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Where to Stay in Iguazu
The Iguazu Falls straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil, and you’ll find accommodations on both sides. In Argentina, the nearby town of Puerto Iguazu is clean and charming, and several of the area’s finest hotels are located there. When you approach the falls from this side, you’ll encounter several scenic trails that lead to unbelievable up-close views. Brazil’s nearest town, Foz do Iguazu, is larger and has a broader selection of lodging options. If you’re looking for the best cheap hotel deals in Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguazu is the smart place to begin your search.
A short distance northwest of the falls is where the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay intersect. The Paraguayan town of Ciudad del Este also has several hotels, though far fewer than Puerto Iguazu and Foz do Iguazu. This town is better known for its busy shopping scene than its connections to Iguazu Falls tourism.
Iguazu Hotel Tips
There are hotels at virtually all price points on both sides of Iguazu Falls; if the falls are just a side trip during your South American tour, a comfortable budget motel may suffice, but if you want to take full advantage of the romantic and peaceful surroundings, you can splurge on a luxury suite. The best hotels in the region are comparable with the standards of upscale accommodations in the U.S., and several have resort-style amenities. Though many of these finer hotels have fantastic views, only two hotels have views of the falls.
If you plan to spend nearly all of your time in the area touring Iguazu Falls, as many visitors do, consider one of the many hostels on either the Argentinean or Brazilian side. Though some require you to share bathroom facilities, most of these cheap facilities are clean, comfortable and safe.
If you’re willing to stay on either side of the falls, you should have little trouble finding a room even on short notice. But try to book in advance if you plan to visit in January or February, as these are the busiest months in the area.
Iguazu Hotel Recommendations
The two hotels closest to the falls are Brazil’s Hotel Das Cataratas and Argentina’s Sheraton Internacional Iguazu Resort. The Hotel Das Cataratas is one of the region’s most luxurious options with a stunning swimming pool area, a full health and beauty spa and two upscale restaurants. The Sheraton Internacional Iguazu Resort also has a broad range of amenities that includes golf outings, tennis courts and an on-site casino. Both hotels have observation decks overlooking the falls and are within walking distance of scenic trails.
When considering somewhat farther-away hotels in town, the Hotel Taroba Express in Foz do Iguazu is worth a close look. Though it’s small, it’s also one of the most stylish and well-appointed hotels in the budget category. Across the border in Argentina, the Panoramic Hotel Iguazu is an excellent option if you enjoy a little nightlife after a long day of nature hikes. Its mesmerizing riverfront views help make the penthouse bar one of the most in-demand places to settle in for an evening cocktail, and the lobby casino stays open late.
The best way to get around in Iguazu Falls depends on your itinerary and the length of your stay, but if you plan on spending time at the falls themselves, you should arrive prepared with comfortable walking shoes. Exploring on foot is the only way to see most of the falls and trails, and some of the paths can be slippery when wet. Tread carefully.
Within the national park areas surrounding the falls, small bus and rail systems transport visitors to and from the more remote attractions. Most of these stops and routes are clearly marked.
Some visitors take flights to Iguazu Falls just for the day, without renting a room. If you’re taking such a short trip, you can ride directly to the falls from the airport via taxi or bus.
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