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Buenos Aires, Colonia, Montevideo and Iguazu Falls Planning

This is my personal travel planning list of resources I have found online written by other people. I have made reference to each author and hyperlinked to each resource.

Currency Planning : 1 CAD = 3.54953 ARS

Iguazu Falls:

100 things to do in Iguazu Falls:

(copied from Jackson Lima : http://iguassufallsareatips.blogspot.com/2007/01/100-things-to-do-in-iguassu-falls-area.html)
  1. Visit Iguassu falls Brazilian Side (Concession holder’s site)
  2. Visit Iguassu Falls Argentine Side Concession holder’s site)
  3. Take a Boat Ride along Falls’ canyon on Brazilian side of Falls
  4. Take similar boat ride on the Argentinean side including exploration of San Martin Island
  5. Do the Complete Lower walk on the Argentine side (read text on this)
  6. Do the Complete Upper walk on the Argentine side (read text on this)
  7. Take a birdwatching tour on the Argentine side
  8. Take a swim in a waterfall after a jungle walk on the Argentina side
  9. See the Fall under moonlight in moonlit nights* (concession holders’ sites
  10. Visit Monday Falls on the Paraguayan Side
  11. Visit the Moisés Bertoni National Scientific Monument (NSM) on the Paraguayan side (two boats sail to the Bertoni NM – From P.Iguazu / from Foz do Iguaçu)
  12. Visit the BirdPark
  13. Visit the Guira Oga
  14. Visit the Hummingbird Gardens – Puerto Iguazú
  15. Visit La Aripuca – Puerto Iguazú
  16. Visit the Ibireta Botanic Garden – Pueerto Iguazú
  17. Visit the Buddhist Temple – Foz do Iguaçu
  18. Visit the CEAEC – Center for the Studies of Higher Consciouness – Foz do Iguaçu
  19. Take one of the 30 plus courses offered by the CEAEC – Foz do Iguaçu
  20. Rent a Laboratory Room in the CEAEC for any of 14 consciousness experiments (FI)
  21. Guided cultural, social tour of three-country area (text)
  22. Guided Sacred Journey to Iguassu Falls
  23. Guided nature-connecting and healing activities in the Iguassu Falls or nearby waterfalls
  24. Reiki course by a Waterfall
  25. Guided Mount Bike excursions
  26. Play golf (Bourbon Iguassu Golf)
  27. Gamble in a casino (that is up to you – Argentina, Paraguay)
  28. Visit the Mosque – Foz do Iguaçu
  29. See Itaipu Binational HydroPowerPlant – world’s largest – Foz do Iguaçu / Hernandarias
  30. Take a Itaipu Technical Tour – Foz do Iguaçu / Hernandarias
  31. See Itaipu Light Show – Foz do Iguaçu (also other Itaipu attractions and info)
  32. Helicopter flight over the Falls at legally recommended altitudes -Foz do Iguaçu
  33. Helicopter flight over the whole area including Itaipu (F.Iguaçu)
  34. Take a microflight flight over the area – Foz do Iguaçu
  35. Take flying lessons with WeekendFly Flight Schools – Foz do Iguaçu
  36. Visit a Chácara in the countryside – Foz do Iguaçu, São Miguel, Capanema
  37. Take a Rural Tourism -(TRAF) Tour – like Capanema’s Sweet Iguassu, Cascavel, Foz do Iguaçu etc
  38. Visit the MST (Landless Workers Movement)natural seed production recommended by Fritjioff Capra – São Miguel do Iguaçu
  39. Visit local Schools and Projects – Whole area (Foz do Iguaçu School – Neiborhood Projects)
  40. Visit the Colegio Agricola Medicinal Plant Project – Foz do Iguaçu
  41. Eat in the Recanto Gaucho typical “querencia” living – Foz do Iguaçu
  42. Go rafting, canyoning, climbing, rappelling – Falls Brazilian Side (link)
  43. Guided Adventure Therapy tour (with Jackson Lima)
  44. Participate in events – Check calendar
  45. Visit the Itaipu EcoMuseum – Foz do Iguaçu
  46. Visit local universities (UDC,Uniamerica,AngloAmerican,Unioeste State University,Cesufoz,UniFoz – See Universitaria Bus Line note
  47. Visit the Fish spawning channel (See Itaipu link above)
  48. Visit the artificial whitewater Kayaking Course (Go to Itaipu Link above)
  49. Go to Andresito and stay at Jacutinga Lodge
  50. Visit Wanda and buy stones and crystals
  51. Visit the Jesuit World Heritage Sites of Argentina and Paraguay
  52. Adventure into Misiones
  53. Go to a Yemanjá (Yemanya) Celebration if you’re in Foz (February 2)
  54. See the sunset on the Marco das Três Fronteiras (Three Border Stone Mark – Brazil)
  55. See the sunset on the Hito de las Tres Fronteras (Three Border Stone Mark – Argentina)
  56. Visit the Guarani Viallage of Iriyapu – Puerto Iguazú, Project Mate /
  57. Visit the Guarani Village of Mbororé
  58. Visit the Guarani Village of the Bertoni Secientific Monument
  59. Stay overnight at the Guarani Village of the Bertoni SM
