Iguazu Falls, South America

The Iguazu Falls

I went to Puerto Iguazu with the aim of seeing the Iguazu Falls….and see it I did, from almost every conceivable angle……from above by helicopter, from below in a jet boat, from Brazil, and from Argentina.

Iguazu Falls, South America

Iguazu Falls, South America

The weirdest thing about it is that every single time you see them you are still taken aback at just how awe inspiring they are and how amazing it is.  I arrived in Puerto Iguazu after a 17 hour bus trip, which was billed as a “luxury” bus and it didn’t disappoint.  It had fully recline-able, lie flat seats, meals, movies, a waiter and a toilet that smelt fresh and clean – a fantastic way to cover a huge distance relatively cheaply.

Iguazu Falls, South America

Iguazu Falls, South America

Our first full day in Puerto Igauzu was spent on the Brazilian side, where we treated ourselves to the helicopter ride. Not exactly cheap, but worth every penny, it was so much fun! Not to mention awesome views. None of the photographs you see can every prepare you for the incredible sight and sound of the spectacular waterfalls, all 275 of them.

Iguazu Falls, South America

Iguazu Falls, South America

We spent about half a day there, admiring the many views of the Falls, which never seemed to get old. The only surprising thing was that it was not great weather and surprisingly quite cold, and given the day before had been scorching hot, we went very poorly prepared and froze.

Iguazu Falls, South America

Iguazu Falls, South America

Then we visited the Falls from the Argentinian side. There’s a heck of lot more to see on this side so it took us a full day. We also took in a rafting trip down the river and a boat ride that took us right underneath the Falls, so you got completely drenched but it was the most fun I’ve had in ages. Maybe since yesterday’s the previous day’s helicopter ride?!

Iguazu Falls, South America

Iguazu Falls, South America

We did see the Falls in almost every conceivable way possible, but apparently years ago you used to be able to see them from the top, in the water. Locals would row out a boat filled with tourists out and row furiously against the current so visitors could get the best possible view. Not surprisingly in 1936 one of the rowers got too close and lost the battle with the water and went over the Falls, killing everyone on board, including 8 German tourists, at which point they banned it.

Iguazu Falls, South America

Iguazu Falls, South America

According to the guidebook there’s a theory that all the negative ions generated by waterfalls makes people happier. I’m not sure if it was that or not, but my experience at Iguazu was awesome!

Iguazu Falls, South America

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