IGU Iguassu Falls

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    From Infraero Google translate:


    International Airport of Foz do Iguaçu / Cataratas




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    The International Airport of Foz do Iguaçu / Cataratas is the main gateway for tourists in the city of Foz do Iguaçu, which has as its main industry tourism. Its geographical location is of course the Brazilian port of Mercosur. Future will also port of entry and exit of the mandatory central bi-oceanic corridor.
    Thus, the airport is key to the development of the city, the airport allows you to connect the city to various destinations within and outside Brazil. It also acts as an integration tool, due to the large distance between Foz do Iguazu and the great cities of the country.
    The airport is located in BR 469 - km 16.5 - Rodovia das Cataratas, Km 13 to the city center, 12 km from the Iguazu Falls, 10 km from Tancredo Neves Bridge (Argentina), 20 km from the Friendship Bridge (Paraguay ), 30 km from Itaipu Hydroelectric Plant. The proximity of the hydroelectric dam at Foz do Iguazu and the Argentine city of Puerto Iguazu, which offers fine dining, casinos and even the Paraguayan trade, makes the tourism industry is the main source of income for the city. Every year the city receives thousands of tourists coming from different regions of the planet.
     
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    IGU is a pleasant small airport that has some tourist shops, small restaurant and comfortable waiting areas. People are here for the falls or the Itaipu dam and little else. There is easy access and easy transition, not to mention spectacular views when landing or taking off. No matter how jaded a traveler you are you want a window seat when you fly in and out of IGU.
     
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    I assume no lounge :)

    How far in advance of flight should one plan to arrive?
     
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    No lounge, the airport is about the size of a decent lounge. A half hour before flight is OK, 45 minutes if you have lots of luggage. Never more than an hour. From any hotel, including Cataratas, it is not more than 15 minutes to get there. Allow an hour if you're coming from Argentina.
     
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    Thanks, will be coming from the Sheraton, no luggage. Since my tickets weren't booked online I doubt I'll be able to make the Gol website work for online checkin. Leaving the hotel a couple hours before the flight though sounds about right then. :)
     
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    Note, for the future (and not necessarily for Gary) that IGU is across the border and only a taxi (or bus) ride away from IGR, and that US citizens flying onward from IGR to AEP/EZE avoid the Argentina reciprocity fee.

    And one should of course see both sides of the falls. In my opinion, like dead cow and fermented grapes, the Argentines do this one better....
     
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    Yes, well, I could confirm upgrades to/from GRU. And I did rather figure I'd want to check out both sides anyway :)
     
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    I have a problem imagining one side better than the other. I think they are just different. The Argentine side has a long walk just above the falls but does not have any views beneath. The Brazilian side has large panoramic views beneath. For justice to be done it does take both.

    BTW, for Gary, the time of day is important when you cross the border. At peak times there can be longer waits. I recommend asking at the Sheraton a few hours before departing in order to judge accurately.
     
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    From Folha de SP, a few days ago:

    http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/mercad...ento-de-r-500-mi-para-ampliar-aeroporto.shtml

    In English, a local public-private consortium plans to invest R$500 million to expand the airport and make it a major port of entry (to Brazil) from western parts of South America and beyond. The goal is to triple flight capacity.

    All work will begin after the end of the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
     
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