To get to Iguazú, we took a bus (linea Rio Uruguay) and tried out the “cama suite.” This is a cushy, reclineable seat that turns into a bed at night. It was super comfortable, but the bus goes from side to side at night on the road. If you are a light sleeper, you’ll wake. The “cama suite service” was nice. The waitress served hot meals with salads and wine or beer. The trip by bus was 16 hours, overnight.
We stayed at the Rio Tropic hotel about 5 minutes outside of town. Though it’s outside of town, this location has advantages. If you like a more tranquil atmosphere, it’s down a quaint dirt road. The accommodations are a year old and super clean.
There is a swimming pool and free Internet (shared laptop). The breakfast is freshly squeezed orange juice, cafe con leche, yogurt, facturas (danish), and medialunas. The owner speaks Spanish, English, and French.
Rio Tropic is a ten minute walk from the bus stop to the waterfalls.
It’s easy to jump aboard the bus from (or to) town. You can also take a taxi, but it’s more costly. We enjoyed staying at Rio Tropic because the accommodations were more of a lodge feel and possibly more clean than possibilities in-town.
A day and a half or two days are sufficient to become aquainted with the waterfalls on the Argentine side. There are three main sights–the upper falls, lower falls, and the “Devil’s Throat,” where the falls appear to be cascading down into a colossal throat. There is also an enjoyable hike unassociated with the large falls. We were able to see monkeys foraging for food through the trees. It’s best to do the hike as early as possible for the opportunity to see wildlife. It’s a nice opportunity to get away from tourist throngs.
On the isolated trail away from the big falls, we watched several young capuchin monkeys stripping food off trees. They did not even seem to notice us.
Photo Credit: VSmithUK
The butterflies were enchanting and seemed to be painted in technicolor. My favorites were purple spotted butterflies with green tongues. They flittered over the hand rails, tasting for something with their long, sticky tongues.
When you arrive in the bus station and want to find something fresh to eat, turn left out of the station where the buses park. Walk down that main road, and there is a fresh pasta restaurant on your right. You can purchase fresh cooked pasta with sauce for a meal. We did not find any restaurants that stood out–just the common parrillas. If you get the chance, visit the edge of town tri-point vista where you can see both Brazil and Paraguay. Visas are required for U.S. citizens who want to visit either country from Argentina.
For more pictures, see my original post on Iguazú.