If you ever need a spoonful of perspective from the rollercoaster of life, a visit to the Iguazu Falls is the perfect medicine.
We spent 2 days exploring the park from both the Argentinian and Brazilian side (the border between the two countries lies smack bang down the middle of the Garganta del Diablo aka Devil’s Throat, the top of the falls) and I must admit I could not keep my jaw shut. It was absolutely spectacular. Walking along the boardwalk heading towards our first view of the falls we crossed over a few rivers and noticed that they did not appear to be flowing particularly fast. We were in for a big surprise once we reached the Devil’s Throat.
Perched on the platform overlooking the Devil’s Throat, the spray emanating from the crashing water below feels like you have just spent the last few hours running in and out of the backyard sprinkler. I have never seen so much water in my life. It flows all day, all night. The sight of the masses of water flowing towards and then over the edge of the waterfall is mesmerising and all thoughts are silenced by the deafening roar of the water as it plummets 150m to the river below. (Please note there is a disclaimer on this post as there is no way our photos could capture its amazingness… you will just have to go there yourself!)
On the Argentinian side we got up close and personal with the falls, most of the views being directly on top of the falls, or from below. We took a short boat ride across the river to an island where we swam with the fish in the Iguazu river, ate our homemade packed lunch (which of course included a tuna sandwich!) and relaxed for a few hours on the rocky shore watching birds stretch their wings and circle above the falls.
The Brazilian side was more of a panoramic view from afar experience, with some waterfall spray thrown in for good measure. unfortunately for us it rained the day of our visit, but with so much water flying around, we hardly noticed!
Wildlife spotted (apart from the 100s of fish and birds):
Coartis (Brazilian aadvark):
(Sadly we missed spotting a Toucan!)