IGUASSU FALLS, BRAZIL- FAQ

How do I get from the airport to my hotel?

Iguazu Falls, Argentina is served by Cataratas del Iguazu International Airport (IATA code IGR) which is located 27 miles southwest of Iguazu Falls. When you arrive at the Cataratas del Iguazu International Airport, make sure to avoid any problems by booking a taxi remise with an official taxi company such asRemises El Toro A taxi remise will cost about AR$240 (approximately $14 USD) to Iguazu Falls.

If you are flying into the Brazilian side, Iguassu Falls is served by Foz do Iguacu International Airport (IATA code IGU) which is located 7 miles southeast of Foz do Iguacu. When you arrive at Foz do Iguacu International Airport, make sure to avoid any problems by booking a taxi remise with an official taxi company such as Taxi em foz do Foz do Iguacu (tel. 55 45 99834-3590). A taxi remise will cost about R$50 (approximately $15.50 USD) to Foz do Iguacu.

How do I get around at Iguassu Falls?

Both the Argentina and Brazil sides of the park are well served with walking trails. On the Argentine side of the park, there's a small train that leaves about every half an hour from near the entrance going all the way to the beginning of the trail to the Devil's Throat. On the Brazilian side, there's a bus service that connects the falls with other activities. That service runs from the entrance to the end of the park about every 10 minutes in both directions.

Is it safe to walk in Iguassu Falls?

Yes, Iguassu Falls is an excellent place to get around by foot. On the Argentine side, you can explore walking trails that intertwine among the park’s tropical rainforest and sense the complete power of the rushing waters. Upon entering the park you will find the Centro de Interpretation, or Visitor Center. Pick up maps of walking trails and take time to read the displays that tell about the history, climate, and geology of the waterfalls. The best way to discover the falls and the park is on foot and a guide is not necessary. The Brazilian side offers sweeping and full frontal views of a multitude of waterfalls.

Is Iguassu Falls safe? Are there any areas I should avoid?

Yes, Iguassu Falls is a very safe area to visit on the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Although the falls are between Argentina only, the city on the Paraguayan side (Ciudad del Este) is a hectic and is not a safe area to visit. Most of the crimes committed are petty and rarely violent. When walking around, keep your passport safely locked away in your hotel room. Pickpockets have been known to target tourists, so make sure your purses, bags, and wallets are close to your body at all times. Stay alert and contact the police immediately if you are the victim of a crime.

What are the customs for tipping in Brazil? Can I pay/tip in US dollars?

The currency of Brazile is the Brazil Real. US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for Brazil Real upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and many locations throughout the city.

I do not speak Spanish. Will many people speak English in Brazil/Argentina?

No, Spanish is the official language of Argentina and a vast majority of Argentines speak Portuguese as their first language. Being on the border, there will be many who also speak Spanish as well.

Are there any vaccination requirements to visit Argentina?

Yes, You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria- tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. For the latest updates visit the Centers for Disease Control website at httpss://www.cdc.gov/ on the internet.

Are there any vaccination requirements to visit Brazil?

Yes, yellow fever is a risk in certain parts of Brazil, so the Centers for Disease Control recommends the yellow fever vaccine for travelers 9 months of age or older to these areas. Vaccinations should be at least 10 days before you travel. See your doctor for advice on if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans. For up to date information visit httpss://www.cdc.gov/ at the Centers for Disease Control website.

When traveling in Brazil, you should try to avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may want to take prescription medicine before, during and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on where you are going, when you are traveling, and how much time you will be spending outdoors or sleeping outside. Consult your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling.

Do I need a visa to visit Argentina?

Yes, a visa is required for entry into Argentina. U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Argentina. U.S. citizens with expired or damaged passports may not be allowed to enter and could be sent back to the United States at their own expense.

Do I need a visa to visit the Brazil side?

Tourist Visas are required for U.S. Citizens visiting Brazil. Visas must be obtained in advance from the Brazilian Consulate. Please note: Argentina's Immigration Department has developed an electronic migration card which will be a requisite for every passenger traveling to Iguazu and crossing into Brazil. Argentines and foreigners must have the card once in Iguassu Falls. The card can be obtained by going to the website www.migraciones.gov.ar and following directions.

What kind of food is available in Brazil/Argentina?

Argentina has more cattle than cattle than people and steakhouses (parillas) are legendary. The parilla is the name of the large iron grill on which the meat is barbecued. Barbecued beef such as bife de chorizo (sirloin), Ojo de bife (ribeye), and cuadril (rump) is best enjoyed with friends, laughter, and wine. Other Argentine favorites are the Empanadas con carne (fried or baked), Milanesa a la Napolitana (breaded and fried meat covered with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and ham), Chimichurri (Argentine pesto used to marinate meat or as a dipping sauce), and Choripan (sausage).

If you want to try something different, the Pacu fish is delicious as long as the human-like teeth don't unnerve you. According to the National Geographic, Argentina is one of the 5 places in the world to have the best hilado (Ice cream). We suggest you try the dulce de leche or the tiramisu. Alfajor de Maicena (dulce de leche cookies) are another Argentine favorite. Malbec wine makes a great complement to every steak meal. If you're looking for something softer, Yerba Mate is the national drink of Argentina is a herb placed in a mate pot - it is a focal point for social gatherings.

Can I drink the water in Argentina/Brazil?

No, the water is not drinkable in Argentina or Brazil. We suggest that you carry bottled water with you. Most tourist areas will have bottled water available for purchase.