Day 9 (morning)
Temperature: 25 degrees
Weather: Sunny and hot
Brazil Tour: Day 5 Iguacu Falls – Argentina Side
After breakfast, a private car picked us up at 7:45am at the hotel and we were driven to the border of Argentina, a good three quarters of an hour drive. There, we must have waited another 30 minutes before the "Turismo Cuanca Del Plata" tour bus finally arrived to pick us up for our full day excursion on the Argentina side of the Iguacu Falls!
Once the introductions were done with the English speaking guide, we quickly made our way inside the bus where we were greeted by a group of around 30 people. Since all the seats were already taken, we made our way to the back of the bus where only two seats were available. Except for another person, the group was Spanish speaking people which in a way made me happy because I could “practicar mi Espanol”!
Welcome to Argentina, the sign said in Spanish as we crossed the border without any incidents after all of our passports were checked and stamped. Armed guards and soldiers were everywhere ensuring order and security. We were now in Argentina, quite happy about it and in the process, within a matter of seconds due to the time zone, we had gained one hour. Hurrah! We were back in time as a matter of speaking and it was now one hour earlier! Weird feeling!
As the bus driver drove down the road, I admired the landscape while Michel slept for a while next to me. Eventually the bus made its way inside the “Argentina Iguazu National Park” where we all disembarked and followed our guide to an area where a small open air ecological train was taken. This brought us to another area where we were guided along several paths with incredible views of the falls.
Quite interestingly, two-thirds of the falls are within Argentina territory. As they say, Brazil might have the views of the falls, but Argentina, you can feel the power, the energy as you walk right next or over them on the catwalks! So…….definitely worth visiting both sides of these majestic falls because each side is unique in its own special way and both are absolutely breathtaking!
Following the guide, we then went in the direction of the “Paseo Garganta Del Diablo”, a one-kilometer long catwalk trail built right above the river which had beautiful scenic views of the Iguacu River itself, of various flora and beautiful butterflies flying right pass us. Along the way, the powerful Devil’s Throat Falls could be heard in the distance before eventually, after having walked for a good 45 minutes, we got our first glimpse of them!
What an incredible feeling to be able to stand on the catwalk just above the Devil’s Throat Falls! It was electrifying!!!! Plus the never ending deafening sound of the powerful thundering falls and the ever present mist swirling all around us was a shivering experience not soon to be forgotten!
We eventually retrieved our steps on the catwalk and then joined the group in the park’s rest area where several restaurants were on site. We had an hour at our leisure to eat and rest before our next thrilling adventure being a high speed boat ride under the falls!