Iguazú Falls: Yeah, They’re Really Big.

Iguazú Falls: Yeah, They’re Really Big.

Iguazú Falls was a bit out of the way for us and we knew that the bus tickets there and back would blow our budget for Argentina. We had already decided that we’d be making a return trip to Argentina at some point in the future that would focus on Patagonia so it was best to just get Iguazú “out of the way”. It turned out that we had a great time and met a lot of really fun people so it was absolutely worth it.

Image of Puerto Iguazu
Puerto Iguazu lies at the confluence of the Iguazu and Parana rivers and where the borders of Argentina, Brazil & Paraguay meet.

One of my top travel maxims is “If you’re bored, find the Australians.” This was especially easy in this case because the Australian was our bartender at the hostel. Jimmy is Australian by birth and certainly sounded the part but his mother is Argentine and had taught him Argentine Spanish growing up. He moved to Argentina several years ago and is currently tending bar in Puerto Iguazú. Jimmy, Julie and I did a pretty good job of keeping ourselves entertained each evening.

Our three nights in Iguazú were spent in a similar manner. We’d make dinner and then adjourn to the bar for the remainder of the evening. We met travelers from Australia, South America and Europe. I talked rock & roll and grammar with Martin, a copywriter from London. We met a woman who quit her job as an editor for Cambridge University Press to travel around the world with her husband. The crowd changed every night, but it was always entertaining. We were having such a good time we ended up staying up far too late each night. We also kept a few travelers up past their bedtimes as well with the words “Yeah, just one more,” uttered countless times over the three evenings.

Image of bar
Alise, Julie, Jimmy & Mark
It’s never a bad idea to make friends with the bartender.

You’re probably wondering about the waterfalls as that was the whole point of this trip. There’s not much to say other than they are big. Really big. Not just tall, but wide. The space they occupy is vast. Between the front gate, the paved paths and the concession stands, you feel like you’re entering an amusement park. To be fair the park does have a couple of rides. There is a free train that shuttles visitors to different parts of the park and you can pay to take a boat ride up to the base of the falls. Even with the train to help you get around it can take all day to see every part of the park. It is a popular place so it can get crowded but it was worth the trip. Not much else to say really. I will let the pictures and video do the best they can.

Image of The train ride to Garganta del Diablo.
The train ride to Garganta del Diablo.
Image of safety sign
Remember: Safety first!
Image of At the top of Garganta del Diablo, the largest falls in the park.
At the top of Garganta del Diablo, the largest falls in the park.

Image of Panorama of the "smaller" falls.
Panorama of the “smaller” falls.
Image of rainbow.
Something, something, Lucky Charms.
Image of On the beach of Isla San Martin
On the beach of Isla San Martin

Image of Julie in front of falls.

Image of butterfly
Not your fault if the butterfly lands on you.
Image of Looking upriver towards Garganta del Diablo.
Looking upriver towards Garganta del Diablo.

 

5 Responses to Iguazú Falls: Yeah, They’re Really Big.

    • Come on, James. I heard that they have to set their alarms for 9:30. Living your dream is hard work.

      Also — gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. I love the one of two of you in front of the falls.

  1. Hey Mark! I’ve been following the blog for the past few months and was glad to see you guys made it to Iguazu! We brought students there twice on ILSSO and loved it (except for the coatimundi, which freak me out but I know you’ve already encountered them). We did the boat ride which is pretty incredible but would probably take a bite out of your budget.

    We just got back from Costa Rica with students. Thought about your and Julie’s time there as we traveled around. Hope your travels continue to go smoothly. Loving the blog, and living vicariously through it!

    • Thanks for the comment, Shane. Yeah, we wanted to do the boat ride but it was too much. I hope you got to experience some of the World Cup crazy that must be going on in Costa Rica now.

  2. Wow and to think I went on and on about the Water Falls in the Smokey Mountains, beautiful just beautiful

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