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Thread poster: macjonald
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Apr 12, 2005

Hi there, I'm a student studing the effects of noise on living conditions. I'm interested in the IguazĂș waterfalls, Argentina. I have never been there but I'm just wondering if anyone thinks that it would be possible to live close enough to see the falls from your house and be unaffected by the noise?

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Zoning laws make it impossible Apr 12, 2005

The Iguazu Natural Park is a protected environment both on the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. Currently, it is impossible to live anywhere within sight of the falls on either side of the border. In Brazil, before this became a law, the Sheraton got a concession to build a five-star hotel within sight of the falls. It's at a good panoramic viewing distance (the views from the Argentinian side are close-ups) and the noise doesn't seem to bother the tourists at all.

Hotels on the Argentinian side are located several kilometres away, such that the only way to get to Iguazu is to take a bus.

None of the buses circulating inside the park (Brazilian side) are driven by ordinary fuel. All are ecological. The Argentinian side is served by an internal railway with 4 stations.

Hope it helps.


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UNESCO's page on Iguazu Apr 13, 2005

explains more about its status: http://whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31&id_site=303

If it becomes a Transfrontier World Heritage Site, it's possible the Sheraton may have to go when its concession ends.

Here's an idea of the Sheraton as it stands now: http://www.cataratasdeliguazu.net/sheraton_iguazu.htm

You can imagine that the falls at that distance actually produce a pleasant, relaxing noise that people can hear from the terrace or the restaurant/bar, when the doors are open (the hotel is fully air-conditioned).


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Thanks very much Apr 13, 2005

Thankyou for your help, this is exactly the information I was looking for! The falls look spectacular. I can almost imagine the noise from behind my computer back here in Glasgow. I know where I'm going on holiday next year! Thanks again, the links were perfect.

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Thanks Apr 13, 2005

Parrot wrote:

explains more about its status: http://whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31&id_site=303

If it becomes a Transfrontier World Heritage Site, it's possible the Sheraton may have to go when its concession ends.

Here's an idea of the Sheraton as it stands now: http://www.cataratasdeliguazu.net/sheraton_iguazu.htm

You can imagine that the falls at that distance actually produce a pleasant, relaxing noise that people can hear from the terrace or the restaurant/bar, when the doors are open (the hotel is fully air-conditioned).



Thanks very much, this is exactly the information I needed! The links were very helpful as well. I can almost imagine being there from the photos. I know where I'm going next year on holiday!


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Have fun! Apr 13, 2005

macjonald wrote:

The falls look spectacular.


They ARE spectacular, so don't forget to insist on a window seat if you fly to the area. From the air, it looks like a huge footprint. It's located on a bend of the river that would form the heel of the foot. From the air, it also looks deceptively calm. I'd recommend seeing it from both Argentina and Brazil (day trips don't require visas). Brazil will give you the panorama, but Argentina takes you into the little nooks (that's what the train stations are for). It has several winding trails on 3 observation levels. One of them eventually takes you to the back yard of the Sheraton.

The Sheraton is used to tourists coming in for water stops and the staff is very friendly. It's also the typical starting point for the tour of the Brazilian side.


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Are you sure about the Sheraton location? Apr 14, 2005

Parrot wrote:

The Iguazu Natural Park is a protected environment both on the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. Currently, it is impossible to live anywhere within sight of the falls on either side of the border. In Brazil, before this became a law, the Sheraton got a concession to build a five-star hotel within sight of the falls. It's at a good panoramic viewing distance (the views from the Argentinian side are close-ups) and the noise doesn't seem to bother the tourists at all.

Hotels on the Argentinian side are located several kilometres away, such that the only way to get to Iguazu is to take a bus.

None of the buses circulating inside the park (Brazilian side) are driven by ordinary fuel. All are ecological. The Argentinian side is served by an internal railway with 4 stations.

Hope it helps.



