How to Visit the Igazu Falls Tips

Ok , so I have all these posts about South America written and in drafts but because of laziness and being busy I haven’t had the time to dedicate to them to post them.  But a friend of mine is making the trip to Igazu Falls and asked for some advice so I’m putting this one up.  For those looking for my Igazu pictures you can find them all here

View from the Upper Trail sunrise

View from the Upper Trail sunrise

Since I’ve already gushed about how much I love the Igazu Falls so I’ll try to refrain from too much fawning over the most amazing site I’ve ever seen and stick to the best way to enjoy the falls.

Here are my suggestions:

  • Take the 2nd bus from central bus terminal to the park, while you could take the first one the park is not open by the time you arrive so you’ll be standing at the gate waiting, might as well sleep in a little bit longer.
  • We skipped the overloaded train and walked the “Verde Trail” which takes you to the same place as the first train station but without the masses.  Be sure to pick up a free map of the falls from the entrance.
  • Now here is the key: Most of the crowd stays on the train and goes directly to the Garganta Del Diablo which is definitely amazing but if you skip the Devil’s Throat and walk to the upper trail from the first train station, you’ll be greeted by some of the most amazing panaoramic views you’ll ever see without hardly seeing a person.  I believe Scott and I saw 4 other people the whole time we walked the upper trail.  Not only that, but it is the perfect light for photographs if you’re into that thing like I am.
  • After a few hours on the upper trails, get on the train to the Garganta del Diablo (or walk the 2km trail) and check out the waterfall that everyone talks about.  It’s amazing and if you are lucky enough to dodge the Asian tour groups you’ll be able to get a good picture or two.  It’s pretty easy to stay ahead of them if you walk with a quicker pace.
  • Take the train back to the main station (where the Verde Trail lets out) and head on down to the lower trail.  From here you’ll be able to take the boat over to island and after a quick dip in the river, hit the 200 plus stairs up for some more amazing and even more up close views of the falls.
  • After that, you should be close to worn out and able to catch the last bus back to town which I think was around 4pm.
  • A few more quick tips.  Bring lunch and have a picnic overlooking the falls, you won’t regret it.
  • Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
  • Bring WATER, it was hot as hell while we were there.
  • Plan on getting wet, especially at the Devil’s Throat and the Lower Trail.
  • If you have the time go to the restaurant named Color and order the Lomo in pepper sauce, it was one of the best meals I’ve ever tasted, too bad Scott ordered it!  Around 10pm it picks up and we were even lucky enough to have Los de Igazu playing some amazing live music for us.
  • Another surprisingly good meal was the chicken tenders from the bus station restaurant, they were actually some of the best I’ve ever had.  We liked them so much we went back a few times and the guy behind the counter would laugh as we’d order them again.
  • We stayed at the Marco Polo Inn room #1 it was a nice and friendly place with a good location near the bus terminal but we heard the Hostel Inn was a really good place to stay.  The location was well out of town but they arranged cheap transportation for the quick ride into town and also had a lot of cool sounding activities.
  • If you are flying in.  Book your minibus return trip to the airport in advance, it will be a good deal cheaper than a cab and its impossible to get the minibus if you don’t book before hand.
  • Also, we found out late that for the 5 days surrounding the Full Moon you can visit the Falls at night which should provide some amazing views and night photography.

Hope this is semi helpful for anyone planning on visiting Puerto Igazu and the Igazu Falls.

Have a great time Annie!

3 Comments How to Visit the Igazu Falls Tips

  1. Brian Paugh

    its a tough call because we don’t know what he likes. I live about 15 minutes away from the park, have an annual pass and i am the official tour guide for my family and friends and i have seen kids that loved live music, others wanted to shop and some just wanted to go on rides. so i will list top rides depending on taste.

  2. Tania

    Its first time we are going to Iguazu can you tell were is the best place to stay or if you know any good internet sites we can look at. we are a group of 6 people.
    thank you.
    Tania

  3. Evan

    Tania,

    You'll probably have to stay in town, no matter where you stay you'll have to take the bus or a cab into the park. We stayed at the Marco Polo which we liked b/c of its location. There is another place, which is more popular with the younger crowd and its a little farther out of town but closer to the park. All depends on what type of scene you are looking for.

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