Explore the cities and sub-tropical jungles of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina all from this tri-border city that shares its name with the famous Iguacu Falls.

Sun yourself on the man-made beaches of Itaipu Dam, get up close to toucans and howler monkeys, and take a hike through lush jungle to Iguaçu Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls. The proximity of the falls and surrounding National Park is the main attraction of Foz do Iguazu, which sits on the border of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Iguaçu Falls and National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will discover the habitat of Black Howler Monkeys, endangered Amazon parrots, river-dwelling caiman and Giant Otters.

Intrepid adventurers can abseil down the Iguaçu Canyon for an unforgettable view of the falls. Reward your efforts with a traditional Brazillian lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, complete with a view of misty rainbows thrown up by the thundering water.

For any wildlife you’ve missed out on seeing on your hikes through Iguaçu National Park, you’re guaranteed a close up encounter at the Parque das Aves (Bird Park) right by the Park entrance, and at the Bosque Guarani Zoo back in the city. At the Parque das Aves you can step into the aviaries with iconic Toucans and Macaws, just two of more than 150 bird species at this park.

The city of Iguaçu itself is built at the meeting point of the Parana River and the Iguaça Rivers, and is laid out in a grid. The two main streets, Brazil Avenue and Jorge Schimmelpfeng Avenue offer retail therapy, hotels, nightclubs, sidewalk bars and cafes. There is also a nearby lake formed by the Itaipu Dam on the Parana River, which features several man-made white sand beaches. It’s a popular spot for picnics, as well as swimming, cycling and canoeing.

Public transport in Foz do Iguaçu is run by four private bus companies, so prices and timetables vary. If you’re planning a day around the city it can be less confusing to simply hire a private minivan or join a city tour. If you’re crossing into Argentina or Paraguay, even for a day trip, it’s important to make sure you have the right visas, which can be arranged 24 hours in advance.

Where to stay in Puerto Iguazú

Zona Granja
Zona Granja, Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
trover photo by Antonio Sevilla Rodriguez

Zona Granja

Known for Waterfalls, Nature, Budget

3.5/5(3 reviews)

Zona Granja is noteworthy for its waterfalls, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Aripuca and Biocentro Iguazu.

Top hotels in Puerto Iguazú

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Gran Melia Iguazú
Gran Melia Iguazú
5 out of 5
Parque Nacional Iguazu, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones
£297
per night
7 Dec-8 Dec

Situated in Puerto Iguazú, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Iguazu National Park and Iguazu Falls. Iguacu Falls and Parque Nacional do Iguacu ...

4.2/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"loved everything! The views, staff and access to the park early in the morning are really worth the extra money to stay at the Gran Melia. Just to wake up to the magic colors of the falls, the sounds and sights of so many birds and monkeys were truly incredible."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Gran Melia Iguazú
Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel
Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel
5 out of 5
Selva Iriapu Sin Numero, Casilla de Correo 11, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones
£196
per night
26 Nov-27 Nov

Situated in a national park, this luxury resort is within 3 miles (5 km) of Biocentro Iguazu, Punto Iguazu Shopping Mall and Aripuca. Hummingbird Garden is 3 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (778 reviews)

"It was a beautiful property. The room was clean and spacious and a great view."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel
Hotel Saint George
Hotel Saint George
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Cordoba 148, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones
£62
per night
1 Dec-2 Dec

Located in the heart of Puerto Iguazú, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cataratas Avenue, Three Borders Mark and Bird Park. Entrance to the Iguassu Falls ...

4.1/5Very Good! (876 reviews)

"The hotel is conveniently located just around the corner from one of the main streets for restaurants and just a short walk to the center of town. The room was comfortable and included a coffee/tea service, which was very welcome. The buffet breakfast was bountiful and very good."…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2019

Hotel Saint George

Popular things to do in Puerto Iguazú

Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Falls

5/5(44 reviews)

Follow trails around a wildlife-rich national park to discover a spectacular natural wonder consisting of some 275 waterfalls, including the thunderous Devil’s Throat.

Iguacu Falls
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Iguacu Falls

5/5(35 reviews)

Marvel at the natural beauty and ferocity of this collection of waterfalls that thunder in a dramatic river gorge between Brazil and Argentina.

Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu National Park

5/5(32 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful waterfalls and explore Iguazu National Park, a well-known green space in Departamento Iguazú. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply savour its top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Puerto Iguazú

Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian Side
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Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian Side

£25

Venture to the Brazilian side of magnificent Iguazu Falls to admire one the most gorgeous spots on the planet. See the majestic Devil’s Throat, hear the deafening sound of the falls, and get a sense of the immense force of the powerful streams.

Iguazu Falls with Macuco Safari & Helicopter Tour
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Iguazu Falls with Macuco Safari & Helicopter Tour

£268

See some of the best views our planet has to offer on a tour that lets you explore the majestic Iguazu Falls by land, boat, and air. Take a refreshing dip in the small Salto do Macuco waterfall, cruise near the spray of the immense water canyon, and get an up-close view of the falls by helicopter.

Roundtrip Airport Transfer With Tour to Both Iguazu Falls
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Roundtrip Airport Transfer With Tour to Both Iguazu Falls

£77

Enjoy a package that combines Iguassu Falls with different perspectives and a safe and reliable shared roundtrip transportation. Rely on safe and comfortable airport transfers. You’ll be met at the airport and taken directly to your hotel and vice-versa.

Iguazu Falls Tour on the Argentina Side
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Iguazu Falls Tour on the Argentina Side

£16

Admire the crashing falls, tumbling cascades, and verdant, misty landscape of Iguazu Falls as you view the imposing natural wonder from the Argentina side. After being picked up from your hotel, ride across the Argentine countryside toward the spectacular 275 waterfalls that make up Iguazu.

Full-Day Iguassu Falls Both Sides Tour: Brazil & Argentina
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Full-Day Iguassu Falls Both Sides Tour: Brazil & Argentina

£47

Nothing in the world of water compares to, or is more impressive than the natural spectacle provided by the stunning group of 275 waterfalls that make up the Iguassu Waterfalls. A spectacular view formed by the massive group of waterfalls located at Iguassu.

Iguazu Falls Admission Ticket: Brazilian Side
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Iguazu Falls Admission Ticket: Brazilian Side

£14

Iguacu Falls: One of the new seven wonders of nature: The park, Natural Heritage since 1986, won an important recognition for its main attraction Every day, visitors of the Iguaçu National Park record this site through photos in front of the memorial plate.

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