Day 6 - Las Cataratas Iguazu
Trip Start May 20, 2012
14Trip End Jun 30, 2012
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We both got up early and were ready by 7:00am. After breakfast we headed straight to the Puerto Iguazu bus terminal and caught the El Practico bus to the Falls. We also bought tickets for the Nautical Adventure at the bus station. The ride is something like the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls.
Both of us were extremely anxious through out our ride there. Once we got to the park we bought the entrance tickets and headed straight for the Nautical Adventure in the Lower Circuit. During our hike we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some Toucans and monkeys.
Then out of no where we saw the Garganto Del Diablo ( devil's throat) and it was absolutely breath taking. We then went in for the Nautical Adventure Ride, little did we know that they would drive us straight into the falls. We were completely drenched at the end of it. But it was totally worth it. A check in our buckets list!!
After the ride we went to San Martin Island where we could get panoramic views of the falls. Our camera literally got wet while taking the photos that's how close we were. We then took the train to the Garganto del Diablo. From here the falls were awe-inspiring. This moment made coming to Argentina, taking the 20 hour bus ride, waiting this long, getting up early and rushing to the falls all totally worth it!
From San Martin, we took the train to the close viewing point of the Devil's throat. The train ride was fun, reminded us of the jungle Safari in Disney - but without the characters or animals!
The viewing point is a short hike from the station - but once you get there the view and the closeness to the main fall is unimaginable. It puts the grandness of the falls, compares to everything else we had ever seen into perspective. Some one correctly quoted it is Niagara on Viagra - and this is in its low season, we could only imagine its full glory during the early spring.
After taking a lot of pictures - trying to get that perfect one with the falls - we realized that unless we sprinted back to the Puerto Iguazu bus terminal, we would miss our connection to Cordoba on the Expreso Singer.
Fortunately we made it just in the nick of time, with some time left to grab a quick sandwich. Another 22 hour ride awaited us! But we had the vivid images of the falls and thoughts of seeing it in its prime ... And what was to follow in Cordoba to keep us company.