Cheap Flights to Iguazu Airport
Iguazu Airport (IGR) has many names. Officially it is the Cataratas del Iguazu International Airport, but it's also called the Mayor Carlos Eduardo Krause Airport. Located 20 kilometres from the town of Puerto Iguazu, a 30-minute drive, this is your gateway to the Parque Nacional Iguazu and the impressive falls. It does take a bit of effort to get to this part of the world, but Skyscanner can help you find the cheapest airfare for your trip. By using the Whole Month Search screen, you can compare fares for an entire month and then pick the least expensive date. A couple of clicks later you're at the flight screen where the itineraries are displayed. Pick your flight, look into your hotel and rental car, if needed, and you're set.
Getting to Iguazu Airport
Your first step in getting to Iguazu Airport is first flying into Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) in Buenos Aires. Flights from Canada are available from most major airports, with Toronto having the most direct routes. Aeromexico has a favoured route out of Toronto with only one stop in each direction in Mexico City. Other carriers flying to Buenos Aires include the LATAM Airlines Group, which codeshares with WestJet, and Avianca Brazil. A codeshare is where you buy a ticket on one carrier but fly one or more flight segments on a partner airline. When searching for a flight itinerary, you'll find codeshare airlines listed if this applies.
You'll need a second itinerary from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Airport. Most are direct flights on Andes Lineas Aereas or Aerolineas Argentinas. These two carriers often codeshare with each other. Depending on your flight schedule and connections, you might consider making a stopover in Buenos Aires and then continuing on to Iguazu Airport and the city of Puerto Iguazu the next day.
Aerolineas Argentinas is the main carrier into this one-terminal, regional airport. Arriving and departing passengers share the same space, and though it does get busy sometimes, the terminal is fairly easy to navigate. It has a limited selection of shops, cafes and an ATM, but WiFi is iffy. You'll find travel information desks and plenty of information on local tours, with a special focus on visiting Iguazu Falls.
Rental car desks are outside baggage claim. Taxis are just outside baggage claim, with a fare into town averaging $25 CAD. Taxis are available for a ride to the falls, costing about $40 CAD. It's less than 10 kilometres from the airport and about a 15 minute drive, but a popular run. Another option is to take a shuttle from the airport to the bus terminal in Iguazu, running about $8 CAD. Accepted currency is the Argentine peso.
Things to do in Iguazu
- Iguazu National Park straddles Brazil and Argentina and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Twice as wide as Niagara Falls, and taller, these falls have many splash points, most of them on the Argentine side. One tourist outlook, the Garganta del Diablo, translated, the "Giant Devil," gives one of the most impressive views of the falls. Wear rain gear and protect your camera as you will get splashed. In summer, people often come to the falls in swimsuits. A tram line takes you from the park entrance to the various viewpoints and concession stands. The ride is included with your entry fee. Helicopter tours and boat rides to the base of the falls are impressive options. Puerto Iguazu is also known for it's shopping outlets, including a Duty-Free Shop in the heart of town. Visit the Puerto Iguazu Arts and Crafts Market to sample local foods and check out the souvenirs. Find handmade jewellery at Timbo Arte or fine wines at the Vinoteca Caminos Wine Boutique. You'll also find plenty of interesting shops at the city's Punto Iguazu Shopping Mall.