Binnington's South American Adventure travel blog

Argentinean landscape

72 Brazilian Reals-about $22 CAD

First view of the falls

Falls panorama

Falls close-up

First view to Devil's Throat

Looking toward Devil's Throat viewing platform

Devil's Throat

Devil's Throat

Ecotourism voucher

Shake the papaya down

Way down

Alicia arrived early to take us to the domestic airport, Jorge Newberry. It is pretty big and crowded, but we managed our way through check-in and security.

Our guide Marcelo met us at the Iguazu airport and we immediately went to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. It involves a couple of border security checkpoints and he thought it was a good idea to get this part done when it was not so busy. Marcelo has a wealth of information, not just about Iguazu, but about all the flora and fauna that we saw. He said he loved to read, and was quite introverted as a child. Both his parents are avid readers and he inherited his love of books from them. He is currently reading books in French, in order to keep up his language skills.

Pictures really can't do justice to the beauty of the falls. There is not as much water as Niagara, which apparently can fill 3 Olympic pools per second. All the falls at Iguazu can fill 1.8 pools per second - still a considerable amount of water.

We walked the path all the way to the end where we could see the feature known as Devil's Throat. The temperature was 35 Celsius, with around 90% humidity. This is not something I am used to so I found the walk quite tiring. It included many steps - not counted, but luckily there was an elevator at the end for us to ride. We walked about 5k.

It is so worth hiring a guide, as Marcelo skillfully guided us to the front of lineups to the elevator and through customs, which we had to do both on entering Brazil and coming back into Argentina.

When we were done, Marcelo took us to the Falls Iguazu Hotel. It is very beautiful and relaxing, although we did little of that while we were here. In Iguazu it is mandatory to pay a municipal ecotourism tax of 90 Argentinian Pesos per person per night.

For the YONA students - you can shake the papaya down right outside the window of the hotel. These are a small South American variety. The picture was taken outside a third floor window, so you really do have to climb the tall tree.

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