Posted by: travelrat | April 25, 2017

Iguazu Falls: The Argentinian Side

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Iguazu Falls: 31st January 2017

Today, we visited the Argentinian side of the falls. The Brazilian side was impressive enough, but that’s only 20% of the vast complex of waterfalls … and the Argentinian ones surpass even them.

It’s a bit of a hassle crossing the Argentinian border, but the guide did all the necessary. We just stayed on the coach, and went back to sleep. We did the same procedure on the following day, when we flew to Buenos Aires. We crossed to Puerto Iguazu airport on the Argentinian side, so we would be on a domestic flight, and wouldn’t have to go through immigration at BA. Sitting in a coach for 40 minutes beats standing in a queue hands down!

Train to Iguazu

On the Brazilian side, we rode to the Falls on a land train. Here, there’s a proper narrow-gauge railway. From the train, we took a walk; similar to the one on the Brazilian side, only much better. At first, I thought I might describe the Brazilian side as ‘stately’ … until I took the boat ride! But, it’s difficult to find a word to describe the Argentinian side. Tumultuous? Boisterous? Both words seem so inadequate.

When Eleanor Roosevelt visited the falls, all she could say was ‘Poor Niagara!’

Iguazu 2

The highlight is a raging maelstrom called the ‘Devil’s Throat’ which really needs to be seen at first hand, for no photo or video could ever capture it completely. And, certainly, no boat could ever approach it … it wouldn’t last five seconds!

The trail is only one of several in the area; after lunch, we took the low-level one. That was no anti-climax; if it was possible I could happily spend much more time exploring the area

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Responses

  1. Looks wonderful!

  2. Never been to Argentina, wish I had, but think I’ve left it too late now, as the body can’t be forced into many more long-haul flights! And then the added sightseeing. The Falls look fantastic – lovely photos.

    • Well, long haul, even in economy class, is tolerable if you really want to go there (even at our age! :D) . We found that, on the flight to Rio and the return from Lima, the flight was only half-full, so we had plenty of room to really stretch out.

      There’ll be video of the falls … and our boat trip into them … shortly.

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  4. Thank You gorgeous post. I would love to visit there sometimes.


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