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Do it yourself or tour companies?

Panama City, Panama
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Do it yourself or tour companies?

Hi all,

Three travelers arrive into the Brasil side airport on a Sunday in the afternoon and will go straight to our hostel. We plan to tour the Brazilian side on Monday and then the Argentine side on Tuesday. We depart Wednesday. I would like to get information on costs and if it is worth it to pre-book through tours or just wing it ourselves. Also, does anyone recommend hopping over to the Paraguay side? I am a planner and my husband is a wing-it traveler... so I am trying to find the happy medium by knowing options.

1) Taxi cost from Brasil airport to downtown (Che Lagarto Hostel...near the zoo)? Or bus?

2) Getting to the Brazilian Falls ... easy? Taxi/bus? Get in line and pay (i heard you can use a credit card) Book boat rides from inside the park? Any chance of things selling out if you don't pre-book?

3) How do you get to the Argentine side...taxi ($?), bus ($ and frequency?) or tour (any added value?) and then from the Argentine side to the Falls?

4) book boat tours once inside the park?

5) go to Paraguay?

Thanks in advance! Cheers.

Destination Expert
for Rio de Janeiro
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1. Re: Do it yourself or tour companies?

No need to prebook tours. If you're on a tight budget, use the bus from the airport to downtown. Don't know if you'll have time for Paraguay. Could depend on what time you leave on Wednesday.

Iguaçu Falls Information:

English (Iguassu Falls), Spanish (Cataratas del Iguazú), Portuguese (Cataratas do Iguaçu), all adaptations of the Guarani´s (Y-guazú).

In Guarani, "Y" means Water and "Guazú" means Big.





Eleven pictures of Iguazú Falls:


While you’re on the Argentine side, take the Great Adventure boat ride under the falls. You’ll get soaked but you’ll have an unforgettable experience.


On the Brazil side of Foz do Iguaçu, check out the Bird Park (Parque Das Aves):



Foz do Iguaçu: Brazil’s World-Class Waterfalls:

Acclaimed as a World Heritage Site and once voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the waterfalls at Foz do Iguaçu are an incredible sight to behold. A new 900 meter-long walkway is now open to the public.


Taking the Paraguayan route to Iguazú Falls:


Edited: 10 December 2016, 06:04
Toronto, Canada
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2. Re: Do it yourself or tour companies?

Hi there ,

We had a similar itinerary.

Buses are far cheaper .. that's what I read when I was going .. but taxis are also very reasonable .. they cost around 7-8 usd to go anywhere and needless to say totally hassle free..

I don't think there is any need to pre book tours ..

we did Argentina side thru a tour operator ..that has its own +ves and -ves.

My report on both the sides - http://kamstraveltales.wordpress.com

r c
Portland, Oregon
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3. Re: Do it yourself or tour companies?

i was only on the Argentine side of the falls.

you really dont need a tour guide there. but if you can find one and afford one, go for it.

its your trip.

Foz do Iguacu, PR
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4. Re: Do it yourself or tour companies?

I would just "wing it"! Tours take time. Especially bus type.

Taxis are reasonably priced and direct. Public buses are cheap but make many stops for locals going to work at hotels, park and other areas along the way.

You really may not have time to go to PY! There is no "hopping over". 2 lane bridge gets backed up and many times it can be 3 hours to go one way.(More if many trucks) Even worst with Christmas shoppers and border checks. The only quick way is to take a moto taxi. (Say a prayer on close your eyes. They wiggle in and around the vehicles! Not much room to bring items back either!)

Taxi to Che hotel is around $R 35 reais. Same for going to the BR falls from downtown where your hotel is located.

BR Falls do accept CC's, Reais and US$. Line moves quick and buses are plenty. Can buy boat ride when you are ready to get SOAKED1 AR boat ride does go closer to the one of the AR falls than BR. (Take some "Ziploc" type bags to protect doc's and valuables.

Here some info for your "planning side":


Taxi again is fastest to AR side. About $75 reals from downtown one way. AR Falls only accepts AR pesos.


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