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  •  Wow! Just wow! (9+ / 1-)

    What a trip. What pictures. Thank you so much for sharing the magnificence.

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    by DaNang65 on Sun Aug 07, 2011 at 09:14:46 AM PDT

    •  You're welcome. (4+ / 0-)

      We feel very lucky to have taken this trip. I don't imagine we will ever be able to afford to come back to South America so we're taking advantage of every minute :)

      •  Speaking of affording Iguazu... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...as I mentioned we'll be there in Dec. but wondered if there was a less expensive way of doing it from BA than the price I was quoted by a BA travel agent. I think it was 4 days and going to be over $1000 including air.

        Seemed pretty spendy and I kinda decided our group should do something closer to BA that didn't require flying.

        Later, just the wife and I are on an overland trip that will take us north to all the sights and into Brazil. Really looking forward to this but I'd like the others in the group to be able to "do" Iguazu but for less in the fiduciary realm. Thanks!

        "Always remember this: They fight with money and we resist with time, and they’re going to run out of money before we run out of time." -Utah Philips

        by TerryDarc on Sun Aug 07, 2011 at 03:01:31 PM PDT

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        •  Good value (1+ / 0-)
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          It could be a good value, depending on what is included in the $1,000 package. Airfare can often be less if it is bundled in. Then three nights hotel. Meals included? The fancier the hotel, the more food is included.

          I went about 10 years ago with my mother, who was 87. OK. We splurged. We asked to stay in the upscale hotel on the Argentine side that gives a view of the falls from half the rooms. Mother enjoyed taking the view.

          First we went out on the path over the water on the upper level. The next day Mother said she was tired. I went out on my own, and took the lower path. Then I returned and asked if they had a wheelchair to use for my mother. They did, not extra charge. So I was able to take mother out to experience it, even though she was very tired. (Her first time to use a wheelchair.)

          Some packages will include a dash to the Brazilian side. Somehow its part of the falls has more powerful and spectacular flows, but it lacks the extended, almost mile-long, over-water pathways of the Argentine side.

          Some packages will include a quick dash to Paraguay as well. If you like adding to your country count, here's an easy one. And the border town has a distinctive, Wild West flavor of a border town for sure.

          You can also look into a flight B.A. to S.P. or Rio that will let you stop in Iguacu, rather than flights B.A.-Iguacu-B.A., then B.A.-Rio. It could work out cheaper.

          •  Thanks, Woody! (1+ / 0-)
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            If I'da been in your position, I'da made same choice if it was at all affordable. And you're right that getting a tour/trip in which you're well looked after is great.

            What I recall was that the flight alone was around $500 and then a couple nights in a posada, ground transport and all.

            I think what we're gonna do is stay closer to BA and/or maybe take a bus/train somewhere. Kinda wanted to go to the tropics /bc we're hitting Patagonia and spending a small fortune first. Nice to see something entirely different.

            Hoping that Angela Jean keeps the Argentina diaries coming and we see something that strikes our fancy.

            Did you see anything (wine country, other natnl. parks) that you liked especially?

            "Always remember this: They fight with money and we resist with time, and they’re going to run out of money before we run out of time." -Utah Philips

            by TerryDarc on Sun Aug 07, 2011 at 04:24:54 PM PDT

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        •  We managed to save money by booking ourselves. (0+ / 0-)

          We found a small posada that provided a single room with one double bed and two twins to save us on hotel costs.

          You can save money by taking the bus, overnight, from BsAs to Iguazu but the savings aren't as much as they used to. Fuel prices are raising. Bus travel here is very different than the US. You have a reclining chair with plenty of leg space so sleeping is possible. We haven't tried one yet but we've heard good things about traveling that way.

          We decided that flying was a better deal even though it cost a little more. However, we get resident rates from the airlines. That makes a huge difference in price.

          Woody is correct that price you were quoted could be a good one but a lot depends on what you expect. If it is for nicer hotels, it's probably a bargain. But we didn't need nice hotels and were happy with the posada. We saved our money for the next part of our stay - 4 days at Yacutinga Lodge.

          For our trip to Salta earlier this year, we did book with a travel agent that offered us good prices on a package deal. They also run trips to Iguazu - you might want to take a look, Say Hueque.

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