Puerto Iguassu and the Falls

Trip Start Jun 07, 2011
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Trip End Dec 17, 2011


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Puerto Iguazu is the Argentinian border town nearest to the Iguazu Falls. We arrived here on a (late!) bus from the town of Concordia. No matter how long they said a bus journey would take, we didn't believe them. We always added on on around 2 hours for every 12 hour journey.......

As we walked around the small town with our big rucksacks on our backs, it must have been obvious that we were looking for accommodation. A guy came up to us and suggested his hostel, so we followed him. We eventually got to Hostel Stop. And after a quick look at the room, we decided to stop at hostel Stop. It was around 14.00 by the time we got checked in and got out to go to see the Iguazu Falls (or the Cataratas as they call it here).

By the time we waited for the Cataratas bus and got to the entry point, it was around 3pm. From the ticket entrance, there is either a 20 minute train ride to the main viewing point of the Devil’s Throat (the U shaped chasm where half the water of the Falls flows over) or you can take a long walk to see the smaller waterfalls. The last train back was 4pm (and we got 50% discount on our tickets for the next day) so we decided to go and see the Devil’s Throat that day and to see the other waterfalls the next day.

The Devil’s Throat (or Garganta del Diablo in Spanish) was superb! Millions of gallons of water was pouring over the Falls only metres from where we were stood, and we were so close that we got drenched by the spray!

The next day we got to the Cataratas earlier and went to see all the smaller waterfalls. They weren’t as awe inspiring as Garganta del Diablo but it was still a nice walk through the forest and a lovely day.

As we felt we’d seen all of the waterfalls from the Argentinian side, we decided to give the Brazilian viewing point a miss. Plus we had read that the Brazilian city of Foz de Iguazu was more dangerous and dirty than leafy Puerto Iguazu, so that was a factor in our decision too.

We left Puerto Iguazu on a semi-cama bus to Rio. This would be a 24 hour journey, but unfortunately without the airline meals and free glasses of wine that we got on the Argentinian buses! Never mind, we were sure that sitting on Copacabana beach in the sunshine, drinking a coconut cocktail, would more than make up for it……
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Jsutyna on

Asia na urodziny wszystkiego!! :*, justyna kuzynka

richandjoanna
richandjoanna on

Dziekuje za pamiec:)slyszalam, ze pracujesz w UK!!!!!super, mam nadzieje, ze uda nam sie spotkac jakos w grudniu lub styczniu, buziaki i pozdrowienia

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