To celebrate the Día del Libertador José de San Martín, I took a 16 hour omnibus ride with my compañera and two amigos to Puerto Iguazu to see the Iquazu falls. We spent three days exploring the falls and taking pictures.
$130 round trip for the omnibus between Buenos Aires and Puerto Iguazu
$14 per night @ Marcopolo Inn (x3 nights = $42 US)
50 AR$ (~$13 US) for van ride to Brazil park
37 reais (~$21 US) Brazil park entrance
10 pesos (~$2.50 US) for the el Practico bus to and from Argentinean park (x2 days = $5)
85 AR$ (~$21.50 US) first day for Argentinean park
43 AR$ (~10.90 US) second day for Argentinean park (with stamped ticket)
Grand total: $243.40 per person not including food.
Day 1: Brazil
Our first jaunt to the falls was via Brazil. The Brazilian park is smaller than the Argentinean park, so it was a perfect half-day excursion after the overnight bus ride. Visiting Brazil also validated my Brazilian visa, which is now valid for 10 years.
The Devil’s Throat The weather was cloudy and it was either raining or the waterfalls were misting. Taking pictures was almost impossible because it took about 0.2 seconds for lenses to get misty.
The viewing platform on the Brazilian side. It’s pretty awesome because you can walk into the middle the river with the falls above you on one side and below you on the other. I was out there for about one minute and got completely soaked as you can see in the following photo….
Day 2: Argentina I
Day two in Iguazu was spent on the Argentinean side. There is a lot more to do there and a lot more trails and metal bridges that span falls and rivers. We started the day with the view of the Devil’s Throat (or Garganta del Diablo) from the Argentinean side. The day was mostly cloudy, but we had a brief respite that allowed for a few awesome pictures of the Garganta and a little blue sky.
Day 3: Argentina II
Our last day was a lucky day because the sun came out, the ferry to Isla San Martin started working again, and we saw plenty of rainbows and wild critters.
We finally found the jungle walk and I was the first person to spot a monkey. Unfortunately he was really far away. This shot would have been awesome if I had a zoom lens and it was brighter out and my hand wasn’t so shaky or if the darn monkey would just come closer.