Both SIdes Iguazu Falls in one day

HOW TO DO BOTH SIDES OF IGUAZU FALLS IN ONE DAY

 

Can you even do both sides of Iguazu Falls in one day?

Although one day is enough time for seeing the Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian and also on the Brazilian side, we do recommend doing them on separate days if you can. But by timing your day correctly, it is possible to see both sides of the falls on the same day. On this page, we explain how you can best-achieve fitting in as much as possible if you are limited by time for your visit.  Whether you will be attempting the day excursion on your own or with the help of our transport, if you following our timing below you will be able to achieve the best both sides of the Iguazu Falls one-day tour possible.

ARgentina Flag

The guide for the Argentina and Brazil sides of the falls in one day

 

When possible, our recommendation is to first start with the Argentine side of Iguazu for the following reasons:

 

  • Opens earlier than the Brazilian side allowing more time at both sides;
  • The park is larger, takes longer and there is more involved when visiting the Argentine side:
  • There are also some trails on the Argentine side that have less coverage from trees and therefore by doing them in the morning you avoid a lot of the direct heat from the afternoon sun.

 

The Argentine side of the falls opens at 08:00 am, and the Brazilian side of the falls closes its gates at 18:00 pm every day. To best achieve seeing both sides of the falls on the same day, you will want to be present at the entrance to the Argentine side right as it is opening.

 

Suggested timing for when starting the Argentine Side First 

Here we have given you the timing for achieving an itinerary which allows you to see both sides of the falls on the same day when starting on the Argentine side of the falls. Below this schedule is the description of how to achieve this timeline.

 

08:00 – Enter Argentine Side park
08:15 – Depart Central Station (Estacion Central) on the first train
08:35 – Arrive Garganta Station (Estacion Garganta) and walk to Devils’s Throat
08:55 – Arrive at Devil’s Throat Look-out
09:40 – Depart Devil’s throat for the walk back to train station
10:00 – Take the train to Cataratas Station (Estacion Cataratas)
10:15 – Start Upper-Level Trail (Circuito Superior)
11:00 – Start Lower-Level Trail (Circuito Inferior)
12:00 – Take Lunch Break for 40 minutes
12:40 – Start heading back to the park’s entrance
13:00 – Depart Argentine park for Brazilian side
14/14:30 – Depending on border traffic, arrive at the entrance to Brazil side

Once inside the park take the bus to the Mirante Principal Hotel Cataratas stop

15:00 – Start the waterfall trail to Porto Canoas
17:30 – Take the bus from Porto Canoas back to the park entrance
18:00 – Depart Brazil side park at closing time

 

 

Both Sides Same-Day – Private Transfer Combinations – Starting Argentina Side

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                       TRANSPORT FOR BOTH SIDES OF IGUAZU FALLS IN ONE DAY     Start Puerto Iguazu, then end Foz do Iguacu     Start & finish in Puerto Iguazu City or Airport

 

 

Recommended departure time from Brazilian hotels – if staying in Foz do Iguaçu then we would suggest departing your hotel at around 06:30/06:45 am with the aim to reach the entrance of the Argentine side of the falls by 07:45 am. This allows you time to purchase your entrance tickets and line up to be ready for the park opening at 08:00 am.

 

On the way to the falls, you first need to complete the immigration procedures for crossing into Argentina. With average traffic it usually takes about 40 minutes to stamp out of Brazil and then drive to the Argentine passport control where you stamp in; but by departing early as we suggest, it can be as quick as 20 minutes to complete the crossing due to there being less traffic at this time.

 

Recommended departure time from Argentine hotels – if staying in Puerto Iguazu, then we would suggest departing for the falls at 07:15 am to be at the entrance by 07:45 am so that you may purchase your tickets and join the queue to enter when the gates open at 08:00 am.

