Different Perspectives

The Iguassu (or Iguacu) falls are a must visit if you’re in South America. Daunting torrents of water cascading over large drops and allowing a pleasant mist to cool you off during a hot Argentinian/Brazilian day.

 

As I was travelling north from Argentina to Brazil it made sense to do so at the Puerto Iguassu which happens to be a border city and also a good place to stay if you want to visit the falls. Both sides offer different perspectives on the falls and are different experiences. The Argentinian side includes more trekking (well along a path) and routes around various parts of the falls culminating in a viewing deck above the Garganta del Diablo (throat of the devil). The Brazilian side is much shorter (unless you opt for the extra mini-tours which cost a bit more moolah) and this time you’re near the bottom of the devil’s throat. Here are some photos from the Argentinian side and just a fair warning, they do not do the immensity of the falls any justice.

Both sides offer lush greenery and some interesting animal spotting if you’re lucky. The most common to appear in photos is the coati (to me it looks like an aardvark mixed with a raccoon) as they’re fairly used to tourists and people are always feeding them (despite the constant notices telling you not to). Along side this there’s a myriad of avian fellows, some at ground level and some soaring above the falls stalking out prey. I have no idea what the names of the animals were but have photos of some of them. Alas without a proper zoom I couldn’t capture whatever bird of prey was circling the falls.

These are all from the Brazilian side.

The border crossing is also super easy and many people just go from one side to the other to visit the other view of the falls and return on the same day. Whilst none of my border crossings have been particularly difficult this was definitely the easiest, probably due to its inherent use on the tourist track.

 

Not much more to say with words so just enjoy the pictures.

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