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I am flying into AGT (Ciudad del Este) and yet staying at a hotel in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. How do I get from one to the other?
Will I need a Brazilian visa if I am traveling through, not stopping?
Regarding the Brasilian visa requirement; that will depend upon the passport that you will be carrying. Do a google search for Brazilian visa requirements. If you're a norteamericano (USA passport holder), you will need to obtain a Brasilian entry visa prior to arriving in Brasil (prior to attempting to cross the bridge from Ciudad del Este to Foz do Iguacu).
From Ciudad del Este, take a taxi or collectivo to the border with Brasil (Foz do Iguacu), take a taxi across the bridge that spans the border, then another taxi, bus or collectivo to the Brasil (Foz do Iguacu) - Argentina border (Puerto Iguacu). FYI: You can walk across the bridge mentioned above, but it is not recommended.
“Iguazu Falls” is one of most beautiful places in the world. This wonderful place is located near “Tres Fronteras” where Iguazu River enters river of Parana and national borders of Argentina, Basil and Paraguay comes together. Visitors can enjoy amazing views from Argentinian or Brazilian sides. Unfortunately form Paraguayan side falls can not be seen. Ones who were lucky and had visited both sides usually disagree which side is more impressive. Travelers trying to reach “Iguazu Falls” from Paraguay usually faces the same problem – how to get there? It is possible to get a bus ticket at some local companies and go to Foz do Iguaçu (town in Brazil) or Puerto Iguazu (town in Argentina). Travelers from Paraguay who are going to choose Argentinian side should take care not only about visa for Argentina, but about visa for Brazil as well. That can be a major problem, especially for those who have to pay for Brazilian visa. For example - for US citizen that visa will cost very close to $ 200. And if you do not have visa for enter into Brazil you will not be able to buy bus ticket to Puerto Iguazu because only way on the bus to get there is thought Brazil. This is so because of Parana River. This river is wide and strong. It makes bridge construction is extremely complicated. There is only one bridge that connects Paraguay an Eastern bank of this river. On the other side of the bridge – Brazil.
So, if you don’t have visa for visiting Brazil, but have visa for Argentina, only way from Paraguay is to take a ferry across river of Parana. In this case you have to be either on foot or with a car, because ferry is way too small for a bus. More info http://www.gotoiguazu.com/