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Iguaçu Falls (also spelled Iguazú or Iguassu Falls) is one of the most stunning places I’ve ever been. I’ll let Google Images do the talking even though it’s so much more awe-inspiring in person than a picture can possibly do.
Eleanor Roosevelt had it right when she said “Poor Niagara” upon seeing it. Instead of being in middle of a concrete jungle it’s in middle of beautiful rainforest with wonderfully fresh air. It’s much bigger and grander than Niagara Falls.
You can see it up close and personal from the Argentine side and you can view the majesty of it from the Brazilian side. Both sides have their own airport, IGU on the Brazilian and IGR on the Argentine side. Unfortunately both Argentina and Brazil charge a $160 reciprocity fee for Americans to visit, though the visas do last for a decade.
A ticket to either airport from the US is typically well over $1,000 but can be had now for just $500. Miles can be credited to OneWorld airlines like American and British Airways.
It takes at least a full day on each side to explore. There is an SPG category 5 Sheraton in the Argentine side in the national park.
You can use 7,500 Avios to fly from IGR to Buenos Aires/AEP on LAN, 4,500 Avios to fly from IGU to Sao Paulo on TAM, or 7,500 Avios to fly from IGU to Rio de Janeiro on TAM. Those tickets will likely need to be booked over the phone with British Airways. No fuel surcharges apply.
This fare is valid on select dates between September and December. This fare can’t be found on ITA.
Sample valid dates for JFK-IGU:
$514: 10/12-10/19, 10/19-10/26, 11/02-11/09, 11/09-11/16, 11/16-11/23.
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