An 18-hour overnight bus ride from Buenos Aires (BA) with movies and bus food got us to Puerto Iguazú, which is positioned in the corner of Argentina and borders Brazil and Paraguay. After dropping our bags and a quick freshen up we grabbed a bus to Iguazú National Park, which is the location of Iguazú Falls, shared by Brazil and Argentina. The term “Iguazú” means “great waters” and it definitely lived up to its meaning.
Voted as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, Iguazú Falls is undoubtedly one of the most visited places and one of the most commanding natural attractions in Argentina and the World. The park entrance fee allows you to use multiple walkways with different views of the falls and a train ride through the park. The view varied all throughout the park from the seeing the falls at eye level to peering over them from the top. Not included in the park fee was a speedboat ride to the base of the 2 main portions of the falls. It was incredible to experience the violent power of the falls. The boat took us right into a section of the massive falls where you couldn’t see anything and felt like we were being blasted with a fire hose. We were drenched and finished with childish grins on our faces!
Un-expectantly we came across monkeys, coatis, tropical birds, turtels, and an alligator in the park. Coatis were everywhere and look like a cross between a raccoon and possum. They were scavengers and tried to steal our snacks! The beautiful sunny day made for some killer rainbows in our photos. The final viewing point was called Devil’s Throat and is the most famous portion of the falls. They have built an amazing viewing deck to see the enormity of this section. It is hard to describe so check out the pictures as they try to do it justice. If we didn’t get soaked from the residual spray from the falls we could have sat here for hours staring at this natural wonder.
Instead of jumping back on an 18-hour return bus trip to BA we decided to chill out an extra day in Puerto Iguazú. There is a scenic walk along Rio Iguazú that we enjoyed and were able to see both Brazil and Paraguay on the opposite banks where this river intersects with Rio Parana. Another sunny day filled with mosquito bites, popsicles and multiple cold showers, it felt good to be in a tropical place again after the coldness of the South.