Visiting Iguazu Falls is an incredible experience, but doing it as a solo traveler is even more exceptional.
Visiting Iguazu Falls
My time in Argentina was coming to an end. So far I had spent all of my time in Buenos Aires and I knew that it would probably be awhile until I was back in the area.
Visiting Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, was something I’d always wanted to do so if I was going to see them it would have to be now. None of my friends wanted to go with me, however, so I decided to go on my own.
Flights to Iguazu were pretty easy to find. So I booked a flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu, found a cheap hotel, and packed a bag for my weekend adventure.
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The flight was just under 2 hours and the hotel was easy to get to. The next morning I got up early, went into town, and got on a public bus that took me to the Iguazu Falls National Park. The day was cloudy, but even then it was still really hot and incredibly humid (and that’s saying something coming from a Florida girl!).
Once I entered the park, I made my way to the Jungle Train. It is an eco-friendly train that runs on liquefied petroleum gas and was designed exclusively for Iguazu Falls National Park.
It holds up to 250 passengers and after about a 10 minute ride drops off in front of the walkway that leads to Devil’s Throat, the highest of Iguazu’s 275 waterfalls.
Yes, you read that right. There are 275 Iguazu waterfalls!
My Solo Trip To Iguazu
I went on this trip completely on my own. And I had a great time! Iguazu is such an amazing place, and I think that because I was by myself I was able to take my time and really soak it all in (pun intended!).
When visiting Iguazu Falls, I stood in the mist and I let myself listen to the thundering of the water for as long as my little heart desired. I walked as slowly or as quickly as I wanted.
I took the Iguazu Falls boat ride that takes you almost right under the falls and very briefly makes you think, “Oh shit! This is how I’m going to die!” And I took as many pictures as I wanted.
Benefits Of Traveling Solo
I’m not sure I would have really taken it all in if I had been with the group of friends I’d gone to Argentina with. I tend to put myself last when I’m with other people. I tend to worry that I’m taking too long or that whoever I’m with is sick of me taking too many photos.
If no one else had wanted to go on the boat ride, would I still have gone on it by myself? Probably not.
On this trip I also made friends with two brothers that I’m still in touch with to this day. If I’d been traveling with others, I might not have started a conversation with them.
I think when we have travel companions we tend to only talk with them and aren’t as open to making new friendships.
Iguazu Falls Entrance Fee And Other Useful Information
Iguazu Falls entrance fee was roughly $25. Something we really liked is that if you plan on going back a second day, you can get your ticket validated at the front ticket booth on your way out. That way, you get the next day’s ticket at 50% off.
You must have your ID with you when you purchase your ticket. Local residents get a bit of a discount.
The Iguazu Falls entrance fee includes riding the Jungle Train, entrance into the Nature Interpretation Center, and all trails and circuits. Additional activities, like their Full Moon Walk, cost extra.
There is a restaurant at the park, should you get hungry or want a snack.
As a solo female traveler, I felt completely safe.
Iguazu Falls National Park is open every day of the year, from 8am to 6pm, with the last ticket sales ending at 4:30pm.
Below are some great deals for Iguazu Falls hotels:
Final Thoughts On Visiting Iguazu Falls By Myself
Do don’t be afraid to be a solo traveler once in a while; it can be a very rewarding experience. I’ve written about the pros and cons of solo travel, but in the case of visiting Iguazu Falls, I’m so glad I went by myself.
What about you? Do you like to travel on your own? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