Getting up close and Personal with Iguazu

Another of those early morning starts. But we plan to hit the falls on the first bus and get there early. A big day of exploring the trails of the Argentine Side. And as the bus drives past Marjo’s hostel I’m going to meet her on the bus.

Parque Nacional

Thats the plan. Though getting to the bus stop, it seems every other person has that plan. And its a bit of a fight to actually get onto the bus. But I manage to get on, and I hope that Marjo can as well. And she squeezes on by sneaking onto the back door entrance.

Up towards the Brasilian side.

The entry to get into this side goes a lot smoother than the Brazilian side. 100 pesos and we’re straight through. And walking to the ‘train station’. Yup its touristy, but they have a train going from one end to the other to make it more easily accessible. Though we ditch it and walk the 500m to the next train station.

Not a bad view.

From here, we duck on down to the Circuito Inferior. Its a long walk around the bottom. And there is absolutely no one. Not a soul but Marjo and I. The track ends at Salto Bossetti, where one can stand under the fall and get drenched by it. We saw people actually skipping, but again, there wasn’t anyone here to really annoy you.

Salto Bossetti. And no one around!

It’s then doing one of the must activities – and that is the jet boat ride. For about 90 pesos you get a 20 minute ride on a jet boat. It swings you up and around a few times to take some photos before roaring straight into the falls twice. You cop an absolute hammering as the falls pummel down. It doesn’t end there, they do it a second time, just for kicks and giggles.

See my vest! Before the boat trip.

The aftermath = Drenched!

Sadly, due to the strong currents the ferry to Isla San Martin is not running. So we then head up past Dos Hermanos and then swing onto the Circuito Superior.

Dos Hermanos.

The Circuito Superior is the less scenic of the two walks here. It takes you above the falls. Its not made any better by the mass amount of tourists here. Though there are some great views up for grabs.

Circuito Superior.

At the end we head back and grab some lunch (note: bring your own lunch its super expensive in the park). Its then time to wait for the train, its the only way to get to the final stop on the falls circuit – Garganta del Diablo.

The Sendero which was a walkway.

This has to be the absolute highlight of any trip here. To see the amount of water that hurtles into a small chasm, its no wonder its called the devils throat. Alas, it is also the most popular part and is chockers with people. That be said, be patient and you will get an extraordinary view of the falls. One that literally takes your breath away, and if you can keep your camera dry from the water, some amazing photos. I would love to get the opportunity to be here with no one. It would be one of those glorious moments.

Garganta del Diablo. A sight to behold!

Along with our jet boat ride, we also booked an ‘eco’ rafting adventure. Which is a more scenic, and slow way to get back to the middle train station. Its a slow drifting boat, where you might get the chance to spot wildlife, we only really got butterflies and tonnes at that. Though you get to jump off and refresh in the river if you choose too.

The only wildlife on a little boat cruise back.

And thats the end, the other interesting thing about this side is that you do get to see some wildlife. Even if its a feral bunch of Coati’s. These furry looking creatures, seem all innocent at first. And then they all come running and searching for food. It can be quite amusing watching them do that.

Coati’s. These devils are everywhere.

Back to Puerto Iguazu we go, and at the bus station we book tickets to Florianopolis! And grab an Ice Cream. Then its back to the pool to soak up some rays, drink a few beers and not do a great deal at all.

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