A wonderful B&B and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world, 17 - 19 June
17.06.2014 - 19.06.2014 25 °C
So, after a 4am start, a 2 hour inter-island water taxi, 1 hour bus ride, 2 hour flight and 6 hour lay-over in Guayaquil, then a night flight to Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport, followed by a 2 hour transit to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, "the other airport on the other side of town" (just happened to be rush hour!), then a 2 hour flight to Iguazu airport... We finally arrived in Puerto Iguazu!
Our host, John, kindly took us on a tour around town, including the Tres Fronteras. A river border between Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil
Then he showed us his home, our accommodation while at the Falls, called The Secret Garden. A lovely little green oasis in Puerto Iguazu, complete with amazing breakfast, wonderful and extremely helpful staff, and the "obligatory" evening Caipiriña and chat 7-8:15pm. It was a great recommendation! Thanks Piers.
Where we also met Roxy, the lady of the household
and some great fellow travellers, Julia and Omar
Then off to the Brazilian side of the Iguaçu Falls. About the waterfall
It also meant another country stamp in the passport (Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil)!!!
Bem-Vindos ao Brazil
The Iguaçu National Park had a lot of wildlife, including colourful birds
And then, from a distance, we saw the Falls...
We came just after a massive flood that closed the park for visitors for days...
Article about the floods
Normal amount of water passing through the Falls, about 1500 cubic meters of water per second, at this time of year. During the flood, 43,000 cubic meters of water per second!!!!! When we were there, it was still very high, around 10,000-11,000 cubic meters per second! Impressive!
We were extremely lucky that the park had reopened and that the weather was so good!
We got quite close to the edge... Walking along this was seriously scary!
We even got to see our first (of many) rainbows at the Falls...
The next day, the Argentinian side of the Iguazu Falls
The popular opinion is that the Brazilian side has better panoramas, but that on the Argentinian side you get closer to the Falls.
First, inside the park, we had to take a train...
Our first views through the trees...
And then some more beautiful vistas
Finally, a little closer to the water...
And to top it off, we took one of these boats, through rapids, right underneath the cascades!
We got very very very wet. Well worth it!
One last Caipiriña with John, then, on an overnight bus to Esquina, Argentina