We left Cordoba in the early afternoon and flew direct to Iguazu Falls. Colleen chose the destination as it is one of the three great Water Falls in the World: Victoria Falls, Iguazu Falls and Niagara Falls. Two words: Bucket List!
We stayed in the Iguazu National Park at the Melia Hotel (formerly a Sheraton). Although pricey it gave us extra opportunities to enjoy the park as soon as it opened at 08:00 up until closing at 18:00. Accommodation for three nights for two rooms was $2423.29CAD which at least included a very good breakfast. The entrance fee into the park was 500ARS for adults (12+) and 130ARS for children which is $168.21CAD for all five of us. Food options in the park are the hotel or a couple of fast-food restaurants. We found the best deal to be the all you can eat Parilla BBQ at 300ARS or $20.78CAD per person. A true Argentinian grill with steak, chicken, sausage, ribs, and blood sausage.
The first morning was awe inspiring with the sounds of the humid jungle landscape. Soaking in the morning air from my balcony I saw the scene below. Suddenly I knew we were in for a great time.
The National Park
The park has six major walking trails that are easy to navigate. We spent our time on three of them as two were not open and the third was relatively small. Walking is easy along well defined paths and the park staff keep the grounds fairly clean.
The Lower Circuit
An easy 1700m trail that takes about 2 hours to complete. You have to stop and look at all the views and also keep an eye out for the inhabitants of the park. The culminating point of the Lower Circuit is standing immediately below the roaring falls.
The Upper Trail
The upper trail is 1750m long and also takes about 2hrs to complete. Not only do you witness the Falls with a birdseye view, you have the opportunity to walk over the river and see some of the inhabitants.
The Devil’s Throat
The walkway is 1100m long and takes 2hrs to complete. The entrance is accessible by a free train ride that runs every fifteen minutes. The train starts at the parking lot with tour groups so if you are waiting, like we did, from inside the park you will be hard pressed to get a seat. We decided to walk beside the train tracks which added another 2km. In hindsight, if you walk you avoid the crowd from the train so you want to time your visit in the middle of the train schedule as it will mean less people.
Christmas on the Road
Iguazu Falls is a fantastic place to visit even if it is a bit of a budget buster! Staying in the park is a definite bonus and gives you more flexibility to see the park. If you want to visit the Brazilian side and truly experience all aspects of the Falls I think you need three days. We spent two days just walking the trails on the Argentinian side. We left by cab and took a plane to Salta as a staging area to head into Bolivia.