Wednesday 26.9.18 - We were dropped at Buenos Aires domestic airport by Jorge for our flight to Iguazu, the flight was delayed by 1½ hours. Once finally on our way it only took about 1 ½ hours to fly. When we landed at Iguazu airport all the passengers clapped!! Not sure that was about.
Managed to negotiated a taxi to the Oasis B&B, to be met by a very welcoming and helpful Hector. Luckily he speaks Italian and Spanish so communication was good. He showed us the map and explained the park routes, where to catch buses, and offered to drive us into town. We walked around the streets of Iguazu, very different than what I expected. It looks like a little run down old country town, no flash stand out buildings or hotels. I then remembered the lookout, so with the sun fading we walked rather quickly up to the Triple Frontier lookout and you can view the boarders of Argentina, Brazil & Paraguay where the Parana & Iguazu rivers converge. It began to rain so we headed back into town and found a lovely Italian restaurant for tea, and after caught a taxi back to the B&B.
Thursday 27.9.18 - Up early and served a great breakfast by Hector - most of the food served is grown on his property, fresh pineapple, fresh squeezed orange juice, home made yoghurt, coffee, toast. He then drove us to the bus stop to catch the bus to the Cataratas Iguazu national park. A taxi drove past and offered us a lift for 200 A.peso (about $8.00) so we grabbed that ride, I was a little suspicious, but Rob was keen, you have to develop a trust for people wanting to do the right thing when on holiday. Once at the park it was straight forward getting the ticket 600 A.Peso (about $24.00 ea), then headed straight for the train to go to the "Devils Throat" first. Travelling through dense rainforest on a little eco open air train, you soon meet the Coati which is a little furry animal also known as the coatimundi, it's a member of the raccoon family. It is a diurnal mammal native to South America, Central America, and southwestern North America. The name is purportedly derived from the Tupian languages of Brazil. They are a bit of a nuisance which I will explain later! At the station stop you head along the Garganta del Diablo trail. The walking tracks are amazing, steal walkways weaving over water ways and between the forest, once you get to the end the noise and power of the water is unbelievable, and you get a bit wet with the water spray.
Iguazú waterfalls (meaning big water) are part of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. Together, they make up the largest waterfall system in the world. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River rises near the city of Curitiba, a city in the province Parana Brazil. For most of its course, the river flows through Brazil; however, most of the falls are on the Argentine side. Below its merge with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil. Height: 60 to 82m, Number of drops: 275, Flow rate: 1,756 m³/s.
After taking a million photos its time to head back to the eco train station along the same walkway. On the train back to the main station we spotted a Toucan in the trees, unfortunately it was the only one we saw all day!
We grabbed a coffee and cake before heading off to the upper circuit(Circuito Superior) - a system of trails, catwalks, bridges and observation platforms along the upper ridge of the Iguazu Falls on the Argentina side. From here we had close-up views with Salto Bossetti, Salto Adan i Eva, Salto Barnabe Mendez and Salto Mbigua falls. You will also see Salto San Martin. Its amazing to be on top of the falls to see them flowing over the edge.
Before we began the lower circuit we bought some empanadas and drinks for lunch. The Coaties hang around in large groups looking for food, and unknowing tourists!!! I was holding the bag of food high as I could see they were after it, Rob sits at a table, places some serviettes on the table, proceeding to share out the food, I was thinking he was risking the food being pinched but before I had time to say something a coatie reached up from under to table and took the bag, mean while as we were shocked and laughing at the same time a monkey flew down from the roof and snatched the ½ of empanada straight our of Rob's hand while he was eating it. OMG what a circus, the monkey raced back to the roof and enjoyed Rob's lunch while tourists took photos!! We were standing in the open trying to eat quickly the food we had left while still laughing. After finishing our left over we headed off along the lower trail.
The Lower Circuit (Circuito Inferior) is a long meandering path across the local rainforest with views on Salto Alvar Nunez and Salto Lanusse falls and then along the lower Iguazu River. It offers breathtaking views on all the major waterfalls on the Argentina's side and Salto Los Hermanos. It is just mesmerizing watching the power of the water falling over the edge, and listening to the noise.
Over the day we walked for 5 - 6 hours and covered about 10 km. An amazing day that I won't forget for a long time. We caught the bus back to the B&B for a small siesta before heading out for a great dinner to finish the day.
Friday 28/9/18 - A little sleep in today was welcomed, and then to be fronted with another amazing breakfast prepared by Hector, we hung around the B&B and got to see some hummingbirds in his garden. With transport organised be headed back to the airport, with a little fiasco at book in, I'm not a fan of electronic book in. Just as we got to the desk Rob's ID was verified & he went through security, and then my phone would not load for me, so I had to join the line again to get a paper ticket, then the wifi picked up so I dashed up stairs to check through. Then to board our electronic confirmation had not confirmed our seats, so I was in row 1 and Rob was in Row 27!!. Lucky it was only a short flight. On landing back in Buenos Aires the passengers clapped again!! It was nice to be met by our trusty private taxi Jorge. I asked Jorge what is it with clapping on landing, he explained it is a thing that Brazilian people do, not so much Argentinians.