  60. Cruise the Iguazu and Paraná Rivers down to Bertoni NSM with Macuco Safari Iguassu Explorer Boat (BR)
  61. Catamaran River Alto Paraná Cruise – Argentina, daily to Bertoni NSM (ventas@crucerosiguazu.com)
  62. Overnight stay at Sol Island with the Water Circuit Program
  63. Kayak the Iguassu on Inflatable kayaks (Also other activities within the Iguaçu (Brazil) National Park
  64. Birdwatch in the Iguassu / Iguazú National Parks Argentina / Brazil
  65. Get reiki done to you (on Hold till Reiki area is finished)
  66. Get an Ayurvedic Treatment (same as above)
  67. Have shamanic experiences (same as above)
  68. Wine, Dine and dance in Puerto Iguazu
  69. Dine and have fun in Foz do Iguaçu
  70. Birdwatch in Itaipu Preserves in Brazil and Paraguay
  71. Visit “Vila A” have an icecream, a pizza with locals
  72. Eat and watch people at Avenida República Argentina
  73. Visit the bairros off the beaten track
  74. Skydive at Estância Hercules
  75. Boat-pushed Paragliding on Itaipu Lake
  76. Take tango lessons
  77. Take samba lessons
  78. Take Gaucho Music Lessons
  79. Learn Belly Dance
  80. Meditate on the Upper Circuit of Falls at Sunset (ARG)
  81. Do group meditation at the Goddess Womb (Devil’s Throat for the infidels)
  82. Meditate anywhere at the Falls
  83. Watch the Falls and connect with it from Brazilian side
  84. Visit local social programs and NGOs / Help if possible
  85. Take Capoeira lessons
  86. Shop for local products even in Paraguay
  87. Get in touch with Maká Indians
  88. Take a tour to the cities along the shores of the Itaipu Reservoir
  89. Eat fish at restaurants on the banks of the Paraná river
  90. Visit the Mbororé Museum – Puerto Iguazú
  91. Visit the Museum Imagens da Selva / Images of the Jungle, Puerto Iguazú
  92. The Itaipu Hydrological Reduced Model – Hernandárias
  93. Taste the Lambari fish Savory at a restaurant in Foz
  94. Visit the Paraguayan Three_Border Mark in Presidente Franco, Paraguay
  95. Check this Natural Spa Central Alma Verde
  96. Visit the Aché (Guayaqui) Indian of Paraguay
  97. Visit the Ñacunday National Park, Paraguay
  98. Visit the Guarani Indians in Sao Miguel do Iguacu
  99. Why not seeing a RUGBY training , Puerto Iguazú
  100. Foz do Iguaçu has a struggling American Football team – wanna contact it?
  101. There are several organized bicycle tours in and around Foz do Iguaçu
  102. Sea kayak in calm slow moving rivers in the region of the Ilha Grande (River Island on the Paraná River) National Park – Not to be confused with the Ilha Grande (Sea island) National Park in Rio de Janeiro (State)
  103. Rappel and other activities are available outside the Iguassu National park with local entrepreneurs.
  104. Visit a house made out of PET Coca Cola bottles complete with furnitures. In Puerto Iguazú (Coca Cola bottles are stronger)
  105. If you like stones, Puerto Iguazú may be your chance to see “rhodochrosite”
  106. April 22 there will be a procession in town. (Afrobrazilian)111 Visit the Our Lady of the Iguazu Sanctuary, Puerto Iguazú
  107. Visit the Park Remador Sanctuary (Catholic), Porto Meira region of Foz do Iguaçu
  108. Peoplewatch in the JL Cataratas Shopping Center
  109. Visit the Tatí Yupi WildLife Refuge
  110. If you have any time left take a local bus. It may be the cheapest city tour available. I recommend the “Interbairros” bus for a whole city view (R$2.10 per person)
  111. Highly recommended the “Roteiro das Comunidades” (Community routes)(By the Author)
  112. Take the cavalgata ecológica (Ecological Horseride)in Puerto Iguazú
  113. Visit the El Indio Orchid Gardens, Puerto Iguazú (ATA)
  114.  If you can spare some time visit a Sunday local community fair in Foz do Iguaçu
  115. Visit COART – handicrafts outlet for local artisans in doentown Foz do Iguaçu
  116. A visit to the Central Market in Franco (Paraguay) is a great experience
  117. Três Lagoas is Foz do Iguaçu’s nautical district by excellence complete with beach, boats, sailing etc. On Itaipu’s Lake
  118. Pay-to-fish-and let-go places are very common way to spend weekends in the great Triple Border Area lifestyle (FOZ mainly)
  119. The newest program: a catamaran boat named “Kattamaram” has just been launched on the Itaipu Lake (reservoir) – short sunset river outings daily. Boat c an be chartered for longer cruises – I would recommed those going to places like Itaipuland(ia), Marshal (marechal) Cândido Rondon and even Guaíra.
  120. Visit the Garden of Cacti, a paradise dreamed and made real by Marlene Parzewski
  121. Barge crossing between Puerto Iguazú (Argentina) and Presidente Franco (city) in Paraguay.

