We arrived early in the morning to a small town called Puerto Iguaçu following our 17 hour bus ride from BA, although tired and hungry we decided to make the most of the day and head straight to Iguaçu Falls. Iguaçu lies near a triple boundary between the countries of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil with the falls itself actually separating the latter two countries. Unlike most waterfalls, Iguaçu is actually spread over 3km, with hundreds of mini falls along the entirety of the river. Set amongst the rainforest and with a similar flow rate to Niagra we couldn’t wait to get our first glimpse.
After a short taxi ride and a bite to eat we jumped aboard a mini train that would take us all the way to the top of the falls, to the aptly named ‘Garganta del Diablo’ (Devils Throat). This is arguable one of the most impressive parts, with a vantage point precariously balanced on the edge, visitors can get an up close look at the sheer power of the falls. It was incredible, the noise was thunderous and the spray was so thick we all received a drenching within minutes.
The Argentinian side of the park is massive; with two more trails we left the Devils Throat and got walking. On the way we came across a small group of Capuchin Monkeys, Coatis and even a Croc, something we didn’t expect to see at all.
The views from the other trails were amazing; they provided a great overview and gave an idea of just how huge the falls actually are.
On the lower trail we were offered a boat ride into the mist of the falls, being 30+ degrees and near 100% humidity we jumped at the opportunity for a shower. The boat took us close to some of the smaller falls before a final soaking under San Martin (one of the larger sections of Iguaçu). Thoroughly drenched we finished our walks before heading back to our hostel for the night.
We grabbed an early bus to Brazil in the morning and after a short wait at customs we were soon eating more BBQ’d meat before heading to the park again. The Brazilian side is much smaller than its counterpart making one afternoon plenty of time to explore it in full. The Panoramic views on offer were breath-taking, white water as far as the eye could see, and in our opinion more beautiful than the Argentinian side (let the pictures do the talking here). We spent our time walking along the few trails and in the tall concrete lookout before heading back to Foz do Iguaçu, our home for the night.
The very next morning we woke and made some sandwiches in preparation for our marathon 27 hour bus ride to Rio…Bring on Carnival!!