Iguazu HotelsThe small Argentinian city of Puerto Iguazu sits at the confluence of its neighbors, Brazil and Paraguay. A vivacious hub studded with top notch shopping and dining haunts, chic resorts, and unique attractions, Iguazu is also a gateway into the sprawling Misiones Rainforest – home to a stunning display of flora and fauna. Iguazu’s biggest lure however is one of the most impressive and beautiful waterfalls in the world - a sight to which Eleanor Roosevelt once exclaimed “Poor Niagara”.Things to seeA lush subtropical rainforest spanning 212 square miles, Iguazu National Park is home to one Argentina’s most famous natural wonders. The roaring Iguazu Falls stand at 269 feet high, stretching for 1.7 miles across the border between Argentina and Brazil. Semicircular in shape, multiple cascades of water tumble down, often creating rainbows in the mist. If you want to learn more about the Misiones Rainforest, visit La Aripuca. The museum teaches visitors about the devastating effects of deforestation, along with a collection of fascinating exhibitions on the indigenous Guarani people and their culture. The center is a vast log structure, modeled on an “aripuca”, a Guaraní snare used to capture animals without hurting them. If you’re looking to bag a bargain, the Puerto Iguazu Duty Free Shop offers a great value retail therapy session. The large mall is well stocked on all the things you wish were cheaper, such as alcohol and perfumes.Hotels in
IguazuIf you’re all about the finer things, the luxury hotels in Iguazu do them well. From plush pampering spa resorts to glitzy casino hotels, the well-heeled are well catered for. Glamorous rainforest accommodations offer a Ritzy Swiss Family Robinson stay, where lagoon like swimming pools, indulgent treatments and fine dining are all on the menu. The larger mid-range hotels in Iguazu offer style, comfort and a trove of amenities. Pools and gyms are common, whilst in-room features such as internet access and cable television are to be expected too. Iguazu is also home to a handful of no frills budget hotels and hostels, should you want a thriftier stay.Where to stayA hotel in Iguazu’s downtown places you at the historic heart of the city. The sunny leafy streets are home to an array of Argentinian eateries and quaint shops, along with glam casinos and glossy malls. The port area offers catamaran and boat cruises along the idyllic Iguazu River, whilst the subtropical splendor of the national park is just a short journey away. For a stay in the rainforest itself, look to 600 Hectareas. Home to numerous upmarket resorts, here it’s luxury under the lianas, where you can enjoy a massage whilst listening to a canopy concert of exotic birdsong.How to get to IguazuCataratas del Iguazu International Airport is the main gateway into the region for most visitors. Whilst it serves a handful of flights to nearby destinations, many international visitors will need to connect via a larger airport, such as Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Greater Buenos Aires. Once you’ve landed at Iguazu International you’ll find plenty of taxis and buses outside, should your hotel not be providing you with a complimentary transfer already. If you need a cheaper way into Iguazu, direct bus and coach services from Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and other cities are also available.