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Departamento de Iguazú

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  • Day27

    Puerto Iguazú

    April 29, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Chau Brazil, Ola Argentina!

    Our first border crossing went much smoother than we expected. We had to get a bus to the border and stop with Brazilian customs to get our passport and visa stamped. We then had to wait for the next bus to take us across to Argentina who amazingly stopped and waited for us while we went through customs there!

    After the last 3 months of working with Brazilian reals we now have to get our head around Argentine pesos. My mental arithmetic is certainly improving.

    We arrived at our hostel around 1:30pm which was too late to do the falls so we popped out to grab some lunch and had a quiet afternoon at the hostel trying to work out our route through Argentina. In the evening we went to this cute little cafe called Lemongrass for some dinner which was super cheap and pretty delicious.

    We then got up early the next day and headed to the falls again. The Argentinian side of the falls is a lot bigger than the Brazilian side. There are 3 main trails that we walked around. The first one took us to a spot where you can look down on the Devils Throat (where we had been in Brazil) and then we walked around another trail which took you along the top of the main falls before stopping for a bit of lunch. We decided to eat inside as the park is full of coaties, which are the fluffier, misleadingly cute equivalent of British seagulls. Their main goal in life is to steal your food by any means possible. They can also carry rabies so we wanted to stay as far away from them as possible!

    After lunch we walked along a lower trail around the falls as we booked ourselves into the boat trip that takes you right into the waterfall. The boat trip was amazing! We got completely soaked but it was so much fun! Simon has some cracking go pro footage.

    All in all another fantastic day out seeing the spellbinding falls. The sheer size, power and noise the water makes is hard to put into words. There are also rainbows at every turn which is lush!

    After the long day at the falls we popped to the supermarket to get some quick and easy food for dinner and discovered cheap Argentinian wine! We were joined by a number of other people staying in the hostel and before we knew it, one bottle turned into 3! I am feeling very smug as by some miracle I am feeling fresh. Simon Thatcher however is struggling today and has put himself back to bed in a hammock as we had to check out of our room. As you can imagine, he is also particularly excited about our 16 hour coach journey to Buenos Aires later. The words "I don't think we should go to Mendoza as I am never drinking wine again" have crossed his lips on a couple of occasions this morning already.
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  • Day111

    Still Chasing Waterfalls

    November 17, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    After arriving at our Air B&B and realising that our host spoke absolutely no English and stumbling through a conversation with her, which for the most part we think all parties understood, we took a stroll down to the three borders between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The small town of Puerto Iguazú was easily explored in an afternoon; that was until a massive storm passed over, causing a power outage. It took us back to our primitive roots – no internet for a few hours, not that the connection was very good to begin with anyway.

    The Argentinian side provides a much closer view of the waterfalls, as you track through the sub-tropical forest. We had never seen views like this before. It seemed like endless waterfalls covered the 2.7-kilometre-long plateau. The sound of water crashing upon the rocks below could be heard everywhere you walked. On the visitor information leaflet that we received on entering the park, we noticed one of the recommendations advised us to “Enjoy the fauna without molesting the animals” and “not [to] touch any animals”. Fortunately, we were about to make it our alive without molesting, or being attacked by, a coati/quoati, a strange looking animal that looks like a cross between a possum/raccoon and an echidna.

    Heading to the bus station so that we could go to the airport, we were informed that buses don't run on the weekends to the airport and that the only option was to take a taxi. Luckily we stumbled upon a car service that offered trips to the airport that were cheaper than a taxi. We weren't expecting much more than a tin shed as an airport and, while it was a little bit better than this, there was no computer system for check-in. Boarding passes had been pre-printed and the scales for weighing our luggage looked like they had been borrowed from someone's bathroom. Our airline seemed so low-budget that they couldn't afford signage. Even though there are only three gates in the airport, it was difficult to work them out. Our flight once again had a gate change, but, at this airport, maybe because it was low-budget and they couldn't afford a microphone system, some poor ground staff had to yell, in Spanish, about the gate change. Now, our Spanish is starting to improve, a little, but we had no idea what was being said. Some kind strangers needed to translate for us. We could only hope that this wasn't an indication of our flight.

    Next stop: Buenos Aires.
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  • Day125

    How to get to Colombia??

