The mighty Iguazu Falls!

Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
Trip End Apr 01, 2012

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Che Legarto

Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Saturday, June 11, 2011

We arrive into Foz de Iguazu after a 16 hour overnight bus journey, not feeling the freshest but determined to see the Brazil side and cross over to Argentina in the same day. We didn't realise that there would be plenty more buses for us today – there are no no direct routes to the park – I think our total was 13 buses, luckily all quite short journeys!

At the Brazilian side, there is a short trail with a view of the many ,many waterfalls that make up the Iguazu Falls.  We are high up and have an overview of the falls, but it’s worth it to realise how wide the falls actually are.  The amount of water that goes through the falls is in incredible, especially when we come to the final viewpoint which is the main convergence of the rivers that feed the waterfalls. The sheer scale is amazing – 4 times the width of Niagara Falls, 275 cascades in total, over 80m high and 2700m wide  We spend the afternoon walking along the walkway and taking plenty of photos.  There is plenty of butterflies fluttering about which adds to the magic of the place – an incredible site.

We then take several different buses to pick up our bags, and get the bus across the border to Argentina.  Back to Argentina!  We stay at another Che Lagarto hostel as our last one was pretty good.  Unfortunately the Che Lagarto chain is a franchise so the standards vary between hostel and this one is a bit grim.  But as we are only paying 3 a night, at least we’re getting value for money.  For our first night back in Argentina, the first thing on our minds is steak.  So we head out to a local parilla called 'Color Pizza’ tempted in by an offer of 10% off and free drinks.  I don’t know if it was because we’ve been missing the parillas but we both agree our steaks are in the top three of all the ones we have tried! Jonny even rates the pepper sauce as one of his best ever!

Next day we arrive at the park on the Argentinean side at about 10am which in hindsight was an error as this coincides with when the tour groups arrive.  We haven’t been anywhere which has been busy yet so we weren’t quite prepared for the queuing but I’m sure it was still pretty quiet compared to peak season.  In an effort to avoid the tour groups (with their zimmer frames...), we do a couple of small treks around the other waterfalls and surrounding area first and leave the main spectacle until later.  Here we walk along walkways across the top of the smaller waterfalls we saw yesterday.  We’re much closer to the water this time, where you can appreciate the power of the falls.  Next we go up to the walkways to the Devil’s Throat, we have to cross several rivers to get to the viewpoint and the width of the falls becomes clear.  Along our walk we also see plenty of birds, a cayman, fish and sunbathing turtles.  Finally we get to the mouth of falls which is so impressive as we are standing on the platform at the edge of the falls where you can feel the force of the falls.  Also they have left the ruins of the former platform that was swept away during a flood a few years ago, which makes the strength of the water ever so clear.  Definitely worth the trip and lives up to all the hype!

We leave for Salta the next day, another journey of about 24 hours but we’re hoping we’ll find somewhere to relax for a few days as all the recent travelling is catching up with us. This bus journey is made slightly easier by the comfy leather seats and the service of hot food with wine (all served by a lady dressed like a air hostess wearing high heels!!)

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dmillar1952 on

Steak and pepper sauce sounds good!!!!

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