Iguazu Falls (waiting to be named one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World)

posted Mar 15, 2011, 2:28 PM by Darren Cannell   [ updated Mar 24, 2011, 9:02 AM ]
Iguazu Falls is the most extensive set of falls in the world and we flew to Puerto Iguazu just to see them.  Flying over them you could not grasp the sheer grandeur of these monsters.  We grabbed a taxi from our hotel which is right across the street from the bus station.  The taxi cost 100 pesos and the bus would have been 7 for each of us but Princess Deidre wanted the taxi so we at least got there quick.  We entered the Iguazu National Park and the cost is 100 pesos per adult and 70 per child.  We walked for a bit and came to all of the shops and bypassed all of these because we were excited to see the falls.  We chose to see the Devil’s Throat first.
We then walked a 7 minute route to catch the train and queue up.  We waited for the train for about 15 minutes and hopped on.  Then you have to walk out approximately one kilometre on a catwalk type bridge to position yourself above the falls.  You can hear them well before you can see them.  Also you can see the mist floating around the area of the falls, so you know exactly where they are but you still can’t see them.  When we came up to the first part of the falls you see a large step in the falls first so to a person that has not done her research (Jackie) then you might think that this was it and that you can’t believe that you flew all the way to see this.  It was then funny to see her face when she actually caught sight of the full falls in all of their glory.  They are magnificent!


There are different spots to walk to on the catwalk to catch a different or closer or side view of the falls and they are glorious in all of their views.  Considering it was about 35 degrees with the humidity, the spray from the falls felt wonderful.  We captured many great photos but it was time to leave because there were many more falls to see.  I did not want to leave they are just so breathtaking and much prettier than Niagara Falls.  You can see Brazil on the other side of the falls and some say that the views are better from Brazil but I can’t imagine the views being any better than what we saw.  We walked back through the long and hot catwalk trail.

The train was fortunately there waiting for us so we hopped back on to go back to the main station to catch the lower and upper part of the other set of falls.  We got off the crowded train and moved on towards the other set of falls.  This was a bit of a shorter walk but it was no less spectacular.  We viewed the top of the falls first and there were many stops along the way for photos.  The vegetation is that of the Amazon Rainforest, green and lush with the constant moisture feeding from the falls mist.  There were times that you just wanted to lean over and actually touch the water as it roared over the edge into oblivion.  There were spots that were almost touchable, not really but it felt like it that is how close we were.  The sun was still relentless and we moved on to the lower falls walks.  Here it was downright tranquil but still powerful.  There were many rainbows at the bottom of the falls where the moisture was thick and heavy.  I definitely did not want to leave this area; I could have set up a house there to live with the constant sound of rushing, tumbling water.  The sisters were bagged so we did not stay overly long just enough time to sit and watch the splendour of the falls.  We had to walk back up and we needed some strength to do this.  Our visit was about 5 hours in total to the falls, so it is a full and tiring day but well worth it.
I wanted to talk about the wildlife that we encountered at the falls.  The butterflies are thick and you would think that you are in a butterfly sanctuary.  The colors are amazing and there are some huge ones. 
It really is a frenzy of butterflies and they land on you constantly and flitter about you.  We encountered one ant on the first trail and it was 1.5 inches long.  We all took a photo of it because it was a monster.  The coatis are all over the trails and the eating areas.  They are the cutest little things. 
I first saw one in Mexico and thought that they would make a cute pet.  They look like a combo of a racoon and a cat and a pig snout.  There are jays there with really neat coloring and other birds like parrots etc.  Last but not least there was the lovely Amazon jungle variety of hornet that bit my wrist.  That stung severely and swelled nicely too.  Now it is itchy and annoying and swollen red.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina