Iguaçu Falls

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  • Day150

    Iguazu Wasserfälle

    March 21 in Argentina

    Beeindruckend, gigantisch, atemberaubend - eigentlich gibt es keine wirklich passenden Superlative für die Iguazu Wasserfälle. Die Fotos geben das ganze Ausmaß auch nur zum Teil wieder. Man muss es einfach selbst gesehen haben. 😊

    Bei perfektem Wetter, durften wir dieses Naturspektakel von der argentinischen Seite aus bestaunen... zum Glück waren wir früh genug dort, um den Touristenmassen einigermaßen zu entgehen. Das frühe Aufstehen hat sich gelohnt und man kann definitiv sagen, dass das sicherlich eines unserer Highlights war! 👍Read more

  • Day11

    Iguazu Falls: Part 1

    February 26 in Argentina

    This morning we spent the first of two days in Iguazu Falls National Park. We stayed on the Argentinian side of the park. One can also visit from Brazil, but this requires an expensive visa and a time-consuming border crossing, so we decided to stay on the Argentinian side, where there are more trails for hiking and approximately 80% of the falls are located.

    We started our adventure with a Jeep and boat ride, which lasted about 2 hours. The Jeep ride was completely uneventful, and was really just a way to get to the steps of the boat dock. We walked down quite a few steps, and were given a life vest and a dry bag for our belongings. Everything that we read made it crystal clear that getting drenched was part of the adventure, so you’d better be fully prepared to get wet.

    The first part of the boat ride was just stunning. The Falls are incredible. First, the largest fall — the Devil’s Throat is just immense, both in terms of height from bottom to top, and the expanse. In fact, part of this particular set of falls is in Argentina and part is in Brazil. The sound is deafening, and the volume of water is awe-inspiring. In addition to this immense fall, there are a series of “smaller” falls, but to describe them as smaller is pretty misleading. They are huge. The largest is called San Martin, and if the Devil’s Throat was not just around the corner, one would think that this fall was the main attraction.

    The second part of the boat ride was to take us into the falls, and get everyone wet. While this sounds a bit silly, it was actually quite thrilling. Coming close to one of these immense falls, which spill hundreds of thousands of gallons of water each minute is exciting. And to then slip into the edge of these crashing falls brings out child in everyone. People on the boat shrieked, screamed, and laughed with delight as we bobbed in and out of the falls. I had a huge smile on my face and enjoyed it thoroughly.

    After the boat ride, we hiked/walked on the lower and upper trails, taking in various vistas of the falls — each one more beautiful than the last. Wow. Just wow.
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  • Day34

    Well today had just about everything. It began with a 4 am alarm and an early morning dash through the back streets of Arequipa to beat the blockade around the city by striking workers. It certainly was an interesting way to start a new adventure. At one stage the road was blocked by a large rock in the middle, but our driver managed to wriggle the bus around it.

    Then we entered the tiny check in area of Arequipa airport to find it in a state of complete chaos. The check in queues stretched as far as we could see. If that wasn't bad enough , the departure time for our flight was actually brought forward by 25 minutes.

    After eventually boarding our flight to Lima we arrived at the Lima airport just in time for a full blown fire alert, with sirens, flashing lights and an immediate full evacuation of the terminal buildings. For some time we stood on the tarmac, surrounded by fire and emergency personnel. It was one of those moments.

    One thing we did notice and appreciate was the extra oxygen in our air. After spending the past three weeks cycling, trekking and living between 3000 and 5000 metres, it was a real delight to be able to exert ourselves without having to gasp for air.

    We finally got back in the building in time to board our flight to Iguassu. The flight travels over some of the most incredible barren landscapes you could see anywhere (see the images). Most of the plane was filled with Japanese and Koreans whose behaviour was dreadful. Every time the stewards asked people to return to their seats because of turbulence, the aisles were full of these people wandering and stumbling all over the place. You would think they had never been on a plane before.

    We finally landed in Iguassu in Brazil just after dark, only to find only 1 immigration desk open resulting in a very long wait time. When we finally reached the primitive baggage collection area we were relieved to find all our luggage, but many other people from other groups were not so lucky. Apparently many bags went somewhere else. That was a problem we could well do without.

    We left the terminal and were relieved to find a new guide and luxury bus waiting for us. We were also bemused to see the first rain we had seen since leaving Melbourne. After first crossing the border into Argentina we took a short 30 min bus ride to the best hotel, right next to the famous waterfalls - surely one of the natural wonders of the world.

    We are now all safely ensconced in the lovely Melia Hotel, right next to Iguassu Falls in Argentina. The rooms are sheer luxury and the free dinner they provided for us (because we are the famous Ghostriders) was divine. It's a pity that we could not spend more time here.

    Tomorrow we tour the falls from both the Argentina and Brazil sides.

    We were warned not to leave our hotel windows open because the monkeys will enter our room and steal our stuff. We really are a long way from Peru now.
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  • Day12

    Igauzu Falls: Part 2

    February 27 in Argentina

    One day was simply not enough to really experience the majesty of Iguazu. Fortunately, we had planned on two days.

