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The Ultimate Guide for Visiting Iguazu Falls in Argentina in 2024

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Welcome to one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world. This place puts Niagara Falls to shame, and even competes with Victoria Falls as one of the most spectacular set of waterfalls in the world! Welcome to Iguazu Falls in Argentina.


While the falls are in fact shared by two countries, there is so much to know about visiting each side. We've actually already visited Iguazu Falls in Argentina three times in 2023! That's why after our fourth time visiting in total, we decided to create a few more guides to get into as much detail as possible, so that you can make the most of your time at Iguazu!


In this guide we're going to particularly focus on visiting Iguazu Falls in Argentina, going over everything you need to know- from getting around and where to stay, to every possible way to enjoy the falls, and everything around them. Let's dive right into our complete guide for visiting Iguazu Falls in Argentina!

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What is Special About Iguazu Falls in Argentina?

You may be wondering- which side of Iguazu Falls is better to visit? Well, we love both. However, Iguazu Falls in Argentina have a special place in our heart, and have become one of our more frequented spots in 2023 for a good reason! 


Not only are they absolutely breathtaking to visit, but there are several ways to explore them and activities to do there. 


Another perfect excuse for visiting is to save money! Wondering what the hell we're talking about? Make sure to check out our article for how we get cheap flights to and from the US and Argentina.

Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Iguazu Falls is one of the most beautiful set of waterfalls in the world.


Where are Iguazu Falls in Argentina?

Iguazu Falls are located along the border of Argentina and Brazil, and are actually shared by both countries! Iguazu Falls are in the north east of Argentina, and are tucked away in the corner where there is a triple border between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, making it easily accessible from all three countries.

Where is Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Iguazu Falls is in the corner of Argentina, bordering Brazil and Paraguay.


Can You Cross from Argentina to Brazil at Iguazu Falls?

Because Iguazu Falls are shared by both countries, the park is actually divided in two. You can visit Iguazu Falls in Argentina, and Iguazu Falls in Brazil, but not exactly at the same time. This is because they are actually two separate parks!


You cannot cross from Argentina to Brazil at Iguazu Falls Park, but must cross the border outside the park. (We'll cover this more in the section of "Entry Requirements".


How to Get to Iguazu Falls in Argentina

In order to get to Iguazu Falls in Argentina it will depend on where exactly you are coming from.


Getting to Iguazu Falls in Argentina from Argentina

If you are already in Argentina, then this will be super easy! You can either take a flight into Puerto Iguazu, or take a bus.


Flights to Puerto Iguazu

Flights to Puerto Iguazu are actually quite affordable, and the only options are domestic. Cities in Argentina that fly to Puerto Iguazu include Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Jujuy, Rosario, Salta, and Tucuman. Keep in mind that not all cities fly to Puerto Iguazu daily, except for Buenos Aires, which has flights all day long (pretty much every hour).


Airlines that fly to Puerto Iguazu include Aerolineas Argentinas, JetSmart, and FlyBondi. We usually use FlyBondi, as they are the most affordable. They usually average from $30-$60 each way, and include a carry-on and personal item.


Flight Tip: Using Skyscanner you can check the calendar to see which are the cheapest dates for flying to Puerto Iguazu.

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How to Get from Puerto Iguazu Airport to Puerto Iguazu Town

You've made it to Puerto Iguazu, so now what? Upon arrival to Puerto Iguazu Airport, you'll have a few options for getting to the city center, or your hotel.

  • Local Bus: Tickets are 600 pesos (cash only) and they run every 20 minutes from the bus terminal. The ride is about 40-45 minutes, and has several stops, finishing in the main bus terminal.
  • Shared Vans: They are also classified as "buses" but have specific times, and don't run as regularly. Unlike the regular bus, these will drop you off or pick you up directly from your hotel.  
  • Taxi/Remis: Rates are flat. They are currently 3,500 pesos from the airport and can be negotiated down to 3,000 on the way back. Rides are about 30-35 minutes to Puerto Iguazu.
  • Rent a Car: car rentals can be done from the airport or from the city center. They are on the pricey side, but are a good option if you are a group, and only if you are starting and finishing in Argentina.
Taxi from the Puerto Iguazu Airport to Puerto Iguazu city
Buses from Puerto Iguazu Airport to Puerto Iguazu
Car rentals in Puerto Iguazu

There are various ways to get from Puerto Iguazu Airport to your hotel in Puerto Iguazu.


