Puerto Iguazù is a border town in Argentina, separated by just a few kilometres from both Brazil and Paraguay.
The city has a population in the region of 80,000 inhabitants, is situated at 162m above sea level and stretches over a surface area of round 766 square kilometres.
The city can offer everything that a tourist could possibly wish for: museums, craft fairs, shopping centres, parks, the port, a casino in one of the hotels and a wide selection of trendy shops and restaurants along with night clubs, bars, a cinema and of course, Puerto Iguazù owes much of its income to the spectacular waterfalls nearby, which, thanks to their unequalled beauty, attract thousands of tourists every year.
When it comes to accommodation, there are various possibilities ranging from a grand hotel to hostels and for those who wish to be in touch with nature, there are also camping sites.
The waterfalls of Iguazù are world famous and are situated about 18 kilometres away from the city on the border between Argentina and Brazil.
There is a succession of some 275 waterfalls with a maximum drop of 70 metres which stretch for a distance of some 2.7 km along the River Iguazù of which, some 600 metres are within the Brazilian border and the remainder, on the Argentinian side of the border.
Without doubt, the most spectacular spot is at “The Devil’s Throat, which is one of the most magnificent waterfalls of them all, it is shaped like a horseshoe and stretches for a length of some 700 metres with a depth of 150 metres.
The best views are to be had on the Brazilian side but, don’t forget, if you want to enjoy the views from the other side of the border, you will need to have your passport with you.
As of 1984 and 1986, the two national parks, in both Argentina and Brazil, in which these waterfalls are located, were given UNESCO World Heritage Status.
In addition to the waterfalls, we would recommend that you don’t miss out on a visit to Hito de las Tres Fronteras (the point of three frontiers) where the borders of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil all meet and where it is worth seeing the local craft fair.
The National Park can be reached from the city by taxi or via a bus service that leaves every 15 minutes from the central bus terminal at a cost of around 200 pesos there and back.
If you are planning on visiting the park, ideally, you will need a full day. Inside the park, there are electric trains which can take you to see all the most interesting places but, make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes because there is quite a lot of walking involved through the wonders of Mother Nature along well-established paths and trails.
Entrance to the park costs 260 pesos.
If you are hoping to have a more in-depth experience of the falls, you should try the “Great Adventure” which is effectively a boat ride underneath the cascading water from the falls and is a really fantastic experience which will cost you 500 pesos.
The number of seats is limited to a maximum of 1,000 tickets which can also be purchased at the bus terminal.
The ticket office does not accept credit cards so make sure you have cash with you.
Puerto Iguazù is easily reachable with direct flights from Buenos Aires and the airport is about 25km from the city and is connected to the latter via a bus service or by taxi.
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