Patagonia - Argentina & Chile + Iguazu Falls travel blog

16/17/18 Nov:

Bumpy flight to Buenos Airies for overnight before departing for Iguazu National Park to see the falls! As always lots of seat swapping which seems the norm on Argentinian flights and all very laid back and friendly. Poor stewardesses had a bit of a time stopping and starting though :-D.

Temp and Humidity hit us on the border with Brazil! Lovely to have an upgrade at our hotel in Puerto Iguazu, which has a holiday feel about it, although it is a good one anyway in comparison to some of the hostelries in walking country. It is exceedingly busy ... it is a long w/e in Brazil so all and sundry are out for the day in Iguazu!

Not surprisingly then the around the falls on the Brazilian side is pretty busy and lots of ´jolly´ jostling for a view.

There are 275 individual falls that tumble spectacularly from heights of up to 80m.The Brazilian side gives a more panoramic view which is incredible. The Argentinian side (visited on 18th) one can see the falls more close up. Again we have wonderful weather, a bit too hot almost, so see beautiful rainbows and spectacular butterflies. Some settle on us to drink get the salt and minerals from our perspiration! It is really too difficult to explain the falls in words and probably the photos won´t do them justice either.

The Argentinian side visit is jaw-dropping as we do get very close especially to Garganta del Diable (the Devil´s Throat). The roar of the torrent is deafening and the spray rises like massive clouds. We do the boat ride which takes you a few Km along the falls and under one of the bigger falls where of course we get soaked. What bliss .... so cool!!!

There are several Coatis about, a relative of the racoon, scrounging for scraps but they can give a nasty bite so are treated with respect. A Toucan makes a brief appearance higher up in the canopy as we travel a jungle trail before walking around the falls on different trails.

The bird life is exceptional.The diversity is great - about 400 identified bird species, 200 plus plant species, innumerable insects (many not friendly esp to me!) and many reptiles. we do spot some small and large lizards and a snake.

This has all been very different to our quiet walking in the Argentinian outback´!

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