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Published: September 4th 2009
During my previous trip to Argentina, I had always wanted to go visit Cataratas Igauzú- which is known in English as the Iguazú fall. It is undoubtedly one of the most amazing natural wonders in the world. However, I always dropped it from my itinerary at the last minute, the reason is that it is far out from my usual routes of excursions- Córdoba (El Centro), Mendoza, San Juan (El Cuyo) and Pantagonia. Iguazú is too far out to the northeast region and there are no really attractive destinations to see en tour to there.
However this time I have decided to visit Iguazú from my base in Buenos Aires. To go on the excursion, I took a flight from Buenos Aires directly to Puerto Iguazú- it took only 1 hour 50 minutes, whereas the bus would take 19-24 hours.
The first day I arrived to the hostel around noon, and immediately felt the heat of the tropical weather. It is not just heat, but humid kind of heat- the heat that makes you sweat. Having switched from a cool weather in Buenos Aires to the sweating heat did not make me feel that well, so I went into
my room and slept for the rest of the afternoon.
When I woke up, there entered another guy in the dorm. We chatted a little, and I found out that his name is David, 26 years old, from Germany. His English is quite good and he speaks with a mild manner, an all-round cool guy. He has been traveling in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand for the past few months. Now he is going to spend about 2 weeks in Argentina. He has an interesting background- he was a professional cyclist from 14 - 21 years old, and obtained sponsorships from companies in Germany. He no longer competes now, and is studying sport medicine and aspires to be a journalist. He recently received a job offer in Munich for a journalist position, and therefore has to cut his journey short. We hit it off and decided to go to the Iguazú fall tomorrow.
The next day we took the express bus from the city Puerto Iguazú to the Iguazú National Park. You can notice from the pictures that this place is a very green, full of tropical vegetation and animals. After we entered the park, we took
the little train to see the 'Devil's throat' where three major streams of falls converge down a narrow cliff, making a spectacular shows of flows, vapors, sounds, and water motions. As we walked towards Devil's throat, I took note of the amount of water the region possesses, river after river, with such abundance of water! When we arrived at Devil's throat, we were awed and excited by the amazing sight in front of us...you have to be there to feel the full impact of the waterfall...it it like thousand horses running at the same time, or similar to a hundred torrential rain descending in the space of 5 minutes....really awesome feeling to be there.
We then made our way back to our staring point in the national park, and took the upper and lower trails to see the main Iguazú fall. The trails led us to see the falls in different angles. We also managed to see exotic birds, monkeys and other wild lives during our sojourn. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, enjoy!
At night, David and I had asado and red wine from Mendoza in a parilla near our hostel. We discussed many interesting
topics including the WWI, WWII, German and international politics, German philosophy etc. It was a good time and definitely a satisfying excursion to Misiones. The next day, I decided to chill in our hostel and only went to see the 'tres fronteras' where it is the boundary point of the 3 countries: Argentina, Brazil and Paraguy. Now I have seen one of the greatest wonders in the world, I am ready to return to Buenos Aires.
Until next time.
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