How To Visit Iguazu Falls From Buenos Aires: 2024 Guide

A wide-angle shot of Iguazú Falls showing expansive waterfalls cascading down in a powerful display of nature's force. The falls stretch across the frame, with mist rising from the impact zones. In the foreground, the river flows rapidly, dotted with dark boulders and surrounded by lush green vegetation. A walkway with visitors is visible on the right, offering a close-up view of the falls, set against a backdrop of a clear blue sky with a few scattered clouds.

No trip to Argentina is complete if one doesn’t visit Iguazu Falls and Patagonia. The Iguazu Falls are a series of hundreds of waterfalls in both Argentina and Brazil. The natural wonder is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nothing I can say will do justice to their magnificence and grandeur. You may have heard that Eleanor Roosevelt sighed “Poor Niagara” when she saw the Iguazu Falls. I have yet to visit Niagara Falls, but I am already planning my next visit to Iguazú National Park and preparing for my next great adventure.

Best time to visit Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is more or less a year-round destination. There is really no bad time to visit the Iguazú Falls National Park. The timing of your visit to the Iguazu Falls is crucial to the quality of your experience. 

December – January and the second half of July are the high season as it is school holidays time and most Argentines are on their annual holiday. It will be crowded with less accommodation availability, especially on weekends. The weather is rainy and humid, water levels are high and some trails may be closed. 

From March to June you can expect plenty of sunshine, high temperatures, and tolerable humidity. 

August and September are cooler but the water levels are lower and the falls aren’t at their best.

Tip: Prepare for a humid climate and pack accordingly.

A panoramic view of Iguazú Falls surrounded by lush greenery under a clear blue sky. Multiple cascades of water plummet over the cliff edges, creating a dramatic and powerful natural spectacle, while the river below churns with frothy, white rapids. The verdant foliage adds a vibrant contrast to the white waterfalls and deep blue of the sky.
Iguazu Falls is hundreds of falls

Remember:

  • Shoulder seasons: March to June and August to October are best for fewer crowds.
  • Peak season: Avoid December, January, and late July to avoid crowds and limited accommodation availability.

How many days in Iguazu Falls

You may be wondering how many days at Iguazu Falls will be enough to see everything. If you have the time, plan to spend at least two to three full days. You may have heard of visitors traveling from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu and back in one day. I wouldn’t advise it. Iguazu Falls is not a place to rush. Trust me, you’ll want to savor every moment in this majestic place. It’s an experience you’ll cherish forever. 

If you are short on time, consider a private day trip. This is not a cheap option, but it does have its advantages: airfare included, pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Buenos Aires, and a private guide at the falls. You will only visit the Argentine side of the falls.

Best way to visit Iguazu Falls

Buenos Aires flight to Iguazu Falls Argentina

Flying is quick and easy. The flight from Buenos Aires takes less than two hours, so I consider it to be the best option. Aerolineas Argentinas, FlyBondi, and JetSmart operate several daily flights to and from both Buenos Aires airports: Ezeiza Airport (EZE) and Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP). When booking your flight, check which airport you are flying from and to. Airfares are affordable, especially if you choose one of the budget airlines. AEP airport is closer to the tourists’ favorite area where you will most probably choose to stay in.

TIP: Puerto Iguazu airport is located in the middle of the jungle, so make sure you book a window seat for a great view when you land.

The view from an airplane window overlooking a dense, lush jungle canopy. The wing of the plane is visible in the upper left corner, featuring a blue and white color scheme. Below, a straight road cuts through the forest, emphasizing the vastness and uniform texture of the greenery. Fluffy white clouds dot the sky, and the horizon shows a hint of other water bodies and forested areas, suggesting the grandeur of the landscape as one approaches Iguazu Falls.
The jungle from the plane window before a visit to Iguazu Falls

Puerto Iguazu International Airport is a small airport. There are a few shops and refreshments so you can have a pleasant stay while waiting for your flight. 

