Some mighty big falls
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
189Trip End Mar 16, 2009
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In Southern Brazil, the Rio Iguazu passes over a basalt plateau that ends just aboveits confluence with the Parana. Before reaching the edge, the river divides into many channels to form distinctive cataratas (cataracts).
You need at least one full day, two if possible, on the Argentinian side of the fall to truelly appreciate this wonder on the border of Argentina and Brazil.
Puerto Iguazu is a small, run-down town offering not much more but accommodation with close access to the Iguazu Falls. And this is where we stayed for three nights. Parque de National Iguazu constructed several waling platforms from where you can enjoy the views at your own leisure. We opted to do the platform circuits the other way around as to the masses and it paid off - giving us more space and time.
We started with the lower circuit, initially appreciating the wildlife to the finest detail - the iguanas, racoon-type rodants, birds, insects, butterflies and plants, until we caught our first climpse of the terraced falls. It is a moment I will never forget. It was beautiful and just got better and better until you could see both sections of the falls on either side of Isla San Martin. The size is much grander than I expected.
We made our way with the little ferry to Isla San Martin where you climb 400 steps to a view point from where you can get close-up and personal to the falls. I was in a bit of a daze as this exceeded all my expectations. It is not only much more impressive than Niagara Falls, the surroundings is a protected National Park, unlike Niagara's Vegas glitz.
It was very hot so we had a little swim in the designated area of the river on Isla san Marin's shore. Not expecting to swim, I left my swimming costume at home and it was so hot, that I ended-up swimming in my clothes, liker many other visitors.
Next we walked the upper circuit where you get very close to the top of the falls. Looking down as the volume of water crash down.
A local train takes you to the Throat of the Devil, a deafening part of the experience. By the way, the rainbows were not added to the photos, they are real!
We went home tired, but happy. What an experience!
The next day we did a short trip across the border to the Brazilian side of the falls. From here you see the broader spectrum of the falls from a distance. This was my favourite and I could really feel how small I was in the bigger scheme of things.
There are many other excursions you can do in the parks to enhance the experience and also to appreciate the wildlife
The Iguaçu Falls on both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides were one of the highlights of our trip! I cannot put it all in words, but Ryan's photographs will do the talking.
We had the opportunity to enjoy our last Argentinian steak and great wines before departing to Florianopolis, Brazil the following day on a 21 hour bus ride