Bordering the frontier between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are one of the most majestic natural wonders of the world. Witnessing the Iguazu Falls with our own eyes, I was struck by its raw and genuine beauty. Standing on one of the look-out points, you could feel as though you’re standing right in the crack of two tectonic plates, where Earth had split into separate pieces. It feels like an illusional paradise – eagles circling the skies, water gushing down in a melodic chant, and palm trees swaying. Standing right in the heart of the forest, facing all the falls at one glance, your heart and the sound of nature would beat as one.
The entire National Park is evidently vast, and getting from one spot to another is facilitated by the ‘tren de la selva’ – a tourist train that takes you from the entrance to the 3 main spots. Bridges are built on the water surface, so you almost feel like you are walking on the edge of the waterfalls, staring down into its endless depths. You are constantly treated to a panoramic view of the falls no matter where you are at, following the bridge path to the viewing points.
Most people start on this circuit first, but being the crazy travelers, we wanted to get to the best part, Garganta del Diablo, before everyone else did. (Imagine hordes of tourists flocking the scene, you get the picture).
You can catch the ‘Gran Aventura’ boat ride from the lower circuit. We did a quick boat ride through the falls, which was not a wise decision in the cold weather, for 75pesos each (15euros). Remember to get a poncho, ‘cos you definitely get completely soaked!
The upper circuit is basically a route atop the falls. You are literally walking on the water surface, right before the water cascades down the cliff edge. It offers a wider view of the entire area.
Garganta del Diablo
The most magnificent part of the Iguazu Falls, the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) literally swallows you up as you walk towards the end of the look-out point. The bridge extends all the way to the edge of the falls, as tons of water plunge aggressively into the far distance. Words cannot describe how one feels to see such majestic work of nature staring right in your face.
How to: Most travelers use Puerto Iguazu as a base; 18hours by bus from Buenos Aires. A public bus (departs every 30minutes, return tickets at 10pesos) takes you straight from the bus terminal to the gate of the Iguazu National Park.
When to: Our visit in June, despite it being a low season, still turned out amazing. Even though the waterfalls were drier than usual, the water was still flowing substantially. Best time to go is summer (in the Southern Hemisphere), between October and January.
All photos above are taken by my fiance Alberto Molero, who’s recently started dabbling in photography.
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