Mesmerizing Iguazu Falls on the Argentina-Brazil border
Years ago, I saw a photo of a point where two rivers meet, resembling an intersection, and I learned that on the three banks of this were three different countries. This sparked a desire to learn more and before long, I’d discovered Iguazu Falls, further fueling my desire to travel to Argentina. How I’d not learned about them before was a mystery. Niagara, Victoria, yes, but Iguazu had never been on my radar.
We flew from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu – a contrast from the capital city. We could see the falls from the air, but nothing prepares you for experiencing them up close. We stayed at Casa Yaguareté B&B, located on the outskirts. We had our own bungalow, decorated beautifully, and the host, Lorena, was fantastic – very friendly and knowledgeable. She also invited her guests to dine together in the evening, which we did one night with some Japanese tourists. On another night we ordered pizza and hung out chatting with Lorena.
After checking in, we headed into town. It was about an hour’s walk in the humidity – around 4.5km (just under 3 miles). We stood overlooking where the rivers meet and it was quite surreal, after dreaming of this moment for so long. We had dinner while watching the sun set over Paraguay. Our host at the B&B had given us the name and number of a driver, so we planned on calling him for the return journey that night. He turned out to be amazing and he later drove us the Iguazu National Park, both in Argentina and Brazil.
Parque Nacional Iguazú, Argentina
Nothing could have prepared us for the Falls. We got to the park and followed the Upper and Lower Trails, saving the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) for later in the day. Our first impression was the almighty sound; we could hear and feel them from a distance – like a thunder in your chest. They roar! It was breathtaking and unforgettable. You’re walking through the rainforest, surrounded by amazing flora and fauna, hearing the falls, stumbling over smaller ones (the park has between 150 and 300, depending on the season). We were there in March – the end of the summer rainy season – and it was lush and alive.
Everywhere we turned there was a breathtaking view. We took a wild boat ride into one of the falls. It was extremely powerful – it took our breath away and we were drenched! We’d planned ahead and had a change of clothes 🙂
Upon entering the park, we saw the signs about the Coatís (members of the raccoon family). With all the tourists (and those that insist on feeding wild animals), these little creatures have become very comfortable attacking your bags or helping themselves to the food off of your plate. We watched a woman carrying a plastic bag of food get swarmed by the coatís as they clawed at her bag until all the contents were on the ground and they grabbed the items and took off! That was enough for me to keep my distance and when this little group was hanging out near the restrooms, I shamelessly hid behind a very nice older lady and she escorted me into the bathroom!
Garganta del Diablo
We took the little train up to the amazing Devil’s Throat. Indescribable.
We took a boat back down the river and saw lots of its inhabitants: alligators, snakes, and birds. It was peaceful the farther away we got from the garganta de diablo.
Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, Brasil
The next day, our driver took us to the Brazil side of the falls. The Argentina national park is a very immersive experience – you feel the falls. The Brazil park offers you amazing views and allows you to see the sheer scope of the falls.
Across from the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, is the Parque das Aves, home of many birds indigenous to the rainforest. We stopped in before the National Park opened.
Back to Puerto Iguazu
We drove back to Argentina, now with Brazil stamps in our passports! Our last night in the jungle, we headed into the town for dinner and drinks. It was a Friday night and there was a great atmosphere. We sat at an open air bar and watched locals and tourists kick off the weekend. A great end to an unforgettable stay!
A fabulous trip to Iguazu, making magnificent memories. A quick day left in Buenos Aires before we said adiós to Argentina.