visa run at Iguazu

amat

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HI,

I'm wondering if anybody has done this?
My husband and I were thinking of combining our next visa run with a trip to Iguazu. (we're both EU passport holders so no visa for Brazil needed, as far as I know). However, some other forum posts here have implied you don't need a visa if you only cross over for a day because they don't check - meaning, we wouldn't get the stamps we need. Any advice?

Also, any recommendations on places to stay (eithe AR or Brazil side)? Is July a decent time to go or should we wait till later in the year and just do Colonia again this time?

Thanks!
 

diego7david

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argentine side stay at the sheraton. the only hotel in the national park and with a view of the falls. it costs more than many, but gives you the chance to look at the falls all day long as they change with the light with a nice gin and tonic in your hand.
 

Dudester

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Being a huge Iguazu Falls fan and having visited numerous times (but my last visit was years ago) I always prefered the 4 star Pink Hotel on the Brazilian side (I'm describing it because I can't remember the name - http://www.tripadvisor.com - will help with a very accurate description of both Hotels - Brazilian and Argentine - that are closest to the falls. There's also some great tropical birds walking around the pool area at the Brazilian side Hotel (don't know if the Argentina side Hotel had a pool - probably did but didn't check it out). Just found the Brazilian side much more exotic and tropical-ish (plus that's the side that had the Helicopter rides. Kind of expensive but a must do at least once in a lifetime). Enjoy one of the most amazing places on the planet. Dudester
 

2GuysInPM

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amat said:
HI,
... However, some other forum posts here have implied you don't need a visa if you only cross over for a day because they don't check - meaning, we wouldn't get the stamps we need. Any advice?
...
Your Iguazu visa run should be no problem, but...

You *always* have to stop by the Argentine office at the border crossing, both leaving and coming in. That's where you'll get your exit stamp and new entry stamp for Argentina.

On the brazilian side, you *should* stop as well and get your stamp in and out as well, just to avoid any problems. Last month they had regular personel and computers there, but they we're not forcing cars to stop (you did it on your own). They were also building new booths, and out driver told us is for future 24/7 border control.

For hotels on the Argentina side, I would recommend the Iguazu Grand Hotel and Casino, or the Sheraton. Our driver told us July is high season for Iguazu (mainly Argentine tourism from the south). May, he tols us were the good time to visit (low tourism, weather not too cold).

Good luck!
 

amat

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Great help from all of you. Thanks!

one last question - do I need a car or some form of transport? particularly for the border crossing part? or are there normal buses or shuttles?


Thanks again!
 

2GuysInPM

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amat said:
Great help from all of you. Thanks!

one last question - do I need a car or some form of transport? particularly for the border crossing part? or are there normal buses or shuttles?


Thanks again!
amat; If you fly to Iguazu, there is a Remis (private car) counter in baggage claim. The driver can take you to your hotel, and you can arrange with him for day trips to the Brazilian (and Argentinean) falls and other attractions. He will cross you over the borders, and he will wait for you to go see the parks, then pick you up and drive you back. If you don't fly there, you can arrange for a remis directly with your hotel concierge. Just be sure to negotiate a fixed price for everything beforehand.

I have the contact info for a very nice remis driver at Iguazu. He does not speak much English, but was very honest and friendly. Even gave us a ride back to the airport free after we befriended him. Send me a PM if you want the info.
 

amat

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We went on our trip last week and everything was great!

Just FYI to others that might be going:
shuttle from airport to any hotel in the town - 15 pesos each way - right there when you come out of arrivals

public bus from main terminal in the town to argentine-side falls - 5 pesos each way

we took a taxi from our hotel to the brazil side that waited for us while we visited the falls and brought us back to the hotel (with a stop in the duty free shopping center) - 140 pesos total for about 4 - 5 hour trip

We stayed at los Truncos hotel - highly recommended. The rooms are two story cabanas, with a double bed upstaris with a balcony, and then downstairs there are 4 single beds, a dining table, fridge and microwave, etc. So you can sleep 6 if you want!
Breakfast buffet included and they'll wait for you to wake up. There's a pool too. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Prices are between $60usd and $90usd or so depending on number of days, high vs low season, etc. Someone on this forum PM'd me about this hotel, though I later found it as #1 on tripadvisor (under B&B, i think)
I can't recommend this hotel enough, especially given the price. It's under a 10 minute walk to the town center for restaurants, bars, supermarket, etc.
 
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