The Iguazu Falls are a connected series of waterfalls spanning across three countries: Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Unfortunately for the Paraguayan economy, tourists (without a helicopter) can only view them on the Argentinian or Brazilian side .
Being in Argentina, I stayed on that side. Though it is easy for me to cross over the Brazilian border with a UK passport, I still preferred to avoid the hassle and expense. And Iguazu is expensive for tourists. The prices are listed on a rising scale. Locals pay very little for entry. Non-local Argentinians pay a lot more. And then foreigners pay a lot more than the Argentinians. It was worth it for a day though.
As I mentioned in another post, the waterfalls are in a jungle region full of wildlife. It was the first time I ever saw a creature called a coatie, something similar to a racoon. There were lots of warning signs telling people not to go near them or feed them, with photos of blood pouring from arms and legs and other nasty cuts from coatie bites. The coaties acted more like dogs than anything else, coming up and begging for food until they were shooed away. They never seemed to be dangerous.
The waterfalls were spectacular. It’s an amazing thing to walk by a quiet stream and watch it transform into a raging torrent of bone-crushing water jets. Iguazu falls is a huge territory, there is a train service on the Argentinian side that transports people around. Sometimes I took the train, sometimes I walked in the hot sun, admiring the beauty of the nature around me. My final stop of the day was La Garganta del Diablo – The Devil’s Throat. This area takes you over a bridge around a raging whirlpool. It’s impossible to not get wet. It’s not very protected, and falling in would most likely lead to death. It’s a lot of fun to be surrounded by so much natural power, and one of the places where having extra tourists makes it a more enjoyable experience as you can share that energy with everyone around you.
I’ve heard that the Argentinian side is the best side, but I can’t comment since I haven’t seen the Brazilian version. I would definitely recommend going to see the falls for the day, even if you do have to suffer the tourist price gauging. I think one day may be enough though for just the falls.