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Our plan at Iguazu was to visit the Argentine side of the falls after arriving from Buenos Aires. Although Iguazú National Park is only 9km away from the airport, no buses ran between them.
Our only option was the taxi which cost 220 ARS, same price as going to Puerto Iguazú (20km away).
The taxi ride took less than 10 minutes and the driver was keen to get our business for the return trip. I couldn’t remember the exact quotation for taking us across to Brazil but it was around 400 ARS. We didn’t take up his offer though as we were running out of Argentine pesos.
I had checked the official website the day before on the ticket prices and it was 190 ARS for foreigners. Seemed that the price had risen overnight.
Left luggage service was available (50 ARS for a big locker) and we had to pay at the souvenir shop first.
Iguana definitely felt more tropical than the chilly Buenos Aires. There were even tourists who were wearing t-shirts and bermudas.
After entering the park, we oriented ourselves with the maps.
We also started to notice that beside Spanish, Guarani was used on signs too.
And there was bad news.
The highlight of visiting the falls from the Argentine side was to experience Garganta del Diablo up close. Shame that the trail was closed due to the damages by the floods.
Other than walking the trails, there are special tours which bring visitors closer to the falls.
We missed the half-hourly train which was heading to the start of the upper and lower trails but the walk from the park entrance to the trails was less than five minutes.
Since Garganta del Diablo trail was closed, we could take our time with the Upper (Superior) and Lower (Inferior) trails.
The Upper Trail has a more panoramic view of the falls while the Lower Trail got you closer to them.
We were done with the Upper Trail pretty quickly.
The Lower Trail had two entrances; one would be shorter (1,300m) but steeper while the other was longer (2,500m) but gentler.
We retraced our way back to the park entrance and stopped by at a toilet en-route. There was a dining place in the vicinity and coatis were overrunning the area.
They weren’t scared of humans and were known to attack visitors for food.
I wouldn’t want to meet a pack of coatis when I was walking alone on the trail. Luckily we made it back to the park entrance unscathed.
Since it was our last day in Argentina, we decided that we should have a proper farewell with our last serving of Freddo for a while. Interestingly the same quarter-kilo serving cost 56 ARS in Iguazu, 7 ARS more than in Buenos Aires.
Rio Uruguay is the bus company that operates the shuttle between the park and Puerto Iguazú and it cost 40 ARS for the shuttle.
In all, we spent around three hours at the park. Felt a bit meh due to the closure of Garganta del Diablo Trail. Would probably spend a longer time there if the trail was opened.