    February 1, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    The adventure at Iguazu falls wasn't over yet 😁 At the Estacion Cataratas we saw an ambulance and decided to check with them if they have any balm or something for Maria's burnt hand. The nurse told us that we would need to go to the entrance for that and offered to drop us off there. The train was going packed by now, so we readily accepted the offer. So, the 3 of us packed up at the back of the ambulance were dropped off at the park entrance. Here, Maria got her hand bandaged.
    One thing we all agreed after the beautiful day at the Iguazu falls was that we all were fully satisfied with the tour on the Argentina side and no one wanted to spend another day seeing the falls from the Brazilian side. We decided to fly to Colombia the next day instead.
    Now the big question was, what route to take. All the tickets we checked were extremely expensive. There were 3 airports in the area, one in each country Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay right next to the common border. Now, in South America, the flights within the country are always cheaper than international flights to any other country. So, we tried 20-30 different combinations via the different airport and the different countries. Eventually, after about 2 hours of exercise, we figured that the cheapest route was from the Iguassu Airport in Brazil to Lima in Peru and from there to Cartagena via Bogota in Colombia. We booked our tickets for the next day. The flight was at 9 pm.

    Having enough time the next day, we decided to go to the bus terminal the next day and figure out how to get to the airport in Brazil. So, next morning, we checked out and went to the bus terminal. After walking around going from kiosk to kiosk, we figured that from Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, there were buses only to either Foz du Iguassu town or the Iguassu National Park entrance in Brazil. From Foz du Iguassu, it was possible to take taxis to the airport. But, we realized that the bus to Iguassu National Park goes from quite near the airport. If they could just drop us off on the main road opposite the airport, we would need to walk only 2 km to the airport. We decided to try this option.
    By now, it was 1:30 pm and the last bus that goes to the Iguassu National Park was at 2 pm. As soon as we went back to the counter of the bus company, the person working there went away. We didn't want to lose our place in the que, so I stayed there, while Hristo and Maria went back to the hostel to get their bags. The plan was that I would have run and got my bag once they were back. Instead, Hristo managed to get both his, my bag and his hand bag a total of near 35 kgs 😨😨😨
    Just then the person working at the counter came back and we managed to get the tickets for the 2 pm bus, just 10 min before the departure time. The bus left at 2 pm with just the 3 of us in it. On the way out of the Puerto Iguazu town, we picked up a few more people going across the border but the total was still less than 10 people.
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  • Day80

    Argentinian Interlude

    October 29, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Once we had floated over the Parana River into Argentina at Puerto Iguazu, we laboured up the long steep hill into town, in the heat, with our bags. We only had Paraguayan money, and dollars, and there was no means of exchanging it for Argentinian pesos at the little port where we had landed, so the offer of a taxi was not an option. At the top, we went straight to the nearest Cambio to stand in front of the large fan, then took a taxi to the hotel. Once settled, (and chilled), we walked into town, which we now knew to be quite close by, for lunch. We ate at a self-service buffet restaurant which charged by weight and had a Robert de Niro look-alike waiter who served your drinks and puds. Really good, home made fare, and the most delicious lemon soufflé with passion fruit sauce, which we had again when we visited a second time :)

    In the afternoon, we decided to go over into Brazil, just 30 minutes away by bus. Definitely a wasted trip. There was nothing to see, and by the time we got there, all the shops were closing - we hadn't factored in the time difference between Argentina and Brazil. We were told that the bus back also stopped at the central plaza with a cathedral (as well as at the bus terminal), so we decided to walk there to catch it, so that, in Chris' words, "At least we would have seen something of interest." We marched down the longest central street, in history, ever, in a gathering wind, dry leaves swirling Oz-like around our heads, large drops of rain staining our t shirts. We never visited the church, just a bus stop, where we waited about half an hour for our number - well, at least we got another stamp in our passport. That afternoon and evening, we experienced some real rainforest weather, so to avoid a head to toe soaking, we went straight to an early dinner from Brazil, rather than going back to the hotel.

    Next day was our trip to the Iguazu Falls. Once we arrived at the National Park, we caught the little tourist train to the walkway that takes you to the top of the Falls. Just after the previous load of passengers had disembarked, some wild things came out of the woods and got on - a team of coatis, the South American Raccoons, who kindly swept the carriage for us before our trip. They were everywhere at the park - on and under the cafe tables, scurrying around our feet, or competing for the midges with the capuchin monkey, who was currently on the roof of the drinks bar. The birds were velvety rich, with teddy glass eyes and silk fan crests, and the trees were dressed with spidery, acid-lemon orchids. The cataracts are huge - there are so many falls within the Falls, and so many different levels and directions in which they drop from the massive rocks and cliffs that make up Iguazu, that unless you are in a helicopter, or have a drone, it is impossible to view them as a whole. There are mini forests growing on some of the largest outcrops at the centre of the Falls, yet the tiniest swifts dart in and out of the spray, which often obliterates whole sections of the sight as it drops, and spumes back up to the sky where the condors soar. I imagined the birds living in the smallest holes and caves, under the weight of water, along the river bed. Photographs cannot capture the scale and drama of the scene.

