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Brazil day 2 / Argentina day 1 – Crossing into Argentina again to see Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls / Argentinean side)

Posted by on July 16, 2011

The Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls as I was told is considered to be the better of the two concerning the Falls and I could see why as it had most of the better sights. Argentina just simply had more of the Falls on its borders so it made much more sense when I got there. But first, we had to hop on the van along with our passports as we would be crossing back into Argentina again. Once at the park, we could either take the small transport train or just walk to the Falls. A lot of us didn’t want to wait around so we ended up walking there as it would be an excellent choice since most of the tourists take the train to go there and back. If we arrived in-between train arrivals/departures, we would have more time and space for good pictures for ourselves.

Hiking on trail, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

Begin the march to the falls!

Crocodile in the water, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

As I walking on these metal platforms to the falls, I saw this croc hanging out (he's near the middle of the picture - you might to have zoom in)...

Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

My first impression of Iguazu Falls and it was just getting better!

As soon as I got to the railing, I was mesmerized. I had seen Niagara Falls before, but this takes bigger honors!

Tourist looking and staring at water, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

Just simply staring at Iguaza Falls...

I walked around the platform that the government provided so tourists could have a better look and I sure enough had a great look.

Vista high point, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

Iguazu Falls has so much water volume!

Huge/high volume of water and mist, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

More of Iguazu Falls that makes this place so great

Misty valley of Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

Because of the high volume of water from Iguazu Falls, it gave this nice looking misty scene

After looking around enough, it was time to leave this part of the falls. There was more to see in other parts which I found it difficult to believe but there was! So instead of walking back again, we just took the train to speed things up. Once we got off, it was time for some more walking as this park has a lot of trails within the jungle for some incredible views of the smaller waterfalls that still make of Iguazu Falls. It was like walking onto the set of Jurassic Park or back in time when there was so much vegetation and that a dinosaur could come out at anytime.

Jungle waterfalls in natural/nature park, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

It was like being back in time when dinosaurs still ruled the earth...

first person POV (point of perspective) above waterfalls at Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

First person POV above a waterfall... don't fall over!

Hidden paradise of jungle, trees, waters, skies on earth, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

Like a hidden paradise of trees, water, and animals roaming within.

After spending a good portion of time looking around, it was time for lunch. I ended up eating empanadas again since I wasn’t going to eat them again seeing that I was going to be in Brazil for almost 2 weeks and not go back to Argentina again. What was neat though while eating lunch was that I saw this furry creature that looked like a raccoon or something was descended from it that lived in the area.

Brazilian/Argentine/Argentinean racoon stealing food, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

Some kind of South American furry animal that lived near Iguazu Falls

They would be naughty like raccoons as they would prey upon unsuspecting people and steal their food when not looking. I saw one old lady scream at one for stealing some kind of fruit from her purse and threw a rock at a one. It was pretty funny.

The next part of this trip would be the best part of Iguazu Falls in my opinion as I would doing a boat tour that would get real close to where you’re basically under the waterfalls. And I mean real close where people get soaking wet and your vision will blur out and you’re actually gasping for air because of the tremendous water volume coming down. Good thing I brought along a waterproof camera in order to get some real good photos because otherwise there was a tourist cameraman taking all kinds of pictures and would give them to people for a price.

The first thing to do was take a truck to get downriver where the boats were staged, gear up with life vests, change clothes in bathing suits (if people had them), make sure everything was good to go, and it was off to the waterfalls!

Riding a boat, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

The boat to take us to the falls up close

Tourists with life jackets on boat, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

Me in the back with 2 other fellow travelers

Rainbow while on boat, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

Me posing with a rainbow in the back - we're getting close to the falls

Once you get close, there was no turning back. I couldn’t get any good pictures as I was being pelted with so much water from being right underneath (or very close to) the waterfalls that all the pictures I tried taking during that time-frame were absolutely horrible. Just splashes of water and nothing to be seen!

Boat going into the water, falls, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

Boat going to the Falls...

Boat amongst mist, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

...no turning back - going to get soaked no matter what!

Boat passengers getting wet, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

Good pictures are impossible to take once you're under the Falls! I imagined to get this one.

You do this one more time but with another waterfall very close by. Once that was over, the boat went to the nearby shore to drop everyone off where people could dry off and put on some clothes as it got pretty chilly with that wind blowing in there!

Jungle paradise of water, rainbow, skies, sun, trees, greenery, Foz do Iguaçu/Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil/Brasil

It was like a jungle paradise... I expected flying unicorns to come out and play too.

Afterwards, it was time to head back to Brazil since the hotel was on the Brazilian side. It was neat to go across Argentina again but now this was when the rest of Brazil was going to open up. Since we were coming in a bit late, I just wanted to rest up and relax in the hotel room until it was time going out to dinner where I just had to eat Brazilian meat again which is called picanha, considered to be the best part of the cow as it came from the rump. It also gave these beer towers which were amazing to drink out of. It was delicious and fun night.

Brazilian steak meat food with french fries - picanha, Brasil/Brazil

Brazilian steak - picanha served with a side of French sides - damn good food!

Brazilian beer tower at a restaurant, Brasil/Brazil

You gotta love these beer towers!

Cerveja Antarctica Original, Brazilian beer, best in the world, Brasil/Brazil

This is the best beer in the world! Cerveja Antarctica Original - most refreshing beer I've ever had in my life!

The next day was a free day which the majority of the group decided to go to Paraguay. Now that was going to be something!