The Iguazu waterfalls are not the tallest, or the widest waterfalls in the world, it does not even have the largest amount of water passing over it, but despite not breaking many records it is still considered by most people to be the most beautiful waterfall(s) in the entire world, and even one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
Getting there is not easy, which is maybe a good thing as it is already quite crowded. We were heading there from Buenos Aires which is 1400km away so we decided to stop around half way in a small city called Posadas. After an awesome weekend partying in this surprisingly fun town we continued north, hitchhiking along completely empty roads and finally reached the nearby town of Puerto Iguazu. After checking into the cheapest hostel we could find on hostelworld (just €2.80 per bed!) we prepared ourselves for some hiking the next day.
The entrance to the park is 170 pesos per person (officially €17, or around €10 if you change cash on the black market in the city) but the park is very well kept and this price also includes access to the museums and eco trains which can take you around the park.
TIP There is a 50% discount for people who return for a second day, so ask around your hostel if anyone would be willing to give you their used tickets and you can save a bit of money. (Sadly I didn’t know about this until I arrived at the entrance :()
Once inside we decided to head straight to the main waterfall; Garganta del Diablo (The Devil’s Throat). After 15 minutes slow train ride and another 15 minute walk we started to hear the roar… Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much, but even if I had I still wouldn't have been disappointed.
After pushing my way through the crowds to get to the edge of the platform we found ourselves standing just metres away from the one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. I really understand why they call it the Devil’s throat. When you look down all you see is white as the water seems to just disappear into a pit of nothingness.
Other than the main fall the whole area is absolutely beautiful! With the waterfalls continuing off along the cliff into the distance as you look out towards the Brazilian side of the river.
Really, it is hard to describe with words so I had to take a video, only one word is spoken in the video… "Wow…."
Other than the Devil’s throat there are many other hiking trails throughout the park, including the “inferior” and “superior” circuits. We didn’t have time for both so decided to take the inferior (lower) trail which takes you to the bottom of one of the falls, the view points along this path are also quite spectacular.
The entire park is also full of wildlife, most common being the coatis (a kind of long nose raccoon), as well as many exotic butterflies, birds and very lazy monkeys sleeping in the trees above us. I heard there are also large wild cats that live in the area although I imagine it is quite rare to see them during the day.
So while it might be a bit hard to get to, and a tiny bit on the expensive side (especially if coming from Brazil), it is 100% worth the effort to see this waterfall, which is maybe the most wonderful natural wonder I have seen in this world so far...
What waterfalls or natural wonders have you seen? Leave a comment and let me know!