Salto de Iguazu

Trip Start Sep 15, 2009
Trip End Jan 28, 2010

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Marcopolo Inn Iguazu

Flag of Argentina  , Misiones,
Friday, September 25, 2009

What a day! It was a beautiful blue sky day, slight breeze with a temperature just under 80 F. We started the day with a light breakfast at our new hostel, Marcopolo Inn. By mid-morning we ventured across the street to the bus stop in Iguazu for our trip to the falls. This was our second bus ride thus far and was our first public transit bus in Argentina. Let´s just say that there isn´t a semi-cama (reclining seat) option. Think of this more as a ride on the CTA in downtown Chicago...

The bus ride took us 25km from Punto Iguazu to the Iguazu National Park. It was a very packed ride and it was a race to get to the park before the tourist buses arrive. Unfortunately we lost... we arrived to the park just before 10 am, which was just in time to watch 5 tourist buses arrive and jump in line ahead of us. Nonetheless, we made it through, about 30 minutes later.

Once in the park, we followed a few packs of tour groups to the first cross roads of the trails. The tour groups took the park train to the furthest point of the park, La Garganta del Diablo (The Devils Throat), and we decided to take the path less traveled and tour the Upper and Lower trails of the falls first.

The Upper Trail took us on a ¨catwalk¨ above the falls to allow for spectacular views across to parts of Brasil. There were many photo opportunities, as I think Leah took more photos today than she had thus far in the trip.

The next part of the ¨Independent Tour¨ was to visit the Lower Trail. This was a very exciting and wet part of the tour. We were able to walk on a pier that extended out underneath where two falls met.

After a quiet lunch at the ¨train station¨, we hopped aboard the train and headed to La Garganta del Diablo. The train was small and enjoyable as we weaved through the forest of the park to the entrance of La Garganta del Diablo.

Upon arrival to our final destination, we were greated with wonderful bunches of butterflies. Nothing puts a smile on your face like fluttering butterflies do. Leah was able to capture many wonderful photos of green, yellow, and patterned fellows fluttering about.

A long walk along the final ¨catwalk¨ took us to our final destination, La Garganta del Diablo. This was a platform that overhung from the great spectacle that seperates Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It was truly an amazing experience. The roaring of brown water, the screaming of children and the erupting of mist into the air was a thrill to have endured.

It is truly difficult to describe the size of these falls. They are said to fall the second greatest amount of water of any waterfalls in the world. And the area that these falls covers is quite a spectacle.

After the experience of La Garganta del Diablo, we chose to skip the train and walk the 2,600 meters back to the main trainstation that would later return us to the parks entrance. But we could walk this trail back without encountering more butterflies, now could we?

We returned home hungry and tired, these feelings led us to visit a local restaurant named Aqua. It is an excellent choice for any traveler that chooses to stop thru Iguazu.

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meglundy on

Your pictures and details of your trip are truly fantastic. It has put me in a mood to go traveling again. I miss the adventure...Hope you both are doing well. I'm taking Mike to Mexico when I go mid October to finish up my thesis research. Can't wait to read your next tale.

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