Monday, January 20, 2014

La Garganta del Diablo - Iguazú Falls

For those of you who've seen it, you know how amazing this place is...I've been to Niagara falls a few times, and those are amazing, but this place...Wow.

Iguazú Falls, has two viewing points, one in Argentina, and one directly across the river, in Brazil.  We, obviously, went to the Argentinian side, and it was unbelievable.

We jumped on a collectivo from the bus terminal in Puerto Iguazú, which is the town, just about 12km away from the falls.  It's 35 Pesos each way, and you have to pre-buy your return ticket.  Tourists pay 170 Pesos to enter the park, despite me trying to fake my Argentinian accent, they make you show some id...

You can walk to the viewing point, or take the train, which is included in the entrance price.  "La Garganta del Diablo," or "Devil's Throat," is the Argentine viewing point of the falls.  It's literally directly above them, and you peer over the massive amount of water pummeling down.  There's a metal bridge-like walkway that winds over the river and takes you there.

It's really hard to describe the actual feeling of being there and witnessing it all...









The walk back, through the park, was also amazing.  This place is a lot more tropical than we thought...We stopped on a walkway to see a family of Spider Monkeys playing in the trees.


We then walked the "Macuco Trail," which leads to a smaller waterfall and a swimming hole you can cool off at.


We crossed paths with what looked like a pretty poisonous snake...


...and one of these guys...


also these guys, the biggest ants we've ever seen...


Iguazú is an unbelievable place, and we can't recommend it enough.  Now we're trying to figure out the last 6 weeks of the trip, and what to do next...We just passed our 10,000 mile marker, back down the road a little, and have been to 66 cities in 9 different countries...wow, it's really hard to imagine we did all that!


Back in the pueblo, we spent a couple more days, relaxing at the hostel, by the pool.  One evening, we took the local city bus (4 pesos AR)/per person, to "3 Fronteras," a spot on the other side of town, looking over the massive Parana river, with a view of Paraguay just across, and Brazil to the right...We caught the sunset, a gorgeous orange glow over the landscape, just in time before sheer darkness...