26.07.2010 - 28.08.2010 25 °C
We arrived in Puerto Iguazu after yet another long 18 hour bus journey from Buenos Aires.
The next day we went to explore the Argentinian side of the Iguazu Falls, which offers an up close view of the waterfalls. When we arrived it became clear that we were by no means going to have the view to ourselves. There were hundreds of people, and later found out it was the Argentinian school holidays so it was extra busy!
There were lots of different trails to take that lead to different parts of the waterfall, as well as a train to take you to the furthest point (the place was huge!). First we decided to bypass the massive queue for the train and do the 'upper trail' which takes you along the top of one set of waterfalls. We were told that there are over 270 different individual waterfalls in this section and it was definitely very impressive. The walkway let you look down on the water splashing beneath you which was quite amazing.
Next we decided to brave the queue to get the train that takes you to the top of the most powerful set of waterfalls known as 'the devil´s throat'. The walkway here was built out over the top of a wide river and led to the point where it dropped with unimaginable force to the bottom. When we reached the end of the walkway there was a crowd 4 people deep around the barrier to get a look over the edge, so all we could do was join the mass of elbowing people and hope for a gap to appear. Once we'd finally managed to squeeze to the front all you could see when you looked down was the white spray and hear the roar of the water. The photos really don't do it justice and we could not believe how much water there was!
After fighting our way out of the crowd again we got the train back to do the 'lower trail'. As we were walking along the path we were amazed to see some quite unusual animals coming out of the bushes. They had stripey tails like racoons and a long nose. We thought that we were really lucky to spot them until we turned the corner to where the cafe was with loads of the 'Coaties' everywhere pestering people for food!
The trail took us to the foot of the falls where we got a boat right up underneath the water. Needless to say we got soaked, but it was worth it! There was also another walkway where you could see the waterfalls from a bit further away as well as some really vivid rainbows which made the view even more spectacular!
The next day we were planning to visit the Brazilian side of the waterfalls across the river, but couldn't really imagine how it could be any more beautiful that it was here!