How to Get from Puerto Iguazu City to Puerto Iguazu Airport

Here are the different options for getting back to the airport if you don't have a car:

  • Get a bus from the Puerto Iguazu bus station: you can use a roundtrip ticket from the airport, or get a share van/bus from the station. Make sure to do it in advance, as they can sell out.
  • Hire a remis (you can organize in advance, or find them scattered around the center)


How to Get to Other Cities from Puerto Iguazu

If you'd like to go to other cities from Puerto Iguazu, you can choose from Ciudad del Este, Foz do Iguazu, Retiro, Cordoba, Bariloche, or Rio de Janeiro. Tickets are sold straight at the station, and the prices are listed down below: 


Bus from Puerto Iguazu to Puerto Iguazu airport
Puerto Iguazu bus services


Buses to Puerto Iguazu from Buenos Aires

If you're not into flying, have a ton of luggage, or want to save money on a hotel room for a night, you can opt for an overnight bus from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu. The ride is 17-18 hours, and is around $100.


How to Get to Iguazu Falls in Argentina from Brazil

We've visited Iguazu Falls in Argentina in every possible way! While you won't be able to fly directly into the Argentinian side, you can easily get from Brazil to Iguazu Falls in Argentina. 


Flights to Foz do Iguacu

Take a domestic flight from wherever in Brazil you are to Foz do Iguacu, which is the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. From there you can either take a taxi (although this will cost quite a bit) or take a bus to Foz do Iguacu city, and then another bus from there to Puerto Iguazu.


Domestic Cities that fly into Foz do Iguacu include Brasilia, Campinas, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo. Two other cities that also fly into Foz do Iguacu include Montevideo and Santiago.


We actually had our flight from Curitiba to Foz do Iguacu cancelled one time, and had to take an overnight bus. If you find yourself in Curitiba and don't want to fly, this is another good option that is very affordable.


How to Get to Iguazu Falls in Argentina from Paraguay

While the three countries do share a border, it's not possible to go straight from Paraguay to Iguazu Falls in Argentina. You'll have to cross the border by bus from Ciudad del Este into Foz do Iguacu, Brazil first, and then take a bus to Puerto Iguazu from there.


Keep in mind that most taxis and Ubers will not be willing to take you from the Brazilian side to the Argentinian side, because lines for customs can get extremely long for entering Argentina!


How We Got to Iguazu Falls in Argentina from Paraguay

We found ourselves in this situation, and had to get an Uber to the Brazilian border, and then hitchhiked to the Argentinian Border (it's a 40 minute walk). We then got a taxi from the Argentinian border to Puerto Iguazu.


We later did find out that there are in fact buses, but it's important to make sure that they stop at both checkpoints, unless you are planning on going back to Brazil after, which in that case you won't need to go through customs.


If you're coming from Paraguay, make sure to stop at Saltos de Monday before leaving!


How to Get to Iguazu Falls in Argentina from Anywhere Else

If you are going from either Montevideo or Santiago, you can fly into Foz do Iguacu, and then cross the border from there. If you are coming from anywhere else, we suggest flying into Buenos Aires first, and then getting a flight or bus from there to Puerto Iguazu.


How to Get to Iguazu Falls in Argentina from Foz do Iguacu

In order to get from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu Falls in Argentina, you'll have to get the bus to Puerto Iguazu first from the main bus station. We also suggest double checking to make sure there aren't direct buses to the Argentinian side of the park, as things are always changing.


You can also try getting a taxi from Foz do Iguacu to the park, but many aren't willing to do the trip because of the lengthy lines at customs. Ubers aren't really allowed to cross the border, so this won't be an option unfortunately.


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Entry Requirements for Argentina

Being that the falls are located in two countries, it makes it very confusing to see both sides! We've done the trip going from Brazil to Argentina, Argentina to Brazil, and Argentina to Brazil and back, so have the info for all possible routes.


Brazil doesn't require you to go through customs if you are just doing a day trip to their falls. However, Argentina always requires you to go through customs if you are coming from Brazil, which is why there are long lines for going to and coming from Iguazu Falls in Argentina. This is where crossing the border by foot was an ideal option, because we skipped the potential one hour line.


That being said, you'd have to be ready to hitchhike between the borders, or do the 40 minute walk between the two.


Visa Entry Requirements for Argentina

If you are from the Mercosur region, you will only need to present your ID, while any other nationality will have to present their passport. 


