Stew made of white or yellow corn, cooked with chorizo, chunks of meat, and tripe seasoned with vegetables.
Typical bread made with cheese, perfect to accompany the "asados".
Traditional patties prepared with fine dough and yeast which can also be filled with cheese or meat.
Type of bread made made with corn or cassava, milk, eggs, and salt.
Dulce de mamón
Typical sweet which is prepared with green or ripe papaya and sugar.
Typical food of Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
A feast of flavors and colors that are expressed in an exquisite fusion of cultures, where dishes based on freshwater fish and typical regional ingredients predominate.
Its cuisine is as diverse as its traditions, among the most typical dishes of the region we can mention "pescados del río", freshwater fish as dorado, patí, pacu, surubí, that is served with a sauce of mushrooms or dried fruits; and manguruyú, which is prepared grilled, baked or breaded, also accompanied with delicate sauces of roquefort cheese, mustard and wine. "Sopa Paraguaya," which means "Paraguayan soup," is paradoxically not liquid, but a kind of bread based on cheese that is enoyed as accompaniment for roasts. Other specialties include the Argentine roast, patties, fried cakes, and “locro norteno,” a delicious stew based on white or yellow corn that is cooked with chorizo, chunks of meat and guts, and seasoned with vegetables. “Chipá” is a type of bread based on corn or cassava, milk, eggs, and salt. “Chipacoo” is a variation of the Chipá to which a small portion of meat is added. “Mbeyú” is a delicious crepe prepared with cassava; it is also known as "guacamota" in other regions, with lard and stuffed with “cocido negro” (prepared on with yerba mate and sugar) or with paraguay cheese.
Given the influence of the three countries, it is very common to find beverages as the traditional "Brazilian caipirinha," prepared with cachaza liquor (sugar cane rum); "Mate," which is prepared with a herb of the same name; and "Tereré," made with yerba mate, which unlike Argentina, it is prepared with very cold water or soft drinks.
You can also try the exquisite sweets prepared with woods and regional fruits, such as "Yacaratiá," edible wood preserved in syrup and used to prepare other sweets as cookies and biscuits as "pindó" and "araticú". Another regional dessert is "dulce de mamón," made with green or ripe papaya and sugar, which can also include clove, orange peel, or lemon leaves.
Puerto Iguazu offers a variety of restaurants where you can enjoy delicious regional dishes. An excellent option is El Quincho del Tío Querido, which offers an extensive selection of meat cuts; Fortin Cataratas, which you will delight you with a selection of typical dishes, including the famous Argentine barbecue; and La Rueda restaurant, with more than three decades of experience, offering delicious dishes based on freshwater river as well as meat cuts and pasta.
If you plan to visit the Iguazu Falls, we recommend packing light and comfortable clothes, as well as adequate shoes for walking on the mud. Beware of slipping.
The best time to visit the falls is from January to March, when the flow of water is greater.
If you decide to take the boat that brings you closer to the falls, remember to carry a full change of clothes since there is no doubt you are going to get wet.
We recommend you to carry insect repellent, especially when walking through the forest.
The weather in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
The border town of Puerto Iguazu has a humid subtropical climate with long, warm summers and mild winters. Rainfall is more or less distributed throughout the year, with an average of 1,888 mm (74 in) of rain per year, so there is no dry season in Puerto Iguazu. Relative humidity varies between 75 and 90%, and the average annual temperature is 21 ºC (69 °F).
What to bring by season
Warm season (October to March): the warmest months in Puerto Iguazu have average high temperatures that reach 33 °C (91 °F), specially in January, the warmest of the year. The average low temperatures range from 14 ºC (57 °F) in October to 20 ºC (68 °F) in February. There are strong storms with heavy rain which help to cool the atmosphere. Humidity is very high, and combined with the constant rains, it helps to maintain the surrounding rainforest. High temperatures exceeding 40 °C (104 °F) have been recorded. You should bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a swimsuit. We recommend wearing quick drying cotton clothing and bringing a portable umbrella or a rain jacket,plus insect repellent.
Cool season (April to September): the coolest months of Puerto Iguazu bring average high temperatures between 23 and 28 °C (73 and 82 °F), and lows that may drop down to 9 °C (48 °F), especially in July, the coldest month of the year. The weather can change unexpectedly from warm and humid to cold and dry. Frosts are rare but can occur. Winters in Puerto Iguazi have some nights with temperatures near 0 °C (32 °F). The lowest temperature recorded is -4.9 °C (23 °F). You should pack warmer clothes, as light sweater and pants to wear in the evenings and early in the morning.
It is recommended to visit Parque Nacional Iguazu, in Argentina, in a day and a half or two to fully enjoy all its attractions, which include Sendero Verde, Tren Ecologico de la Serva, and Garganta del Diablo, the main natural attraction of the park, with balconies that allow you to be just above the greatest water show of the area. There are also the Circuitos superior e Inferior, which are the upper and lower tours of the falls, to admire the spectacular panoramic views.
San Martin Island is another attraction located in the heart of the falls; it is necessary to take a boat to cross to the island. Sendero Macuco crosses the territory of the Cai monkey, allowing to see a group of these animals on the treetops. In addition to the activities included in the price to access the park, there are options with additional cost, such as twin engine boat rides, ecological tours, boating, and La Gran Aventura, a tour on a land vehicle with rafting near Saltos Argentinos.
In the surroundings of Puerto Iguazu you can also visit Parque Nacional do Iguacu in Brazil (it is important to verify the necessary documentation to cross the border). At the entrance to the park you can take a helicopter tour or visit the bird zoo. Other major attractions include La Aripuca, an interesting monument to the jungle; and Ruinas Jesuiticas de San Ignacio.
There are several festivities such as La Fiesta Nacional del Te (Campo Viera in May), Fiesta Nacional del Inmigrante (Oberá, September), Fiesta Nacional de la Orquidia (Monte Carlo, October), Fiesta Nacional de la Yerba Mate (Apostles, November), and Festival Nacional de la Musica Litoral (Posadas, November). All of them close to Iguazu.
***The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS).