Fly To Iguazú, Argentina
The famous Iguazu Falls straddle the border between Brazil and Argentina, and each country has a city nearby, feeding tourists into the area. Puerto Iguazu is on the Argentinian side, and is smaller, prettier and arguably safer than its Brazilian counterpart.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Iguaza, Argentina, unless they’re travelling on a temporary passport. Just make sure your permanent passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy to the Argentine Republic is situated in Buenos Aires. Avenida Marcelo T de Alvear 590, 8th Floor, C1058AAF, Buenos Aires, 1058. Phone: + 54 11 4317 2900. Website: embajadasudafrica.org.ar.
See and do
Puerto Iguazu owes its existence to the Iguazu Falls, and there’s a very good reason for their popularity. One of the great, natural wonders of the world, Iguazu Falls are taller than Niagara, and twice as wide, hurling thousands of tonnes of water over misted cliffs in a spectacular, rainbow-lit display.
The park on the Argentinian side is serviced by a train line that takes visitors to the main viewpoints along the circuit of the falls. There are several walking paths as well, and an island accessible only by boat. Several trails and viewpoints are showered with rainforest water and river spray, so bring a swimsuit in summer, and remember to protect your camera.
Apart from the falls, Iguazu also offers the Güira Oga, an animal sanctuary with toucans, caiman and other exotic creatures. Guided tours are mandatory, and English guides set off every two hours from 10am until 4pm.
The Triple Frontier is also popular. It’s the point of confluence between the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. While the river prevents standing in all three countries at once, you can certainly take a photo to show to your friends.
Puerto Iguazu has a wide range of souvenirs which you’ll find both in stores and being sold on the streets. Trinkets, t-shirts and photographs are always popular, but local crafts are available as well. Do make a trip to the massive “duty free” shopping area, situated on a huge plot of land next to the Tancro Neves International Bridge.
Public transport in Puerto Iguazu consists of buses, with a ferry making the crossing to Paraguay. Buses run frequently to the falls, and timetables are available at all the hotels. The city itself is small enough to wander around on foot, but there are taxis if you’d prefer a chauffeured experience.
Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport – IGR
Food and beverage: There are no listed coffee shops or restaurants at Iguazú International Airport, so you may need to get your caffeine fix in town.
Currency Exchange: There is an exchange office in the Arrivals Hall, with hours aligned to the flight schedules.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found in the airport itself to the Airport Security Police (PSA).
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Cabanas Del Lenador Hotel, Cabanas Maria Belen, Gran Hotel Tourbillon and Marcopolo Suites Iguazu.
Car Hire: Avis, Hertz.