Posted by: Bert and Tania | August 20, 2010

Muuuucho agua (Iguazu Falls)

So a while back now (5th Aug) we hopped on a nice comfy bus. 17 hours later we were in Puerto Iguazu where we were greeted by lovely warm sunshine, mmm. Much more preferable to the rain we had on our previous weekend break to Chascomús. Friday afternoon was relaxing… a nice walk along the river to see the sunset at the lookout point where you can see where the Rivers Parana and Iguazu meet and divide Brazil, paraguay and Argentina. 3 countries + 2 rivers + 1 sunset = good.

Saturday we visited the Brazilian side of the falls where you get to see a much fuller view of that aptly named La Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). Thousands of gallons of water thundering over an 80m drop creates quite a bit of spray and a beautiful crop of rainbows. Stunning. At one point you can take a walkway out over the water below one set of falls to the edge of the next drop… there you are surrounded by 260° of waterfalls. Bert has made a ‘movie’ from this exact point where you can look around and zoom in and out with the CTRL and SHIFT buttons. Click here to see it. If you really like it, here‘s another one. Bert was sensible and wore a waterproof for this. Tania got soggy. After defending our sandwiches from well-practised scavenging coatimundis (or cuatis) we headed home and finished the day with an asado (with the smallest chorizo sausages ever seen).

Sunday is was the Argentinian side’s turn. The Argentinian side’s park is a bit more visitor friendly (in our opinion) and you get to feel more like you’re wandering through the jungle, despite being on dedicated concrete paths. Strictly no off-roading allowed (although Bert did have to jump the fence to retrieve his camera hood, shh). We took a boat trip which rode right up to a couple of the waterfalls, twice! The effect was like having several firemans hoses directed at you for 30 seconds. Needless to say we got drenched, mmm… there’s nothing like spending the day in soggy jeans and trainers. We gradually made our way around the park to La Garganta del Diablo which you get to stand on the edge of. A w e s o m e. Despite scouring the treetops at sundown we didnt manage to spot any Toucans, but the National Park doesn’t skimp on providing you with beautiful wildlife to coo at; butterflies, birds, monkeys, coatimundis, fish and more butterflies…

Monday we had time to visit La Casa de las Botellas (House of bottles). The pictures pretty much speak for themselves but rather than being a tourist gimmick the message is that you CAN make a house out of rubbish. And not just houses, garden walls, steps, solar water heaters, curtains, bags, chairs, toys…


Iguazu Waterfalls factfile:
– The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometers (1.67 miles) of the Iguazu River.
– Iguazu Falls was short-listed as a candidate to be one of the New7Wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation.
– Upon seeing Iguazu, the United States’ First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed “Poor Niagara!”
– Iguazu currently has the second greatest average annual flow of any waterfall in the world

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  1. Yes, yes, I also did this loooooooong bus ride and I also made this nice pictures with rainbows in Iguazu. Watching your pictures brings me back in May 2008…. 🙂
    Caroline

  2. I meant to say in this post that there is absolutely NO WAY that Indiana Jones actually went over this waterfall in a car… no chance… at all… I also didnt see a big rock shaped like a face… and no ancient alien spaceship took off either… I’m disappointed in you Indie…

    P.S. Thanks Caroline! And wow, 2008… sounds so long ago!


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