Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
87Trip End Oct 03, 2008
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From single digit temperatures in London, it was like jumping out of a freezer into the oven arriving in Buenos Aires which was a scorching 35 degrees. Gosh we're not used to this heat! But pressing on, we jumped into a cab for a testing 1-hour drive straight to Retiro bus station from where we would take an immediate overnight journey to Iguazu Falls... some 1600km and 17-18 hours north of BA.
It's hard to imagine anyone being prepared to sit on a bus for 18 hours just to see some waterfalls but Iguazu Falls are truly incredible and well worth the effort
The first spot we chose to explore was entitled The Devil's Mouth which is the main section of the falls and it wasn't hard to see why it gets such a ferocious title considering the volume and power of the water flowing over the edge.
We were quite amazed by the sheer size of the entire Iguazu Falls area... I've never been to Niagara Falls but Kirilee has and felt Iguazu was far more impressive.... like the guide book said; 'Niagara Falls is a ripple in comparison with Iguazu'.
So we took all the various walks that wind along the edge of the falls and down below them... so many beautiful and varying vantage points... some where you get a true sense of the power (Devil's Throat), others with stunning beauty such as rainbows amid the 100ft high spray sent into the air and yet again other points at the top where it is seems so surreal and quiet as the water calmly flows over with no evidence of the furious fall onto the rocks below.
A cool dip in the campsite pool in the evening was exhilirating after all our exertions of the day...
On our second day, we headed across the border to the Brazilian side of the falls... I'll leave it to the photos to tell the story of that side... far more panoramic views of the falls... just a different perspective and worth the trip but the Argentine side was definitely the best if I had to make a choice.