Iguazu Falls, a pleasure for your eyes

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Iguazu Falls, a pleasure for your eyes

Undoubtedly, one of the most spectacular places out of many I visited backpacking through South America, were the Iguazu Falls. They are among the border of Argentina and Brazil, few boundaries between countries can boast such beauty. In fact, they were elected one of the “seven natural wonders of the world“. These falls are formed by nothing more and nothing less than 275 waterfalls, most of which are on the Argentinian side.

We arrived to Puerto de Iguazú (Misiones, Argentina) in New Year’s Eve after nearly 20 hours travelling by bus from Buenos Aires. We stayed in a very good and recommendable hostel, Hostel Inn Iguazu, what I liked the most about it was the big swimming pool. Also, I have to say that the staff was very friendly, I forgot there my travel diary and they ask for a girl who was staying there to bring it to Rio de Janeiro, which is 1,500km away. That evening we ate a typical Argentinian BBQ and celebrated New Year’s Eve at the hostel with other backpackers who were there as in the village there is not much else to do. A couple of days later, when we were rested from the party, we decided to visit the falls. It is necessary one day to see them from Argentina and another day from Brazil.

Hostel Inn Iguazú

Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls

Entrance to Parque Nacional Iguazú cost about 250 pesos (€20-25). It has a couple of trails through the jungle and with a little train you can go from one end of the park to the other as the falls are huge, you can’t get an idea of its size! There are several paths, the lower and the upper, to observe the different waterfalls, San Martin Island is located in the middle of the river and the most spectacular of all, the Devil’s Throat, which has the largest flow of water of the Iguazu Falls and is in the line between Argentina and Brazil. You can also take a “boat tour” that takes you right under one of the waterfalls, you get complety wet but as when we were there, there was a big storm, it didn’t bother us much and it was really fun.

San Martin Island - Iguazu Falls

Devil's Throat - Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls

While from the Argentinian side you can feel the Iguazu Falls up close, from the Brazilian side you can enjoy the stunning views. The entrance to the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, which is located in Foz do Iguaçu (Paraná, Brazil), it cost about half that the one from Argentina. It has several paths from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the falls from various angles. In my opinion it is worth visiting both parks to properly realize about its intensity, let’s say that one complements the other.

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

Besides the beautiful waterfalls and a variety of vegetation, in Iguazu you can also find all type of animals, some that you should specifically bear in mind are some little animals called coatis, which I believe are a cross between a raccoon, an anteater and a skunk. They are very cute but a little bastards as they steal your food when you least expect it, my friend Mayte was stolen a banana in her face, so watch out!

Coatis - Iguazu Falls

 Ana Marco