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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 #150 on: October 31, 2014, 11:44:23 AM »
Azul is also bookable with UA miles online.

At 12,500 ua miles, not usually worth it for a short flight such as GRU-IGU or CWB-IGU. You can get a lot more value from it, I used 12,500 to go from south to north.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #151 on: October 31, 2014, 11:45:31 AM »
At 12,500 ua miles, not usually worth it for a short flight such as GRU-IGU or CWB-IGU. You can get a lot more value from it, I used 12,500 to go from south to north.
You can have a stopover and 2 open jaws. Makes it a much better deal.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #152 on: October 31, 2014, 11:58:29 AM »
DL to book GOL would be done over the phone? 12.5K each way? Stopover rules?
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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #153 on: October 31, 2014, 11:59:44 AM »
DL to book GOL would be done over the phone? 12.5K each way? Stopover rules?

I think DL eliminated the free stopover on award tickets this week.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #154 on: October 31, 2014, 12:02:50 PM »
I think DL eliminated the free stopover on award tickets this week.
Indeed
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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #155 on: October 31, 2014, 12:04:52 PM »
They did not. It needs to be booked over the phone now.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #156 on: October 31, 2014, 12:35:30 PM »
Here's what I have so far. This is all traveling with 2 kids (Yes, I know I should have done this before they discontinued TAM F)
 I found availablity on TAM Dec 24-31 in and out of GIG in business.
Sheraton Rio Thursday-?
I found flight out of IGU to GIG with a nice connection time to catch the return on 12/31.
Question is how to break up Sunday-Wednesday. I gather I want to arrive in IGU Tuesday morning. I would have full day Thu and Fri (albeit w/ kids who may or may not have slept) in GIG.

I think it would make sense to head to EZE sunday morning and then to IGU Tuesday morning-does that make sense? I don't see any mileage options for those flights-what carriers should I be looking for?

Thanks for your help
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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #157 on: October 31, 2014, 12:36:33 PM »
They did not. It needs to be booked over the phone now.
Cool, so I could still book GIG-EZE-IGU-GIG for 25K (if I found availability obviously).
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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #158 on: October 31, 2014, 12:41:39 PM »
Cool, so I could still book GIG-EZE-IGU-GIG for 25K (if I found availability obviously).
Yep.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #159 on: October 31, 2014, 12:44:57 PM »
Here's what I have so far. This is all traveling with 2 kids (Yes, I know I should have done this before they discontinued TAM F)
 I found availablity on TAM Dec 24-31 in and out of GIG in business.
Sheraton Rio Thursday-?
I found flight out of IGU to GIG with a nice connection time to catch the return on 12/31.
Question is how to break up Sunday-Wednesday. I gather I want to arrive in IGU Tuesday morning. I would have full day Thu and Fri (albeit w/ kids who may or may not have slept) in GIG.

I think it would make sense to head to EZE sunday morning and then to IGU Tuesday morning-does that make sense? I don't see any mileage options for those flights-what carriers should I be looking for?

Thanks for your help
Agree with doing EZE first.
Look at TAM, AR, and LAN.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #160 on: October 31, 2014, 12:49:49 PM »
Agree with doing EZE first.
Look at TAM, AR, and LAN.

There are also a few interesting 5th freedom routes. Notably Turkish and Qatar from GRU to EZE, and Emirates from GIG to EZE.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #161 on: October 31, 2014, 12:54:30 PM »
Agree with doing EZE first.
Look at TAM, AR, and LAN.

Also LAN doesn't fly RIO to BUE. You have 4 option: AR, G3, JJ and EK.

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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #162 on: October 31, 2014, 01:02:05 PM »
Also LAN doesn't fly RIO to BUE. You have 4 option: AR, G3, JJ and EK.
Nothing doing.

Maybe instead do GIG-GRU-IGU-GRU?
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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #163 on: October 31, 2014, 01:12:24 PM »
I can do all on GOL
GIG-GRU Sunday morning
GRU-IGU (either Monday really late-kid's suicide or Tuesday late afternoon, later than I want to go...)
IGU-GIG Wednesday evening to catch flight back to JFK.

Thoughts?
Not really going to Argentina at all, other than in IGU. Can I just stay on the Brazilian side so I don't have to pay the reciprocity fee? Would that be a crime?
In that case would it make sense to go Tuesday late afternoon? If so, would you do an extra day in Rio or Sao Paulo?
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Re: Iguassu (Iguazu, Iguaçu) Falls Master Thread
« Reply #164 on: October 31, 2014, 01:16:35 PM »
Nothing doing.

Maybe instead do GIG-GRU-IGU-GRU?

Not sure, BUE is better than GRU. Seeing great availability in BIZ from GRU to EZE on Turkish for 4 passengers almost every day. Also some dates on BA with JJ, QR.