After the long drama at Lima airport, Val and I had to find an alternative way to Puerto Iguazu, the town on the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls. With our newly purchased, and ridiculously expensive tickets, we flew that evening to Santaigo, and got a little sleep overnight at the airport. In the morning we flrw to Buenos Aires, where Val had to pay a US $131 entry fee. The cost to an Australian was $100, so I quickly became British again, whipped out the UK Passport, and entered Argentina for free!
In Buenos Aires we had to take a bus across the city to the domestic airport, where we caught our flight to Puerto Iguazu, which is on the Rio Iguazu, the border between Argentina and Brazil. Rio Iguazu also joins Rio Parana here, which forms the border of both of these countries with Paraguay too.
After booking into a hostel we wandered down to see Tres Fronteras, where at sunset we sat at a very scenic, tranquil lookout point, gazing over the jungles of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
In the morning we took the bus to Iguazu Falls, and jumped on the busy little train that took us out to the walkway to Garganta Diablo, the incredibly spectacular Devil’s Throat, where so much water poured over the cliff edge that the spray produced meant it was impossible to see the river below.
We met up with an Argentinian couple, Damian and Estephania, and spent much of the rest of the day with them, giving us a chance to practice our Spanish, and them a chance to work on their English.
There are many walkways to follow, which lead to different parts of the awesome waterfalls, and it is possible to get very close to the edge of some dizzying drops, or almost right under a spectacularly huge fall of water.
This is the last of the three big waterfalls on my list of goals, and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one, as each is quite different and unique. Niagara was good because of the closeness to a city filled with nightclubs and casinos. Victoria Falls was impressive in terms of vast size and huge drop, and in Iguazu it is possible to get so close, and feel the incredible power of the falls.
Thanks again to Val for being a wonderful travelling partner on this one.