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South America » Argentina » Misiones » Iguazú National Park January 16th 2019

Today we are going to Iguazú National Park on the Argentinian side of the falls. For a local, this trip is simple; a bus to the Argentinian town of Puerto Iguazú and a second bus to the park. For a foreigner is more complicated as you have to disembark for immigration twice and the bus doesn’t wait, so it involves taking 3 consecutive buses on the same route, then a 4th bus to the park. We walk to the international bus stop and wait. A bus to Paraguay pulls up and everyone else gets on. This happens a few more times before eventually a bus driver asks why we’re sitting at the bus stop and explains that buses to Argentina depart from the other end of the road. On our complicated journey we have fallen at ... read more
Walk to Garganta del Diablo
Garganta del Diablo
Garganta del Diablo

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Iguazú National Park October 25th 2018

Up at 06:15 to check out as Reggie and Luis the driver were picking us up at 07:30 and taking our bags along as they will take us straight to the airport after today’s excursions. Took almost an hour to cross the border back into Argentina to see the Falls from the other side. First we had to check-out of Brazil at the Federal Police office then drive over the bridge to check-in to Argentina. Half of the inside walls of the bridge are painted in gold and green for Brazil, then changed to the sky blue and white of Argentina. The Argentinian Parque Nacional Iguazu is well set-out with large paths and nicely maintained jungle (if you maintain jungle that is) and the walkways over the river are made of metal grates similar to the ... read more
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GÜN 33 06 MART SALI: Sabah erkenden dün yerini saptadığım otobüs terminaline gittim.. Fazla beklemeden, Rio Uruguay şirketinin otobüsleri bizi Cataratas del Iguazu (benim söylemim Katarat-ül Iguazu)milli parkının önünde bıraktı.. Parka giriş ücreti olarak, yaşa maşa bakmadan kişi başına 500 Arjantin papeli aldılar.. Parkın kapısında, tur kartalları,daireleri küçülterek,alçak uçuşta turist avlamaya çalışıyorlar.. Tipimin, gel geli olmadığından beni pas geçtiler.. Az yürüdünüz mü Estacion Central diye bir yere varıyorsunuz.. Burada eğlenceli park trenleri sizi bekliyor. 15-20 dakika sonra “Garganta del Diablo”(Şeytan gırtlağı) denilen yere vardık. .. Burası trenin son durağı .. İstasyon içinde coati denilen, bizde pek görülmeyen, uzun... read more
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Today we hiked the park, took the ecological raft ride. Spent some time sitting and relaxing in the lower falls area. We went to the pool late afternoon as it was really warm today. We met some nice fellow travelers and exchanged travel stories.... read more
Iguazu Inferior Falls Circuit
Iguazu at sunset
Hitching a ride


Today we walked the lower falls, the upper falls, and took the train again to Garganta del Diablo. It was cooler today with high humidity. Several rain showers, but we did not get too wet. The heaviest shower hit when we were on our way back from Garganta del Diablo on the train. Today we took our time as we hiked the trails. Birds, monkeys, spiders and caiman. We kept our eyes open for puma too, as we were told there are five in the park. We only saw puma tracks made by a pair of puma shoes. We had empanadas for lunch. Coatis everywhere again. One jumped on our table as soon as we finished to see if we left anything.... read more
Iguazu-Bird
Igauzu
Iguazu- Inferior Circuit


We took a short walk through the park this morning. Saw the abundant coati. Cute, but can be dangerous. I have warned Pedro not to open any snacks on the trails. Aunt Judy I'm sure can recall having one sit on her lap when she sat on a bench years ago. Uncle Lloyd....I have not yet seen enough waterfalls. We are eating empanadas and I have not found any peanuts in the can. Poor Lloydy. We took a taxi to town today. There was a short delay by some protesters. We had quite the adventure at the bank. There was a lobby with chairs of at least 75 people waiting orderly in chairs. We asked how long to see a teller and they said it was usually an hour and a half. We had to wait ... read more
Coati
Triple Frontier
Lunch in Puerto Igauzu


Made it to our hotel. The view of the falls is beautiful. Walked the lower falls circuit. Nearly stepped on the tarantula. Pedro says I nearly brushed my foot on it. We are enjoying ourselves. It is nice and warm in the upper 80's.... read more
Relaxing at the Sheraton
Tarantula
Salto Alvar Nunez


Waterboarding Iguazú's waterfalls are among the 3 biggest and most impressive in the world, we guess together with the Niagara and Victoria ones. You might think, if you've seen a waterfall you've seen them all, well, not quite the case. The rivalry between the Argentinians and the Brazilians goes beyond football, beyond Gauchos, all the way to this impressive natural wonder, they argue as where the falls are , Argentinians found the right approach into this dilemma, they say, the Iguazú falls are in Brazil, but we've got the view.... And they do. We adventured ourselves with Francisco's little Esportuguese and the local bus outside of our hotel in Foça de Iguazu on the Brazilian side to go to Cataratas de Iguazú about 45 mins away, the bus took us through the border into the city ... read more
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Today we visited the Argentinian side of Iguazu falls. 85% of the 250 falls lie in Argentina, but they formed geologically 200,000 years ago in Brazil along the Parama River. They are one of the 7 new wonders of the world, and UNESCO has them heritage listed. The Argentinian side has an emphasis on it being a national park, there are many options for walkways to take you beside, on top of and right near the falls from many angles. The whole park is wheel chair friendly with all terrain wheelchairs available, ramps, and a train to take you to major vantage points. Toucans and monkeys are supposedly able to be seen, we only saw many Coaties (the animals on the signs) which are scavengers and must not be feed. You can take optional tours under ... read more
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Train to take you around


I made a last-minute decision to visit Iguazu after finding a flight from Buenos Aires that was only $150, since it was low season. This was actually cheaper than the 20+ hour bus. Another factor is that the $160 Brazilian visa fee has been lifted for the Olympics, so visitors can visit both sides relatively cheaply. The only problem that can't be solved is that there isn't much else to do in the area, so I just stayed for two full days (which is plenty) before flying to Salta. The Argentinian side is vastly superior and it alone made the trip worthwhile. 10 miles of trails and walkways take visitors to different viewpoints of the 275 separate drops in the falls, the largest of which is similar to Niagara. It isn't very crowded until the tour ... read more
Island
From the Island
From Devil's Throat (Garganta del Diablo)




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