 

 

 

Itinerary for a same-day visit to both side of the falls

 

Starting Argentina Side / Finishing Brazilian Side

 

Here we have provided in-depth information so that you may achieve the above timeline. We would suggest the following itinerary to our own clients so that they maximize what they see on both sides

 

Once inside the park’s gate after it opens at 08:00 am, you would want to make sure you are on the first train departing for the Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo). It takes about 5 minutes to walk to the Central Station (Estacion Central) from the entrance of the park, and the first train departs around 08:15 am, with the following departures every 30 minutes throughout the day. From the Central Station, the train travels about 20 minutes to the end of the line which is the Garganta del Diablo Station, which is your jumping-off point for visiting the Devil’s throat. From the train’s platform, it is roughly a 20-minute walk via a metal boardwalk to the viewing point of the Devil’s Throat where you will want to spend up to 40 minutes absorbing the amazing views and taking some amazing photos.

 

Start your walk back to the train station by 09:40 am to get a returning train around 10:00 am, but this time get off at the Cataratas Station (Estacion Cataratas). From this station, you access the other two recommended trails within the park, which are the Upper-level Trail (Circuito Superior) and the Lower-level Trail (Circuito Inferior). Start with the Upper-Level trail which is the shorter of the two, taking around 40 minutes to complete, and then walk the Lower-level trail which takes around an hour on average. The lower trail takes longer because there are more steps and locations you will want to stop to take photos.

 

Around 12 midday is the perfect time to take a 40-minute lunch break. Near the Cataratas Train station, and also near the entrance of the park, you will find Kiosks that serve fast food such as Empanadas, sandwiches or hotdogs, or there are also restaurants for quick sitdown meals such as fast steaks & salad; or take your own food with you and choose a nice spot for a break along the lower-level trail.

 

At 12:40 pm you will want to be making your way back to the entrance of the park so that you are departing and on your way to Brazil by 13:00 pm. There is bound to be more traffic at the border at this time of day, so after you complete the border procedures for exiting Argentina and entering Brazil, we would estimate your arrival to the entrance of the Brazilian Side of the Falls to be around 14:00/14:30 pm. The Brazil side of the falls is more straight forward than the Argentine, with only one main trail which gives you a great panoramic view across to the Argentine side allowing you to see the scope of just how big the falls are. Most people complete the Brazil side in around 2.5/3 hours.

 

Transport Iguazu

 

Timing for the Brazil Side of the Falls

 

After collecting your Brazilian park entrance tickets, you then take a free bus from the entrance and you will drive about 20 minutes, getting off at the 3rd stop which is called the Mirante Principal Hotel Cataratas. Once on the bus, the stops are announced and you know you have arrived because your stop is in front of the big pink-colored historical hotel called the Hotel das Cataratas. Most of the other people on the bus will also be exiting with you at this point because in front of where you get off the bus is the start of the Cataratas Trail (Trilha das Cataratas) which is the principle trail that everyone walks.

 

Ideally, so that you are able to walk this trail at a leisurely pace, you will want to be starting it by 15:30 pm. There are viewpoints of the falls scattered along this 1.2 kilometers (.75 miles) path, and you will finally end up at the Devil’s Throat lookout (the Brazilian side has one too) where you will want to spend some time before you enter the elevator that takes you up to street level. Once out of the elevator it is a short walk to the Porto Canoas restaurant and snack bars, which is also the departing location of the buses returning to the park’s entrance. The last buses from Porto Canoas depart at 17:30 pm and they will have you back at the entrance by closing time at 18:00 pm.

 

If you are returning to a Brazilian hotel in downtown Foz do Iguaçu, then from the Brazilian side of the falls, your drive time will be a further 30 minutes, or if taking a flight from the Foz do Iguaçu (IGU) airport it is a quick 10-minute trip.

 

If you are returning to a Puerto Iguazu hotel in Argentina then you will need to cross the border again and make the required immigration stops along the way. If departing the park at 18:00 pm, we would estimate you will be at your Puerto Iguazu hotel between 19:00/19:30 pm, or if departing the same night fro the Puerto Iguazu (IGR) airport you will probably be there by 20:00 pm.

