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Iguazu Falls, Argentina - Amazing National Park & Utterly Beautiful

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Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - March 2008 May 2009   » View Photoset (19 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 11yrs!
I have stayed in Puerto Iguazu on 2 occasions and been to the waterfalls both times, it's a very beautiful park. The town center is a nice
Argentina Photo - Enormous amounts of water fall onto rocks, Iguazu.
Enormous amounts of water fall onto rocks, Iguazu.
place with lots of accommodation, restaurants, shops and the bus terminal. There are a couple of ATM machines in town, be careful that the bank called Macro's ATM doesn't eat your card like it did mine. On my first time in Puerto Iguazu I stayed in a big hostel with a huge swimming pool, it was like a resort. In the evening they had a bbq and a show featuring Brazilian dancers. The second time I was here, my friend and I came here after the Pantanal and before visiting Paraguay, we stayed in a place in town that had its own kitchen in the room which was great.

How To Get To Iguazu

Not far from town, about 30 minutes on a bus from the terminal is Iguazu National Park, it's about 5 pesos each way. The entry ticket into the park is about 60 pesos (2009). After going into the park, you can either get the train or walk along the 'Green Trail'. The green trail will get you to the same place as where the train is going but you will see more if you walk. Later on everybody takes the train anyway to the 'Devils Throat'. After the green trail there is a choice of the 'Lower Trail' or the 'Upper Trail'. The best way is to do the lower trail first, it's amazing to be at the bottom of some of those waterfalls and see the water crashing down over the rocks. On the lower trail you will see Salto Chico and Salto Dos Hermanas and others, it is a beautiful walk through the forest and over bridges. You will most likely encounter a herd of raccoons
Argentina Photo - Huge amounts of water fall at Iguazu's Garganta del Diablo.
Huge amounts of water fall at Iguazu's Garganta del Diablo.
at some point along the path up. On the upper trail there are waterfalls called Salto Bossetti, Salto Eva and Salto Adan. The views from up here are amazing too, the lookouts and walkways are built extremely well and you can see the park at all angles from them. In the river
Argentina Photo - To get to the Devils Throat grand waterfall at Iguazu, there is a nice walk through a very tranquil area.
To get to the Devils Throat grand waterfall at Iguazu, there is a nice walk through a very tranquil area.
below it is possible to have a tour of the waterfalls in a jet boat, a wild and wet experience.

The Devil's Throat

The end of the upper trail brings you to Estacion Cataratas, the train to take people to the 'Garganta del Diablo' also known as 'The Devils Throat'. It is a fun ride on the train for about 10 minutes out to Estacion Garganta. There is a big map on a board near the walkway entrance to get an idea of where you are and to show you some of the butterflies that are in the area. The bridge views across the water and rocks is one of the best things about the park, we spent 30 minutes enjoying the walk to the main attraction, but you could do it in half that time. The upper river has fish in it that have evolved independantly from the predatory species of fish in the lower river. These fish are unique and smaller than the fish at the bottom of the waterfalls, species such as Moncholo and Mojarras. There are many nice areas along the bridges to
Argentina Photo - Walkway bridge at Iguazu National Park.
Walkway bridge at Iguazu National Park.
look at the beautiful landscapes and river and try to spot some of those fish. You know you are walking towards something magnificant because all the time the distant rumble and roar of water is getting louder. There were floods here that destroyed a catwalk in 1992, but don't let that put you off! After passing the ruined catwalk, you will begin to see the water gathering from all directions and disappearing over the rocks. The bridge and walkways lead down to absolutely mind-blowing views of Iguazu Falls. The amount of water falling is just mind-boggling and the amount of spray created that is drifting down the river too. On a super hot day, it is great to stand at a certain point on the lookout and get sprayed. From the lookout you can also see across to the other side to Brazil. Foz do Iguacu is more of a panoramic view where as Puerto Iguazu is more up close and personal. It's easy to spend 4-5hrs in this amazing place. I would rate Iguazu Falls as one of the best natural sights that I have seen in South America!

     

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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Iguazu Falls, Argentina:

The Hostel-Inn Iguazu Falls, Iguazu, Argentina - Large Photo
The Hostel-Inn Iguazu Falls, Iguazu, Argentina (Mar 2008 - 5 nights) - An awesome hostel, very flash, computers, table tennis, meeting area, dj, food and drink, huge pool, palm trees, lots of people and great social fun, food and dancing shows at night time!
Hostel Anahi, Iguazu, Argentina - Large Photo
Hostel Anahi, Iguazu, Argentina (May 2009 - 2 nights) - Good room with its own kitchen built in at a good price, but the bed had bugs and the people next door decided to have a party in the middle of the night, so did not get a great sleep.

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