Argentina Pt XX: Iguazú

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Upper Trail, Argentine side

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.

Entrance fees

Left luggage service was available (50 ARS for a big locker) and we had to pay at the souvenir shop first.

Entrance fees

Left luggage

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.

Map of the region

Map of the Argentine side

We also started to notice that beside Spanish, Guarani was used on signs too.

Visitor Centre

And there was bad news.

Garganta del Diablo closed

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.

One could sign up the tour at the hut

Activities and costs

No train to Garganta del Diablo and no boat to San Martin Island

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.

Green trail

DANGEROUS ANIMALS?!

Birds

Berries

Bridge

Train crossing

Park office

Watch tower – entrance was blocked

First glimpse of the falls

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 did Upper Trail first (650m)

Taking picture

Multiple falls

Lots of water

Patrick was happy to be at Iguazu

Making of

Obligatory tourist shot

Walkways

Trail closed

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.

Lower Trail (2500m)

Lower Trail (1,300m)

Lots of climbing

Scary looking down

Plaque

Falls

Spotted a boat

Rainbow

Rainbow

Multiple falls

Piggyback prohibited

No ferry though

End of the road

All trying to get a nice photo of themselves

We got really wet here

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.

Coatis taking over

Pole dancing

They weren’t scared of humans and were known to attack visitors for food.

Foraging for food

Signs warning visitors not to get too close to coatis

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.

Last Freddo in a while

Rio Uruguay is the bus company that operates the shuttle between the park and Puerto Iguazú and it cost 40 ARS for the shuttle.

Rio Uruguay Office

Bus schedule

Bus to Puerto Iguazú

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.

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