Three days off!
Three days going out of the gray, loud and stinky city into green, quiet and 30 degrees warm forest.
Changing Tango to Nature.
Just two hours of flying to the north and I was in Iguazú to visit one of the “new 7 wonders of nature” and UNESCO-world heritage: Las cataratas del Iguazú (The Waterfalls of Iguaçu).
And I really have to say, that this was an amazing experience!
I booked a complete package with flights and guided tour, so I was bound to a group of typical tourists, but therefore I had a guide who speaks English.
On the first day, I visited the argentine side. After having a walk and a train ride through the wonderful forest, we first visited the main attraction: El garganta del diablo (the devil’s throat) – the biggest and most impressive fall accompanied by lots of others all with a height of around 80 meters. (in fact, the devil’s throat has two steps, one of 8 and the second of 72 meters) Tons of water from the Iguazú river running through and smashing down, creating clouds of mist that rains down at the tourists at the visitors platform at the top. Hundreds of dusky swifts (looking like swallows, but are not related) cruising through the air and rushing down into the mist for hunting insects in fast flight. This was very impressive.
After that, we took lots of trails through the jungle to see all the other falls and we had a great view. There was an option to take a boat trip right though the falls and get a shower, but without reservation there was no space left, so I couldn’t do it.
But I shouldn’t feel sad about this for too long, because the next day, we went to the Brazilian side, with less falls but an incredible view to the falls of the argentine side. It’s hard to tell, which side is better. As my argentine guide said: “We have the falls, but they have the view”.
And what they also have: A bridge and a platform, that goes very close to one broad fall, so you are standing right in the mist and wind and get really wet! Instant rainbow included! Awesome!! 😁
So, although everything was very touristic, it was very impressive, beautiful and worth the money. And the boat-shower-trip I will do next time…
For the second part of this second day, I decided to take the bus to Puerto Iguazú, the town at the argentine side with it’s natural borders Rio Iguazú to Brazil and Rio Paraná to Paraguay, to explore the city and take a 3 hours kayak tour at the Rio Iguazú (swimming and chilling in the sun included 😎)
This was exactly what I needed and it made this tiny little jungle trip just perfect!
Now, I’m feeling very relaxed and looking forward for one last week to spend in Buenos Aires…