How to get to Iguazu Falls in Argentina
For those short on time, the Iguazu Falls can be reached with an easy 90 minute flight from Buenos Aires.
You’ll depart from Jorge Newbery domestic airport and arrive at Puerto Iguazu, the gateway city to Iguazu National Park and Iguazu Falls. We recommend booking the flight well in advance, particularly if you are travelling in the high season.
If you have more time and would like to travel through the countryside of Argentina, we can arrange a private transfer by car. Your driver can stop at interesting sites along the way, and you’ll break up the journey with an overnight stay.
Important information about visiting Iguazu National Park
Discover the opening hours, ticket prices and park facilities to prepare for your visit to the Iguazu National Park and Iguazu Falls.
Iguazu National Park in Argentina is open every day of the year. You can enter the park between 8am and 4:30pm, and stay inside the park until 6pm.
The entrance fee is 700 pesos for non-resident adults and 180 pesos for non-resident children. There is no charge for people with disabilities. You can pay in cash (only in pesos) or with a credit card.
If you are a resident of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay or Venezuela, you will have a cheaper ticket price, although you must present your passport or national identification at the ticket office.
The cost includes access to the Lower and Upper Circuit, Devil’s Throat, ferry to San Martin Island, the Macuco Trail and Arrechea Waterfall, the Green Trail, the Nature Interpretation Centre and unlimited rides on the Ecological Jungle Train.
After your first day, be sure to revalidate your ticket at the ticket office, as this gives you a 50% discount on your second consecutive day at the park.
Facilities in Iguazu National Park
The park features accessible bathrooms, showers, ATMs, WIFI, mobile charging ports, a playground, a souvenir shop, first aid and ambulance service, and an information centre. You can hire lockers and strollers for babies from 0 to 2 years old.
There are plenty of places to eat within the park including La Selva restaurant and a number of fast food kiosks.
Things to do in Iguazu National Park
Iguazu National Park is full of treasures and exciting ways to experience the Iguazu Falls, with a myriad of different trails, viewpoints and activities. Here are ten of the best things to do in Iguazu National Park.
Ride the Ecological Jungle Train
Your entrance to Iguazu National Park includes unlimited rides on the ‘Green Train’, an ecological train circuit that takes you through the jungle and along the river, stopping at the main walking trails and Devil’s Throat.
Walk the Lower and Upper Circuit
These are the two main walking trails, offering breathtaking views of the falls. The Lower Circuit is a two kilometre system of walkways and challenging stairways, ingeniously designed to offer intimate encounters with the magical cascades, and spectacular views of the falls.
The Upper Circuit offers incredible panoramic views of the falls, and is best visited in the early morning or late afternoon to catch rainbows arcing through the spray.
Known as La Garganta del Diablo (the Devil’s Throat), this monstrous waterfall is an unmissable highlight of the national park.
Take the Jungle Train to the Devil’s Throat station, then walk along a one kilometre catwalk, watching out for crocodiles and turtles in the water below. You’ll hear the ferocious power of this thundering waterfall before you see it, and it’s an stunning sight to witness.
Day trip to the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls
Although two-thirds of the Iguazu Falls are on the Argentina side (and there’s more to see on the Argentina side), the Brazil side offers full-frontal, panoramic views of the falls and is well worth a day trip.
It can be difficult to navigate on your own, so we recommend taking a guided tour that includes hotel pick-ups and drop-offs, and a full-day experience within the falls, so you can make the most of your time.
It’s important to note that you may need a visa for Brazil, and you’ll need to arrange a visa prior to your trip, even if you are visiting just for the day.
San Martin Island
Head to San Martin Island for the best views of the magnificent San Martin waterfall. You can reach the island by taking a ferry from the Lower Circuit across to the island. The ferries are included in your entrance ticket and run every 15 minutes depending on the water levels.
You’ll reach a sandy beach where you’ll find the entrance to a trail that leads towards a circuit of viewpoints. The trail begins with a climb of around 170 stairs, but you’ll be rewarded with tremendous views of the San Martin waterfall, as well as a ring of other waterfalls including the famed Devil’s Throat and the Brazilian falls.
Be prepared to get soaked in the misty spray, as you stand face to face with this powerful force of nature. You may even see rainbows illuminated in the mist, and keep an eye out for unique bird species, lizards and hardy tree species.
A helicopter flight offers an incredible aerial perspective that shows just how enormous and powerful the Iguazu Falls really are. As you take to the air, you’ll be blown away by the view and it’s a wonderful opportunity to snap some impressive photos.
Besides the Lower and Upper Circuit, there are a range of other fantastic hiking trails around the national park. The Macuco Trail and Arrechea Falls trail is a two-hour return hike through the jungle to Arrechea Waterfall, where you can swim and enjoy a picnic. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as colourful insects and big groups of Caí monkeys.
Other great trails include the Green Trail and the Rainforest Trail. For maps, safety tips and more information, visit the Iguazu National Park website
Get up close and personal with the falls, by taking a boat ride into their watery depths. You’ll get drenched as you ride the churning rapids, and it’s an exhilarating way to get right under the falls. Depending on the season, the weather will be quite warm, but you’ll need to bring a change of clothes after your exciting ride.
If you’d like to see all the incredible wildlife of the rainforest surrounding the falls, you can take a thrilling 4x4 jungle safari to spot howler monkeys, caymans, tapirs, giant anteaters, ocelots and even jaguars. There are also more than 2,000 species of plants to explore.
Guided tours of Iguazu Falls in Argentina
To maximise your time at Iguazu National Park, we recommend taking a guided tour that includes transport and entrance fees.
Your private guide will pick you up at your hotel, and take you to all the major sites of Iguazu National Park, including the Lower and Upper Circuits and Devil’s Throat.
As you wander through the jungle, your guide will point out fascinating plants, wildlife and gems of the jungle, while answering all your questions about the park. You’ll have the chance to see toucans, yellow-eyed bluebirds, monkeys and coatis (a cousin of the racoon).