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Iguazu Intinerary / things to do Advice needed

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Iguazu Intinerary / things to do Advice needed

Fiance and I will be arriving in Iguazu Sunday, Dec 29 at night, staying at the Sheraton and the flying out on the 31st around 7pm. We want to see the water falls, take the boat ride and see the Itaipu Hidroelectrip plant - Can someone helps us with itinerary advices? Do's and Don'ts, order of things? Do we book tickets for ride and Itaipu?

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1. Re: Iguazu Intinerary / things to do Advice needed

Hi Chicago!

No and yes.

There's no need to book boat ride tickets in advance, unless you're traveling in a group. Extra boats are usually standing by in case of extraordinarily high demand.

Ticket prices are soft. Tickets are sold by dealers in addition to the boat company itself. (There are two: in Argentina, it's the Gran Aventura; on the Brazilian side, Macuco.)

Your hotel is probably a dealer. Most are. Dealers can negotiate down. One idea is to ask your concierge where to find the best deal for boat tickets.

The Itaipu Dam in Brazil is the opposite. You'll want to pre-book.

You can only visit the dam as part of a group. If you don't bring your own group (reserved in advance) you'll have to wait for a scheduled tour. The scheduling may not be convenient, and English-speaking tours are not done frequently. We found all this out the hard way after driving impromptu to the dam without making reservations.

By the way, if you'll be coming and going from Argentina, remember that US passport holders traveling to Brazil need special Brazilian visas, which have to be arranged well in advance. You can't merely get stamped in at the border.

Happy travels!

David

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Edited: 11 November 2013, 12:53
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2. Re: Iguazu Intinerary / things to do Advice needed

the Gran Adventura package is 430 peso which include boat ride to the falls and an eco tour on an inflatable rubber boat.. I like the eco tour. Saw two huge caymans.. U can buy tickets from your hotel or in the park itself..

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3. Re: Iguazu Intinerary / things to do Advice needed

I was told that entrance to the park is $160.00 prepaid. Is that correct! Does the general admission include the boat ride or any tours?

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4. Re: Iguazu Intinerary / things to do Advice needed

Its peso not USD. 170 peso if u buy at the gate. The boat ride is separate (optional) cost.

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5. Re: Iguazu Intinerary / things to do Advice needed

Hi West Chester!

Remember that in Argentina, they use the dollar sign ($) to indicate Pesos.

You may have heard that the Argentine government fixes the "official" exchange rate of their peso considerably higher than what the money is actually worth. Right now, a bank, ATM, or legal currency exchange booth will give you a bit over 6 Pesos to the US Dollar. A Peso is really only worth around nine US cents, however, that is, more than 10 pesos to the dollar. This makes prices, like 160 Pesos to get into the National Park, excessively inflated if you have to pay at the official fixed rate.

Many people bring wads of US dollar cash with them and then look for ways to exchange it on the black market. It's easy enough in Buenos Aires to do this. Keep your eyes open (but your wad of cash safely inside your hotel strongbox until you learn the ropes) and you may find a way in Puerto Iguazu. People like tour operators, cabbies, and the concierge in your hotel may be able to help.

The admission fee, which in real money is around US$15, includes only entry to the park, much as in a national park in the United States. Everything else costs extra.

Happy travels!

David

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