Iguazu Falls

Trip Start Nov 20, 2009
Trip End Feb 27, 2010

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Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Iguazu Falls can be seen from either Argentina or Brazil, but like in Niagara Falls, one side is better, (Canada, that is) and here, itīs Argentina.

We booked a bus from Buenos Aires. Now,that was a bus station! There are 75 platforms and over 2000  arrivals and departures from there per day. You have 200 ticket vendors from whom you check for your location and the availability of seats. Itīs really quite an experience.

At the departure side, there were platforms as far as you could see on both the right and the left, and throngs of people waiting for their particular bus to arrive. The buses pulled into the platform, loaded people and luggage, and seemed to depart within 10-15 minutes. They are very punctual, so you donīt want to be late!

As they pulled away from the paltform, there was a steady convoy of buses leaving that terminal. That was only the out of town terminal. Thereīs another for local buses!

Our trip was 17 hours and we did it overnight. Puerto Iguazu is in an area of the country, where there are only very small towns, so travel there requires a great deal of time.

The falls  are the 2nd highest in the world, and are tucked in the northeast corner of Argentina, right at the junction of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. 

We passed many small towns and as we got closer to the falls, there were miles of small wooden shacks which were peoples homes. There continued to be red dirt roads leading away from the highway, and motor scooters continue to be very common.

The falls is in the jungle, so we saw some neat wildlife. We saw several large striped iguanas and familys of coatis, a relative of the raccoon. The coatis wandered around, looking for scraps that had been dropped. They have a mask, and a long ringed tail, and a much more pointed snout than our raccoons.

There were thousands of butterflies everywhere and we seemed to always have several on our shirts or hats.
Even though we live as close as we do to Niagara Falls, we still are really in awe of the size and spectacle of them. We knew that Iguazu would be bigger, but there was no way we were prepared for the awesome specacle we shared!

There are over 250 falls in a very small area! We were particularly fortunate since the water level here right now is especially high, so the falls were torrential!

There are catwalks that are right at the edge of some of the falls, so you are literally right over them!

The Devilīs Throat, is the largest and the spray, when itīs blown towards you, soaks you through in minutes. It was instinctive to try to avoid it, but then we found ourselves right back at the edge looking at the falls again. We were thoroughly soaked, but very happy when we left that spot.

There is an upper and lower trail.From the lower trail, you view the many falls and get a completely different perspective of everything. You get to really appreciate the sheer magnitude of the number of falls that are there. There also is another area where you can get right up to the falls and get thoroughly soaked again, but we felt that once was enough.

As at Niagara, they have a boat which will take you up to the Devilīs Throat, and you definietly get soaked there! We watched the boats go close and the swirl and eddying that pushed the boat sideways was something to observe.

These falls really are a wonder of the world!
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