Fabulous Falls and a Bus Bonanza!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2011
Trip End Jun 12, 2012

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Timbo Hostel y Posada Puerto Iguazu
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The journey to get to and from Iguazu Falls has been immense - but worth every single second! We left wonderful Trindade at the crack of dawn to begin our travels, first to Paraty then from there to Sao Paulo - South America's biggest bus station (6 hrs, R44) - a city that just seems to go on and on - absolutely enormous! We only had a few hours there between buses - just enough time to grab (yet another!!!!!) cheese sandwich - if we never see one again it won't be too soon! Our overnight bus to Foz was with Pluma (15 hrs, R88), and was relatively comfortable so we both managed to get a little shut-eye! We had to get a bus from the main terminal to the local station, and another to take us to the border, which was all pretty quick and straight forward, then a further bus to take us to the Argentinian side (ditto), then another bus into Puerto Iguazu itself! 

So before even thinking about trying to find accommodation for the night, we decided a good breakfast was in order - and the panaderia just off Bompland served just that! Absolutely gorgeous coffee, fantastic, fresh empanadas - and at under a fiver for the two of us Argentina instantly won us both over! And that was re-enforced on having a wander round town - we didn't really expect much from Puerto (just a base for the falls), but it's great wee place - loads of lovely cafes and restaurants with a really chilled vibe! We were also really lucky to stumble across Timbo Posada (P100 per room)- a lovely wee guesthouse with great staff, a nice garden pool area, lovely breakfasts and a perfect location. Once we were settled in, we went for a delicious lunch at Asada, then relaxed at the lovely Lemongrass Cafe - then back for an early night in preparation for the falls (which was slightly disturbed due to crazy election celebrations going on all around - but that's Latin America for you!).

Diego (from Timbo) advised us on the best way to do the falls and his advice turned out to be perfect! We got there for the park opening (8am, entry P100), and started with the Green Trail, then on to the Inferior Circuit - where we caught our first glimpse of the falls! Bizarrely, you kind of forget you're gonna see them as the walks are so lovely with great wildlife (we saw monkeys, loads of different birds, butterflies, capybarras and millions of coatis - cute but scary wee things!) then - BOOM! You really can't prepare yourself to take in their scale, beauty and sheer power - it's an almost euphoric feeling you get just being near to them. We went over to Isla San Martin next (which we shared with about 200 vultures - creepy!) where you can get really close and absolutely soaked by the falls, then the Superior Circuit, saving the best till last - the Garganta del Diablo (literally translated as the Devil's Throat)! The energy that emits from it is almost tangiable - it really makes you realise the power and wonder of nature. 

So, after an amazing, exhausting but exhilarating day, there was nothing else for it - but to celebrate with copious amounts of delicious Argentinian wine - and find Barry a humongous steak! Color Restaurant provided both of these with gusto (an a perfect plate of homemade spinach gnocci with pesto for Lou)! And apparently, it's true what they say about the meat in Argentina - the look on Barry's face was one of pure, unbridled pleasure - and he did debate over which was the more awe-inspiring experience - the steak or the falls!

A lovely relaxing day followed, then another mammoth overnight journey to Buenos Aires (18 hrs, P421) - this time in the best seats in the house - right at the front in mega comfy 'cama class' - travelling in style! We've absolutely loved what we've seen of Argentina so far - anywhere the wine is so good and cheaper than coca cola really can't be bad!  

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Ruth on

Wow looks and sounds amazing guys!!! Enjoy reading your blogs so much! I'm so happy for you both. And Aberdeen Angus wine....what can I say...our reputation seems to preceed us lol xxx

Annabel on

Oh it brings back such great memories:) Barry will be in 7th heaven with the steak. Loving your posts and seeing what a fab time you're having.

Laura Langdon on

It's great to hear and see where you have been. The photos are amazing!

Joanne Sherratt on

Loving the updates, looks like your having a truely amazing adventure the pictures are great (im assuming you've not washed your towels yet!!!) . Take care and stay safe.

Jim Smeaton on

Great photos.Keep them coming.Looks as you are having a ball so keep enjoying yourselves.x

Sally Gray (Harrison) on

Those waterfalls look incredible!!!! Sounds like your having an amazing time, i'm so pleased. Your bus jorneys sound exhausting.........but worth it. I take it your not missing Edinburgh?! Thats us just over a weeek back back from hooneymoon & it's back to earth with a massive thud! Nice top be home though. All my love, Sally xxx

Cath on

Aw yesh! I loved Iquazu like you say nice wee town to chill out. Loving reading your posts should have been at the internet weeks ago!! XX

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