As far as I know, and if my weak memory doesn't deceive me, the Sheraton Hotel is built on the Argentinian side. The nearest hotel in Brazil is Hotel San Martin, and it's located about two blocks away from the entrance to the Brazilian national park. Please, correct me if I'm wrong.

I spent few days at Hotel San Martin. No waterfall noise was heard from there. Of course, as you get into the park, there is a low rumbling noise that increases... but nature, the lush jungle vegetation, softens it. When you arrive to the waterfall, the thunderous noise impresses you. It's one of the most gorgeous and impressive natural sight I've ever seen.

Regards,

Clarisa


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You are right, Clarisa. Apr 16, 2005

The Sheraton hotel is on the Argentine side of the falls, while the hotel facing the falls on the Brazilian side is the Hotel Tropical (previously called Hotel Das Cataratas).

If anyone needs more information on IguazĂș, please check my series of notes entitled "Argentina, a paradise for bargain-seekers". This is the link, and IguazĂș is referred to in the very first note:

http://www.proz.com/topic/12361?start=0

Answering the specific question, the nearest town on the Argentine side (Puerto IguazĂș) is located in front of the river, but 22 kilometers (14 miles) away from the falls. There is a regular bus service from Puerto IguazĂș to the falls, that costs 65 cents of a Dollar (2 pesos). The bus runs every 40 minutes and the trip takes about half an hour. However, each time you enter into the National Park you must pay 10 Dollars (in the case of foreigners; nationals pay a lower rate).

IguazĂș is a beautiful spot. I have gone there already five times on vacation.

Regards from Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Robert Ingledew


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More information on the IguazĂș Falls Apr 16, 2005

The IguazĂș Falls, one of the wonders of nature.

Just on the border of Brazil and Argentina, and very near Paraguay, as if there were too much beauty for only one country, this magnificent wonder of nature attracts people from all parts of the world.

Surprisingly, IguazĂș is one of the most economical destinations of Argentina, provided you buy an all-inclusive package, or that you negotiate the price of the hotel before travelling. During Winter (July and August) and in Easter prices increase considerably, and it is very difficult to find an hotel room.

You can find rooms on a monthly basis at Puerto IguazĂș (hotel Parana) at some 130 Dollars per month, but don't expect a room with color TV at that price...

Here are the waterfalls:

http://www.argentour.com/iguazu2.html

I suggest you have a look at the map in this first link and click on the different places to see how the scenery changes from one angle to another.

http://www.argentinaturistica.com/informa/igzifotos.htm

http://www.welcomeargentina.com/puertoiguazu/fotografias.ht ml

http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/South_America/Argentina/North/Misiones/Iguazu/

http://www.worldisround.com/articles/112806/

http://www.etravelphotos.com/argentina/iguazu.html

http://www.interhabit.com/interhabit/indexnotes.asp?id=146< !-- BBCode auto-link end -->

http://www.argentinaturistica.com/2igziresenia.htm

http://www.curitiba-brazil.com/iguacu-falls.htm

http://www.mongabay.com/brazil_iguazu.htm


There are excellent hotels on both sides of the river: The Sheraton in Argentina and the Hotel Tropical (formerly Das Cataratas) in Brazil offer you an excellent panorama of the waterfalls from your hotel room. But keep this in mind: Five-star hotels charge international rates, while a four-star hotel will cost 3 to 4 times less money. For example, the hotel Libertador (3 stars) costs 22 US Dollars per night (the price during April 2004 is up to 42 Dollars including dinner and breakfst, but will fall again next month and increase once more in July), and dinner at this hotel, including wine, costs some 4 US Dollars. I doubt very much if you will find an hotel as good as this one in any other part of the world for 22 US Dollars per night. Here it is:

http://www.ellibertadoriguazu.com.ar/ (this site is under construction just now, so you may have to make a search in Google with the words "Hotel Libertador Iguazu")

Regards from Mar del Plata.

Robert Ingledew



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