Today we left Argentina (will be returning in a few weeks) and entered Brazil. In the morning, we took local transportation to cross the border. At the bus terminal of Puerto Iguazu, we took a bus to the national border. Thanks to the locals who pointed us with the right directions, everything went smoothly as we got the exit stamp of Argentina, crossed the river dividing the two countries, and went through the Brazilian passport control. At the Brazilian side, we took another bus going towards Foz dos Iguacu and got off at Bonborn Hotel as instructed by the staff at Jasy Hotel. Then we crossed the road and got on another local bus that took us to the Brazilian Iguacu Falls National Park. We had a few hours to visit the park before our evening flight to Cuiaba.
At the park entrance, we dropped off our backpacks at the locker storage. Then we hopped on a park shuttle bus at the entry hall covered by a huge canopy. All the major lookouts and attractions were connected by the shuttle route, allowing us to hop on and off as desired. We got off at the first lookout of the falls at a trailhead. It was grey, misty and occasionally rainy the entire day. The trail took us to various panoramic views of the falls on the Argentine side. The views were spectacular if not for the weather that made everything looked greyish. Our hike ended at a grand finale with a close encounter of the Brazilian side of the Devil’s Throat, the same fall section that we visited on the Argentine side on our first day. The Devil’s Throat is the largest falls among the 275 waterfalls in the area. At Devil’s Throat, we walked out the metal walkway to the viewing platform right in front of the falls. It was a fun and soaking experience. Then we went to the multi-level viewing platform at the side of the falls. Against the guardrails, tourists were having fun posting in front of the water curtain for photos. It was such a joyful and wet ending of our Iguazu experience. After our 2.5-day experience of the falls, we were happy about our visiting sequence: starting at the Argentine side of Devil’s Throat and ending at the Brazilian side. Visiting Iguazu is truly wonderful because of its variety of experiences.
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Day 6.1 – Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Day 6.2 – Gargantuan del Diablo, Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Day 6.3 – Jasy Hotel, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Day 7.1 – Lower Trail, Parque Nacional Iguazu, Argentina
Day 7.2 – San Martin Island, Parque Nacional Iguazu, Argentina
Day 7.3 – Upper Trail. Parquet Nacional Iguazu, Argentina
Day 8 – Cataracts do Iguacu, Brazil
Next Destination: Pantanal, Brazil
Continuing our journey from post Day 9.1
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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought