My friend and I are organising a trip around South America and are finding it hard to arrange travel from Buenos Aires to Rio via the Iguazu falls. We would love to take about 4 or 5 days to do this trip on a bus or train. Has anyone done this trip and how much does it cost?
Thanks for your help
The bus from BA to Puerto Iguazu is very good, seats are comfortable, service is good. We were a bit nervous about a 20 hour journey so took a stop in Parana, but if we were doing it again we´d go non stop direct. Can´t remember the price, but it wasn´t very expensive (US$20 I think). Buses from Puerto Iguazu to Foaz do Iguassu (Brazil) are frequent and immigration is easy. We then headed a different direction so can´t help on Foz to Rio
Hey, Thanks for the info! How did you go about booking the bus? And where did it go from? Thanks
I will be making the trip to Iguazu falls probably in 3-4 days time. I am currently in Uruguay at the moment and my next stop will be the Falls. However, at present, havn't thought much about how to get there, but will be either flying (from Buenos Aires) or bus. I'll let you know what I did and cost later on. However, there are other bloggers that have travelled by bus and recommend them.
From Iguazu I will be traving into Brazil and eventually ending up in Rio.
However, seen some reasonable offers when I was in BA for all inclusive to Peru for 6 days. I'm so tempted. Not sure whether I have the time to fit it in (but I'm trying). If I do the Peru trip then my plans on how to get to Iguazu may change (but will definately go).
We bought the tickets in the bus station the day before we traveled. The bus station is next to the Retiro railway station. We walked there while we were out and about. The area looks a bit rough but it's OK. If you take a taxi when you go for the bus make sure you hang on to your bags when you get out, somebody will try to carry them for you, not to steal but to make some money.
A good way to do it is to take a domestic flight from BA to the Argentinean side of Iguazu and then you can get the bus to the Brazilian side... its really worthwhile seeing it from both countries! Check out local travel agents in BA, they have some really good deals and they'll give you good tips too!
Just to close the loop on my previous entry on this subject. I eventually flew to Iguazu falls, but booked this flight with multiple other flights (because I fancied doing the Salkatay trek, plus lots of other things). It was reasonably good value (7 flights in total with lan.com). BA to Santiago de chile, chile to Lima, Lima to cusco, then returning same route but added BA to Iguazu. So the cost of the individual flight to the falls from BA I don't know, but guess it would be no more then £100. Check out lan.com for exact cost.
Lan are really good airline - would definately recommend. All flights left on time, check-in was easy and staff always friendly.