Well! It is about time I start writing and sharing my experience in this heaven on Earth destination!
The Iguazú Waterfalls are in the most northern part of Argentina. They mark the border of Brazil and Argentina, but Paraguay and the famous three-way boarder is not too far away. The falls, are unbelievably *insert beautiful word here* and I would recommend anyone to visit there if they have the chance.
I actually flew from Cordoba, Argentina for about 90 dollars. I was giving myself a break from taking buses left and right. I was getting pretty tired of practically living in a bus. So I treated myself and got there in 2 hours versus the 18-20 hour trip it would have been
I arrived at the airport, bought a small bus ticket to arrive at my hostel, and I arrived without a problem. Arriving in the town was so peaceful and calm. The vegetation drastically changed, because we were entering a more jungle terrain area. The smells and sounds were both different and to be honest they were incredibly inviting if that makes sense.
I met two nice Porteno lads from Buenos Aires who I shared a common room for sleeping. The room consisted of 10 beds. It was cheap, and it was cool. Literally the only reason to go there is to go to the falls or go to Paraguay, which apparently is just shopping in that area.
The Next Day -The Falls
I woke up as early as I could. I went outside, bought some food to pack in and eat there to save money, and caught the first bus to the park entrance. The fee for a US citizen was roughly 100 dollars, which is quite a bit yes, but you can spend the whole day there and get your money’s worth.
I entered the park, and I also heard it was worth buying some tours, so I bought the waterfalls boat tour, which was another 40 dollars or so, but was also so so so worth it. I had a few hours to kill, so I started walking the trail to see the falls. There were two trails. There was the high trail to see the waterfalls from up top, and the low trail to see them from below. Both were INCREDIBLE. I walked the high trail first, and there was literally NO ONE. I was literally the only one on this trail hovering in the jungle with the most spectacular waterfalls I have seen. Writing this makes me want to go back because it was just too beautiful. When I finished seeing the waterfalls from the top, the trail takes you back into this serene jungle area. It was silent. It was peaceful. I was alone in the jungle (as alone as I ever had been anyway). I could only hear the birds chirping, the animals moving around in the trees, and I was at peace. There was only one issue. MY PHONE CAMERA WASN’T WORKING! 😥
SO… As I am walking to go around the second trail, I run into someone I had met at the hostel!! And her camera worked! jaja. So we I accompanied her around the top of the falls again, and we took pictures together. She was so nice. We spent the whole day together and she saved me by taking the pictures and sending me them later.
We then boarded our boat for the waterfall tour. I had to strip to my boxers because they informed us we would be getting wet, and there would be no way I was going to get wet and walk around the park for 8 more hours while it is chilly. So, I did the best I could and stripped and covered my body with a transparent poncho. Woohoo! One of the ladies working there helped me out as well and actually recommended me to do so. ;).
The boat ride was amazing. We got to go to The Devil’s Throat, which is an enormous waterfall bordering the Brazilian side. And we also went to the Argentina side and viewed the other set from below, and it was WELL worth it. We also went partially under the waterfalls and got SOAKED. Gracias a dios me quite mi ropa! jaja.
The Lower Trail
We took a break and ate lunch before doing the second trail. They have these weird monkey raccoons that literally are racoons but look like monkeys and they will eat and take your food. They are adorably annoying. But they are hilarious with their behavior as they sneak around your legs and snatch your belongings running along into the jungle never to be seen again. This also happens with the real monkeys but with phones! Be careful!
The lower trail was just as beautiful allowing us to see different panoramic views of the falls. The lush green vegetation that thrives with the forever pouring falls. It is just a sight that you cannot get used to. It is just awesome. Awesome awesome.
We also took a small convey jungle tour through the jungle which was also another highlight. We didn’t see much wildlife, but the jungle was thick! By the time the park had closed, we were getting on a small train to take us out of the park, but man oh man, I would go again and spend every single minute I can there again. I almost didn’t take this side trip, but I am now so thankful that I did!
Thanks for reading! I hope you get a chance to go someday!