Argentina is quite welcoming to foreigners, and don't really give you a hard time while crossing the land border. We never had them go through our belongings, or ask many questions. As long as you are visiting for less than 3 months, customs quick and painless. 

Argentina no longer stamps passports, despite if you are leaving the country or just entering.


Covid Entry Requirements for Argentina

All requirements in regards to Covid-19 have now been lifted. It's important to note though, that Brazil requires your vaccination card still! So if you are planning on also visiting Brazil (for more than a day trip) you'll need to carry this with you.


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Local Adjustments for Visiting Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Traveling between border cities can be quite tricky. Everything from outlets to currency changes, which is why we're here to clarify a few things.


What Language Do They Speak at Iguazu Falls in Argentina?

The official language in Argentina, as well as Puerto Iguazu is Spanish. However, there is also another language that is shared by the three countries (particularly in this small area) that is called Guarani. Everyone speaks Spanish, but if you don't understand anyone, then it might be because they are speaking Guarani.


The Spanish in Argentina can be quite particular in other areas of the country, but due to the location of Iguazu Falls in Argentina, the accent is much more subtle, and people are generally easy to understand. While many people do speak English, it certainly helps a lot to pick up some of the basics in Spanish, especially if you want to negotiate with taxi drivers.


Currency of Argentina

The currency used in Argentina is the Argentinian peso. You'll actually find that prices on the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls are a bit more affordable than in Brazil.


Currently (April 2024) the official exchange is 869 Argentinian pesos for every USD, while the blue dollar (black market rate) is around 1,000 pesos. 

Cash is key in Argentina! Avoid using your credit card, and just exchange your dollars for the best possible conversions.


Electrical Outlets at Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Argentina uses different plugs than the rest of the countries in South America, as well as Brazil The associated plug types are types C & I. Plug C is the one that has two round pins (like Europe) and plug type I has three flat pins in a triangular pattern which are curved outwards. Argentina operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.


Can You Drink Tap Water in Iguazu Falls?

While most places in Argentina have potable water, Puerto Iguazu and Foz do Iguazu do not have water that is suitable for drinking. We suggest sticking to large bottled water, and filling up a reusable water bottle.

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Tipping Culture in Argentina

The tipping culture throughout Argentina is typically 10% of the bill. Service isn't ever included in the bill, so it is always great to have some extra cash to put on the table after your meal.

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Entering the Park of Iguazu Falls in Argentina: Prices & Timetable

The park of Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian side opens at 8 am, and closes at 6 pm. You should book tickets online in advance, as they are 15% cheaper, and you can avoid lines. 


How Much are Tickets to Iguazu Falls in Argentina?

Here are the ticket Prices for Iguazu Falls in Argentina:

Ticket Prices on Site

Foreigners (Adult): 5,500 pesos

Foreigners (Children 6-16): 2,000 pesos

Foreigners (Children 5 and under): free

Argentinian Nationals (Adults): 1,500 pesos

Argentinian Nationals (Children 5-16): 750 pesos

Argentinian Nationals (Children 5 and under): free

Provincial Residents (Adults): 600 pesos

Provincial Residents (Children 6-16): 400 pesos

Provincial Residents (Children 5 and under): free

Local Students: 750 pesos


Ticket Prices Online

Foreigners (Adult): 4,675 pesos

Foreigners (Children 6-16): 1,700 pesos

Foreigners (Children 5 and under): free

Argentinian Nationals (Adults): 1,275 pesos

Argentinian Nationals (Children 5-16): 638 pesos

Argentinian Nationals (Children 5 and under): free

Provincial Residents (adults): 510 pesos

Provincial Residents (Children 6-16): 340 pesos

Provincial Residents (Children 5 and under): free

Local Students: 638 pesos

* Tickets to Iguazu Falls in Argentina are 50% off on your second day visit


Parking Prices for Iguazu Falls in Argentina:

Cars: 750 pesos

Vans: 1,125 pesos

Buses: 1,500 pesos

Scooter and Motorcycles: 375 pesos

Local vehicles: 375 pesos


It's almost important to note that each trail closes at different times. So just because you are in the park doesn't mean you can start a trail at whatever time you want. This is to ensure that everyone finishes the trails in time, and everyone is out of the park by 6 pm.


* Keep in mind that there is huge inflation in Argentina, so prices change quite often.

