Iguazú National Park
Iguazú National Park Reviews
The most beautiful waterfall in the world Jul 22, 2011
Universally considered one of the world's most beautiful waterfalls, Iguazú is actually a series of 275 individual waterfalls and cascades. Metal catwalks provide intimate views of the various falls and the surrounding rainforest, and many take two days here to see all it has to offer.
Reaching Iguazú is a bit of a challenge. You can fly to Puerto Iguazú (the sleepy town about 40 minutes from the park) but most people take the bus. I was leery to take a 17-hour bus from Buenos Aires, but I learned some important things along the way. First, pay more to get more. There are 5 major classes for buses: Común, Común c/aire, Semi cama, Cama ejec, and Cama suite. Only the last three are available for the long ride to Puerto Iguazú. In Semi cama, you are in a plush bus and the seats recline a little more than airline seats. It’s comfortable for 6 hours or so, but it’s hard to sleep that way. In Cama ejec, the seats recline about 45 degrees and there is a footstool that extends at the same angle. It “almost” feels like you are laying flat, and it is fairly easy to sleep. But the Cama Suite is definitely the way to go. The seats completely recline and you have a curtain separating you from those around. It is worth the extra $50 for the Cama Suite over semi cama. All three provide food (which is similar on all three classes). They also provide movies (with private screens on Cama Suites and shared screens on Semi Cama).
Once you reach Puerto Iguazú, you need to purchase tickets on El Practico bus service. It’s very inexpensive (less than $3 USD), and the buses leave about every 30 minutes. If you don’t speak Spanish, just go into the ticket office at the bus terminal, and they will sell you a ticket for the bus (with a small markup) and give you directions.
If you decide to spend the night in Puerto Iguazu, I would not recommend staying near the bus station. The “hotels” nearby are a little scary. There is actually a very nice hostel just down the hill, but the hotels along the main road felt dangerous. One hotel I would strongly recommend is the Panoramic Hotel Iguazú. They catered well to foreigners, had wonderful food, and offer incredible views of the river separating Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. You can even ask about the boat tours between the three countries. The Hotel Riotropic is a good 2-star option, if you don’t mind the taxi ride.
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