Rainbows, butterflies, and waterfalls, too.
Puerto Iguazu Travel Blog› entry 236 of 251 › view all entries
September 18th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
According to my guidebook, there are over 350 waterfalls here in Iguaza. We really did our best to see them all today! And it all lived up to my high expectations... it was a terrific day.
In the morning we took a bus from Puerto Iguazú to the Visitor’s Center at the falls. This was a pretty easy process, and I was happy for our hotel’s proximity to both the town and transportation. As we pulled up to the Visitor’s Center, two large tour buses were being let out at the same time, so we had a very long line to get tickets. There were so many people all around us that it was a little disheartening -- we had hoped to see nature, not crowds!
We picked up a map after getting our tickets and made a plan of attack. Our goal was to hit as many of the trails as we could in one day. First, we took the Green Trail, which just basically got us into the park.
The second trail we hit was Circuito Inferior (Lower Trail), which was a series of concrete paths and rather ugly steel catwalks spanning various watery areas. Although it was kind of crowded at first, it soon thinned out and overall it wasn’t bad at all.
From the Lower Trail, we were able to take a free boat over to Isla San Martin, where a circuit path afforded an excellent view of the falls, especially Gargantua del Diablo, which is the biggest one. We got drenched on the viewing platform there, but it felt great as it was a pretty warm day. On the island path we saw tons of iguanas (big ones!), and lots of birds.
After the Lower Trail, it was time for the Circuito Superior (Upper Trail) which was pretty damn terrifying. We had to cross these catwalks right over the waterfalls (which are really HIGH)! It was so scary, but the farther we went the more comfortable I got. And although I would normally detest man-made steel bridges crisscrossing a naturally beautiful area like this, I have to say it was pretty cool to peek over the waterfalls like that. I really, really liked it.
Our last hike was the route to the top of Gargantua del Diablo.
Thoroughly exhausted, we headed back to the hotel where we managed to muster enough energy to visit the fitness room. The sunset was visible from my exercise bike, which was all the entertainment I had since I am out of books now :^( We then wrapped the day with a late dinner at the hotel.
Tomorrow we leave here for an overnight in Buenos Aires before heading over to the other side of the continent and the Galapagos Islands. And that is our last stop before home… This is the beginning of the end.
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