Iguazu Falls in Argentina ticket office

You can buy tickets at the ticket office on site, but it is cheaper to purchase tickets online.

Here are the hours for each trail:

  • Upper Trail: 4:00 pm (we've seen them close it as late at 4:30, but it's better to get there earlier)
  • Lower Trail: 4:00 pm (we've seen them close it as late at 4:45, but it's better to get there earlier)
  • Garganta del Diablo: 3:10 pm
  • Macuco Trail: 2:45 pm
  • Last Boat Ride: 3:00 pm


Keep in mind we'll dive deeper into the details for each trail in the following section.

Hours of operation Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Each trail has a different closing time.


A Guide for Iguazu Falls in Argentina: Things to Do While Visiting the Park

Now that you know the basics for getting to and adjusting to Iguazu Falls in Argentina, let's jump into the fun stuff! Here is everything you need to know for visiting the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls.


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Can You Swim in Iguazu Falls?

Iguazu Falls can be enjoyed in so many different ways! Unfortunately, swimming in the falls is not one of them. While Brazil only has one trail to enjoy the falls, Iguazu Falls in Argentina can be admired from all different angles, with a variety of trails to choose from. We've done every single one, so are going to share all you need to know for a day at Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

Can you swim in Iguazu Falls in Argentina?

You cannot swim in Iguazu Falls in Argentina or Brazil.

Navigating the Park of Iguazu Falls in Argentina

The park of Iguazu is huge, but not too difficult to navigate. As soon as you walk in you'll find one path that leads to the first information booth.


After 5-10 of walking you'll find an area with souvenir shops, handmade crafts, and some cafes for snacks and drinks. After waking through this area, you'll then find the Central Station, which is where you decide which direction you want to go to start the different trails.

Iguazu Falls in Argentina map

There is a map with everything that you can find in the park.

The Different Trails at Iguazu Falls in Argentina:

There are 4 different trails that you can enjoy while at Iguazu Falls in Argentina, all about a 10 minute walk from the entrance of the park. There actually used to be one or two more, but they have been closed due to safety. Here are the different trails that you can do.


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Trails in Iguazu Falls in Argentina
Trails in Iguazu Falls in Argentina


Upper Circuit

The upper circuit is another 5-10 minute walk from the Central Station, and allows you to walk along the top of the falls, which is super powerful! The trail takes about an hour in total, with several platforms and stops for photos. It allows you to walk along the falls, and then the last 10-15 minutes are just circling back to the beginning (the trail is just one way).


You'll find a photographer at one of the most popular viewpoints, and a small souvenir stand at one of the others. The trail is very easy, and is along flat metal walkways.


Iguazu Falls in Argentina upper circuit
Iguazu Falls in Argentina upper circuit
Iguazu Falls in Argentina upper circuit
Iguazu Falls in Argentina upper circuit

The upper circuit allows you to get views from over the falls.

Lower Circuit

The lower circuit starts right next to the area that the upper circuit starts, and is a loop that allows you to see the falls from a bit further down below, and have spectacular panoramas of the falls. This trail takes around 45 minutes to complete, and finishes with a set of smaller falls.


Lower circuit, Iguazu Falls in Argentina
Lower circuit, Iguazu Falls in Argentina
Lower circuit, Iguazu Falls in Argentina
Lower circuit, Iguazu Falls in Argentina

The lower trail gives you great panoramas.


There is one small platform that has been temporarily closed due to the giant storm that destroyed it. It was supposedly supposed to be fixed by March (just like Garganta del Diablo) but it was still closed when we visited in Mid March. They estimate that it will take a few more weeks, so surely by May it should be open again.


Lower circuit, Iguazu Falls in Argentina
Lower circuit, Iguazu Falls in Argentina
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At the end of the lower circuit there are some smaller waterfalls to appreciate.


Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat)

If you're going to do one trail in Iguazu Falls in Argentina, then make sure it is this one! Garganta del Diablo translates to "the Devil's Throat", and let's you get up close to the most powerful set of falls in the park.


Garganta del Diablo has a set of 14 waterfalls, and is truly spectacular. In order to get here you will have to take a train for 15 minutes, or you can walk (although it would take around 45 minutes to do so). 

Iguazu Falls in Argentina train

In order to get to Garganta del Diablo you'll need to take a train.

The first train goes at 8:30 am, and when we went it was completely packed. We got off the train as fast as we could and ran the entire metal platform to the end to reach there before all the huge tour groups.


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