Iguazu I Love You

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.

Logistics:
$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 Brazilian park entrance

A very wet view of the falls

The viewing platform was pretty wet.

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….

A good waterproof test for my new North Face jacket (it passed).

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.

On the Argentina side you can walk right up to the edge of the Diablo.

The old platform was destroyed in a flood.

We rode the park train once or twice and then walked the rest of the time.

One of the few rainbows that we saw on Saturday. We saw a lot more on Sunday when the sun came out.

The lower circuit has a lot of walkways and platforms that take you right to the edge above and below falls.

I really loved the green clumps of grass right on the edge of this fall.

This little tree was one of my favorite trees in the park.

These strange raccoon weasel pig monkeys were everywhere. I thought they were cute until a herd of them chased us in the jungle.

The path down to the ferry. The mist from the falls keeps everything very green.

A lighthouse maybe? I have no idea.

El Practico brings us back to our youth hostel in Puerto Iguazu.

The men’s toilet.

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.

These birds were my favorite. It almost seemed like the were flirting with the camera.

The vultures were out flying around Isle San Martin enjoying the sun.

A closeup of one of our vulture pals.

A big Sunday rainbow.

We got a little lost trying to find the jungle walk…

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.

Don’t take El Rapido Argentino. The seats were old and uncomfortable, the food was terrible, and they were almost two hours late.

We enjoyed a good view from the front seats before the people who reserved them got on the bus and took them from us.

A fellow bus rider.

Home sweet home.

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