How to get to the Iguazu Falls in Brazil
If you’ve made all the way to the Iguazu Falls you might as well go to the Brazilian side of the cataratas, right? I couldn’t agree more. Also, if you care about border stamps and such, this is a great way to get yourself some extra ones in the passport.
If you’re based in Puerto Iguazu, you’ll find it very easy to get on a bus from Rio Uruguay at the bus terminal. The trip takes around 30-40 min including the 2 stops for immigration. It’s really very tourist friendly, you can buy your ticket minutes before the collectivo leaves.
Once you’re on the other side, the bus drops you right at the entrance of the park. You can queue up to buy your ticket or pay by debit/credit card at one of the ticket machines. That’s what I did, it charged me around 18 euros, mas o menos, it was easier than finding the ATM and taking money out, lining up and buying the ticket.
The first thing that hit me was how much busier it was. As it happens a lot to me in real life, I had no idea what day it was. I found out the rather harder way that it was Saturday and man, was it sunny and pretty outside. So you’ll enter the park and queue up to get on one of the double-decker buses that take you up to the Brazilian Iguazu Falls. A bit of atmosphere change from the rather rustic and old-fashion train I loved a bunch on the Argentinian side.
The ride is much more commercial, there’s bits of info about the park in Portuguese and English and the first 2 stops are extras, which means you can get off if you wish but they are not included in your ticket. I didn’t have much time so I did the 2 main stops but the extras included a 8-9 km bike ride and some boat rides that sounded like a lot of fun.
Once I got off at the Cataratas stop I literally got in line to see the impressive falls. There’s a few viewpoints here and there and you just have to wait in line and wait your turn for a photo. This got to me a little but just because I got so lucky the day before and had plenty of places for myself on the Argentinian side.
However, it’s still a wow vibe. Between a push here and a few kids being loud there, the overview of the waterfalls leaves a strong impression. The trail is clearly market and there’s a bit of stairs included. If you have mobility problems, there’s an extra stop you can access via an elevator. I think the main difference between the 2 sides of the falls is the angle you’ll be checking them out. In Argentina you get up and personal with the water, there’s so many viewpoints it’s overwhelming. In Brazil it’s all about the overall perspective, you get blown away by its sheer size and power.
It’s actually here that I got a decent photo of me, the waterfalls AND only other 4 people so hey, thanks, Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls. Check out this post if you want to go to the Argentinian side of the Falls as well.
Which side did you like best?