Day 370 of 400: Iguazu Falls (day 1 of 2) – Argentina

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It was about 100 degrees with zero breeze today…as in sweat beads dripping off of us as we simply stood outside waiting for the public bus to take us from the hotel to Iguazu Falls.

The bus stop was right in front of our hotel and came by regularly, so after a completely nasty breakfast buffet at the pretty bad hotel, we caught the bus. We grabbed one of the few seats that were left and rode the bus the 20 minutes or so to the Iguazu Falls entrance.

After paying for our tickets and getting a map of the park…we asked for a suggested itinerary on what to visit today and tomorrow, they said to start on the green trail. The map showed many different trails leading to many falls. We walked down the wide paved sidewalks taking pictures of the trail signs and then saw our turn for the green trail. It was still a paved walkway which was surprising to us…we had pictured Iguazu Falls more in the middle of the jungle on dirt paths, but everything so far seemed very tourist friendly with paved walkways, clear signs and stores selling their trinkets along the way.

One of the first signs we saw walking down the green trail stated to be careful of dangerous animals…minutes after, we saw Coatis’s walking quite comfortably in the bushes and crossing the sidewalk. They looked similar to a very large possum but had huge claws and the signs said they do bite. We stopped to take pictures of them and then watched one of them grab a bag of chips out of the hands of a tourist…obviously they were hungry.

As we kept walking, our trail ran into other trails and we took the “lower trail” and saw our first massive waterfall in the park…it was pretty far away but was fun to see what we were walking towards. As we continued walking in the heat…we saw many other waterfalls and stopped to take it all in…we got some beautiful pictures.

The numerous waterfalls were rushing down the cliff walls into the river and spread over about 1.7miles varying between 197 to 269 feet high. There were about 150-300 smaller falls throughout the park depending on the water levels throughout the year. We have been impressed by a single waterfall in a place like Hawaii cascading down the mountain…now as we looked at the panoramic view…there were just tons of them one right next to each other falling effortlessly to the river.

As we continued walking around in the stifling heat, I realized I hadn’t had enough water and began over-heating, it was so hot that just an easy paced walk was tiring. We saw a women laying on the ground with people around her as well..clearly needing water! We quickly chugged the water we had adding a hydration pill to it and then started looking for more.

We walked through the current trail which merged into a point where we could now take the “upper” trail and found ourselves on top of the waterfalls watching them rush down below. It was beautiful and Giff decided to sprinkle some of his dad’s ashes into the water. The paths had led us below, on top and between various falls which gave us all kinds of different view points throughout the park.

We took our time on the various walks and enjoyed the falls before getting back towards the entrance. We did see a lot of the trails and falls from this side of Iguazu (the falls sit on the border of Argentina and Brazil) but still have a couple trails to explore tomorrow including what is said to be the most spectacular…”devil’s throat”.

We were hot and sweaty and had worked up quite an appetite walking around all day. We caught the public bus and took it past our hotel to the village of Iguazu. It was a small town filled with restaurants and little shops. We found a Steakhouse and ordered a bottle of refreshing chardonnay with our steak and salad. We sat and enjoyed our dinner after our long day of exploring one of the seven wonders of the world!

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