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There is 2 Airports serving Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls, IGU on the Brazilian side and IGR on the Argentinian side.
See here for a map of airports connecting to IGU and IGR  forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=3052.msg1363094#msg1363094

When searching for award availability search first to connecting  airports as for example, from NYC VIA Brazil search

LAN thru Lima Peru (cheapest option usually) Oneworld (BA Shows Lan)
JFK-GIG  on Tam (BA.com) and/or AA (AA.com)
JFK- GRU AA, Delta
EWR-GRU UA
COPA airlines flies thru Panama City and GRU (usually 2 stops)

Argentina options

Aerolineas Argentina JFK-EZE
LAN Argentina


Hotels
Belmont in the Brazilian side of the park
Sheraton Iguazu in the Argentina side of the park. (SPG)
Park Hyatt Iguacu Falls coming soon!

Major Activities

The Argentinian side is more up-close and personal.
You will need to walk both the upper and lower trail on the Argentina side. The upper will take about an hour, the lower about 2. Make sure to do the boat ride on the lower trail for the most awesome views. You will get soaked so take along a ziplock for your camera. You can also take the train to Devils point

The Brazillian side is more of a panorama view.
On the Brazil side at the falls there is less walking as you are not next to the falls like on the Argentina side but rather across the river from them. You will take a tram to the start of the trail on the Brazil side and just walk along side the falls, starting from the pink hotel till the end. When you get to the end is when you will be totally blown away. Walk out on the boardwalk and you will get the most amazing view of the falls.

Bird park well worth about an hour

Helicopter tour on the Brazillian side (Argentina band it as its not Eco friendly)

There is a  huge dam you can tour that powers all of Paraguay and huge portions of Brazil and Argentina

Airport Transfer Options

Cabs are available at fairly cheap from both airports to the park and hotels (cross border too)
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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2013, 03:37:17 PM »
Yes, that's perfect.
Thanks Dan!  Anything else I should know?

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #31 on: April 16, 2013, 11:45:25 PM »
So I was in the beginning stages of planning a trip to South America.

We want to see Buenos Aires and Iguazu, and maybe Rio or São Paulo for a day or so.  We are planning on going in mid October for about 10/11 days using UA miles.

Question 1: Is that a good amount of time to see Buenos Aires and Iguazu?

Question 2: Any tips of the cheapest/best way to get from EZE or AEP to IGR and then from IGU back to the LAX (using a free stop in GIG)?

I assume BA miles will work on AR from EZE or AEP to IGR one way.  Also, United says they have award availability from IGU to LAX through GRU, but not to GIG.  United.com does not display any IGU flights.

Question 3: Is it even worth it to go to GIG or GRU for one day?  Are we better off just getting a RT flight EZE-IGR using BA?

Thanks!

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2013, 01:31:27 AM »
So I was in the beginning stages of planning a trip to South America.

We want to see Buenos Aires and Iguazu, and maybe Rio or São Paulo for a day or so.  We are planning on going in mid October for about 10/11 days using UA miles.

Question 1: Is that a good amount of time to see Buenos Aires and Iguazu?

Question 2: Any tips of the cheapest/best way to get from EZE or AEP to IGR and then from IGU back to the LAX (using a free stop in GIG)?

I assume BA miles will work on AR from EZE or AEP to IGR one way.  Also, United says they have award availability from IGU to LAX through GRU, but not to GIG.  United.com does not display any IGU flights.

Question 3: Is it even worth it to go to GIG or GRU for one day?  Are we better off just getting a RT flight EZE-IGR using BA?

Thanks!
BA avios with LAN if available for AEP-IGR
To get into brazil you can use TAM with UA miles.
IMO there's nothing to see in Sao Paulo and there is what to see in RIO.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2013, 01:33:04 AM »
With that amount of time you can easily do BA, Iguazu on both sides and Rio. Don't miss out on Rio you will thank me after.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #34 on: April 17, 2013, 08:56:28 AM »
So should we spend 4 days in Rio, 3 in Iguazu and 2 in BA? Should we split it up differently?

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #35 on: April 17, 2013, 09:07:34 AM »
So should we spend 4 days in Rio, 3 in Iguazu and 2 in BA? Should we split it up differently?
What days of the week are you talking about for the different places? Or is Friday Shabbos not in the numbers you gave

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #36 on: April 17, 2013, 09:17:35 AM »
BA Wed afternoon to Sun Morning, Iguazu Sun morning to Tue evening, and Rio Tue night to Thu night. I'm open to reversing the BA/ Rio order. Any suggestions?
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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #37 on: April 17, 2013, 08:01:28 PM »
BA Wed afternoon to Sun Morning, Iguazu Sun morning to Tue evening, and Rio Tue night to Thu night. I'm open to reversing the BA/ Rio order. Any suggestions?
Sounds good. Rio is a lot warmer than BA and the physical city is stunning, however there is not much kosher food there so it makes sense the way you are doing it. Rio is really one of my favorite places.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #38 on: April 17, 2013, 08:12:13 PM »
Thanks for your help.

Do you happen to know if Brazil is makpid on bringing in food?  We're planning on crossing at Iguazu.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #39 on: April 17, 2013, 08:40:57 PM »
Thanks for your help.

Do you happen to know if Brazil is makpid on bringing in food?  We're planning on crossing at Iguazu.
At that crossing you will not have any problems. They don't even stamp you in unless you are staying overnight or ask them for one. Most cars just drive right thru.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #40 on: April 17, 2013, 08:46:12 PM »
Would this pose a visa problem?  I was reading that upon exiting Brazil you need to have a paper they gave you when you came in.  Would they give you that at the land crossing in Iguazu so we could fly out of Rio back to LA?

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #41 on: April 17, 2013, 09:19:54 PM »
Would this pose a visa problem?  I was reading that upon exiting Brazil you need to have a paper they gave you when you came in.  Would they give you that at the land crossing in Iguazu so we could fly out of Rio back to LA?
Yeah sure it's a regular border crossing, it's just optional to stop. If you you do stop you need to walk to the office and get stamped etc. they will give you whatever you need. Don't forget to get a visa in advance btw or they won't let u in.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #42 on: April 17, 2013, 09:23:05 PM »
So it's kinda like driving to Tijuana from San Diego: no one will stop you from entering Mexico; you just slow done like you were going through a toll booth.

Yeah, I just read about the visas online.  $160 for Argentina and another $160 for Brazil.  For 2 people that's $640 just for visas.  Man, they don't like Americans much down there.

It's a good thing the flights and hotels are all on points, but still...

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #43 on: April 17, 2013, 09:31:01 PM »
At that crossing you will not have any problems. They don't even stamp you in unless you are staying overnight or ask them for one. Most cars just drive right thru.

Online it says they're makpid on non-packaged goods.  If we bring bread, peanut butter and jelly, or similar items from BA to Iguazu, drive across the boarder, and stop to get passports stamped, you're saying they won't care we have food?

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #44 on: April 18, 2013, 12:40:00 AM »
So it's kinda like driving to Tijuana from San Diego: no one will stop you from entering Mexico; you just slow done like you were going through a toll booth.

Yeah, I just read about the visas online.  $160 for Argentina and another $160 for Brazil.  For 2 people that's $640 just for visas.  Man, they don't like Americans much down there.

It's a good thing the flights and hotels are all on points, but still...
besides for that Tijuana dosent have a stamp or a office even if you are willing to pay for one.