Toward the end of our work and travel in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina we had a week or two to decide where to visit from our Buenos Aires base. Pantanal? Estancias? Uruguay or Montevideo? How about one of the natural wonders of the world, Iguazu Falls?
Iguazu isn’t exactly next door to Buenos Aires. Only Patagonia would be further out of the neighborhood. Which meant airfare there would be expensive (foreigners pay a higher rate for domestic airfare than Argentines). But, we discovered we could take our favorite mode of travel to Iguazu – the cama bus. We could buy a first-class bus ticket which included seats that folded nearly flat into a bed; sparkling wine and proscuitto for starters, and malbec and beef for dinner. A traveler can read or watch one of a couple of movies on the private screen at each seat and arrive in the morning. The cost was around $180 USD round trip compared to $350 USD round trip airfare. Today the costs are $310 USD bus RT and $464 USD airfare RT.
Iguazu Falls are on the Iguazu River which forms the border between Argentina and Brazil. It is considered one of the premiere parks in South America, both for the natural beauty and the impressive, natural infrastructure the Argentine government has installed. The falls span a linear distance of nearly 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) with the river broken up by islands on the fall’s edges. Sturdy, metal platforms reach between the islands, taking visitors to the most impressive falls.
Most of the river pours through a narrow horseshoe-shaped area called the Devils Throat (garganta del diablo), which is 82 meters high and 700 meters long. The sound and the spray are impressive. I forgot my umbrella.
Our day started out overcast, which was one of my excuses for not wanting to go on the river cruise into the edge of the falls. Too touristy, too cold, too wet. Jennifer keep bugging me to do it, so we headed down the path.
By the time the sun came out, we were in the boat headed directly for the falls. That was one powerful, stable boat, because we didn’t tip over. The ride gave you a good sense of what it would be like to be under the falls – mainly, because we were – almost. Still, it was exhilarating. Thanks Jennifer, good call, again.
I got a little sloppy with my Ziplock waterproof housing and one of the Canon 5Ds quit working. A fresh battery didn’t fix it. However, after a night in an air conditioned room, the camera dried out and was fine the next day. Lucky, once again.
The falls are a long way from BA, but it should be part of a visit to Argentina.