Trip Start Sep 09, 2005
26Trip End Feb 20, 2006
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Second time around after getting my bag stolen on my last attempt and after a 17 hour bus from Buenos Aires brought me here to Iguazu. Thats right, 17 hours nonstop. Trust me it sucks! It really gives an idea of the size of Argentina. I arrived in Iguazu falls which was the most spectacular thing I have ever seen! (not really but it was pretty cool) Its hard to comprehend the amount of water flowing over those things, Step aside Niagra, these things are insane!
There are some great walking trails around the falls and although it is incredibly over-developed with paved paths, walkways, restraunts, souvenir shops and the Sheraton hotel permeating the forest it still sports some awesome wildlife and, of course, the falls.
The obvious wildlife includes toucans, loads of lizards, vultures, butterflies, coatis (a pointy nosed, bushy tailed, gold coloured mammal that is quite dangerous when it gets hungry, they are commonly seen with their heads in garbage bins), monkeys and a lot of birds. The other wildlife advertised on warning signs and post cards includes jaguars, ocelots, armadillos and the awesome rhino sized Tapir. I saw all of the obvious wildlife but the other animals seem to avoid the tourist paths.
The paths take you right under and then over the falls, standing right above them, and looking down into the mist, waiting for an explosion of water and getting soaked when the mist shoots hundreds of feet into the air! I took a boat up the river, over the rapids and eventually right under one of the falls, getting totally soaked in the hot, humid 36 degree heat wearing my classy poncho.
The highlight of the falls is the inspiring Cataractus de Diablo - the throat of the Devil. The amount of water flowing over this fall is mesmerizing.