Iguazu Falls dilemma

Mar 18th, 2008, 02:24 PM
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misterfuss, I hope you don't mind if I hijack your post a bit more.

We are planning on going on the boat ride. My question is.. how wet will we get? We are just taking an overnight bag with us. Should we plan for a complete change of clothes? And did your shoes get really wet? We may want to climb the rocks on the other side. ( I'm sure I read somewhere that there is a spot to climb, with spectacular views once the climb is done). We were thinking of wearing imitation crocs so it wouldn't matter how wet our feet got.

Any advice?
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Mar 18th, 2008, 03:18 PM
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Hi Weadles,

I'm just starting to plan a trip to BA and Iguazu for the same time frame you are with my three teenage girls, and am having the same questions. We only have a week, and it's hard to narrow down our wish list. Now the thought of the summer being too hot on top of the shots may change our minds about Iguazu. Avrooster, what would you suggest in the south that would appeal to us?
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Mar 18th, 2008, 04:49 PM
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I'm sorry that I've had such a public meltdown over the shots. I spoke to my travel doctor's asst today, and he said that in years of giving shots, he's never had one patient with a serious reaction.
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Mar 18th, 2008, 05:03 PM
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kodi, there r at least 2 boat rides. the first we did was the free ferry that took us over to san martin (?) island at the base of the lower path. this was dry entry and landing . there is the possibility to hike a bit on the island as well as swim which we enjoyed.
the second boat was the jet boat that took us up the river to the base of 2 of the falls for photo ops and then we put everything we wanted to stay dry in waterproof sacks ( provided by the boat) and dove into the spray. everything not in the bags got soaked and we all squealed w/ joy. i was the only one who thought to bring a zip lock freezer bag so have some great shots which look like i took my camera into the shower w/ me haha

by the time we hiked up the trail we were dry
cheers AndrewDavid
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Mar 18th, 2008, 05:08 PM
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Weadles: Don't let the Yellow Fever shots put you off from visiting SA. We spent 5 wks in Buenos Aires without the Yellow Fever shots. It was not necessary to have them there. It was only Iguazu that required them, or at least that was the only area we inquired about that required YF shots. Obviously some people do get side effects, but the odds are extremely low that you will be one of them. After all, just about everything you do has some risk for someone. Now, I need to pose the same argument to my husband and convince him!

We're thinking or at least I am thinking of visiting Iguazu next March or April 2009. Any thoughts on how hot it will be then? Is that a good or not so good time to visit the Falls?
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Mar 18th, 2008, 05:17 PM
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Andrew thanks for the tip about a plastic baggie. Did the stuff in the waterproof sacks stay dry?
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Mar 18th, 2008, 05:33 PM
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AndrewDavid , it sounds like great fun.
I didn't realize there was a jet boat ride. I'd really like to do that, and will remember to take a zip lock freezer bag for my camera. Did you mean you took pictures through the bag? I wouldn't have thought of doing that. I can picture us squealing with laughter now!!
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Mar 19th, 2008, 05:47 AM
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kraay: about your "what would you suggest in the south that would appeal to us?", I cannot say, because I don't know what you may like, but suggest researching our Lakes region (Bariloche, Villa La Angostura, etc.) both in this forum and in other forums, such as http://tinyurl.com/nw9f4

Have a great time in our country.

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Mar 19th, 2008, 09:02 AM
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tully,yes the stuff in the bags stayed dry
kodi, yes i took pictures through the bag. u can try this in the shower or during winter in victoria bc where i live!

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Mar 19th, 2008, 02:09 PM
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Well, AndrewDavid, what a great idea! One I would not have thought of. I would be trying to sneak my camera out of the zip lock bag just long enough to snap a picture, hoping it didn't get wet. Now I'll experiment with shoothing right through the plastic.
I can try it in the SNOW of southern Ontario!!!!

