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The Iguazú Falls straddle the Argentina-Brazil border, so first, you have to choose whether to stay on the Argentinean side in Puerto Iguazú or on the Brazilian side in the city of Foz do Iguaçu or in proximity to the national park.
Most visitors decide to stay in Argentina. Backpacking in Puerto Iguazú comes with a lot of unique perks. In and around this small, vibrant town full of tourists, bars, and hostels, there are plenty of attractions waiting for you.
Foz do Iguaçu is a larger city, a bit more expensive, that may not feel as relaxing, but it does have more nightlife. Visitors can always hop over the border to visit the city at night.
Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Safety in Iguazú: Puerto Iguazú was officially granted a “Safe Travels” stamp, certifying all international standards apply to make it a safe tourist destination.
However, that doesn’t mean Puerto Iguazú is 100% free of all crimes. As everywhere else, you should stay vigilant about minimizing your chances of getting into trouble.
Safety tip: To avoid being seen with money, conceal it in a body pouch beneath your clothes and only keep small change in your pockets.
Also, wearing jewelry, expensive clothes, or any other signs of wealth is probably not a good idea.
Health tip: Avoid tap water and opt for bottled water instead. Often, it is recommended to drink carbonated water (agua con gas), which is less likely to harbor bacteria, instead of flat bottled water (agua sin gas).
You can also boil water before drinking or brushing your teeth if you have access to a kettle or stove.
Argentinian vs. Brazilian side: Which side is more worth seeing? Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to this question.
Both the Brazilian side (although much smaller) and the Argentinian side will leave you with unforgettable memories. For a complete experience, it is worth spending more than one day visiting this natural wonder and allowing yourself to see the waterfalls on both sides.
If you’re looking for a home away from home – you just found it!
Whether you are a parent traveling with your family or a backpacker tired after partying in other hostels in South America, Tucan Hostel will be a most welcome rest.
It’s family-run and all about hospitality. You can check in here until 11 pm, but if you’re arriving after this time – just let them know, and there shouldn’t be any problems. Solo travelers will feel very safe here.
Dormitory, double, and family (one double bed and two bunk beds) rooms are available. Guests have access to the swimming pool, shared kitchen, and patio. Refrigerators and kitchenware are available in every unit.
All services needed to feel comfortable, such as WiFi, A/C, housekeeping, and recommendations regarding tourist attractions, are provided.
Location: The hostel is located in a quiet and safe neighborhood in Puerto Iguazú, which is very central too. You’ll find many cool bars and restaurants within walking distance, providing meals at any time of the day.
If you want to get to Iguazú Falls – the bus stop is only a 5-minute walk from the hotel. What’s more, you can reach the Triple Frontier viewpoint after 30 minutes of walking (definitely go there at sunset!).
Supermarkets, banks, ATMs, and exchange bureaus are available nearby.
Are you looking for a place where you can rest and relax, but you also want to party and meet new friends? We have the place just for you!
The Host Bed & Meeting provides guests with a swimming pool, garden area, and large shared lounge. Music is often played here, as the hostel hosts parties regularly, and it usually stops between midnight and 1 am.
And they offer a barbecue, billiards, and darts. You definitely won’t be bored here! But note that this place is adult-only, and as such, they don’t accept guests under 18.
You can book a double room, a bed in a dormitory (co-ed, female-only, and male-only are available), or a room with four single beds.
Beds in dormitories have separation curtains for maximum privacy. All units come with a private bathroom and a hairdryer. Bed linens and towels are provided too.
Every morning, a continental breakfast is served, which is included in the price.
Location: The Host Bed & Meeting is just a short walk from the coolest bars and restaurants in Puerto Iguazú. The bus terminal is a bit further, but not far away.
It will take 15 minutes of walking to get there. If you are looking for another level of entertainment – you can get to Iguazú Casino from here, just by a 5-minute taxi ride. The hostel offers bike and car rentals if you need a way to get around the town.
When traveling with a group of friends, one of the issues you can encounter is a need for more rooms with a larger number of beds. Hostels usually offer dormitories, double/twin rooms, and a family room if you’re lucky.
But Eco Hostel Iguazú solves this problem! It offers multiple sleeping arrangements that you can choose from.
Here, you’ll have the option to book dormitories, doubles, twins, and triple rooms.
All their rooms have air conditioning, full bedding, and WiFi. They are simple but nice and provide shared bathrooms throughout the property.
This hostel offers a pool, shared kitchen, barbecue area, a garden with a fireplace, and a bar.
Common spaces with TV are located on each floor of the hostel, and Eco Hostel Iguazú hosts weekend live music shows, fast food, and bar service.
We must stress one excellent quality: the staff here is accommodating and communicative. Even if you have a language barrier of any sort, they will do what they can to help you.
Location: Located on the edge of the town but still surrounded by many bars and restaurants that are just a one-minute walk away. The bus station is also nearby and will take you directly to the falls if you want to visit them.
While it is not as central as the other Iguazu hostels on our list, it is well-connected to the rest of town and the national park.
Iguazu is located 17 kilometers from the Iguazú Waterfalls.
Named the ‘Great Water’ by the indigenous inhabitants of this area, with more than 275 falls, these waterfalls are one of the most majestic in South America.
The most scenic cascade is the curved cataract christened the ‘devil’s throat’ with 14 falls that drop to 350 feet (No wonder they are considered one of the seven new wonders of nature).
The Argentinian side covers about 80% of the waterfall complex.
The price of the ticket includes a train ride through the jungle to the Devil’s Throat waterfall, admission to some trails, as well as a transfer to San Martín island.
It’s best to go there in the morning, as the high water level may prevent visiting in the evening. Both sides – Argentinian and Brazilian – allow you to take advantage of additional attractions, such as:
The Jungle safari, which is a 20-kilometer route within the Iguazú National Park, during which you can admire the fauna and flora of the region;
Water rides on various types of water vehicles, including a raft (or so-called ecological rafting) – during these activities, you can swim directly into the waterfalls.
Hito Tres Fronteras is the tri-point at which the three countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet at a single point on the river. Definitely worth seeing at sunset time!
If you want to spend more time around the national park, check out Wanda mines, aboriginal villages, and the orchid park.
What about the cheapest hostels in Iguazu?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Iguazu.
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Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Iguazu best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
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Here we share with you the most asked question:
Are hostels in Iguazú safe?
Not all hostels in Iguazú are necessarily safe, especially the ones that offer cheap prices in sketchy areas. They might be illegal hostels or ones without the proper licenses and safety measures put in place.
In all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Iguazú. You can find backpacker hostels with top ratings here! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
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