From the airport, you can take the Rio Uruguay bus to the town of Puerto Iguazu. It is a 20-minute ride that costs ARS 3,000 (USD 3) at the time of writing (January 2024), or you can take a taxi. You can also ask for a transfer at your accommodation. There is no Uber in Puerto Iguazu. 

Domestic flights in Argentina

Buenos Aires bus to Iguazu Falls

You might think that taking the bus is more wallet-friendly. I wouldn’t say that about intercity buses in Argentina. Buses tend to be comfortable and clean, although they are not necessarily cheaper than domestic flights.

The travel time by bus is 17-19 hours. The bus from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls leaves from Retiro Bus Terminal. This is an overnight service, so you save the cost of a night’s accommodation.

At the time of writing, a bus ticket from Rio Uruguay Carrier costs between ARS 68000 and ARS 76000, depending on the type of seat. Fly Bondi offers flight tickets from ARS 40 000 to ARS 90 000 for the same dates. Booking well in advance doesn’t guarantee cheaper tickets.

The Rio Uruguay service offers regular departures from the bus station in Puerto Iguazú to the falls. Buses run every 20 minutes. There is no need to book in advance. Just go to the bus station, buy your ticket, and catch the next bus to Iguazu National Park.

Buenos Aires tours to Iguazu Falls

Independent travel to Puerto Iguazu is pretty easy. Once there, consider booking a guided tour, especially if going to the Brazil side. Guides will lead you to spots with sprawling panoramic views you might otherwise miss. You will gain insights that will enrich your experience beyond just the visual admiration. There’s always a charm in the untold stories and hidden corners only a local guide can reveal.

So go ahead, and invest in a guided tour. Trust me, this is one splurge you won’t regret.

How to visit Iguazu Falls (the Argentinian side of the falls)

Iguazu National Park is open every day from 8:00 to 18:00. Last entry is at 16:30. Entrance fee for foreigners is ARS 20,000 (USD 20). You can pay both in cash in Argentine pesos or with a Visa or Mastercard credit card. If you plan to visit the Iguazu National Park for two consecutive days, at the end of the first day revalidate your ticket and thus you will obtain a 50% discount on the second-day ticket. Go to the park directly on the second day with the ticket from the previous day.

The entry ticket gives you access to: the Upper Circuit, the Lower Circuit, the Devil’s Throat, the Green Trail, the Macuco Trail, and the Jungle Ecological Train. The Jungle Ecological Train travels through the jungle to connect the entrance of the park with the main trails.

The photograph showcases a striking view of Iguazú Falls, where numerous waterfalls cascade into a turbulent, golden-brown river. A vivid rainbow arches gracefully through the mist created by the falls, adding a spectrum of color to the scene. The lush greenery of the surrounding forest is partially visible, framing the natural wonder, while the powerful rush of water conveys a sense of the falls' majesty and the dynamic energy of nature.
Rainbow over Iguazu Falls

Things to do in Iguazu Falls Argentina

Upper Circuit

The start of the Upper Circuit is 200m from The Falls Station. It is a very easy walk of almost 2km. As there are no steps, it is accessible. There are toilets and a cafe at the start of the trail.

You will have an incredible view of the falls from above and as you will want to stop every few steps to admire the scenery, it is best to allow at least two hours for the Upper Circuit. The footpaths pass over many smaller falls, giving you the feeling of walking over water. You are in the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation and greeted by colourful birds and inquisitive animals. There are toilets and a cafe at the start of the walk.

Lower Circuit

The Lower Circuit is a little shorter and not fully accessible. It has two paths leading to the same place. One is accessible by ramp and the other by stairs.

On the Lower Circuit, the falls are right next to you. You will feel their power from the thunderous sound of the falling water. Be prepared to get wet from the mist. Following the Lower Circuit trail, you enter the deepest part of the Paraná jungle.

Take your time and take your best pictures. 

TIP: Be careful with your camera or mobile phone: keep it as dry as possible.

