This weekend, I visited Iguazu Falls, which lies on the border of Argentina and Brazil. There were seven people from our school who went on this trip. Greg & Gareth – UK, Fidi – Germany, Steven, Josh, & me – USA, Anita – Holland. We left Friday evening and experienced first hand, what motor-coach traveling in Argentina is like. It feels just like business-class traveling by airplane in USA. The seat tilts fully backward (into a bed) and the bus-attendant served us breakfast and dinner as well as wine. The TV monitor showed several movies as well. From BA to Iguazu Falls, it took approximately 12 hours and the return trip took even longer, as the bus made several side-stops along the way.
The Iguazu Falls is considered as one of the greatest waterfalls, bigger than Niaguara Falls in New York State, and wider than Angel Falls in Africa. It costs 40 pesos (about $12 – 13) to enter the park. The park offers several different boat tours. I begin my trip by visiting the upper part – Garganta do/del Diablo. There is a long elevated walkway over the river leading toward the vista point on the top of the waterfall. Along the way, I saw a bird-nest with several fledgelings under the walkway. The view from the top offers a panoramic view of the waterfall. It was a very rainy day. The waterfall was covered in mist.
Next, I took an eco-boat (rafting) ride on the top portion of the waterfall. Along the way, I saw several beautiful but high toxic flowers and a wide Cayman (reptile).
Then, it started to rain, (heavy purling rain). So, I waited in the cafeteria and had some Italian food. The trail to the inferior (lower part of the waterfall) takes approximately 30 minutes to walk. Along the way, there are many scenic spots. The best part of the tour is the power-boat ride in the waterfall, where the boat is brought directly under the waterfall and gets the passenger soaking wet. It is really exciting.
Around 5 P.M. I decided to leave the park. On the way out, I saw a Toucan and some wild / native rain-forest animals.