The South Places


Iguaçu Falls

Getting Here and Around

Brazil Info

There are direct flights between Foz do Iguaçu and São Paulo (1½ hours; R$380), Rio de Janeiro (2 hours; R$440), and Curitiba (1 hour; R$250) on TAM, which also has connecting flights to Salvador, Recife, Brasília, other Brazilian cities, and Buenos Aires. Low-cost airline Gol operates slightly cheaper direct flights on the same three routes.

The Aeroporto Internacional Foz do Iguaçu is 13 km (8 miles) southeast of downtown Foz. The 20-minute taxi ride should cost R$40; the 45-minute regular bus ride about R$3. Note that several major hotels are on the highway to downtown, so a cab ride from the airport to these may be less than R$30. A cab ride from downtown hotels directly to the Parque Nacional in Brazil costs about R$90.

Via bus, the trip between Curitiba and Foz do Iguaçu takes 9–10 hours with Catarinense (R$90; R$180 for sleeper service). The same company operates the 17-hour route to Florianópolis (R$120). Pluma travels to Rio de Janeiro, which takes 11½ hours (R$130), and São Paolo, which takes 14 hours (R$130; R$205 for sleeper). The Terminal Rodoviário in Foz do Iguaçu is 5 km (3 miles) northeast of downtown. There are regular buses into town, which stop at the Terminal de Transportes Urbano (local bus station, often shortened to TTU) at Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek and Rua Mem de Sá. From here, buses labeled Parque Nacional also depart every 15 minutes (7–7) to the visitor center at the park entrance; the fare is R$6. The buses run along Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek and Avenida Jorge Schimmelpfeng, where you can also flag them down.

There's no real reason to rent a car in Foz do Iguaçu: it's cheaper and easier to use taxis or local tour companies to visit the falls, especially as you can't cross the border in a rental car. There are taxi stands (pontos de taxi) at intersections all over town, each with its own phone number. Hotels and restaurants can call you a cab, but you can also hail them on the street.

Argentina Info

Aerolíneas Argentinas flies four to six times daily between Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires and the Aeropuerto Internacional de Puerto Iguazú (20 km/12 miles southeast of Puerto Iguazú); the trip takes 1¾ hours. Four Tourist Travel runs shuttle buses from the airport to hotels in Puerto Iguazú. Services leave after every flight lands and cost 12 pesos. Taxis to Puerto Iguazú cost 80 pesos.

Vía Bariloche operates several daily bus services 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 300 pesos one-way (regular semi-cama services cost around 250 pesos). You can travel direct to Rio de Janeiro (22 hours) and São Paolo (15 hours) with Crucero del Norte; the trips cost 250 and 200 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 20 pesos round-trip.

There's little point in renting a car around Puerto Iguazú: daily rentals start at 300 pesos, more than twice what you pay for a taxi between the town and the falls. A rental car is useful for visiting the Jesuit ruins at San Ignacio, 256 km south of Puerto Iguazú on RN 12, a two-lane highway in excellent condition.