Don’t go chasing waterfalls…
For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by waterfalls. Their natural beauty is undeniable and unexplainable. I find myself in awe of waterfalls no matter how small or large they might be. When I was planning my trip to Argentina, I knew I wanted to go to Iguazu falls. The falls are located in Puerto Iguazu, a short 1 hour and 45 minute flight from Buenos Aires. The falls border both Argentina and Brazil. The falls are one of the new 7 wonders of the world. I didn’t visit the Brazilian side because I didn’t want to pay$150 for the obligatory visa. Because I didn’t want to pay for a hotel I opted to make a day trip of going to the falls. Based on my research, many people said the falls could be seen in one day so I felt confident a day would be sufficient.
I left for Iguazu falls on the first flight leaving Buenos Aires at 5:50 am. I arrived shortly after 7am. If you have more time and are looking for a cheaper option, you can also take a bus from Buenos Aires which takes a mere 18 hours, lol. Even if I had the time, I wouldn’t torture myself on a bus for that long but I digress… The park opens at 8am and closes at 6pm. I took a short cab ride to the falls which cost $26. Entrance to the falls is also $26. After you enter the national park, there’s a short walk before taking a scenic train ride to one of the many trails to the falls. I got off the train and headed to the upper trail. After a short walk, I caught my first glimpse of the falls. My mouth literally hung open in amazement. Pictures did not prepare me for the sheer beauty of the falls. After I finished exploring the upper trail, I then headed to the lower trail. Each trail provides a different angle from which to appreciate the falls. One part of the trail brings you to a path where you can get up close and personal if you don’t mind getting a little wet.
Prepare to get wet!
After exploring the lower and upper trail, you take the train to La Garganta del Diablo (the devil’s throat) which is where half of the falls flow into a long and narrow gorge. You will definitely get wet so bring an umbrella or you may also purchase a poncho at one of the gift shops. The bridge is quite slippery so be sure to wear appropriate shoes.
In a nutshell
From start to finish, I explored the park in about 3-4 hours. If you were to visit the Brazilian side, I’m sure that would perhaps take an additional hour or two. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also ride a boat in the falls and other water activities are available, for an additional fee. I was booked on an 8:30 pm flight but thankfully I was able to take a 3:00 pm flight for no additional charge.
If you visit Argentina, a visit to Iguazu Falls is a must. You will not be disappointed ( but if you’re a natural hair girl like me, your hair might start out cute but then have you looking like a hot mess)!