Solo Female Travel at Iguazu Falls!
I traveled to Iguazu Falls by myself in March 2018, staying at a cute little place in the jungle called Palo Rosa Lodge. When you fly into Iguazu, you’ll see that the entire, surrounding area is straight-up JUNGLE!! Green as far as the eye can see. And then, somewhere in the midst of that dense, green jungle, is one of the most massive waterfalls in the world: Iguazu Falls. If you travel to Argentina, you MUST visit ~ either with friends, or by yourself. I think it’s a fantastic, safe destination for solo travel ~ so on that note, let’s talk solo female travel at Iguazu Falls!
How to Get to Iguazu Falls
Relaxing in the jungle was just what I needed after endless 24-hour bus rides (Argentina is a MASSIVE country ~ a 24-hour bus ride covers not even 1/3 of the country)!! I HIGHLY, highly recommend flying into Iguazu Falls (IGR is airport on the Argentina side, IGU on Brazil side), because pretty much every bus ride to Iguazu is sooo, sooo long! And flights are often cheaper. I caught an $80 flight from Mendoza, Argentina on Fly Bondi, a low-cost Argentina airline. The bus ride from Mendoza would have cost at least TRIPLE, & taken….35+ hours?!??? Forget that!
Another good low-cost Argentina airline that flies to Iguazu: Andes Lineas.
How Safe is Iguazu Falls?
Iguazu Falls is a great place for solo travel, as both towns (Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, & Foz de Iguazu in Brazil) are pretty small, & always filled with tourists, since the Falls are a year-round attraction. And once you’re at the Falls themselves, you’ll never be alone: Iguazu is a magnet for families & tourists from all over the world. The local bus to Iguazu was an easy, 5-minute walk from my hotel, making the solo journey nice & easy. If you don’t want to wait for the bus, you can also take a taxi right into the park. All my taxi drivers in Iguazu were friendly, personable, & offered me rides to & from.
As for bringing a nice camera into the Falls, I’d say: go for it. During the 8+ hours I spent inside the park (I swear it’s as big as Disneyland), there was no point where I felt unsafe. There are so many people around, & everyone is so mesmerized by the Falls, it really didn’t strike me as a place with a lot of theft. Not to mention, most thieves probably won’t want to pay the 500 peso entrance fee ($25 US). The most danger you’re likely to encounter at Iguazu Falls is from “coaties” ~ small, raccoon-like creatures that will literally steal food right out of your hands!
But, if you’re really worried about going to Iguazu Falls by yourself, or would prefer to share the experience with others, all you need to do is join a tour! There are boat & jungle tours inside the park, & you can also book a tour directly from your hotel ~ so you won’t need to go in to the park alone. I opted to go solo because I wanted plenty of time to explore on my own & find the best photo spots.
Solo Female Travel at Iguazu Falls ~ Video!
For a better look at the Falls themselves….check out the video below, set to “Elysium,” by Hans Zimmer, from one of my favorites: the “Gladiator Soundtrack.”
What You Need at Iguazu Falls
When I visited Iguazu Falls (in March), it was about 95 degrees & 90% humidity. Translation: it’s HOT AS HECK!!! And you’ll find many bugs in the jungle ~ so bringing chemical-free bug repellent is a great idea. Other musts: sunscreen, light clothing that will look cute in photos, wide-brimmed hat, & a bikini (they have showers throughout the park to cool off in). And if you plan to solo female travel at Iguazu Falls ~ I HIGHLY recommend bringing a GoPro, as you’ll be able to get great shots of the falls without help! My GoPro shots are my favorites, because of the high angles you can create.
What’s the Difference Between Sides?
The Argentina side of the park is much larger than the Brazil side, & you’re able to get closer to the Falls in Argentina. You need at least FIVE hours on the Argentina side to do it justice ~ especially if you want to take the 20-minute train ride to Garganta del Diablo (the Devil’s Throat). As for the Brazil side, it can be done in about TWO hours. In Brazil, you’ll have more of a panoramic view of the Falls. Although, you can get fairly close to Garganta del Diablo on the Brazil side ~ as well as Argentina….it feels like you’re standing right on top of it!
If you only have time to go to one side of Iguazu Falls: go to the Argentina side.
Where I Stayed at Iguazu Falls
- Under $50/night: For solo female travel at Iguazu Falls, I highly recommend the Palo Rosa Lodge in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. The Argentina side of the Falls is more spectacular than the Brazil side, & you have just a 5-minute walk to the bus station from Palo Rosa to reach the Falls.
- Hotels Inside Iguazu Falls National Park: There are only 2 hotels inside the park ~ the Melia Iguazu (used to be a Sheraton, & is right next to the “Lower Circuit,” on Argentina side), & the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, in Foz de Iguazu, on the Brazil side. Both hotels are pricey (over $300+/night), but the Belmond is the nicer of the two, as its perched almost directly on the edge of the Falls, with STUNNING views.
- For a more complete list of Iguazu Falls hotels on the Argentina side, in Puerto Iguazu, click here.
- For a more complete list of Iguazu Falls hotels on the Brazil side, in Foz de Iguazu, click here.
Solo Female Travel at Iguazu Falls!
Thanks for reading this post & checking out my video on solo female travel at Iguazu Falls! For reference, some of my other favorite solo travel destinations include Iceland, Austria, & Ireland ~ as well as parts of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. If you’re new to travel & need some encouragement ~ hit me up in the comments below or email me!
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