Saturday, January 18, 2014

Punta del Diablo to Iguazu...

The falls of Iguazu were a mere idea in our heads while we were in Ecuador.  Someone had asked us if we were going there...We didn't think it would be a possibility on this trip.

After a week in Punta del Diablo, we decided, for sure, that we would make it there.  We had to see it.  Now, the problem was, that the easiest way to get there, is by bus, direct, from Buenos Aires.  I hate backtracking, and we did not want to take that hellish boat ride again...

We decided to take a bus back to Montevideo, where the real hub of transportation is, in Uruguay.  It was fairly easy, but took us a while...

Getting from Montevideo to Iguazu (without going to Buenos Aires...)

The bus company "Agencia Central," goes daily to a town called Salto, in the north of Uruguay...You need to get there first.  We took the 12:30 AM bus, that arrived in Salto at 6:30 AM.

In Salto, there are buses that run daily to Concordia, AR (just across the border).  We arrived on a Sunday, the only day there were no buses...We found out there was a collectivo bus that (for free) takes you to the water park, 15k outside of town, and right next to the border with Argentina.  We got dropped off near the waterpark, and walked to the bridge, which is really a hydroelectric dam for Argentina.  There, we hitch-hiked across the dam, and to the border crossing office for both countries.  Stamped out/in Argentina, and the same nice people offered to take us to Concordia.



We pre purchased bus tickets for that night at the Concordia bus terminal, through "Crucero del Norte," which was a really nice, comfortable bus, with a meal included.  Only problem was, we had to wait all day at the bus terminal, in 40 degree heat (104 F).  Horrible day, but we boarded our bus at 9:30 PM, and were off to Puerto Iguazu....