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Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

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Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

Hi, We are arriving on the Brazilian side (IGU) and departing the next day from the Argentinian side (IGR). Arriving around 1:00pm and Staying at the Das Cataratas.

Departure is next day from IGR is at 6:00pm onwards to Buenos Aires.

1. How easy is it to get to IGR from Das Cataratas?

2. Do we have to travel via Paraguay to get to IGR? If so, we will have to get VISAs for Paraguay right (we are US and India citizens)?

Should we just depart from Brazilian side itself?

Please advise.

Thanks,

Amar Gupta

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1. Re: Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

1. It is easy. There are taxis, shuttles and regular buses (although bus will involve going to foz town 50 mins from falls, and getting another bus to Argentina). Taxi or shuttle quickest/easiest, will wait at border, which will take about 5-10mins only, but taxi more expensive. Taxi approx R40, bus approx R5. Your hotel should also be able to help.

2. No need to go to Paraguay.

You could do brazil side day 1, Argentina day 2 (store luggage in locker at falls to save going back to brazil side)

Edited: 19 September 2012, 01:04
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2. Re: Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

Jo, Thanks so much for the quick response. There will be FOUR of us, so per person cost if we take a taxi is fine.

Does the taxi cut across one of the bridges without going all the way to Foz Town? How long does it typically take during late afternoon hours?

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Amar

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3. Re: Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

Hi, yes taxi will avoid going to foz town and also puerto iguasu town so will save time. The airports on both sides are nearer to the falls than town. We crossed over twice, once at 10am and once at 4pm, both times it was very quick. The brazil falls are not far from the border but the Argentina falls/airport are around 20km, so allow around 30mins. The border took about 5mins only. If you are leaving from Argentina you will need to get stamped out of brazil then drive down to Argentina border over the bridge then get stamped into Argentina. If you are only going over for the day, then you don't need to do the brazil bit (but we did anyway as we didn't realise). Definitely visit both sides. The brazil side has panoramas but didn't take so long to do the main walk, unless you want to do boat trips etc, the Argentinian side took longer as there are 2 walks, an island, and a train up to the gargantua el Diablo (which you shouldn't miss). Enjoy!

Edited: 19 September 2012, 12:09
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4. Re: Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

Thanks again for such a clear response. This certainly helps. We have decided to proceed as planned and will arrive at IGU airport and depart from the Argentinian side (IGR) the next day.

I also believe staying at the Das Cataratas will save us time since we are walking distance from one of the main falls.

Is there a boat trip we can take from somewhere close to Cataratas and tour the Argentinian and any other nice spots we should be visiting side as well and return to depart directly to the Argentinian airport?

Cheers,

Amar

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5. Re: Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

Staying at cataractas you will be right opposite the start of the Brazilian trail walk, this walk takes about a couple of hours including stops for photos etc. to do a boat trip you will need to take the bus within the park to another stop but this is easy and doesn't take long. There are a variety of tours available, some boat trips on the river, others go under parts of the falls and you get soaked! There are no boats crossing to Argentina, you have to go the long way around. In the the Argentinian side, there are several options. Lower circuit walk below part of the falls, takes about 30m-1hr, from this you can take a boat over to the island next to the falls or you can pay extra to take boat trips similar to those offered in brazil side. Upper circuit walks up top of falls, takes about an hour. Then you can take train up to gargantua el Diablo and walk less than a km on boardwalk over river to top of fastest flowing part - this is amazing, especially if there has been a bit of rain, the sheer volume of water! Takes about 2 hours all in for this bit. We went at 10, left at 4, and did everything except the island. I would recommend when you arrive you check into hotel and enjoy brazil side that afternoon, next day head over to Argentinian side and spend that day there then head to airport. Any further q feel free to ask.

Edited: 21 September 2012, 22:38
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6. Re: Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

Perfect... We will follow your advise and most likely take the same "route" you took on the Aregntinian side. Did you get drenched on the Argentinian side? Getting drenched on Day ONE is OK since we have a night to spend.

Should we be carrying ponchos or are they available readily there?

regards,

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7. Re: Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

Yes we did get drenched, but because there was a big thunderstorm! There were ponchos everywhere so we bought some and after that we were fine. The boat rides on the brazil side are a bit more expensive but makes sense to get wet on day 1 like you say since you can go and dry off.

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8. Re: Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

No issues with transportation. You will pass BR & AR immigration and quick and simple.

BR side has the nicest boats and yes you will get wet. Depending on when you travel, it is spring now and Dec on it is warm so the mist is refreshing.

The buses inside the falls run all the time and you will need to go to another stop to take the boats

Enjoy....there are more things to do in Foz but if you desire to see both sides have fun. REMEMBER non-slip shoes!!!!

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9. Re: Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

How easy is it to get Taxis/Minivans to go from Brazilian side to Argenitna side (IGR) airport? We are a party of FOUR people.

I don't want to reserve through the Hotel (we will be staying at the Cataratas Hotel) since I know they will charge a lot more. Is it easy to arrange at the IGU airport when we arrive on the Brazilian side?

Thanks

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10. Re: Iguassu Falls: IGU airport to IGR airport

how many days do you recommend to see everything for the FALLS.

thanks

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