Iguazu Falls: I guess its a pretty nice falls
Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
47Trip End Jul 29, 2008
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We went to the airport and caught out 1.5hr flight to Iguazu Falls without a hitch, which was a pleasant relief after our last episode with Aerolineas Argentina!! We arrived in and immediately noted how lush and green and fertile the area is. The town itself, while undoubtedly a huge tourist hub, also maintained a great down-to-earth feel and was very warm and welcoming. We enjoyed the town immensely as well as our hostel (yup, Patsy`s first hostel) which was quiet, close to the centre, and had a great pool as well.
Anxious to get out first glimpse, we went straight-away to the bus terminal and caught the next bus out to the falls
In addition to being impressed with the views we saw, the park itself is incredible and very well run. They have excellent shops, cafes, bathrooms and a cute little train that brings you to and from the trail heads which is really convenient when it's so warm. The buses to and from the park are cheap and efficient and the information available is really thorough and the staff is friendly. All of this just really enhances the great experience you are bound to have. In addition, we found everyone on the trails to be very friendly and in good spirits, always another plus!
So, now we are geared for day 2 in the park. This day was absolutely amazing!! We did the lower trail which is renowned for it's amazing views of the falls, and it exceeded all of our expectations. Our first priority was to make it to San Martin Island which sits directly between two major falls - on the right is San Martin falls and on the left is the Garganta del Diablo (better viewed on day 3). So, we descended from the train station down a trail and down several hundred steps and caught views of the beautiful Boselli falls and others on the way. We crossed to San Martin Island via boat and then climbed back up a whole ton of stairs but every one was worth it. We ended up very close to the San Martin falls and had a great view of Boselli and all the tranquil falls that cascade down the rock face in between those two. All the rock faces are green and lush and the spray from San Martin was cool and refreshing. There are rainbows tucked into many places amid the falls and the whole scene is really just incredible to take in.
We descended from here and crossed back to the mainland to embark on our boating adventure where we hop a speedboat and head directly under the falls. This was awesome, the boat was super fast with sharp turns and we first went up the left side of the island to view Garganta del Diablo and be dipped under the falls of the Three Musketeers
On the third and final day, we returned to the park to finally get as close as we could to the Garganta del Diablo. This was quite incredible - the park has built this amazing long catwalk (1km) over the rivers right to the mouth of this waterfall. This U-section of the falls is 150m wide and 700m long and is shared between Argentina and Brazil. It is the best area in the whole park to really appreciate the power and magnitude of the falls - the volume of water is unfathomable
To wrap up our wonderful and peaceful experience at the park, we headed to the Sheraton hotel that is situated right inside the park and took them up on their all you can eat lunch buffet. The food was endless, as were the desserts (think endless dulce de leche), and the view was focused right on the Diablo falls. It was perfect and we all enjoyed our meal and quality time immensely.
After perusing the park`s souvenir selection together and picking up a couple of cool items, Nik and I stopped at a precious stones workshop on the way back to town and were blown away with the variety of precious stones mined in Argentina, the quality of them, and best of all, how inexpensive everything was. They have amethyst, lapizlazulli, onyx, all types of quartz, rodochrosita, topaz, etc. We picked up a little bling for next to nothing and returned to meet Patsy by the pool and drink a little more wine together before dinner
During one of our touring days of the town of Iguazu, we visited the viewpoint from which you can see Paraguay and Brazil - it is the convergence of two rivers that serve as borders for these three countries (Parana and Iguazu rivers). We shopped for alfajores, futbol paraphernalia, and later on, we went for a very entertaining lunch. A little boy about 8 years old approached us while we sat and after kissing each of our hands, he proceeded to tell me and Patsy how pretty we were and remarked on the beauty of Canada as a country as if he had been there. He asked permission to take off my sunglasses and then gasped with the apparent beauty he found in my eyes. This little kid was too much, he was just awesome. He then adorned us with his beads and bracelets and kept the compliments coming. So, of course we bought these beads from this gifted little salesman. When the waiter came by and was reaming him out for talking to us (not allowed usually in restaurants), he said he wasn`t talking to us, he was only admiring our beauty. Then the waiter said he would give this little guy a bruise to admire, they laughed and then the little guy was off. I love the beads we bought from him for that reason alone, how funny he was!!
The evenings were equally enjoyable in Iguazu. In addition to our delicious meal the first night, we ran into some friends from Bariloche and shared a meal with them the next night. At this restaurant, they featured live music as well - of course including pan flute - and it was so excellent that we returned the next night for that reason alone. The final night Nik, Patsy and I enjoyed an authentic Argentinian parilla together (of course minus the blood sausage, tripe, and other typically Arg
The next morning we saw Patsy off on her shuttle to the airport. It was sad to have her go, again 3 weeks seemed so short. But sharing so many places together, including Iguazu, was very special. As Nik and I took off on our 22hr bus to Tucuman, I kept waking up and thinking Patsy was still there.
Well, with all of our parents safely back in harsh winter weather, Nik and I are currently enjoying the North of Argentina and our much lighter packs.
More soon, Hope everyone is well. xoxo Us.