A beautiful welcome to Argentina

Trip Start Dec 18, 2009
Trip End Sep 01, 2010

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Camping el Pindo

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

We booked a tour of Iguazu Falls (Argentinian side) via our hostel in Foz do Iguacu (Brazilian side). We were picked up from the hostel at 9am... our bus driver was a crazy Argentinian fella who whistled football chants for the whole journey (a 3 second chant repeated over and over and over...)

He helped us to cross the border and obtain all the necessary stamps which was pretty straight forward, and before we knew it we were in Argentina... farewell Brazil!

We headed for the Iguazu National Park for around 11am where we picked up our īGrand Tourī of the falls which started with a safari truck through the jungle. As we drove along the guide described all the spiders and snakes that existed in the area... ENORMOUS species of orb spiders had weaved their webs literally over the top of the path we were taking on our tour. There were hundreds of them much to Roryīs delight, and Annieīs dismay.  

At the end of the drive we walked down some stairs to the Iguazu River where we were to collect our boat for the tour. There were hundreds of butterflies on the riverbank that looked like petals of lots of different colours.

The speedboat ride took us towards the falls, where we saw many cascades and high rocky overhangs either side of the river. When we got to the famous Iguazu Falls you heard the call to place all valuables (especially camera) in the waterproof bags provided... we were going under!! We were blinded by the waterfall spray and couldnīt actually see much when we were underneath them. It was great fun and we were emerged under a few different falls. We came out absoutely soaked but luckily our cameras had survived!

We spent the rest of the day walking around the falls and taking a million pictures. It was a beutiful sight, with rainbows everywhere and a hundred different cascades. We even saw a few turtles and a variety of fish... Rory wished he had brought his fishing rod.
The bus dropped us off at our next campsite about 20 minutes from the falls. We were able to camp for just 20 pesos a night per person (5.8$ARS to 1GBP). We would certainly welcome the cheaper costs. Each pitch had itīs own BBQ and light, as well as a huge swimming pool, and the necessary showers and toilets. The camp site could have done with a revamp as the place seemed a little neglected, but generally it ticked all the boxes.

We stayed here for only 2 nights, as time was running out in South America. We were pleased to find about 8 different supermarkets along the road we were staying, all selling CHEAP beef and red wine so we did as the Argentinians do and had a feast even if our wine glasses were offcuts from the bottom of water bottles... classy!

We found the bus station about 15 minute walk from the campsite and booked our bus for the journey down to Buenos Aires which would take 18 hours. We booked the executive bus with enormous seats that reclined 160 degrees, hot meals, free drink including champagne and a comfortable sleep... all for about GBP 50 each! Bargain considering it was only 30 pesos more than the standard trip .

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muv on

Argentina and the falls look absolutely amazing - another fantastic place ticked off your list!

Uncle Merv on

Amazing pictures and stunning scenery .
Thanks for sharing it with us.

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