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Iguazú Falls

Argentina Info

Aerolíneas Argentinas flies four to five times daily between Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires and the Aeropuerto Internacional de Puerto Iguazú (20 km/12 mi southeast of Puerto Iguazú); the trip takes 1¾ hours. LAN does the same trip two or three times daily. Normal rates are about 400–500 pesos each way. Four Tourist Travel runs shuttle buses from the airport to hotels in Puerto Iguazú. They leave after every flight lands and cost 15 pesos. Taxis to Puerto Iguazú cost 70 pesos.

Vía Bariloche operates several daily buses between Retiro bus station in Buenos Aires and the Puerto Iguazú Terminal de Omnibus in the center of town. The trip takes 16–18 hours, so it's worth paying the little extra for coche cama (sleeper) or cama ejecutivo (deluxe sleeper) services, which cost 220–260 pesos one-way (regular semi-cama services cost around 165 pesos). You can travel direct to Rio de Janeiro (22 hours) and São Paolo (15 hours) with Crucero del Norte; the trips cost 315 and 265 pesos, respectively.

From Puerto Iguazú to the falls or the hotels along RN 12, take El Práctico from the terminal or along Avenida Victoria Aguirre. Buses leave every 15 minutes 7–7 and cost 13 pesos round-trip.

There's little point in renting a car around Puerto Iguazú: daily rentals start at 200–250 pesos, more than twice what you pay for a taxi between the town and the falls. A hire car is useful for visiting the Jesuit ruins at San Ignacio, 256 km (165 mi) south of Puerto Iguazú on RN 12, a two-lane highway in excellent condition.

Argentina Essentials

Airline Contacts

Aerolíneas Argentinas (0810/2228–6527. www.aerolineas.com.ar.)

LAN (0810/999–9526. www.lan.com.)

Banks and Currency Exchange

Argencam (Av. Victoria Aguirre 1162, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, 3370.)

Banco de la Nación (Av. Victoria Aguirre 179, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, 3370. www.bna.com.ar.)

Bus Contacts

Crucero del Norte (11/4315–1652 in Buenos Aires; 3757/421–916 in Puerto Iguazú. www.crucerodelnorte.com.ar.)

Four Tourist Travel (3757/422–962 at airport; 3757/420–681 in Puerto Iguazú.)

Vía Bariloche (0810/333–7575 in Buenos Aires; 3757/420–854 in Puerto Iguazú. www.viabariloche.com.ar.)

Internet

Telecentro (Av. Victoria Aguirre Norte 294, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, 3370. 3757/422–454.)

Medical Assistance

Farmacia Bravo (Av. Victoria Aguirre 423, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, 3370. 3757/420–479.)

Hospital Samic (Av. Victoria Aguirre 131, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones. 3757/420–288.)

Taxis

Remises Iguazú (Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, 3370. 3757/422–008.)

Visitor Info

Cataratas del Iguazú Visitors Center (Park entrance, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, 3370. 3757/420–180. www.iguazuargentina.com. Mar.–Aug. 8 am–6 pm; Sept.–Feb. 8 am–8 pm.)

Puerto Iguazú Tourist Office (Av. Victoria Aguirre 311, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, 3370. 3757/420–800. Daily 7–1 and 2–9.)

Tour Operators

Iguazú Jungle Explorer. Iguazú Jungle Explorer runs trips within the Argentine park. Their standard trip, the Gran Aventura, includes a truck ride through the forest and a Zodiac ride to San Martín, Bossetti, and the Salto Tres Mosqueteros (be ready to get soaked). The truck carries so many people that most animals are scared away: you're better off buying the boat trip—Aventura Nautica—separately, for half the price. 3757/42–1696. www.iguazujungle.com.

Iguazú Forest. It's all about adrenaline with Iguazú Forest. Their full day expedition involves kayaking, abseiling, waterfall-climbing, mountain-biking, and canopying all within the Argentine park. 3757/42–1140. www.iguazuforest.com.

Explorador Expediciones. Argentine park ranger Daniel Somay organizes two-hour Jeep tours with an ecological focus through his Puerto Iguazú–based Explorador Expediciones. The tours cost around 200 pesos and include detailed explanations of the Iguazú ecosystem and lots of photo ops. Ask for private tour options, or even birdwatching trips, which include the use of binoculars and hotel pick-up and drop-off. 3757/42–1632. www.rainforestevt.com.ar.

Cross-Border Bus

Crucero del Norte. runs an hourly cross-border public bus service (8 pesos) between the bus stations of Puerto Iguazú and Foz do Iguaçu. Locals don't have to get on and off for immigration, but be sure you do so. To reach the Argentine falls, change to local minibus service El Práctico at the intersection with RN 12 on the Argentine side. For the Brazilian park, change to a local bus at the Avenida Cataratas roundabout. 3757/421–916 in Puerto Iguazú. www.crucerodelnorte.com.ar.

runs an hourly cross-border public bus service (3 pesos) between the bus stations of Puerto Iguazú and Foz do Iguaçu. Locals don't have to get on and off for immigration but be sure you do so. To reach the Argentine falls, change to local minibus service El Práctico at the intersection with RN 12 on the Argentine side. For the Brazilian park, change to a local bus at the Avenida Cataratas roundabout.

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