Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentine Republic and of the largest cities in Latin America. Popular for the football and tango, the city is also a very good base for exploring the rest of Argentina and the near-by countries.
Iguazu Falls, one of the great natural wonders in the world, should be on your must-visit list when you are planning a vacation in Argentina.
Access to the falls is done through one of the tri-border cities:
- Foz do IguaÃ§u (Brazil)
- Puerto Iguazu (Argentina)
- Ciudad del Este (Paraguay)
Since you are already in Argentina, it makes sense to travel to Puerto Iguazu and visit the Argentinean side of the falls. Once there you can consider taking a bus to Foz de Iguacu, go through customs and visit the Brazilian side, as well.
If your vacation time is limited, consider flying. It takes less than 2 hours to reach the falls by plane from Buenos Aires but you’ll rack up from US$200 per person. A cheaper option is the bus. A ticket is about half of what you pay for a plane ticket and you’ll travel during the night.
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Flights from Buenos Aires (airport code: AEP) to Iguazu Falls
Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) is the international airport serving Buenos Aires. It is the country’s largest airport and a hub for Aerolineas Argentinas , LAN Airlines and SkyTeam.
All domestic flights depart from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP). Flights to Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) depart from here and are run by Aerolineas Argentinas, Austral Lineas Aereas and LAN Argentina.
Single adult fares start at US$217 (Aerolineas Argentinas). The flight takes 1h 45 min.
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Buses from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls
It’s inexpensive and comfortable to travel from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls (Puerto Iguazu). The company running this route is Expreso Tigre Iguazu . The travel time from the capital to Iguazu Falls is about 16 hours. Dinner and breakfast is served and you can also sleep in a bed during the trip. The round trip ticket is US$80-90 for an adult.
From Puerto Iguazu there are buses to the entrance of the falls, every half hour. Tickets cost AR$15.
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Driving from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls
Although the distance between Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls is long (1288 km), renting a car and driving through Argentina can be an interesting adventure. Allow several stops along the way or. The total drive time is about 15 hours (stops excluded). Do consider that you’ll be driving on toll roads.