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  • ffwd 60 posts

    We have 9 nights after Chile to do Buenos Aires, Igazu falls then Rio.
    There is no budget and my wife will exceed it
    Any suggestions as to how many nights to allocate to each (and why) please?

    davefl 1,352 posts

    4 nights in BA, fly to Argentinian side of Igazu, 1 night on either side of the falls with a taxi from one side to the other, flight from the Brazilian side of the falls up to Rio and then 3 nights Rio.

    For me BA was much nicer than Rio.

    Richie 1,020 posts

    I’d pick 2 nights at the Gran Meliá Iguazú.

    JDB 4,514 posts

    We have 9 nights after Chile to do Buenos Aires, Igazu falls then Rio.
    There is no budget and my wife will exceed it
    Any suggestions as to how many nights to allocate to each (and why) please?

    I also would weight your stay more to BsAs than Rio. While it’s currently a bit expensive for hotels, everything else is incredibly good value. BsAs can’t offer the setting of Rio, but the slightly faded grandeur of its magnificent avenues and squares modelled on Paris combined with the vibrant culture of South America, so much to see and do make it a very special place. The better restaurants are very much at the global cutting edge, much more relaxed than in the UK and cost a fraction of the price.

    If budget isn’t an issue, the Cataratas hotel inside the park on the Brazilian side is the place to stay (first visiting the Argentinian side of the falls on arrival at that side). The ability to visit the falls when they are closed to most of the public is a very special opportunity.

    cin3 168 posts

    As little as possible for your logistics in Iguazú and 2:1 BsAs:Rio. Though I have to question the point of going to BsAs for potentially as little as 4 nights. If you’re flying halfway across the world you want preferably at least two weeks there to start getting a feel for the city.

    Jill Kinkell 163 posts

    We did 4 nights in Rio,3 in Iguassu and 4 in Bs As. In your case I’d do 3×3. or 3,2,4.BelmondCataratas inside park was such a treat as @JDB says. We also had a trip to the Itaipu hydro dam which was really interesting. Private guide on 2 days in Rio was well worth the money to facilitate everything to see and visit. BsAs was lovely to walk about..gardens, Opera House, Ricoletta cemetery etc. Have a great time.

    ffwd 60 posts

    Thanks all

    SBIre 167 posts

    +1 for the Belmond Cataratas!

    qc 214 posts

    Is there a view of the falls from the Belmond? There is from the MELIA on the Argentinian side – we stayed there when it was a Sheraton.

    JDB 4,514 posts

    Is there a view of the falls from the Belmond? There is from the MELIA on the Argentinian side – we stayed there when it was a Sheraton.

    Yes, a number of rooms and suites have views of the falls. The Cataratas is also on a higher level in terms of elevation and quality. It’s a rather special non chain style hotel in addition to its unique falls access.

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