Located in the far northeastern corner of Argentina, a tour from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls requires some planning. And it is not surprising that, in the midst of the semi-tropical corner of Argentina that the town of Puerto Iguazu has developed based on the tourism industry alone. With a focus on tourism, Puerto Iguazu offers everything from the most luxurious to the most budget friendly places to stay and eat, all while maintaining a certain amount of charming local culture.
Iguazu Falls SayHueque Tour
Placed along the banks of the river, only 18 kilometers from the National Park and the Falls, Puerto Iguazu is a place many will spend some pleasant time. There are a number of fun and informative things to do here to supplement a tour in Iguazu Falls.
Consider seeing the monument to the three frontiers (where Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil all meet), or La Aripuca, a monument designed to capture the conscience of man regarding the plight of the rainforest. It is thoughtfully made of recycled tropical trees and designed like a Guarani trap. If one visited Iguazu Falls and missed viewing some of its tremendous bird life, head over to the Guira Oga, a wildlife refuge center where many of these species are cared for before being returned to the wild. There is also a wood carving museum (containing images of the jungle), a museum detailing the struggles of the Guarani people with the help of the Jesuit missions called the Mbororé, and an active craft fair with many artisans.
Iguazu Falls Boat Tour
If one hasn’t had enough of waterfalls, and would like to enjoy some time in a quiet park where only locals go, then find the Salto Mariposa, just before the border with Brazil. A similar spot, right in front of the Guira Oga garden, and accessible by bus is a natural amphitheatre called Nuestra Señora de Iguazu. There is an interesting cross made out of vines here, as well as during religious festivals a statue of Santa Maria of Iguazu.
There are a variety of great places to eat in Puerto Iguazu; for specific suggestions check out the Say Hueque Iguazu Falls Travelguide. In general, consider trying some of the tasty local fish options (Surubi and Pacu in particular!). There are a number of higher priced, very nice places romantically located in the more expensive hotels. If one desires to rub elbows with some of the local youth, across the Plaza San Martin is a great place to enjoy some of the best beef and French fries in town.
Iguazu Falls Walking Trail
It is tempting to rush one’s tour in the Iguazu Falls region, given the vast number of places to see throughout Latin America. This would be a mistake. Puerto Iguazu is a unique part of Argentina, and offers a chance to get to know a region and people that have more in common with neighboring Paraguay than those in the Capital and the Pampas. So take some time and enjoy a tour in Iguazu Falls and Puerto Iguazu.