Iguazu Falls is shared by Brazil and Argentina, and both sides are part of national parks. We arrived on the Brazilian side with the plan to cross over to the Argentine side the next day.
The journey to get to Foz de Iguazu, Brazil was not easy. We traveled for 48h from Bolivia taking one flight, 2x taxis, 4x buses, spending two nights on the bus. Needless to say that we arrived exhausted, sticky, smelly, and really hoping that what we were about to see was worth it all.
Foz de Iguazu – Brazil
After arriving at the hotel, we went straight for lunch and then to the national park. We took the bus who stopped right at the “door”, and we hurried to the entrance as we only had one hour before closing.
Although the time we spent there was limited, we absolutely loved it! In only a few minutes we forgot about all the time and effort it took us to get there from Bolivia.
The best part of the visit was the last bit where we got splashed as we walked to the Garganta do Diablo. However, when there are 40 degrees outside, it’s heaven to feel the cold water on your skin.
We had a first great taste of Iguazu Falls in Brazil, but the Argentine side would blow us away…
Puerto de Iguazu – Argentina
We took a taxi booked by the hotel and arrived in 1h30min, border formalities included.
Every traveler we met who had been to Iguazu Falls told us how impressive the Argentine side was, so we were excited to see with our own eyes this natural wonder of the world.
The national park is quite well organized; you have the information desk, eateries, and toilets throughout the park. This is quite handy since you need to keep yourself hydrated and, therefore use the toilet often :).
The tour begins
Bertrand and I stopped by the tourist information and after receiving a map and the info needed, we started our walk.
Along the way you meet the Coati, little animals that to me, look like rats with tails, and I have a big fear of rats so I was not at my most comfortable. Also, there was signs al over the place showing people wounded from scratches and bites. Of course, they don’t just attack you like that, only if you (don’t) feed them, but still :).
The Inferior Circuit
The Inferior Circuit is beautiful. You start with panoramic views and you slowly get closer to the cascades. This is an amazing experience and you think to yourself: It can’t get better than that. Rong. It does. :).
As we were finishing our discovery of the Inferior Circuit, it started raining like there was no tomorrow. Although we were getting soaked, it was quite nice and, the best part, it was almost tourists free :). We walked in the rain, took a few pictures, and then headed for lunch. In the meantime, the rain stopped, so we started making our way up to the Superior Circuit and then to the highlight of the park: Garganta del Diablo.
The Superior Circuit
The Superior Circuit is quite impressive, giving you amazing views of the cascades and preparing you for THE view.
Garganta del Diablo is mind-blowing! The pictures don’t do it justice only because it’s not just a visual show, but an auditive one. The water splashing makes this sound that still gives me goose bumps only thinking about it…
How and Where to
How to get from Bolivia to Brazil.
- We took a 30min flight from Sucre to Santa Cruz for €46 with Ecojet.
- Bus from Santa Cruz to Quijaro with 24 de Marzo for 11h overnight and the price was 150Bopp +3bo for the terminal use.
- 5 min taxi from Quijaro to the Bolivian border for 10Bo per person.
- From the Brazilian border to the Corumba bus terminal we took a taxi for 43 reals, a rip off if you ask me, but we had less than 20 min to catch our bus and the taxi drive took 10 min so there was no time to negotiate. We did pay less than the 50 reals they asked because we only had 43 in cash.
- Corumba to Campo Grande , a 6h daytime bus with Andorinha for 104 reals.
- From Campo Grande to Cascavel we took an overnight bus for 11h with Uro and Prata for 50 reals.
- Finally, Cascavel to Foz de Iguazu took 2h30min with Princess do Campo for 37reales.
How to get to Iguazu Falls Park
- Brazilian side: Bus for 3.50reals pp; Park entrance, 56 reals.
- Taxi to Argentina for 50 reals pp; Park entrance ,250 pesos pp; Meals, 170pp.
Where to stay: We stayed at Iguazu Central B&B for 129 reals with breakfast included. Since we had an early flight to Sao Paolo, for the second night we took a hotel close to the airport, Harbor Central and we paid 137 reals with breakfast AND airport shuttle included.
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Once in a lifetime experience
I’m not going to lie to you, Iguazu Falls is really touristic. I still can’t believe we managed to take pictures without being photobombed. However, it is really worth it! It’s a spectacle of colors and sounds. Unmissable! Also, pretty awesome was our second stop, Ubatuba. Read the full story here.
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Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.