    On our last morning in Puerto Iguazu, we took a walk to the edge of town, to a monument overlooking the Parana, with views of the banks of the other two countries (Brazil and Paraguay), that, along with Argentina, make up the three frontiers on the river. I bought a dinosaur shark tooth pendant from a craft stall to remember the day.
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  • Day8

    1 day in Argentina

    June 21, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Iguazu falls crash across the Brazil and Argentina border. There are 275 individual falls occupying an area more than 3km wide and 80m high. It is said that after seeing Iguazu falls, the Niagara ones are nothing in comparison. It is hard to say which side is better, whether the argentinian or brazilian one, as both are different.

    We started with the Argentinian one, our driver Sebastian came to pick us up in the morning and first took us to exchange some argentinian pesos as no other currency and not even credit cards are accepted to pay the entrance fee. Then we crossed the brazilian border followed by the argentinian one. I was so happy to get another stamp for my passport. The two states are divided by a bridge across a river.

    When we reached the park Sebastian explained us the trails that we should take and recommended us a boat tour as well. There were 3 trails, upper trail with the view for the falls from above, middle trail facing the falls and inferior trail. To reach the upper trail we took a short train ride. And then we walked around 2km on elevated plank walkway through jungle above the river to reach the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's throat). The name its really appropriate. It is probably the most impressive section of the falls, where 50% of the entire falls' flow run into a narrow section leaving you stunned at the absolute power of Mother Nature. We were directly above the whole action, it was so close that we got pretty soaked as well. The second trail was a more scenic one, so we just walked and enjoyed the beautiful views for the falls with the rainbow above it. And finally we decided for some adventure. We booked a tour called nautic adventure and went on a speed boat under the falls. For the next 10 minutes we were screaming our heads off as the driver sped in and out the falls, subjecting us to the pounding water. It was really intense but really unforgettable experience. And we got super soaked like from a big shower! Then the boat continued down the river and at one point we disembarked and got on safari jeep that took us through the jungle which was the end of the tour.

    Sebastian picked us up and we crossed the border again to the brazilian side where our hotel was. The Iguazu falls are among the new 7 wonders of nature and I can definitely understand why! :)

    CZ:
    Vodopády Iguazu představují největší systém vodopádů na Zemi. Nacházejí se na hranicích mezi Argentinou a Brazílií. Je zde asi 275 samostatných vodopádů, které se řítí v přepadu dlouhém okolo 3 km na šířku a do hloubky 80 m. Říká se, že po shlédnutí těchto vodopádů, kanadské vodopády Niagara jsou nic ve srovnání. Je těžké říct, která strana je lepší, jestli argentinská či brazilská, protože každá nabízí jiný zážitek.

    Začali jsme argentinskou stranou. Náš řidič Sebastian nás ráno vyzvedl v hotelu a vzal nás vyměnit argentinské pesa, protože vstup do parku není možné platit žádnou jinou měnou ani kreditní kartou. Poté jsme přejeli přes brazilské hranice, následované argentinskýma. Měla jsem obrovskou radost z dalšího razítka v pase. Hranice mezi Argentinou a Brazílií je rozdělena mostem přes řeku Iguacu.

    Když jsme dorazili do parku, tak nám Sebastian vysvětlil stezky po kterých máme jít a taky doporučil tour lodí. Celkem parkem vedly 3 stezky, horní s výhledem na vodopady zvrchu, prostřední
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  • Day27

    Las cataracas Iguaçu côté Argentin

    March 22, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Les chutes d'Iguaçu du côté Brésilien ne nous ont pas suffit donc aujourd'hui nous sommes allés les retrouver du côté Argentin! Si le côté Brésilien est merveilleux avec ses panoramas et sa vue d'ensemble sublimée par d’innombrables arcs-en-ciel ? , le côté Argentin est impressionnant par la puissance perçue des chutes. La gorge du Diable est absolument effrayante (on sent vraiment toute la puissance de l'eau écoulée)! En forme de fer à cheval, elle s’étend sur 150 mètres et déverse des milliers de litres d’eau dans un fracas assourdissant. Ces chutes en mêlant puissance et beauté nous ont vraiment énormément plues et impressionnées❤️Read more

