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Brazilian or Argentinian side?

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Brazilian or Argentinian side?

I am going to Iguazu in three weeks for three nights. I was hoping to spend two days on the Argentinian side and one day on the Brazilian side. I fly into Argentina and out of Brazil. Can anyone tell me how far it is from one side to another? I am thinking about accomodation and am not sure whether to book three nights on one side (where accommodation has been recommended) or to stay in Brazil on the third night.

THe guidebooks don't make it clear how easy it is to travel between the two - surely it can't be that hard?? The two towns where I guess we will stay must be relatively close to one another?

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1. Re: Brazilian or Argentinian side?

we stayed in Brazil side after arriving from BA to the airport in Argentina side. The tour van goes either towns to pick up tourists. There is a casino, too in Argentina side.

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2. Re: Brazilian or Argentinian side?

Puerto Iguazu (Argentina), Foz de Iguazu (Brazil), and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) are all close together and you can stay in one town and easily visit the others. try to go shopping in Paraguay for a few hours - its an experience. (there are no border controls to delay you)

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3. Re: Brazilian or Argentinian side?

"book three nights on one side"

By all means do it. It makes no sense at all to change hotels.

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4. Re: Brazilian or Argentinian side?

Both places are very close. You can get the bus (or "colectivo" in Argentina) to go from Puerto Iguazu (Argentina side) to Foz do Iguacu (Brasilian side) and viceversa.


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5. Re: Brazilian or Argentinian side?

Definitely stay in one place only, either Brazil or Argentina. If you still haven’t book you hotel, I recommend the “ Tropical das Cataratas", in the Brazilian side. It’s inside of the Park, saves you time and you will be able to see the falls early in the morning and at dusk before and after the crowds are there. It’s not cheap though, and can be difficult to get a room with such short notice.

I think it’s really worth seeing the falls from both sides, as each has its own beauty.

Have a look at the “Macuco Safari” web site. We did their boat tour and it was really cool!


Wish you a great time!

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6. Re: Brazilian or Argentinian side?

I have a different opinion on the whole matter. We are doing exactly what you are doing, flying into the Argentina side and out of the Brasil airport. We are staying 2 nights at the Sheraton inside the park on the Argentina side (1 night is free because we signed up for the AMEX card) and the 3rd night we are staying at the Catataras on the Brasilian side before our flight out to Rio, also at the falls. A little on the expensive side but its a once in a lifetime experience! We were given a quote of $60US for a transfer fee from the Sheraton to the Cataratas.

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7. Re: Brazilian or Argentinian side?

I think it's more easy to stay only in one place, no? instead of changing hotels, etc. then, if you stay inside the National Park in Argentina, even better! then you can take a taxi to the Brazil side the day you leave. Or stay all of the time in Brazil and take the taxi to see the Argentina side falls. Have fun!!

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