Noel & Melissa on the Argentinian side of the Iguassu Falls, from the Upper Circuit.
What a great day, one of the highlights of our trip. The hotel breakfast was most impressive, a hot and cold buffet of just about everything you can think of! Left the hotel at 8.30am to head back over to the Argentinian side of the border and see the falls first from that side. We started with a walk around the Upper Circuit to see the top of the 2 Sisters, Bossetti, Bernabe Mendez and Mbigna Falls. The park is set up brilliantly with boardwalks and signs, even a shuttle train to take you to the areas further away and a free ferry to San Martin Island (which we couldn´t get to because the river is too high at the moment). The Mendez falls are named after a ranger who was murdered by poachers not happy with being locked out of the protected areas.
Our happy group on the Upper Circuit, Argentinian side.
The falls are spectacular, and the spray makes huges rainbows all over the place. Also lots of birdlife around, and spectacular butterflies such as the ´88´which has this pattern on its wings. Also plenty of coaties around, but these racoon-like creatures are a bit worrisome. We actually saw one jump up and grab a packet of biscuits out of a woman´s hands, and they have really fierce looking teeth and claws. Next was the Lower Circuit which tooks us down to the boat landing place - this path gave us a very up close view of the 2 Sisters Falls, a soaking view in fact! But this was unimportant, because within a few minutes we were as wet as we´ve ever been in our lives! We took a boat trip to get a water-level view of the falls and then the driver took us right up into the spray so got absolutely soaked.
The falls with their 1780 cubic metres of water per second going over the edge!
The guide recommends that you wear bathers for this part, and we would concur. They give you a watertight bag to put your belongings in, so you can put your dry clothes back on afterwards. The boat then took us a little further down the Rio Iguazu to where our 4x4 truck was waiting to drive us back through the jungle to the visitor centre area for lunch. Lunch was an interesting experience, surrounded by swarming bees attracted to the food and drink! Our last excursion for the day was getting on the Eco-Train to the Devils Throat Falls, the most spectacular by far. We walked along a boardwalk about 1km long which takes you right out over the rivers to the point where the falls drop away 70 metres below, so quite an experience. The view is amazing, the spray is huge (along with the rainbows) and the noise extremely loud. The water in the falls is huge and violent, so much so that you can´t actually make out the bottom at all, it´s just a seething mass of white.
After this, we were all pretty much waterfalled-out so headed home, back through immigration, for a quick dinner at the restaurant next door to the hotel and bed.