Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
Trip End Oct 03, 2008

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

14-odd hours and a couple of crappy movies later and Kirilee and I have finally arrived in South America. It's such a thrill to have finally begun this trip but it's still such a daunting prospect when you realise it's the first of over 250 days that we're going to have to spend living out of a rucksack and each others' pockets for the next 9 months.

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 bus journey wasn't as bad as first feared and having departed BA at about 3pm, we arrived in Puerto Iguazu at about 8am the following morning, set up camp at Camping Americano and headed straight out to the Argentine side of the falls.

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.
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starlagurl on

Yeah, amazing!
I also love the photos. How would you describe the area around the falls? Is it touristy like Niagara?

Louise Brown
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mattersdorff on

Re: Yeah, amazing!
thanks for the comments guys... yeah, of course the falls are packed full of tourists.... the falls are accessed via raised walkways that stretch all around and above the falls and theyre only about 1m wide but there are regular platform areas at the good vantage points where everyone congregated for pics. Youve just got to bide your time... the heat can be pretty oppressive but its still awesome. Just remember, 24 hours after you leave the falls all you remember is the incredible beauty, not necessarily the crowds and the exhausting heat (at least i dont look back on it with any sought of annoyance, regret or disappointment)... sorry, don{t know how bad it gets at Niagra but will get Kirilee to post her thoughts when we next do an entry.... stu

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