    In the hopes of catching some animals before the heat of the day drove them in to hiding, we decided to rise early and get to the part around opening time, at 8am. We immediately headed for the jungle trail, where we thought that our chances of seeing animals was greatest. When we arrived to the trail, it was closed. But, as being closed merely meant that a gate was lowered, we decided to sneak behind and sally forth. Frankly, it was all for naught. We walked about 2.5 miles in, but didn’t see a single animal — not a coati, monkey, or a toucan. After about an hour, we were hot and sweaty and discouraged, so we turned around and headed back.

    Our next stop was the upper trail and, of course, that was where we found the animals — monkeys, coatis, and even a toucan. Better late than never!!! Honestly, i could have watched the monkeys all day. Seeing them swing from tree to tree, scamper up and down, and then munch on shoots and leaves. Sublime. The toucan was quite beautiful. The coatis —- meh, reminded me of big raccoons, and they are super aggressive. When I stopped to have a snack, the sound of my opening a bag of nuts was sufficient to draw half a dozen coatis to me, and it was a bit frightening. I decided to take my bag and head in to the store for my snack.

    After having our fill of the animals, we continued to explore the falls. Each view was completely magnificent.

    After having our fill at the park, we headed back to the hotel for some time at the pool, with a tropical drink in hand. What a great way to end our second week of sabbatical.
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  • Day124

    Parque Nacional Iguazu

    January 31 in Argentina

    We took the 9 am bus to the Iguazu National Park gate. Here, at the entrance we learnt that the free boat ride to the San Martín Island in middle of the river was closed due to the level of the water.
    We started on the green trail 1st. Most people head straight for the electric train that takes people to the final station near Garganta del Diablo, the main attraction of the Iguazu falls, so this place is generally crowded in the morning and the afternoon. We decided to go there later in the day when its a bit less crowded.
    The path has been cut through thick forest and despite the stone covered track maintained at a regular interval, the jungle takes over from time to time. There were spider webs over the track with huge spiders hanging in them. At the Estacion Cataratas, the 2nd station on the train track, there were many Coatis. These animals though, totally wild are used to human presence and have learnt to live off them. They were all over the station and the outdoor restaurants nearby trying to snatch and steal food from the people. It was fascinating but at the same time a bit sad as well. Fascinating to see these animals that are so hard to see in the jungle and sad to see them totally dependent on humans. There were boards everywhere indicating not to feed the animals but a lot of people totally ignored these signs. Emboldened, these coatis sometimes would jump on the tables and snatch food and items from people's bags and plates. Much like monkeys in India. The restaurants had kept an interesting piece of equipment to scare them off. They had tied a bottle full of stones at the end of a stick and would shake these near the Coatis when there were too many and too aggressive. The stones would make a rattling sound, much like that a rattlesnake. This would send them scurrying.
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  • Day124

    Upper Trail Waterfalls

    January 31 in Argentina

    The trail then continued across the Bosetti Waterfall. From the other end, we could see the top of the waterfalls and also the viewpoint on the lower trail. The track continues further along the upper trail passing many waterfalls like Adan, Bernabe Méndez, Mbigua. The last of the waterfall on the Upper trail was a bit far off. It is the San Martín waterfall. Funnily, on the board to the San Martín falls, some one had scribbled No Falls with a black marker 😁😁 That actually turned out to be true. The final viewpoint is bang above the waterfall and a bit back from the edge so one can't see any waterfall from there.Read more

  • Day124

    To Garganta del Diablo

    January 31 in Argentina

    The Upper trail looped back to the train station. Here we saw more Coatis and even a Capuchin monkey. From the station, we took the train to the final station of Garganta del Diablo. Near the station, we saw many butterflies near a portable water tap. From the station, a trail 1 km long goes straight into the middle of the river where the massive Garganta del Diablo falls are. The path crosses the Iguazu river to its middle, via a chain of bridges connecting the islands in it. Here, we saw quite big catfish in the water at some places.Read more

  • Day37

    Parque National Iguazu - de foto's (ARG)

    October 28, 2016 in Argentina

    Bij deze de foto's van het Parque National Iguazu in Argentinië.

  • Day12

    Iguazu Falls, Argentina

    May 23, 2017 in Argentina

    Today we were to visit one of the places which inspired our trip to South America, we were not disappointed. Word and photos do not do this place justice. We thought viewing the falls from the Brazil side was amazing but today we got to explore the national park of Iguazu and take the trails which lead you to some amazing and breathtaking views. We were also able to take a boat ride which takes you into one of the waterfalls. This was a slightly terrifying experience as you can't see a thing and feel like you almost drown in a boat!
    This really is a must see place!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cataratas del Iguazú, Cataratas del Iguazu, Iguaçu, Iguaçu Falls, Игуасу, Vodopády Iguaçu, Iguazú-vandfaldene, Igŭacuo, Iguazu, Iguassun putoukset, Chutes d'Iguaçu, Cataratas do Iguazú, מפלי איגואסו, Cascate di Iguazu, イグアスの滝, 이과수 폭포, Igvasu krioklys, Cataratas do Iguaçu, Iguazú-fossene, Wodospad Iguaçu, Cachoeira de Iguaçu, Iguasu, Iguassufallen, 伊瓜苏瀑布

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