Annetti, I got my shot today... not a big deal. ..really.
I hardly felt it.
I know it was the right thing to do. I don't want to have to worry on my vacation about getting sick.
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Mar 19th, 2008, 04:49 PM
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thanks andrewdavid, will definitely try that trick.
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Mar 20th, 2008, 08:59 AM
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Kodi: Thanks for the update. Have a wonderful time.
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Mar 21st, 2008, 10:22 AM
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Okay.. made my decision. Going to suck up the cost of the VISA and get it.. i mean.. how many times will I have the opportunity to visit the falls..i might as well go all out and visit the Brazilian side as well... and who knows.. maybe I will go to Brazil on my vacation next year and I will need a visa anyway. Got the yellow fever shot..my arm was definitely sore and bruised for a week (which suprised me but I am fine now). THANK you so much for the ziploc advice b/c i too was going to attempt to take my camera out right before/after the falls downpour on the boat.. but now I will get "shower" pictures via a plastic bag and save the worry about ruining my camera... so AWESOME idea and thanks! I am soo looking forward to my BA and Iguassu trip.. only 2 1/2 more weeks!!!
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Mar 21st, 2008, 08:23 PM
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You'll love it! We went to BA and the falls last year and were just talking about it tonight over dinner. Wonderful trip!
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Mar 21st, 2008, 09:32 PM
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believ e me everyone
u will get completely wet on that boat trip! its greeeeat!

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Mar 24th, 2008, 12:07 PM
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Thanks everyone for sharing information here. My family will visit Brazil in April for one week. We plan to spend two nights at Iguazu falls. Can someone comment on our plan:

(1) Day one Landing at IGU airport around 4 PM. Renting a car and drive directly to Argentine side. Check into Sheraton.

(2) Day two Tour Argentine side. And later afternoon move to Brazil side. Tour some places if there is time.

(3) Day three morning, tour Brazil side. Noon time go back to IGU airport for flying home via Sao Paulo.

Is half day enough for Brazil side? If I visit the Brazil park in two days, do I have to buy entry tickets twice?

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Mar 24th, 2008, 12:09 PM
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I just found this thread and very much appreciated reading everyone's advice.

So, here's my question: We're planning a trip to Iguazu Falls - but I'm not sure where to come FROM in Argentina. We are also stopping in Rosario (we have friends there) by way of Buenos Aires from NYC.

So, what is your advice? BsAs to Iguazu by plane, then to Rosario by bus? I wasn't sure if we could fly from Rosario to Iguazu.

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Mar 24th, 2008, 12:59 PM
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I was unable to find Iguazú/Rosario or viceversa flights.

So, I would say do BA/Iguazú by plane, preferably using LAN. Then, maybe an overnight bus to Rosario or fly Iguazú-BA-Rosario.

I suggest you check out this recent thread:
Don't Cry for Me Argentina
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Mar 27th, 2008, 07:18 PM
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Wow, I just re-visited this posting and am amazed to see how much it has grown. A few updates: we had decided to go over to the Brazilian side, but my partner gave up on it dealing with the bureaucracy/paperwork. He was first sent away since he didn't have the funds in US Postal money order. When he returned, he was sent away since he didn't bring proof of onward flights. (He realizes it is his fault since he should have read all the requirements before going to the consulate.) I've convinced him to bring the paperwork to Argentina in case we have the opportunity and time available to cross over.

Regarding the Yellow Fever vaccines, we both got them. My partner got his via the city immunization clinic and it cost him approximately $112 plus a $49 consultation fee. I got mine via Kaiser Permanente. My cost for the Yellow Fever, Typhoid, and Hepatitis vaccines- $0.00. (Knowing that I am protected against these diseases - priceless.)

One bad thing about Kaiser is that I had to schedule an appointment well in advance. Also, when I made my appointment I was told it was at a certain location and a certain time. I later checked it online and discovered that my appointment was actually a telephone consultation. I was a bit upset since I was told to come in by the person who made my initial appointment. Since I checked it online though, I had an opportunity to correct it (on the phone) before I drove in for nothing.

Well we leave in 10 days for BsAs. Thanks for all the advice.

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Mar 28th, 2008, 01:28 PM
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hope u have a wonderful time in Argentina; my husand and i enjoyed it so much we r thinking of returning for our first annivesary

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