Iguaçu Falls: Brazil vs Argentina

There is a great debate among travellers about which side of Iguassu Falls is the best to visit. Most visit both sides unless there is some reason they can’t (time, visa issues, etc).

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Getting There

Both the border towns, Foz du Iguaçu in Brazil and Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, have a direct bus that goes from the central bus terminal. They both take about 20 minutes.

The Brazilian bus is a local bus, and therefore the fare is the same as all the local fares. However, the bus also stops off at the airport and is therefore usually crammed full of people and bags.

The Argentinian bus is primarily used to transport tourists to and from the falls. Therefore the bus is more expensive, but a bit more of a pleasant journey.

If you’re staying in Brazil and want to see the Argentinian side, or vice versa, you need travel across the border (and deal with all the procedures) before catching the bus from the terminal.

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Cost

At the time of writing, 1 Brazilian Reai was equal to 4 Argentinian Pesos.

Argentina Brazil
Bus R$17 R$3.20
Admission 260 pesos R$26
Boat trip 350 pesos R$198

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Visiting

The Brazilian side was a bit more user friendly, with colourful signs explaining everything in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese. They accept payment by card and Reals, whereas the Argentinian side only accepts Pesos (and the ATM will only dish them out in multiples of 100).

However, there is more to do on the Argentinian side, with multiple trails you can walk independently and a train that takes you to the Devil’s Throat. Although the Brazilian side has trails, they mostly require a (paid) guide. The only independent trail is the main line that leads you to the falls.

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Views

Both sides offer outstanding views, although it is often said that the Argentinian side is better. There are more waterfalls to see, from a huge variety of angles with the main attraction looking down from the top of devils Throat.

On the Brazilian side you get more up close and personal with the devils throat, viewing it from about halfway up (and getting soaked in the process), but there aren’t many more waterfalls to see.

On both sides, there are also a plethora of butterflies and the cute but dangerous Quatis to spot.

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Deciding which side of the falls to visit is ultimately a personal priority decision. Both sides have pros and cons. Or you could visit both sides!!Which side did you prefer?

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