Full Moon Walk

 If your visit coincides with the days of the full moon, you can join the Full Moon Walk. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and you have the option to hire the dinner service, which is offered in the Restaurant “La Selva” in the Park. Ask for it at the park’s entrance.

Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo)

Devil’s Throat is the largest and most impressive waterfall in the Iguazú National Park, with a drop of over 80 metres. After completing the 2,200 metre circuit, you can come within a few centimetres of the waterfall. The circuit is fully accessible and takes about 1.5 hours to complete. To get there you can take the ecological jungle train. Just make sure you get on the train no later than 16:00. 

Devil’s Throat Waterfall is nothing short of amazing! You can hear it before you see it and when you get close you can feel the power of the water as it falls into a huge hole. It’s really an unforgettable experience! The falls are so powerful that they make a big mist that will soak you and leave you feeling refreshed. You may even see rainbows! Devil’s Throat is all about the beauty and power of nature. It’s an experience that will leave you in awe of how powerful nature can be. 

Boat Ride

For those who love thrilling experiences, it is the unforgettable highlight of visiting Iguazu Falls! The boat ride below Iguazu Falls is an exhilarating experience that is incredibly popular for a reason!

It takes you right to the heart of the thundering water, where the power of nature is simply undeniable. The boat provides exclusive views of the falls from angles that are not visible elsewhere! This is why this experience captivates so many. The boat ride is not just a part of the visit; for many, it is the visit itself!

Wildlife

Iguazu Falls is an incredible place to spot a diverse range of wildlife! From toucans to monkeys, coatis to jaguars, and a variety of birds and animals, there’s so much to see. More than 400 species of birds live in the park! Please remember you are their guest, respect them, and don’t bother them. Keep your snacks away and dispose of your trash in the designated bins. And always remember, they don’t need ketchup or mayonnaise to survive!

For the best views of Iguazu Falls, you should visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Even though 80% of the falls are located in Argentina, the Brazilian part provides better view. You can explore the walkway and reach the incredible viewing platform at the end, which provides an even more stunning view of the falls. The platform is the perfect spot to take in the breathtaking beauty of Iguazu Falls and capture some unforgettable photos.

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Things to do in Iguazu Argentina, apart from visiting Iguazu Falls

The image captures a twilight scene viewed from a high vantage point, featuring a river winding through dense foliage. A bridge with two illuminated, triangular pillars stretches across the river, meeting the vivid hues of the sunset sky, which is painted in gradients of pink, orange, and purple. To the right, a Ferris wheel is aglow with multicolored lights, adding a playful brightness to the evening. Below, the corner of a swimming pool is visible, surrounded by lounge chairs, softly lit by ambient lights that hint at the relaxation awaiting at day's end. The blending of natural and artificial lights creates a serene and inviting atmosphere.
Tres Fronteras

Hito Tres Fronteras

This is where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet.  

The wonder lies in the proximity; each nation’s border is just a stone’s throw away. The Parana River and the Iguazu River converge here, their waters mixing before flowing on. You can view the borders without crossing them. Monuments from each country add to the charm, with their respective flags flying high. 

This tri-border area invites a moment of quiet reflection. The peaceful coexistence of three distinct cultures is acknowledged. A rare blend of geography and tolerance is witnessed, so take your time to soak it in.

Biocentro Iguazu

The biodiversity of the surrounding rainforest is perfectly mirrored here. The peaceful chorus of bird songs provides a stark contrast to the thunderous sound of the falls. You will discover in Biocentro Iguazu lush vegetation and an array of wildlife: colorful butterflies, beautiful orchids, and curious toucans. 

La Casa de las Botellas

This attraction is truly impressive in its creativity and innovation. It’s a must-see for anyone who cares about the environment and enjoys exploring unconventional art. The entire house is made from upcycled plastic bottles, from the walls to the furniture and decor. But it’s not just about aesthetics; the project serves as an eco-friendly prototype, designed to inspire visitors to consider their own role in preserving the beauty of nature.

As you explore the Bottle House, take a moment to appreciate the ingenuity behind the use of materials and the potential of every object we think of as waste.

San Ignacio

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jesuit Mission of San Ignacio Miní is a remarkable testament to the history of the region. Walking through the ruins, you feel as if you have been transported back to the 17th century. The sandstone walls tell dramatic stories of the interaction between European missionaries and the indigenous Guarani people. Jesuits aimed to create a harmonious Christian community. A visit to San Ignacio Miní is a must for anyone interested in history and the mixing of cultures. You can easily explore the site on a day trip, a journey through time that will enrich your Iguazu adventure.

Where to Stay When Visiting Iguazu Falls

The photograph displays a scenic view from a high vantage point, presumably a hotel room, showcasing a serene river flanked by lush greenery. A prominent bridge with distinctive yellow triangular structures spans the river in the distance. On the right, a large Ferris wheel creates a focal point against the clear sky. In the foreground, a swimming pool with azure water provides a leisurely contrast to the natural scene. The overall image captures a blend of natural beauty and human-made entertainment set against a vivid blue sky.
View from my room at O2 Iguazu Hotel

If you’re looking for a first-class hotel in the area, look no further than the Gran Meliá Iguazú. This hotel offers unbeatable views of the park, which you can access from your room. Imagine the convenience of being able to reach the falls within minutes, maximizing the time you spend admiring them. You can walk out your door and straight into one of the wonders of the world. The hotel offers unparalleled views and trails right on your doorstep, allowing you to immerse yourself in the splendor of nature.

Waking up to the sound of the waterfalls is an unforgettable experience. The comfortable beds, exquisite cuisine, and the opportunity to relax in the spa after a day of exploration make this hotel the perfect choice for your stay. Staying at the Gran Meliá Iguazú will turn your visit into a lifelong memory, where luxury meets the beauty of nature and the falls become part of your experience.

I highly recommend the O2 Iguazu if you’re looking for a comfortable and affordable hotel. The hotel is conveniently located near the bus station. The rooms are spacious and immaculately clean as the hotel is relatively new. The lobby is an atrium, complete with panoramic lifts that offer stunning views. During my stay, I had a corner room on the top floor with a breathtaking view of Tres Fronteras. The best part of my experience was the rooftop pool and bar, where I enjoyed relaxing with a refreshing drink and enjoying the cool breeze as the sun set over Tres Fronteras.

The image shows a luxurious rooftop swimming pool at dusk, with a clear blue sky above. The pool area is adorned with stylish sun loungers, some of which are occupied by guests enjoying the tranquil setting. Large umbrellas provide shade, and a chic bar structure offers refreshments. The wooden deck and glass balustrades add to the modern aesthetic, while the background reveals a sprawling landscape that fades into the horizon, highlighting the urban setting of the O2 Iguazu Hotel.
Rooftop pool and bar at O2 Iguazu Hotel
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To conclude, a visit to Iguazu Falls is not just a simple trip, it’s an encounter with one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders. It’s a journey of discovery where every minute is precious, and every sight is a new memory etched into your story. Take the time to plan your trip well, and embark on this adventure with confidence, knowing that the falls will unveil their magnificence in all its glory.

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6 thoughts on “How To Visit Iguazu Falls From Buenos Aires: 2024 Guide”

  1. Iguazu Falls Are so beautiful and iconic. This is an excellent guide to seeing them and staying nearby. Thanks for the other great things to do as well.

  2. This is a great guide when travelling from Argentina. I can’t wait to visit, but we probably extend our trip in Brazil. Will bookmark it for when it’s time to book!

  3. I LOVE IGUAZU! I spent my birthday here 5 years ago (alone) and it was amazing! I did spend more time on the Brazilian side though. Do you think this side is better than Brazil?

  4. Wow this is so excitin. I love the sight of waterfalls but this is extraordinary. The description of deaths throat train journey is enticing

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