 

Brazilian Side of Falls

How to do the Brazil and Argentine sides of the falls in one day

 

The Brazilian side of the falls opens at 09:00 am, so if you will be visiting the Brazil side and the Argentine side on the same day, we recommend getting to the park at 08:45 am so that you can purchase your tickets and be ready to enter as the gates open.

 

Because the Argentina side opens earlier than the Brazilian side, at 08:00 am, we do recommend doing the Argentine side first so you get an extra hour in the day to visit the falls. But we do understand that some people who are staying in Foz do Iguaçu, or arriving the same day by flight to the Brazilian Airport, will be staying in Puerto Iguazú city after seeing the falls (or departing from the Argentine airport), and therefore it then does make sense to do the Brazilian side first on these occasions.

 

Doing the Brazilian side first there is no time for a sitdown lunch. Instead, you can buy a quick snack along the way, or take your lunch with you and eat it in the vehicle on the way between the two sides.

 

If staying downtown Foz do Iguaçu – depart your hotel by 08:15 pm to be at the entrance by 08:45 am.

If staying downtown Puerto Iguazu – depart your hotel between 7:30 am – 7:45 am to be at the entrance by 08:45 am.

 

Starting Argentina Side – Private Transfer Combinations – Both Sides Same-Day 

INCLUDES HOTEL OR AIRPORT PICK-UP OR DROP OFF

 

                                                 Pick-up Foz od Iguacu, then drop off Puerto Iguazu including airports     Start Puerto Iguazu, then finish Puerto Iguazu

 

 

SUGGESTED TIMING WHEN STARTING BRAZILIAN SIDE FIRST 

 

09:00 – Enter the Brazilian Side park

09:05 – Take the free bus to the Mirante Principal Hotel Cataratas stop
09:25 – Start the waterfall trail to Porto Canoas (Devil’s Throat)

11:30 – Take the bus from Porto Canoas back to the park entrance

12:00 – Depart Brazil side for the Argentine Side

13:30 – Depending on border traffic, arrive at the entrance to the Argentine side

13:50 – Depart Central Station (Estacion Central) on the next train

14:10 – Arrive Garganta Station (Estacion Garganta) and walk to Devil’s Throat

14:30 – Arrive at Devil’s Throat Look-out

15:15 – Depart Devil’s throat for the walk back to train station

15:35 – Take the train to Cataratas Station (Estacion Cataratas)

15:55 – Start Upper-Level Trail (Circuito Superior)

16:40 – Start Lower-Level Trail (Circuito Inferior)

17:40 – Start heading back to the park’s entrance

18:00 – Depart the Argentine park 

 

There is more information about visiting each side of the park in the STARTING ON THE ARGENTINE SIDE section.

Private Transfer Combinations

Both Sides of the Iguazu Falls in 1 Single Day

Pick-up from
Puerto Iguazu (Argentina)


INCLUDES HOTEL OR AIRPORT PICK-UP OR DROP OFF

Pick-up from
Foz do Iguaçu
(Brazil)

 

INCLUDES HOTEL OR AIRPORT PICK-UP OR DROP OFF

Can you do the Boat Trip at the Iguazu falls if doing both sides on the same day?

 

Iguazu Boat Trip

Yes, it is possible to do the boat trip under the falls and still see both sides of the falls on the same day, but expect to be rushing a little more in order to fit it in because the boat takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes on average to complete.

 

In terms of the itinerary we laid out for you above, you would have to miss out on one of the trails on the Argentine side of the falls (we suggest skipping the Upper-Level Trail), and you will want to shorten your lunchtime to about 15 minutes, or even bring/buy food to eat in the vehicle while traveling between the two parks.  IMPORTANT – for doing the boat trip on the Argentine side of the falls, you will need to reserve a boat departure ahead of time, and WE CAN RESERVE IT FOR YOU and you pay on the day of the service.

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