chain hotels. A more affordable and authentic option would be to rent out Argentinean apartments from the town of Puerto Iguazu or Brazilian apartments from the nearby town of Foz do Iguaçu. Both are roughly twenty minutes from the entrance of the park and boast restaurants, shops and attractions.