A visit to the Argentine side of the falls

Trip Start Jul 06, 2007
Trip End Aug 06, 2007

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Needless to say, we slept like logs and woke up late but we needed it after yesterday!  The breakfast buffet was OK, decent variety.  Then we walked to the bus station to get the bus across the border to Puerto Iguassu, Argentina.  This side of the falls has a larger park and takes a full day to see properly.  Travel agents will charge 150 reais for a day trip but we were sick to death of groups.  The Brazilan customs didnīt stop the bus but the Argentine side did and they stamped our passports.  Once in Puerto Iguassu, I changed some USD and we got the local bus to the falls.  It was starting to drizzle so I was glad we brought the poncho to protect the cameras. 

First we took the "Green Path" through the rainforest  and looked for birds and animal but we didnīt see many.  Then we did the "Superior" walk first which lead us to several falls you look down on and walk across on steel bridges.  Then we did the "Lower" walk to get down to where the boats were.  There is a free boat to San Martin Island and you can pay extra for a boat that goes right near the falls but I didnīt want to risk the expensive camera gear so we passed on that.  The free boat is just an easy hop across to a small island with more walks and a different viewpoint of the falls.  Then we crossed back and walked back up the hill and headed to the train station to take the little train to the highlight of the falls:  Garaganta del Diablo!  There was quite a line and a 40 minute wait and we made the second to last train.  Garganta del Diablo was awesome!  You have literally tonnes of water pouring down, I canīt remember the stats but just the sheer power is a amazing! We took all the standard pics and videos and were heading back to the train station when we were approached by a man selling raft rides back to the station.  He assured me it is a peaceful ride, no rapids, safe for cameras and we might see some wildlife.  It was only $8.50 so we did it.  It was actually very pleasant and we saw some caiman (alligators) up close but no birds. 

It did make us late for the train back to the front gate and the park closed at 6pm.  They sent one last train just to get the rafters out of the park and we had to wait half an hour for the bus back to town.  Once there, we met a Brazilian couple and the man spoke English.  He said that the last bus back to Foz would go at 7:45pm.  The bus never showed up and we sat there shivering for half an hour.  We finally had to share a taxi back to Foz with the other couple, it was only 20 Pesos each so about $7.00 per couple, if we had known it was that cheap we would have taken the taxi in the beginning instead of waiting around.  When we got back, we grabbed some takeaway shawarmas to take back to the room, turn on the heater and relax.
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