The Iguazu Falls are among the jewels in Argentina’s crown – and make for a wonderful excursion from the national capital of Buenos Aires.
One of South America’s most visited natural attractions, the iconic Falls features some 275 individual cascades, making it the largest waterfall system in the world. For visitors to Buenos Aires, there are a huge number of companies offering tours from the capital to the falls, spanning everything from a 24-hour whistle-stop trip to a multi-day adventure. We’ve compared three of the best currently available.
Private Day Trip (1 day)
If you’re short on time, this private day trip may fit the bill. After an early morning flight from Buenos Aires, you’ll be welcomed at Puerto Iguazu airport by your tour guide and transferred to Iguazu Falls National Park on the Argentine side. Starting at the New Visitors Center, you’ll board a train that goes to the Cataratas Station, or take a short walk through the “Green Trail” that leads to the beginning of the path towards the Upper and Lower trails of the Falls. There’ll also be the option to take the same train to the Garganta Station, close to the biggest fall of the Iguazu Falls. After some free time for lunch, you’ll finish the circuits, before heading back to the Visitors Center where a vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires. From $1,119 per person.
Iguazu Extension (4 days)
For those seeking a more extended and leisurely Iguazu experience, this 4-day package could suit. Starting with a collection and transfer to Buenos Aires airport, you’ll be greeted at the other end for a shared transfer to your hotel, with the rest of the afternoon free to explore the town of Iguazu. The next morning after breakfast, you’ll be taken to the Argentine side of the falls for a half-day tour of the park, taking in the many walkways and viewing platforms with fantastic views of the falls. On day three, you can book an optional tour of the Brazilian side of the falls before your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you’ll enjoy your final night of the trip in a hotel to round off your adventure. From $582 per person.
Falls & Footy (17 days)
It’s on the bucket list of most soccer fans to watch a match in the footballing mecca of Rio de Janeiro, and this tour for travellers aged 18 to 30-something provides the chance to tick that one off, as well as experience a variety of classic South American activities and attractions, including the legendary Iguazu Falls. The 17-day odyssey kicks off in sophisticated Buenos Aires and over the ensuing two-and-a-half weeks you’ll get back to nature on day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch, marvel at the stunning cascades of Iguazu Falls, sip caipirinhas on the beach in a coastal town, embrace the perpetual carnival atmosphere of Rio, and plenty more, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime. From $1,896 per person.