The Incredible Iguazu Falls!!!

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
Trip End Jun 19, 2013

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Flag of Argentina  , Salta Province,
Sunday, June 9, 2013

Puerto Iguazu seems to have some decent hostel choices, most of which are far to costly for us. So we settled for a dorm consisting of a broken toilet, bathroom door hanging of its hinges and questionable bed linen for 8 each. The town ain't exciting but people don't come here for the Argentinian culture, they're here for one of the 7 natural wonders of the world: the iguazu falls.
It's part of a national park about 40 minutes by bus and set us back 22 each. We got there early to try and avoid the herds of tour groups and make the most of the day as there's plenty of trails to keep us occupied. The weather had cleared and was beautiful all day this meant two bonuses, rainbows and butterflies. We checked out the green trail first hoping to see some wildlife, but didn't get lucky apparently it's possible to see monkeys occasionally. We did see some small waterfalls before reaching the main event. The falls are about 3km in length and in the rainy season produces over 300 separate waterfalls. Our first sight was spectacular, a panoramic of waterfalls over the arched shaped cliff, beautiful rainbows curving in front of the bright green moss hugging the gaps between the falls. It truly looked like paradise. This was just the beginning as the devils throat, most peoples highlight and iguazu's biggest individual waterfall was still out of sight, further upriver. We explored various trails around the base of the falls, one taking us on a boat to an island between the falls, to witness many different and each stunning viewing spots. The whole thing was awesome, I'm not usually excited about waterfalls but no one can be failed to be impressed by this! We spent the whole morning just exploring this first part of the falls before heading to one of the many cafes for lunch. Luckily we brought our own, it wasn't cheap, and this is where we met some of iguazu's cute but aggressive friends. Coatis, furry brown raccoon like animals hang round the cafe areas waiting for food. The problem is they have long nails an can seriously injure people. We sat down to have a bite to eat for all of 30 seconds before a 'cute' coatis decided to attack our backpack. We ate inside in fear after that. The next stage was checking out the trail above the falls. By now it was getting busy but still not a problem as its low season here instead we were more distracted by the swarms of butterflies. Above the falls offered us different perspectives and we could really appreciate the height. Again the view of so much water falling into an oblivion of mist with rainbows poking out was awesome. We took our time to explore, take photos, dodge tour groups (and coatis), admire the views before heading to the grand finale. We took a train (included in the price) to the start of a 1100m walkway, that passes over the river and somehow along the edge of the top of the falls to the last viewing platform. From here we could see the devils throat. We were pretty much perched right above one side of the semi circle drop of 82m. The noise of roar and thunder of the water was incredible and the amount of spray created blocking any view of the river downstream was amazing. For us, it was one of our most thrilling experiences and one we won't forget any time soon. The Argentinian side certainly impressed us, the trails were really well built and cleverly thought out to provide the best views, but also didn't feel intrusive and ruin the experience. It was one of our best days and things got better as we met a solo traveller, Matt from America who we ended up going for dinner with back in Puerto Iguazu. We found a market that sold steak and beer for cheap, so we gave it a go. The steak was incredible (sorry if we've used that word too much in this blog but we're not lying) sooooo tender and great flavour. We drank, ate, and chatted the rest of the night and Matt even paid for our meal, so thank you Matt!
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