Alison & Ryans Travel Log travel blog

Beautiful Iguazu

Ryan brings forth the almighty

Together after being soaked by the falls

Alison by the falls

Bewildered monkey

A peak at the falls from the top

Just one of the hundreds of butterflies

Water gushing over the Gargantua del Diablo

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Gargantua del diablo

We arrived after an overnight bus ride to a small town called Puerto Iguazu. Immediately we noticed how peaceful and quiet it was here after the bustling noise of being in a city. It really felt tropical, being so humid and green and from the balcony by our room we could see many hummingbirds and parrots zipping through the trees. It was the hottest day of our trip so far and the first time in 2 months we got to wear shorts.

We were excited and headed out early the next day to go the Iguazu Falls National Park, right on the border with Brazil. After grabbing a map we walked down the paths that took us to the base of the falls on the Argentinean side. We went past a couple of smaller cascades and as the jungle began to open up we came to a lookout where we had an amazing vista of the area. It was an amazing site, dotted around the gorge were numerous rainbows and all we could hear was the thunderous roar of the falls. One of the paths lead us directly beneath the closest of these powerful waterfalls. We then took turns in running out to the very end of the walkway where we got completely drenched by the water spilling down from above. It was a lot of fun and helped to take the edge off the heat of the day.

We continued to walk around the park and noticed a huge amount of insect life here it seemed to be buzzing. More types of butterflies than we have ever seen in every colour imaginable. We continued up to the walkway at the top of the falls which gave a different perspective of the area, instead of looking up at the water we were now on the edge of the gorge looking down. We were lucky enough to have a troop of monkeys swinging through the trees around us. There was a mother with a little baby on her back and we saw them jumping from one side of the river to the other. One of the monkeys got separated from the group and perched on a branch above the walkway. It was very cute and human like in its facial expressions and looked down at all the tourists as if he knew he was the star. One lady next to us wasn't to keen on this little fella after he did a big piss on her head. The monkeys were another highlight of this wonderful day and we didn't even know the best was yet to come.

We ended the day with a short train ride to the far end of the falls, through huge swarms of butterflies. Jumping off the train we took a long walkway over kilometres of raging rivers that fed the falls. After about half an hour we arrived at the top of the Gargantua del Diablo (Devils throat). A massive horse-shoe shaped gorge that plummeted into a mist so thick you couldn't see the bottom. There was so much water that its inconceivable just how much water can be in the one place at one time. The rivers above were constantly surging so much into this one spot that at times the spray of water rising from below saturated everyone on the lookout above. It was mother nature at her finest, just phenomenal that such a force is possible. Mind blowing that all day, every day this water never stops. One of our favourite days. We have included a short very novice video of the 'Devils throat' falls to give you an idea of the scale which was impossible to capture with a photo.

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