Iguazú, Argentina – Iguazú National Park
Leaving mountainous Mendoza behind, Ashley and I jetted off to the jungle that makes up the area where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay intersect to see one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders: Iguazú Falls. This leg of the trip was initially fraught with frustrations, including but not limited to, airport security hassling me about my tripod (which has never happened to me in my travels), our luggage being left in Buenos Aires when transferring flights (even though we got back on the same exact airplane we had just been on), and when our luggage finally arrived after midnight that evening there were several items stolen from it.
Needless to say, this combination of setbacks left us feeling a little down, but it was nothing that exploring the beauty and grandeur of the falls couldn’t remedy. We began by walking the upper circuit of the falls, getting a view of the water rushing by and plummeting to the river below. This was followed by a tour of the lower circuit where we got up close and personal with the receiving end of all that water. We then caught the train to the top of the largest of the falls, the Devil’s Throat, where we were washed in its mist and amazed by its power. At 269 feet high, 492 feet wide, and 2296 feet long, about half of the river’s flow passes over the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat in Spanish). Finally, we caught a lazy, floating raft down the Iguazú River towards the entrance of the park, where it was time to call it a day.
Observation Deck Below
The adorable but potentially fierce Coati.
There were butterflies aplenty all over the park.
Ashley on the train to the Devil’s Throat.
The Devil’s Throat – the largest waterfall in the park.
Trash and Recycling Bins
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