Iguazu Falls, Argentina – How to Get There, Where to Stay

Iguazu Falls in Misiones, Argentina

You’ve heard about this largest waterfall system in the world, but do you know how to get there? This UNESCO World Heritage Site is on the border between Argentina and Brazil in a remote sub-tropical area. You could get there via Argentina or Brazil, but my preference is going via Argentina, although you should still make a day trip to the Brazilian side.

FLYING THERE: Fly into Ezeiza (EZE) airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Then you will need to transfer Jorge Newberry Airport (AEP), which a smaller airport for domestic and South American flights. The drive, via shuttle or taxi, is about 45 mins. If the timing of your flight doesn’t work out to do this on the same day, you can stay overnight in the city of Buenos Aires, and the AEP airport is right in the city, so it won’t take long to get there. From there fly into Iguazú International Airport (IGR), which is about a 2.5 hour flight.

WHERE TO STAY: Stay at the Gran Melia for the best experience. It takes about 20 mins. to get there via taxi. It is expensive but SO worth it because this hotel is the only one inside of the Argentine National Park, and you can walk to the trails overlooking the falls. The hotel and its infinity pool overlook a portion of the waterfalls, as seen in the photo above. You will see monkeys at the hotel, and during your walks you may see toucans, coatis, and capybaras.

SEE THE BRAZILIAN SIDE: Take a taxi for a day trip to see the Brazilian side, and they will take care of your crossing paperwork. Bring your passport! There the main overlook puts you just opposite the “Garganta del Diablo”, which is the view in the top left photo.

WHEN TO GO: Best months to visit are Feb-Jun and Sept-Nov, although it is possible to visit all year round. December and January are the hottest months, and it may be more crowded and expensive due to Argentine and Brazilian summer vacations. Same for July, which is winter vacation. Although July-August is winter, the weather is still pleasant. However, the water level may be a bit lower and not as dramatic.

If you are staying at the Gran Melia Iguazu you will be able to walk to the waterfalls and he little train that takes you to “Garganta del Diablo”, or Devil’s Throat. You can also book a boat excursion from the concierge, and you board the bus within walking distance.

The boat ride, which can be done from either side, should not be missed! Keep in mind you will get 100% wet, though!

If you are NOT staying at the Gran Melia Hotel, you may want to book excursions. Here are a couple you may enjoy:

Tour of Argentina side, including boat ride, jungle truck and train: Book Here

4-Day Tour of Argentina and Brazil sides: Book Here