Iguazu Falls dilemma

Mar 16th, 2008, 10:30 PM
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Thank you, Andrew David for your thoughts.
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Mar 16th, 2008, 10:49 PM
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Hi,

The cost of the visa is a drop in the bucket in the cost of a trip to the Falls. Get the visa, they were checking passports and paper work in Jan.

The Brazil side view is so different from the Argentina side view. Yes, there is lots to do on the Argentina side, and the three circuits are great, but the Brazil side is worth every penny of the cost of the visa. The view totally different and totally is awesome!!

The boat ride doesn't really go to the Devils Throat. The falls stair step down from the Throat.

Have a great trip!
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Mar 17th, 2008, 01:51 AM
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we have one afternoon, one whole day and one ^morning there - is it worth spending a whole day in the brazilian side and the morning and afternoons on argie side? how long does it take from argie to brazilian side?
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Mar 17th, 2008, 03:47 PM
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annetti,

I don't mean to hijack this thread, but our travel agent who's from Argentina, told me that she recommends yellow fever shots for her clients. There have been three unconfirmed cases of it in Argentina. And, according to the CDC, Iguazu Falls is within an area ( close to the Uruguay and Brazil border) where yellow fever can be more prevalent.
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Mar 17th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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It takes about 30 minutes from the Sheraton to the Brazil Falls. I don't know that it will really take all day to do what there is to do on the Brazil side. It did take maybe an additional 15 minutes to get through the border check point going over. Then we spent some time at a nice shopping area, maybe 30 minutes then on to the park entrance and walked through the musuem there, maybe another 30 minutes. We walked the circuit in no more than an hour. At that point we could have spent some time in the hotel for drinks and maybe lunch, but wanted to eat on the Argrntina side so didn't bother to go in. There is a bird park also, but that didn't interest us either.

We came back to the Argentina park, had lunch and then did the train ride and walk to Devil's throat overlook. We still had time to do the lower circuit after that.

The upper and lower circuit are very short and easy to do at the end of the day. We really only had the one day, because we didn't get to the hotel till after 5, but still did the upper circuit that first afternoon. It is definitely worth it to stay in the Park. The town is a good distance away and has nothing to recommend it.
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Mar 17th, 2008, 04:55 PM
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Annetti,
We are going to Iguazu FAlls in a couple of weeks, and we are most definately having our shots. I am going this week to get mine. Personally, I wouldn't risk going without it.
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Mar 17th, 2008, 05:18 PM
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Weadles and Kodi: Thank you both for responding. You both confirmed, what we thought was necessary, that is, that one really should take the yellow fever shots. I am sure that lots of people will tell you, not to worry, that they were not infected, but not being a risk taker in such things as this, I will take the shots before we visit. Thank you again. To everyone else: have a wonderful time at the Falls whether it is just the AR side or both the Brazilian and AR sides.
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Mar 17th, 2008, 08:07 PM
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annetti,

I'm glad that you're going. Still unsure of our plans for the trip since we're a bit unnerved by the shots. I guess we're wimps, huh?
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Mar 17th, 2008, 11:20 PM
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Yes, you are wimps. Get the shots. If I can do it, so can you. I am way out of shape and old....
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Mar 18th, 2008, 12:00 AM
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cwn - it sounds like were planning too much time in iguazu then? you saw everything in a day... is there enough to be worth seeing in 2 days?
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Mar 18th, 2008, 01:42 AM
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we have an afternoon a whole day and a morning planned - so if we spend the afternoon in brazilian side, whole day in argie side then maybe we should head back to BA already after that?

would the whole day allow for a boat trip on the falls which ive been recommended?
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Mar 18th, 2008, 05:32 AM
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Annetti, keep in mind you must have the shot 10 days or two weeks ahead of time... not sure which, but I know it's at least the 10 days.

We are flying up in the morning, seeing the falls all the rest of that day, staying overnight, and taking the later flight back the next day. So we'll have the good part of 2 days. Hopefully that will be enough.

BTW, I'm OLD too...and I'm getting the shot tomorrow.. I'll report back if you like.
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Mar 18th, 2008, 06:27 AM
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If the good old drdawggy says to take the shots, by all means take them!
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Mar 18th, 2008, 07:27 AM
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Hi,

We didn't do the boat ride from the Argentina side. The steps were to narrow and steep to get down to the boat for me to try.

We basicly had a full day and an hour or so the first afternoon. But we were staying at the park. That makes big difference in the timing and ejoying the experience, in my opinion, at least. It is a walk from the park transportation center to where you actually start the circuit walks.

The park grounds are really nice. The circuit trails are open from between 8-9am and 5-6pm. The boat ride is not open as long as the trails, closes at 3:30 I think.

When we were there, it was light till after 9pm, plenty of time for a swim in the very nice pool. It will also take more time to get to the circuit walks if you are traveling to and from the park. Plus even for someone coming from the Texas Gulf Coast where it is hot and humid, it was very hot and humid there! I am glad we didn't have to mess with getting to and from the transit center and the buses.

Your two half days and the full day will give you plenty of time, especially, if you are planning to do the boat ride. The line for the boat and the train on the Argentine side can be long.

I found the flights to be our limiting factor. We only had the one day because on the flight days we were coming from Mendoza and going to Ushuaia, which took two flights plus lay over in BA each day. Even though the flights from BA are only about 2hrs, you have to allow another 2 hours at least for airport time and travel time so there is half a day gone already.

Sounds like you have planned well. The only thing I can add for anyone doing this trip, is get the yellow fervor shot. It is no big deal. I didn't even feel the needle and had no reaction to it, either did my husband.

The Falls are great, have a good trip.

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Mar 18th, 2008, 09:09 AM
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Thanks, Kodi. I hope there are no ill effects from the shot. And Weadles, I guess my husband and I are sort of wimps, not afraid of needles, just side effects. AND just because I write it here that I will get the injection does not mean when the time comes, we will actually do it!! However, thanks to the encouragement by Drdawggy and AW we are at least leaning that way! And to misteruss who began this discussion and kindly allowed the topic to go back and forth to side discussions, have a great time at Iguuaz.
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Mar 18th, 2008, 10:53 AM
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Annetti: who on earth is AW?

Just kidding. LOL!!
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Mar 18th, 2008, 11:06 AM
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Sorry AVRooster. I need to wear my glasses!
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Mar 18th, 2008, 11:30 AM
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Just kidding, as I said.

You'll have a great time in our country, with or without your glasses.

LOL!!!
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Mar 18th, 2008, 12:34 PM
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annetti, I should not be allowed to read side effect sheets! I'm wary of the shots because both my kids have slightly compromised immune systems ( low gamma levels), so I need to check this out thoroughly before we decide if we can go. I certainly hope that we can, since we've been wanting to go to SA for a very long time.

Anyway, I hope you have the best trip. Please post about it when you return!
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Mar 18th, 2008, 01:03 PM
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Simply avoid that part of our country if you don't want to take the shots.

I'm sure Isabel can suggest other alternatives. In fact, I don't suggest going to Iguazú during our summer.

You'd have a much better time in the Southern part of our country.
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