  • Day7

    Nationalpark Iguazu (Argentinen)

    August 7, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Die letschte zwöi Täg hei mer in Puerto Iguazu verbracht. Da im ne eifache, gmüetliche Hostel hei mers rächt gmüetlich gnah u am erste Tag eifach dChlistadt entdeckt. Am zwöite Tag si mer de namal zu de Iguazu Wasserfäll, dasmal aber uf de argentinische Site. Mer hei ou paar Tier vo Nöchem dörfe entdecke u si namal einisch vo
    däm Wältwunder begeistered gsi!
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  • Day7

    Brasil - Argentina, Iguaçu - Iguazu

    August 4, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Aterrámos na noite anterior em Iguaçu. Não vimos nada das Cataratas, mas o dia seguinte compensou. A natureza indomável. Não há palavras suficientes para descrever o que os olhos viram. Do lado brasileiro, ao chegar ao local, começa-se logo a avistá-las. Caminha-se ao longo delas, se assim se pode dizer, nas suas margens. Podem-se avistar do outro lado como se despejassem água de uma bacia larga que cai para o precipício. É possível ir até à boca e vê-las de frente ou lateralmente. De frente é a melhor maneira de tomar um banho de chuveiro. Apesar de ser inverno, passamos por pai e filho que, na desportiva, se apresentam de chinelo de dedo e fato de banho, no espírito de “Já que te vais molhar, aproveita para o fazer a sério!” A juntar à magnificência das cataratas há ainda os animais. Bem de perto vêm-se tucanos nas árvores, como se fossem os nossos melros ou popas- meios desconfiados mas fáceis de ver.
    A fronteira demorou mais tempo do que esperávamos e já só pudemos ver a imponente Garganta del Diablo do lado argentino. Para lá chegar caminha-se por cima do delta do rio sobre uns passadiços de rede forte de metal e madeira. É uma caminhada calma e silenciosa. Mergulhões, patos, tucanos, abutres e pássaros de pequeno porte e diversas cores, mantém-se ocupados, não dando importância à intrusão humana. Ao longe vê-se uma névoa, ou fumo, ou nuvem por trás da flora tropical que invade as pequenas ilhas ao longo do delta do rio. Ao chegar mais perto vê-se a água a desaparecer num sifão e, de repente, está-se em cima dela... a Garganta del Diablo. Se se fixar o olhar apenas na água que cai para o abismo parece impossível resistir-lhe. Dou por mim a pensar que antes de haver os passadiços e as guardas, seguindo o olhar mergulhava-se numa queda infinita para o abismo. Pois é assim que as vejo, ou melhor, não vejo. O fim não parece existir. Difícil de explicar este misto de emoções de respeito, loucura, beleza, fascínio e um certo calafrio. É do Diabo!
    À noite, o nosso primeiro bife argentino 👌👌!
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  • Day13

    Iguazu - Dia uno

    October 29, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Après 17 heures de bus de nuit entre Sao Paolo et Iguazu, nous sommes enfin arrivés à l'une des plus belles chutes du monde. Nous avons été époustouflés par la puissance et la beauté des chutes, entourées d'une vaste jungle abritant des animaux que nous nous avions jamais vu : koati (mignons et malins petits animaux, ou sneaky bastards, qui ont attaqué le sac à dos de tassja), capibara (plus grand rongeur du monde), tucan cantu, aras, etc....Read more

  • Day5

    Auf nach Argentinien

    September 6, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Da der Großteil der Iguazú-Catarratas auf der argentinischen Seite liegt, machen wir uns heute dorthin auf den Weg. Wir fahren über die Neves-Brücke, von der man wunderbar alle 3 Länder (Brasilien, Argentinien und Paraguay) sehen kann. Im Parque Nacional Iguazú besteigen wir eine offene Schmalspurbahn und fahren zu dem ca. 1 km langen Steg Paseo Garganta, der über den oberen Rio Iguazu führt. Hier kann man die riesige Ausdehnung des Flusses sehen. Der Steg endet direkt an der Absturzkante des gewaltigsten und lautesten aller Iguazú-Fälle. An dieser Stelle fallen 40% der gesamten Wassermenge. Uns blinzelt auch schon ab und zu die Sonne an - es ist ein einmaliges Naturschauspiel!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Departamento de Iguazú, Departamento de Iguazu

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