Posted by: Jay & Christina | May 10, 2010

Weekend excursion to Puerto Iguazú

After surviving a 17 hour overnight bus ride we found ourselves in a small border town between three countries: Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. The town is situated in a tropical area of Argentina, where the jungle once reigned supreme. The humidity was high and the temperature was on the hotter side. It was an interesting change from the cold of Patagonia and the temperate climate of Buenos Aires. It almost felt like I was back in the Philippines. It was a place where you just wanted to kick up your feet and relax, our kind of place.

We spent our first day walking around the small town, and discovered sandwiches made with palmitos (hearts of palm). We will be definitely be adding that to our arsenal of sandwich fillings when we get back home. We also made a stop to the local heladerias (ice cream shop) to keep cool, and learned how to order scoops of ice cream in Spanish. This is a very important thing for me in my limited abilities in the Spanish language because I LOVE ice cream.

The next day we went on an all day excursion to the famous Cataratas del Iguazú. Iguazú Falls is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. I could not agree more. This was the first place I have ever visited where the raw power of nature was in full display. Before we could see the Falls, we could hear the deafening roar of the water. We braced ourselves from what we were about to see. Again, we found ourselves speechless. The amount of energy from the falling water would cause water to vaporize and create clouds. We first walked along balconies that ran along the rim of the falls.


Our first view of the falls


We are so tiny in comparison


Nature’s power in full force

After exploring these, we made our way down to the lower balconies where we looked at the falls from a different perspective. There was a lot of water everywhere and the weather-proofing on my camera was put to good use. Christina and I got completely drenched! It was all part of the fun.


people wearing ponchos in a losing battle to keep dry


another angle of the falls


getting closer


and finally the closest I could get. Man was I drenched!

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Panoramic near river level

After seeing the Falls, we decided to take a walk through a small wilderness trail called the Macacu Trail. I was telling Christina that I hope we would run into a Jaguar. She didn’t find it very amusing. I had to settle for a few glimpses of monkeys in the forest canopy, butterflies, giant spiders, and an ant about 1.5 inches in length.


monkey looking down on another monkey (me)

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  1. I’m glad that you are in warmer weather now! The waterfalls look AMAZING!! I smiled when I saw the words heladerias and cataratas because I actually knew what they meant =) I’m glad to hear that you learned how to order ice cream Jay! Enjoy!!! Miss you both! *hugs*

  2. Wasn’t Iguazu falls one of the most amazing water falls EVER? seriously, the scale is what makes it incredible. it’s going to be hard for you guys to appreciate any other waterfall now as it is for us. sigh* did you guys get to go on the boat ride that goes into the waterfall?? that was the highlight of our experience there. xoxo

    • Hi Maki! No, we didn’t go on the boat ride. 😦 We saw the boats getting near the falls and thought it looked really cool. But, we realized we were dressed more for hiking than for water-adventures (lame-o… I think the heat and humidity put us in a daze, especially since we had been in freezing cold days before). But, the falls were definitely incredible! We couldn’t believe how much water there was!

  3. Hi, guys! I thought it’s 19th of May and you did not write for a LONG TIME.
    Well, I naturally was wondering if the awsome power of the falls tie your tongues.
    But I see you are there somewhere going through a lot of traveling.
    Enjoy!!!

  4. […] hey, you’re asking yourself, what about Perito Moreno, Iguazu Falls, Lake Titicaca, etc, etc? We know, they were also equally fascinating, but if we were to talk about […]


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