Day 80 - The spectacular Iguazu Falls

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Flag of Argentina  , Misiones,
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

After an 18 or more hour bus ride we arrived in Iguaza. The bus was actually very jacked and we felt the ride went relatively quickly. We do however arrive at 11 instead of 9 but quickly made our way to our hotel and got going. The hotel could only check us in after 15:00 so we changed into shorts and hiking shoes and decided to head to the Falls. We caught the bus just opposite our hotel to the Park. It was about a 30 minute ride.

We grabbed an ice cream and entered the Park. It is scorching hot and humid so we were dripping pretty quickly. So were our ice creams but we gobbled them up quickly. We decided to head straight to the big attraction, the Devil's throat. There is a very sweet little train that has three stations in the Park. We jumped on and went to the second station. We then walked along an incredible walkway over the river and islands for just over a km until we started to see the mist rising ahead of us. We turned the corner and there it was. An amazing amount of water and spray rushing over a circular cliff. This is Devil's throat and its a great name for this monstrous piece of water. We were drenched in seconds and loved it! The surrounding cliffs are also filled with waterfalls big and small. We were speechless really. It is so impressive. After we had taken in our fill and snapped away in amazement we headed back towards the train and stopped to grab a sandwich at the cafe there. The Park is lush and teaming with butterflies, iguanas, coatis and multitudes of birds. We sat and watched them all busy around us. Great fun.
We then jumped back on the train and went down to the station just one stop away. We then did more of a walk on the amazing walkways and couldn't believe the sets upon sets of waterfalls we came across. The whole area is just filled with rushing water and beautiful scenery. Along the walk there where boards with interesting information about the Falls, wildlife and fauna in the area. We learnt that the Falls have changed to a more red colour because of the deforestation upriver. They once were clear but over the years have become more red. Seeing there was a major problem, the authorities built dams to control the silt and muddy runoff so the water is slightly less red now. It makes you aware however of the problems that arise from man's recklessness with nature. We also learnt about birds and bats that live in the cliffs surrounding the falls and the fish, including piranas, that live in the waters. It was so interesting to know that different fish species live at the tops and bottoms of the Falls.
After close on five hours of exploring, stinking, dirty and sweaty, we called it a day and climbed onto the bus to head back. Poor bus driver with all the sweaty monsters on board!
We had a much needed shower and deodorize before heading for some dinner at the restaurant at our hotel resort. The hotel is a little disappointing and not quite worth what we paid for it but the dinner buffet was delicious and we appreciated the fresh greens.
Then it was time for bed. We were pretty broken so it was lights out early. The Iguaza Falls are a must for anyone heading this way. They chose the Falls as the location to film the movie The Mission and we can fully understand why. It has retained its wildness and natural beauty. We think it gives Niagara and Victoria Falls a good run for their money!
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