Trip Start Aug 17, 2010
83Trip End Sep 16, 2011
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We flew into Iguazu painlessly. We arrive into the hot steamy weather that we had not seen since the Amazon – we were back in the jungle.
It was well and truly spring and butterfly season in the jungle. The road from the airport into town was littered with thousands of yellow butterflies. It was like driving through confetti.
Our package deal was all inclusive and we were to put up in a backpackers near the centre of town. However, we were told when we arrived that all the accommodation that they used was fully booked, so they had to sort something else out. Knowing that can mean anything in Sth America it was with some trepidation that we drove into town. In this case rather than meaning sleeping in the bus station it meant upgrade!! That's right people my ability the scam the upgrade continues!!! In this case it meant a suite in a 4 star hotel, complete with pool side bar – all for the cost of 2 beds at a backpackers!!!
Once we got settled into our 'sparse’ accommodation we hit the town.
This consisted of about 3 main streets that all led down to the borders – multiple. Iguarzu is known as the Tres Frontiers. Argentina, Brasil & Paraguay all meet in this remote jungle outpost that was born when they discovered gold here in the 19th Century. It was hot and sticky here and I can only imagine how hard life must have been back then. After walking down and looking at the boarders we headed back to our hotel to make the most of the pool… life was hard for us too!
The falls are spread over 2 parks one on the Argentine side and the other in Brasil. We were to spend a day on each we up early the next morning for our first look at the falls on the Argentinean side.
Iguazu was not on our original itinerary but we were told by several people that we could not miss it and had to go – we decided to miss some other sights and rearrange our itinerary so we could go – we really hoped that it was worth it – I mean it’s was just a waterfall right?
As we arrived in the reserve park we took a short walk along the jungle to get our first glimpse. We went along a walkway for about 10 minutes over smaller falls and fast flowing rapids. The first thing we heard was the noise – you never heard anything so loud. Still another 10 minutes on the walkways and we finally get there to see the largest fall in the iguarzu the famed Devils Throat. All I can say is WOW ! Everyone was right – it was worth it. At over 72m high, the sheer size and power and enormity of the waterfall is breath taking…. And very very wet! The spray soaks us all in about 3 seconds and despite our raincoats we are drenched – luckily we are in the tropics to dry out quickly.
After making our way back we then spend the day walking along the various walks and paths in the reserve to see all different parts of the falls each view is just as stunning as the last and we are totally mesmerized. We also see a lot of wildlife that inhabit the nature reserve that surrounds the falls. Monkeys, Coaties - a sort of scavenging possum like thing, and a toucan. The latter are very rare and was a real highlight seeing one so close.
Our final event of the day was a boat ride under the falls. The power of the falls is so strong that to do this requires a powerboat like they use in NZ. We were warned that we would be completely wet and seeing people get off the boats they did not exaggerate. We were given canvas bags for anything we did not want to get wet even our shoes !! We whizzed around and made our way under the devils throat. The pressure of the water almost hurts you and the weight of the spray blinds you. But it was worth every wet drenching second. It was so amazing. To be in something so strong and powerful. Nature really lets you know who is in charge.
The next day it’s time to head over the border to brazil. The Brasil side lets you see the full panorama of the falls and really appreciate the size and scope. The Agentinaian side allows you to get up close and personal with the falls. Argentina did not disappoint so we go to Brasil to see if they can live up to their side.
There is a definite wow factor with the Brasil side of the falls. You can see the full scope and just how much water and how many falls are part of Iguazu. Every corner is a photo opportunity. As you can see – just stunning. Over 200 individual falls make up Iguazu. They are over 72 metres tall and pump more then 1,750 cubic litres of water a minute – yes that’s right a minute
After a few hours enjoying Brasil its time to head back to Argentina to get our plane back to Buenos Aires, we will be checking out Brasil properly in a few weeks time.