Foz Do Iguaçu
Eventually, we could visit the Brazilian part of Iguazu Falls! Iguazu Falls are wonderful natural beauty that is located on the border of Argentina and Brazil and impresses the viewer. Before we visited the falls in Argentina in November 2017 and couldn’t get enough of its beauty, so we returned to Buenos Aires hoping to visit the Brazilian part one day. And we finally did it! You can see all the necessary information about the Argentine part in Iguazu Falls Travel Guide # 1.
If you are thinking about going to Iguazu, I strongly suggest you visit both sides. The first Iguazu post will help you more while planning your trip. I explained all the necessary information one by one in that post. Even if you are decided to visit only the Brazilian part, it would be useful to check the first Iguazu guide for general information. Which I am saying again, if it possible, see both parts. Cause we likewise stick to the plan that I explained in the first article at this time. I mean:
Firstly, we flew from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu (Argentina side). On the first day, we went to see the border of the three countries. We spent our second day in Iguazu National Park. (This time we went with our family, so we visited the places we have seen before.) On the third day, we went to Foz do Iguaçu (Brazilian side) by bus. We visited Iguaçu Natural Park and Bird Park and went back to Argentina side, Puerto Iguazu. We returned to Buenos Aires on the same evening by plane.
How to go from Argentina to Brazil while visiting Iguazu Falls?
This is the most vital question of this part of the trip. The answer is very easy.
You’re going to the Puerto Iguazu terminal on the Argentina side. You must use a company called Rio Uruguay. This company has busses to Argentina Iguazu Natural Park, Brazil Iguaçu Natural Park, and Brazil Foz do Iguaçu town. If you don’t think to stay in Brazil, be sure to buy a ticket directly to the bus (which is said Cataratas Brazil) to the natural park. You can get your ticket as a round trip.
The buses depart between 8.00-17.00 hours, in every 30th min one from Argentina, and departs hourly from the Brazilian side. The road actually takes 20 minutes away, but it takes nearly 1 hour due to the entrance and exit procedures of the country. About 5 minutes after the bus leaves the terminal, it stops on the border of Argentina, everyone gets off from the bus and an exit stamp is printed on their passports. Then you get on the same bus again. A short bridge connects the two countries, you stop again after crossing the bridge by bus. Here, only non-Argentina citizens need to get off the bus and get transacted. Announcement for non-Argentine citizens, for it, is said only in English, you get off the bus twice. Here your passport will be stamped for Brazil entrance. Then the bus goes straight to the Natural Park and Bird Park.
Standing passengers are also taken to the buses. Standing passengers are also taken to the buses. Because you have to get off from the bus very frequently, others can sit in your seat. Even if you have a seat, in the beginning, they can pick up your seat after passport operations. So, don’t worry about your seats. As I said, the way is quite short.
How much time should be spare to the Brazilian part of the falls?
If you want, you can go for a day as we do to the Brazilian side. Natural Park can be easily visited in about 2-3 hours. Then, it is necessary to spare 2 hours for Bird Park.
What is Iguaçu Natural Park like?
Although the park in Brazil itself is quite large, the paths to visit are so much smaller than the Argentine part. The biggest difference between the two countries is the viewing angles of the falls. The large part of the Iguazu falls are actually spilling down from Argentina. Therefore, the paths in Argentina guide you from bottom to up, from inside to outside, from in front to behind, shortly from every side of the falls. A much smaller part of falls are spilling on the Brazilian side. But from this side, you get to see a panoramic view of all the falls of Argentina and the view is simply breath-taking!
To be honest, we thought a little bit about whether it is worth seeing the side of Brazil. When we went and saw it, we were glad we went. Because we realized that there are falls on the Argentina side where the paths cannot take you due to roughness and in Brazil, you get to see them from across the river.
Finding your way in Iguaçu Natural Park
It ıs quite easy. You get on buses when you enter the park. As I said, the park is actually quite big, but the walking section is small. After about 20 minutes by bus, you come to the point where the path is located.
As you can see from the map above, there are some stops on the road. The bus stops at 4 points. The first two stops are the stops you can use if you buy a boat tour. The third stop is the starting stop of the path. (The path of the falls stop.) The fourth stop is the stop at the endpoint of the path. (Porto Canoas Square Station) There is also a restaurant and gift shop here.
You need to get off from the bus at the third stop and follow the path to the fourth stop. The falls are seen in this range. The path is quite rough and slippery, also there are many stairs. If you walk from the third stop to the fourth, as I said, you’re generally going downhill. In the opposite direction, you need to climb a little more. If you are tired when you reach the end of the path, you don’t need to worry, you don’t have to climb stairs, and if you want you can go up by the lift. We didn’t buy a boat tour in Brazil because we went already for one day Also, after the boat tour that is carried under the waterfall of the Argentine side, these didn’t seem very attractive. (What a tour!)
Do we get wet on the Brazilian side, as in Argentina?
We got too wet in Argentina because we took the boat tour. On the Brazilian side, the water of the Iguazu falls will make you wet at some viewing points. But an extra t-shirt can save you.
You can find people who selling plastic ponchos all around. Ponchos can be a little uncomfortable but it can work very well. In addition, it would be good to go with waterproof shoes or take something like extra slippers with you. Oh, don’t be sick then there.
Where is the Famous Bird Park? Is it far from Natural Park?
No, they are even very close to each other. The entrance of the two parks can be said to be facing each other. It only took us 3 minutes to get out of the natural park and walk to the Bird Park. Meanwhile, it is not possible to fit into the words how much we admire to the Bird Park (Parque das Aves). I really suggest you see it.
- Buy your souvenirs from Brazil. They have better quality.
- Our first trip was in November (in spring). On the second time, we went in autumn. (March) There were two differences that we saw seasonally:
1) Last time there was no rain, but this time from time to time we caught torrential rains.
2) There were butterflies everywhere!
Apparently, we came up to the times when butterflies come out of their cocoons. There were so many butterflies in beautiful colors around that we couldn’t take our eyes off looking at them!
- If you remember, in the first article, I mentioned about the cute but very predatory Coatis. In Brazil, we have witnessed how predatory these animals really are. For some reason, the ones on the Brazilian side are more aggressive than the ones in Argentina. They attack the food you have, tear the bags you buy from the market and steal when the insides are spilled. It is useful to be extra careful.
Visiting dates: March 27-29, 2018
Translation date: January 28, 2020
Translated by: Acelya Yildirim
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