If you ever wonder why human beings used to worship nature, what were the motivations to bow down before the might and mystery of what surrounds us, you have to visit the Iguazu Falls to know for yourself. Bold statement you may think, even bolder is what you will see at Iguazu Falls. Just to tell you that the Iguazu Falls are taller than Niagara falls and twice as big.
Located near the northern Argentine border with Brazil, the best way to reach the falls is to take an early morning short flight to Port Iguazu from Buenos Aires. We got lucky to have met a cab driver who was so gentle, friendly and informative. During the 20 minutes from the sleepy airport to the entrance of the falls, he gave us specific information to make the most of the day in hand. When we got in, we were among the first to have entered the National Park area. You could feel the serene silence of the early morning being removed slowly with the chirping of the wild birds who were flexing their flying wings. Also, there was a certain smell of the earth which was soaked from an overnight rain. While you will make your way inside the well-marked park, taking left and right trails, you will feel a sensation of being close to nature, but a bit afraid too. May be nature is best enjoyed in a group. Being alone or just a couple may still make you feel exposed to the might and mystery of the unknown. At times you will feel as if something is stalking you, at times as if something just hid itself behind the trees. After a while you will keep making your way to the falls, the only thing you may hear at some point will be the sounds of your own footsteps and a very very unusually increasing noise which will get only stronger. You know what it is, but since you haven’t seen it yet, your imagination will run wild, in parallel with the wild trail you will be walking through. There are two marked trails – Upper and Lower.
You should start with the upper trail first and walk down to the lower trail to get a different perspective. Once we got the first glimpse of the mighty falls, we stood still in awe for a few minutes. As much as your naked eyes could see in three dimensions, from your left ear to right – you could only see waterfalls, mighty, superfast, strong, foamy and noisy! Iguazu contains 275 falls along 2.7 kilometers. You will realise the magnitude of the natural gem that got discovered by Spanish Conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541, after whom one of the falls is named. The falls were rediscovered by Bosetti at the end of the nineteenth century, and one of the Argentine falls is named after him.
You will feel at some point that cameras are not doing justice to capture this enormous might of nature, the strength and sound of the flowing water is only to be heard with eyes closed. While you will take the lower trail to see the falls from a close distance, you will look up to the mouth of the falls to see how it keeps flowing and falling all the year round, without stopping. Anywhere you will be in the park, you will hear the roar of the foamy monster. The Devil’s Throat – among them—is the most breathe taking of all.
If you are brave enough and are carrying extra dry clothes, you can dare to take the speedboat to get a splash under the falling waters. You can try to get as close as possible but no wonder the forces of the water will keep you at bay, but its worth the adrenaline rush if you fancy so. Once you look up the sky just above the falls, you will see scores of birds hovering in circle. You may wonder why they are never tired of the magnificent view below, and they can get to see everything for free and so easily. Rainbows are also a natural phenomenon which play hide and seek with you. Once you will see them appearing near the place where the waters thrash and land on the river below, the next moment they may be gone! While you will pause a bit holding the rails and absorb the beauty of nature with all your senses, you may see charismatically colourful tiny butterflies negotiating with the forces of wind to keep flying. All this natural wonders – waterfalls, birds, rainbows, greenery, the sound, the butterflies will fill your heart with an amazing enlightenment and awe. How gorgeous the nature is and how little we have experienced.
While returning it is recommended you take the shuttle train to enjoy a different view among the greenery. After a long walk around the trails to see the falls – you can stop for lunch at the Iguazu Sheraton where the steak is one of the best. We recommend sitting outside from where you can see the falls and the rising vapour while you enjoy your lunch.
You can stay as long as you want unitl 6pm when the park closed, but on a good day, 4-5 hours are just fine to complete seeing the Argentine side of the falls. So if you are planning a trip to Argentina, make sure you visit the mighty Iguazu Falls. You will know what nature is in all its strength and glory.