From Salta we took a 13 hour bus to Resistencia which cost us just over 400 pesos each. We arrived at around 7 am and decided we would go straight to Puerto Iguazu instead of north to Clorinda for the border crossing to Paraguay. We were lucky enough to find a bus with Rio Uruguay leaving at 8.30am for 300 pesos each. The journey took us a further 8 hours and we finally arrived in the afternoon.
Our first stop in Puerto Iguazu was the extremely helpful tourist information point located in the Rio Uruguay office of the bus terminal. The lady not only explained all the transport options and costs to get to the waterfalls, but also gave us maps and costs for the Brazilian side of the falls too.
We checked in at one of the numerous hostels located in the town and decided to head out to the waterfalls the following day, allowing us a day of rest from all the bus journeys.
Buses to the Argentinian Iguazu waterfalls leave the bus terminal at Puerto Iguazu roughly every 25 minutes, and return tickets can be bought within the terminal for 50 pesos each. The journey to the waterfall park entrance takes about half an hour, dropping you off at the steps of the entrance. Entrance to the park is 130 pesos per person, but if you decide to come back the following day, you can have your ticket validated and you only pay half price for the second day. Although, if you start early you can easily take in the whole park in a day.
There are 4 main circuits within the park, each one taking you to different view points of the waterfalls, from far off views to standing above the Devil’s throat waterfall. There is also a free little train that runs through the park connecting you to the circuits via 3 stations. The park is also filled with little places to eat, souvenir shops, toilets and chill out areas, giving the whole place a nice relaxed feel.
There are also various boat rides available, which can be booked either at the bus terminal, agency or at the park, but they are all extra except for one. You can take a free little boat ride across to the island of Saint Martin. From this little beach you can climb up to the top and see the impressive waterfalls from a front row position!
They recommended we start from the further afield waterfalls and viewpoints and leave the almighty Devil’s throat, or la garganta del diablo, waterfall for last. We think this was a great tip as the waterfalls seemed to just get bigger and better, although be prepared to get very wet!