Iguazu Falls

June 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Though it’s a day trip from Buenos Aires, if you ever have an opportunity to go see Iguazu Falls, DO IT.

The four of us arrived at Iguazu after a (not so bad) 18 hour ride to the Northeast part of the country along the Uruguayan and Brazilian border.  The falls sit in a national park in between Argentina and Brazil.  We stayed on the Argentine side in Puerto Iguazu (largely because crossing into Brazil costs US citizens $130.)   We got to our hostel around 9am and (without even showering…gross) set out to catch the bus over to the falls.

Even though it’s technically late fall/early winter here, the weather in the rainforest at Iguazu was high 70s and humid.  Sweaty.  We took the bus ride to the site, which is a maze of metal bridges that take you over (like, literally, RIGHT over…or in some cases, under) the falls.

The rainforest is full of crazy flora and fauna, including an enormous variety of butterflies, which are EVERYWHERE.  (Due to a lack of salt in the area, butterflies are attracted to the salt on your skin, so they fly around trying to land on you and lick your skin…which is weird.)  With the mist from the falls obscuring the ground below the bridges, the weird coatis walking right up to you, the butterflies landing on you…the place is surreal.

The biggest falls in Iguazu is La Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat).  Words really can’t describe, so I won’t waste my time.  It’s just something you have to see for yourself.

The next day we had a few hours before our bus left, so we walked to Las Tres Fronteras, a point where the Paraguayan, Brazilian, and Argentine borders meet over the Rio Iguazu and Rio Parana.

Our bus ride back was not quite as easy as the one there.  But we made it back  safe and sound (if a little tired) to find our next guest waiting for us at the front door.

For more pics of the trip to Iguazu (and the rest of our time here), visit here.

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