Puerto Iguazú is a frontier city in the province of Misiones, Argentina. With a population of around 35,000 it is more like a country town than a city. The world-renowned Iguazu Falls are only 18 kilometres away and, as a result, the city has developed its infrastructure around tourism. The Tancredo Neves International Bridge links Puerto Iguazú with the Brazilian border town of Foz do Iguacu and the towns are almost directly across the river from each other but this is not obvious when you are there.
The city is served by its own international airport, Caratas del Iguazu, as well as by Foz do Iguacu Airport on the Brazilian side of the border. We flew into the Brazilian airport from Rio and left from the Argentinean airport en-route to Buenos Aires.
There are many hotels in town and quite a few reasonable restaurants. The parrilla (outdoor barbeque) is top choice but there is more on offer for those looking for another option. River fish fresh from the Ríos Parana and Iguazu are in abundance and make for a very tasty seafood experience. The Argentinean take on Italian food is also popular, with flavoursome Pizza and Pasta of all types available. Here are a few restaurant options.
El Quincho Tio Querido (Tel: 420151) is a traditional place with over 20 years of experience, It has managed to maintain the skill of preparing the most delicious Argentine beef. It is located in the heart of Puerto Iguazú, on the street Bonplandy Perito Moreno. To top it off there are lively music shows held in the evenings
Il Fratello Restaurant (Tel: 424157) at av. Gustavo Eppens 294 has over 70 different items on the menu, injcluding pastas, pizzas and grilled. There is also a wide variety of wines, and some good desserts. The restaurant has a buffet that serves breakfast and snacks.
El Gallo Negro (Tel: 422165) at the end of Av.Victoria Aguire y Curupí is all about the typical Argentinean roast and barbecue steak cooked over wood. There are daily shows with tangos, and Argentinean folklore.
Aqva Restaurant (Tel: 422064) on Av. Cordoba is an abundant seafood/fusion restaurant making full use of local river fish on its creative menu. The decoration is bright but the atmosphere remains comfortable – it is styled as a log cabin adding to the warmth and coziness of the place.
La Rueda (Tel: 422-531) at Av. Córdoba 28, is a well organized and pleasant dining experience with friendly and attentive service. The building is constructed from local materials and has a relaxing outdoor patio to sit and enjoy the abundant menu options. Pasta, steak and riverfish all feature with wine and steak a popular choice.
Gusto del Litoral at Avenue Misiones 209, at the lower end of the price scale, but you should not be put off. The chef is an absolute master of invention cooking up a storm of regional Argentinean cuisine with various other influences from across the borders.