Enviat per: nizzamudin | 10/05/2011

Parque Nacional Iguazú

May 6th

The alarm went off at 06.30 a.m. We had a slow start of the day, and didn’t catch the bus to the Parque Nacional Iguazú until 08.15 a.m. The journey took about 40 minutes.

Once we payed the entrance (100 pesos) we jumped in the train that goes inside the park (for free), to go straight to Garganta del Diablo. The train was full but not crowded. We walked fast to advance the people that got off the train before us, and headed by the metal platforms over the river for about 1 km. We crossed a few Japanese tourist that were the firsts to arrive there early morning. As soon as we were approaching, we could see the giant plume of mist wafting skyward from the falls and started to hear the thunderous sounds. The falls however, were obscured by mists so thick that it was impossible to see the bottom or much detail. We were awestruck by the sheer magnitude of the falls yet disappointed that we couldn’t see much. There were many black birds flying next to the water.

We considered the possibility to come back in the afternoon, hoping that the light and the viewing conditions would improve.

Jay (Urraca)

Took the train again back to the intermediate stop, to walk along the Circuito Superior. Here there are more panoramic views and better visibility, and it gives you a better idea about how big is this area, full of waterfalls.

After finishing this circuit, we headed for the Circuito Inferior. In between we saw a group of coatis.


This circuit provides views of the same waterfalls from a lower vantage point.

We had lunch next to a kind of bar that provides snacks. Some coatis were hanging around and all of a sudden they came next to us to steal our food. We had to move to another place, but they came again, so we had to hide our food. They stole also food from other people, like a non yet opened peanuts bag.

There was just one thing left to do, to walk along the Sendero Macuco, a 3,2 km wide trail that goes into the jungle and finishes in a waterfall (ridiculous compared to the other ones). It was very flat except the dowstairs to the place where the water falls. There wasn’t many people on the trail, and we walked in silence to have some chances to see wildlife. We saw two agoutis in the undergrowth, and some butterflies. Fortunately, on the way back, lots of monkeys.

Capuchin monkeys

We had completed every trail in the park by 15:30.  The brochures recommend to spend 2 days to see everything. One day is enough if you arrive early to the park and don’t walk like stepping on eggs.

We opted not to do the Brazilian side of the falls for the next day because it was already somewhat monotonous and we would have to pay for another bus, another entrance fee, clear customs, and it was possible that they would make Dani pay for a visa.

We went back to the Garganta del Diablo and the conditions improved a little.  We could at least see the Brazilian side.

Once we are back to Puerto Iguazú, we see that the village is getting more and more crowded because of the motorbike meeting. Today is Friday, so there will be a lot of noise tonight and will be hard to have a good sleep.



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