Cararates Iguazu Falls: Argentina side

Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
Trip End Jan 14, 2011

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Sunday, December 12, 2010

The 80 metre (262 feet) Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) in Argentina has been written up as the jewel in the crown of the park and I agree. Which is the best or better side to see these magnificent falls? The Argentina side or Brazil side? Now having been to both sides and as a ‘hack’ photographer, I am opting for the Brazil side because of its panoramic views. I did experience the sheer power of the water from the Brazil side. With so much water powering over the falls crest just now, the thick cloud of mist and spray did not let us look down into Devil’s Throat.

Recommendation is certainly to go to both sides if you can. Yes, you can do both sides in one day and not be rushed ... In fact you can both sides and the power boat ride from the Argentina side in one day. We were in the Argentina side of the park just as it opened at 9am and after doing the circuit superior (middle one), took the tiny train up to see the Devil’s Throat and then caught the 11 am train back. Some of our group did the 3 walks, then the boat trip and arrived back at the visitors’ centre at 2 pm. While we walking the short way back, they were enjoying the thrills on the water, being totally soaked and were driven back to the visitors centre.

Stay at Sheraton Hotel in Argentina or where I am at in Brazil: Hotel de Cataratas? Brazil wins hands down. Why? The sheer feeling of a modern renovated hotel yet it’s old style has been retained. While both hotels are within their respective National Park, Hotel de Cataratas is are right by the river and the walk to the end of the trail by road is only just over a kilometre. Not far. Plus you are in the park and the tourists aren’t in before 9 am and have to leave at 6 pm so one does have to WHOLE park to oneself.

Which is the better boat ride? Found out today that the boat operating from the Brazil side is not allowed into the Argentina side of the river. I asked our guide Gerjio of 21 years doing this work and he said 50:50, the Argentina boat ride but the Brazil bush trip down to the river because of the views along the 2nd part. I will find out tomorrow as my boat trip that was to be on the first day, then told today will now be tomorrow at any time I choose. That’s fine as otherwise the day was to be a rest day.

Today I saw lizards, scavenging raccoon like coatis, toucan, more colourful butterflies but trying to capture one through the lens was near impossible. Certainly not when they are darting around in the air.

Here are the photos and videos from Argentina side. Again I will let the many photos and videos do the talking. Do click onto some of the short videos near the end taken with my Olympus camera to better appreciate this natural wonder of the world.

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keith on

no Kayaking today?
river running well.
Good training for Antartica.

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