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Iguazu Falls – walking on the edge


In the early afternoon, after almost 20 hours on the bus, we finally arrived to Puerto Iguazu, which is the city close to the Iguazu Falls onthe Argentinian side of the border. Iguazu Falls are one of the New Natural Wonders of the World. They stretch along 2.7 kilometers and divided territories of two countries: Argentina and Brasil. It has been the mosts spectacular and noisy border we have ever seen.

After we left our staff in a hostel, we went to see the point where two rivers and three countries meet. From the shore on the Argentinian side, where we stood, we could see Brazil and Paraguay at the same time on the other sides of two different rivers.

Next day we took a bus to Iguazu Falls National park on the Argentinian side, which has most of the falls. The park is divided into three trails: Devil’s Throat, Superior and Interior Trail. We started from the Devil Throat, where half of the water from Iguazu river goes over the falls. Masses of falling water create a huge amount of mist rising from the bottom way over upper level of the river.From Superior Trail you can overlook the falls on both sides of the border. Walking on the metal boardwalks you can see water rushing underneath your feet. Interior Trail takes you to the lower part of the falls, where you can see falls from below. The most exciting part of this trail is the place where you practicly standing under the wall of water. We walked to the very end of that boardwalk and got soaking wet in less than a minute.We got to Puerto Iguazu after months of floods in this part of Argentina. The level of the water in the river was very high. Island San Martin, usually accesible by boat was closed due to flooding. When we walked on the upper Superior Trail we could see trail markers on the islands covered by water.

Second day, I went to the Brasilian side of the falls. Unfortunately Jason couldn’t go with me because he needs a visa to enter Brasil which he didn’t have. I caught the first bus in the morning. The park on the brasilian side is smaller than the one in Argentina. It only has one 1,5 kilometer long trail. At the entrance, there are buses waiting for you, which are taking you a few kilometers along the jungle to the falls. On the way there

are two more stops with other trails with acces to the river and different activities, but you will have to pay extra for them. I went straight to the trail overlooking the falls. While the argentinian side is bigger and allows you to walk within the falls, the brazilian side gives you a nice view of the entire falls. There are also parts where you walking into masses of falling water.

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