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Puerto Iguazu is good for two things: visiting the awesome Iguazu Falls and getting your Brazilian visa in under 30 minutes. Town is relaxing enough but the heat is oppressive.
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Catch a bus from the main terminal for $1.25 to Parque Nacional Iguazu. Entrance is $13 for a full days access to the park. At the minimum, do the upper trial, lower trail, and train ride to the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). Bring an extra camera battery and at least a liter of water.
Brazilian Consulate is a block away from the bus station. Hours are 8am-2pm.
Parilla Pizza Color restaurant has nice meals. It’s on Av Cordoba between Belgrano and Av Misiones.
Cuba Libre at Av Brasil and Paraguay is the default club in town but it is big, hot, loud, and impersonal, with crooked doormen trying to squeeze extra pesos out of gringos. Several other sit-down bars are on the same block (La Tribu is owned by the same guy), but aren’t much better. Since this is a tiny town, you’d expect kinder treatment from the girls, but because of tourist fatigue it’s the same attitude as even larger cities. Skip all that mess and head to La Barranca, a new Brazilian club on Av Brasil (where else?) between Av Misiones and Av Victoria Aguirre. The Brazilian girls will treat you better. Opening night was January 5, 2008.
Hostel Park Iguazu (Paulino Amarante 111)
$8.50/night for dorm. Tiny but clean 4-bed air conditioned dorms have individual bathrooms. Murky, green color pool out back. Set-up of common ares feels like a cheap restaurant, making it more difficult to meet other travelers. Staff is friendly and hostel is conveniently located close to the bus station.
Corre Caminos (One block before Hostel Park Iguazu)
$8.50/night for dorm. It feels like someone inherited this factory-like building and then turned it into a hostel without having ever travelled. Air conditioning usually didn’t work and there are too few bathrooms that get dirty fast. There is a pool table.
Puerto Iguazu On The Blog
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If you're only going to visit only Argentina then I recommend you get this guide, which is far more detailed than the continental guide below, with options that cater to a range of budgets instead of only the shoestring backpacking crowd. Also it gives more respectable treatment to small cities and towns that the larger guide breezes over with a paragraph or two.
South America On A Shoestring Guidebook
This is the guidebook that I used in my six month trip in South America. The maps are excellent, the information is complete and thorough, and the reviews are accurate, which is why it's often called "the bible" by many travelers. The only problem is that everyone else has this book so if you are the type of person that wants to hit the isolated small towns you will be disappointed. My advice is to use this book for its maps and information on getting from city to city, but talk to the locals and other travelers for those isolated gems that Lonely Planet for some reason didn't find worthy to include.
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My copy of this book is so beat up and weathered it's disintegrating before my eyes. I took it with me to South America because I loved how it was organized in a logical way that kept me motivated to keep studying. Lessons start short and easy and increase in complexity as you tackle frustrating readings that help take you to the next level. The only downside of this book is that it was originally published in 1957 so some of the vocabulary is very dated. Still, you'll be hard-pressed to find a modern equivalent of this book whose teachings approach the same quality. Last time I checked you can grab a used copy from Amazon for less than a dollar.