ARGENTINA
March & April, 2005
IGUACU FALLS, ARGENTINA
March 18, 2005

While the falls themselves are equally spectacular from either the Brazilian or Argentinian side, the trail network is better on the Argentinian side in terms of getting you right on top of, at the bottom of, or next to, the falls. 

To begin the day, we took a little old train to a mile long raised catwalk across the top of the Iguazu River.  The walk affords great views of the river, and is a great calm before the storm type of set up.  Along the walk, the shattered and rusted remains of some older catwalks stick out of the river since their destruction by massive flows in the early 1990s.  The trail ends literally over the very top of the largest falls, providing a view straight down as if you were actually going over the falls.  They are so close that if you were stupid enough to reach out and touch them, you could.  You get fairly wet, and the sheer force of the falls finally becomes a reality when you are this close.  We spent quite a bit of time up here with Sebastian and Dee just marveling at the scenery, and taking way too many photos.

After the walk back, we got into a rubber canoe and paddled down the river to the Superior and Inferior Trails.  This trip was yet another Jungle Cruise type of experience.  Lots of life, including Caimans and turtles, as well as some pretty dense sub tropical forest.  The actual ride was a little slow, but it was relaxing.

The Superior Trail lets you walk a few miles along the top of all of the falls on the Argentinian side.  These falls are not as large, in terms of volume, or as high as the main falls or some of the Brazilian falls, but you are able to be right on top of them for a long walk.  We've never seen so many clear, bright rainbows anywhere.  There are also really great views of the boats taking people into one of the bigger falls.  Back to that in a moment.

The Inferior Trail takes you along the mid-levels of the falls, down to the river at the bottom of the falls.  From there you can take a boat directly into two of the falls, which of course we did.  It was unbelievable.  The boat literally speeds right up to the falls, and then the force of the water shoots the boat back in the direction it came.  You not only get wet, you get pounded.  Its a lot of fun, and definitely worth the price.

After the ride, we got the chance to go across the river to an island in the middle of the falls.  We hiked top the island top, about 150 feet up, where you can get birds' eye views of the boats going into the falls, which looks really neat.  We also spent some time swimming in the river about 200 feet from where some of the falls were crashing down.  The water was surprisingly warm.

To finish the trip, we went rafting for 6 kms down the river away from he falls.  The rapids weren't that big, but it was still exciting, and a great way to end the day.
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