Iguazu - confused.com!
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 5, 2012 7:45 PM Last Post By: NorthAmerican
Dec 4, 2012 2:49 AM
Iguazu - confused.com!Hi everyone
I've trawled through the various threads for Arg and Br for accommodation at Iguazu and all the info has fried my brain and left me confused!
Please help me. I'm flying into Rio this Sat for Iguazu but heard that the Arg side is best and cheaper, although I plan to see both sides. I'm a female travelling solo and would like to know if anyone could recommend suitable accommodation, safe, sole use, ensuite/private use and somewhere fairly easy to travel to various sites. I'm planning to stay 2.5 days.
Basically, the initial part of my trip looks like:
9-11 Dec - Iguazu
12-16 Dec - ??
17-18 Dec - Rosario
Any recommendations for 12-16 Dec? I had hoped to take in the Missiones, Wet Lands, Corrientes/Resistencia - thermals and indigenous sites, Santa Fe but I'm not sure this is doable. I'd really welcome suggestions.
19 Dec onwards - itinerary sorted. Will fly back to the UK on 30 Dec in time for New Year.
I want to see so much but don't have enough time to cover everything and really hope you can shed some light.
Many many thanks
Dec 4, 2012 1:16 PM
1Um, do you have a guidebook??
For accom at the falls (and anywhere) hostelbookers.com or hostelworld.com. You can see prices for both sides and decide. Personally I found the Argentinian side town nicer (but small!). It is best to visit the Brasilian side of the falls first (half a day), and then the Argentinian side (full day).
Are you flying there and back from Rio? Or just flying in from Rio and then deciding what to do? That makes a big difference for the recommendation of where to go next. How are you planning to get to Rosario,and from where? It's a bloody long way!
No offence but as you seem a bit clueless, I hope you're aware of the high cost and time involved in moving long distances in Brazil (whether by bus or plane).
Are you spending any time at all in Rio?
I'm not too familiar with the other areas you mention so can't really help you there.
Dec 4, 2012 6:19 PM
2I'm not sure where the Iberá wetlands are, but I think that they are more or less in the opposite direction from the one you would take to get to Corrientes and Resistencia. I traveled by bus from Iguazú to Resistencia, and had to change buses at Posadas. My recollection is that we left Iguazú late in the morning or early in the afternoon, and with delays we didn't arrive in Resistencia until after nightfall. There are thermal spas farther to the northwest, and of course some indigenous sites as well, but I really think you have almost no hope of seeing all that you've listed for two days. It may take you more than one full day to travel from Iguazú to Rosario; Argentina is a big country.
I'm sorry I can't be of more help, but I had three weeks in which to travel around, so I wasn't paying much attention to how long it took to get from one place to another. Good luck with finalizing your plans!
Dec 5, 2012 1:43 AM
Thank you for input.
I'm flying into IGU, spend a couple of days there to see both sides of the falls and then have about 5 days to meander my way down to Rosario. I know it's a long way from Iguacu to Rosario and I'd like to make the most of the 5 days between the two towns.
BTW, I do have a guidebook but just wanted first hand input from those who have experienced visiting places between Iguacu and Rosario.
Dec 5, 2012 2:09 AM
4Oh! Rosario, Argentina! I thought you meant Rosario, Brazil
(Hence I was confused and thinking that's a MASSIVE distance to cover... and wondering why you were going there in the first place... and why you wanted to head in the opposite direction! LOL!).
Remind me not to post first thing in the morning before my brain has woken up!
Dec 5, 2012 6:43 PM
Dec 5, 2012 7:45 PM
6Here's a map that may be helpful to you; it shows the route in reverse, from Rosario to Iguazu. I just realized, on looking at the map, that I have probably been to Rosario. One one trip through Argentina I traveled by bus from Buenos Aires to Catamarca, and I know we passed through San Nicolás, just south of Rosario, so we probably stopped in Rosario for 30 minutes or so.
I've been to virtually all the places in Argentina that are shown on the map: Iguazú, Posadas, Resistencia (Corrientes isn't shown, but it's on the opposite bank of the river), Córdoba, Mendoza, San Juan, Santiago del Estero, Catamarca, Tucumán, Salta, and places between. BUT -- and this is important -- nothing is on the route that goes directly between Iguazú and Rosario. You will have to factor in traveling time, and as I said above Argentina is a big country. On one trip, a cousin and I drove from Mendoza to Catamarca. We left Mendoza in mid-morning, stopped only at La Defunta Corea for lunch, and arrived in Catamarca just after dark. You might gauge distances using that as a guide, taking into accunt that you will also have to rely on bus schedules, and won't have the freedom we had to start at any time we chose.
Good luck! I hope you get some helfpul advice.
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