Iguazu Falls was nothing short of amazing. It was not on our original itinerary and a week before we firmed up our plans to go, Iguazu Falls, one of the largest in the world, actually ‘closed’. There had been so much rain in the areas that feed the falls, some of the walkways in the national park on the Argentina side flooded and washed away thereby forcing the closure. We waited a few days until they opened up a dam down river which caused the waters to recede enough and the falls to re-open. The heavy rains also resulted in spectacularly high volumes of water flowing from the falls.
Luck continued to run our way. It costs about $150 each for visas to cross into Brazil but I read that sometimes they don’t require a visa if you’re just going to cross the border for the day. We shared a taxi with a British couple who also were supposed to have visas to cross into Brazil. No hassles and no problem crossing the border.
We enjoyed two sunny days viewing the falls, the first day was in Brazil, the second, Argentina. The water was dark from the runoff but the sun and mist resulted in rainbows everywhere.
The walkway on the Brazilian side runs right out into the middle of the river. Brazil has the best panoramic views.
The second day was spent in the national park in Argentina. Some of the walkways had indeed washed away.
The town of Puerto Iguazu in Argentina is at the border of three frontiers, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Aside from a couple of walks, there’s not much to do so we headed back to Buenos Aires.