Index to buses and using the bus in the tri-border area

(copied from Jackson Lima : http://iguassufallsareatips.blogspot.com/2007/12/index-to-bussing-around-in-triple.html)

 

Buenos Aires :

Public Transportation in Buenos Aires: (http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=1315&flagged=Y)

1) Get a Guia T, it’s the bible to move around. Map of the city with all the buses and its routes.
Also these sites are really useful:
http://www.comoviajo.com
http://mapas.terra.com.ar
You can check them before leaving your place, but once you’re in the street nothing beats the Guia T

2) Prices
– Subway: 0.90 (you can buy passes for 1, 2, 5, 10 travels or you can get a rechargeable card). You can make all the connexions you need without need to pay again.
– Buses: 0.90 or 1 peso depending of the distance

3) Time Table:

– Subway: from around 6.30/7 in the morning, depending on the line, ’till 10.20 pm aprox.

http://www.metrovias.com.ar/v2/Horarios-303.asp?op=3&Item=1&Lang=

– Buses: all day long, what changes is the frequency (you might have to wait a little if it’s 2 am)

4) Some other useful links:

Subway Map: http://www.metrovias.com.ar/v2/Mapas-952.asp?op=3&Item=8&Lang=
Interactive Map: http://mapa.buenosaires.gov.ar
Buses (“Bondis”): http://www.xcolectivo.com.ar

How to get from the airport to Downtown BA:

(http://www.easybuenosairescity.com/airporttransportation1.htm)

 

There are several options to go to and from the two metropolitan area airports.

Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza)

International flights, located 35 kilometers (21 miles) from the center of the city of Buenos Aires.

 

Note: As soon as you claim your baggage and exit the customs area of the airport, you will notice that many people (mainly men) will approach you and offer car services to the city. It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT take any of these people’s cars, since they are not authorized to carry passengers and usually take advantage of tourists. If you do not have a reservation prior to your arrival, you can make it as soon as you arrive at the transportation booths located outside the customs area.

 

Note: All the fares are in Argentinean pesos.

 

From Ezeiza Airport To The City

  1. Minibus: $26 The Manuel Tienda León Bus Company provides transportation to the center of the city and has reservation booths in the arrival hall. The minibuses depart every hour, are inexpensive and make several stops along the way. Confirm with the operator if your destination is close to their stop.

  2. Remise (car service)$45. See our City Transportation section for information on remises. We recommend that you use this option if you already have a reservation and the driver is waiting for you.

  3. Taxi: $35/$50. Taxis have reservation booths inside the airport. Confirm the price before making the reservation (www.taxiezeiza.com). DO NOT take a taxi from a person who verbally offers the service inside the airport hall; they usually take advantage of tourists, see our Note above.

  4. Public Transportation: $1.35. If you are not carrying large or heavy luggage and want to spend very little money in transportation, this is your best bet. It takes about 1½ hour to get to downtown Buenos Aires. The fare is paid on the bus with coins ONLY, so make sure to have at least $2 in coins. Go to the information booth inside the arrivals hall and ask for the exact location of the bus stop for bus number 86. When getting on the bus you must tell the driver your destination (e.g. Centro or Plaza de Mayo) and put the coins in the ticket machine; wait a few seconds for the machine to print a receipt and to give your change back. Keep the receipt handy because it may be requested during the trip. We suggest that you sit in the front seats, near the driver, so you can ask him where to get off. For more information on public transportation visit our City Transportation section.

From The City To Ezeiza Airport

  1. Minibus: $26. The Manuel Tienda León Bus Company provides transportation from the city center to the airport. Go to their main offices at Av. Santa Fe 790 for schedules and routes

  2. Remise (car service)$45. There are plenty of remise offices around the city. Ask your hotel concierge for a trustworthy remiseria (car service office). Confirm the price beforehand.

  3. Taxi: $35/$50. We do not recommend that you take a taxi on the street if you are going to the airport. Consider getting a remise or the minibus. In case of an emergency take a taxi, but confirm the price beforehand and make sure he/she understands you are going to the airport.

  4. Public Transportation: $1.35. If you are not carrying large or heavy luggage and want to spend very little money in transportation, this is your best bet. It takes about 1½ hour to get to Ezeiza airport from downtown Buenos Aires. The fare is paid on the bus with coins ONLY, so make sure to have at least $2 in coins. Find out the exact location of the bus stop for bus number 86 with the sign: Aeropuerto on the windshield, if it does not have a sign that says “Aeropuerto”, DO NOT TAKE IT (there are buses number 86 that have different routes). The airport is the very last stop on this bus, so there is no way you can get lost.

 

Uruguay:

Travel Blogs from Lonely Planet

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