A September 2002 trip
to Ciudad del Este by actonsteve
Quote: One of the greatest sights in South America - the Iguacu Falls are mindblowing. Over 275 individual waterfalls pour into a horseshoe 4 km long set a tropical forest NP. A trip here creates memories of a lifetime.
Then multiply this waterfall by two hundred and sixty five. Let them pour off a cliff four miles long in the heart of a stifling tropical rainforest onto another escarpment which pours into a gushing gorge - let two of the largest countries in South America into the equation and you may come close to describing Iguacu Falls.
The magic of the Falls is indescribable. Frothing coppery water pours under you, either side of you and above you. The gushing army of waterfalls is lit by bright blue sky, brown massif's and verdant vegetation.
Get on a plane. Get on a bus. Get on whatever it takes. But see the incomparable greatness of Iguacu Falls.
Along with Rio de Janeiro and Macchu Picchu - it is the greatest sight on the continent of South America.
Words cannot do this justice as the falls themselves are in a massive tropical forest national park. The parks vegetation give the falls an exotic otherworldly feel - toucans dot the tree's, insects buzz and monkeys whoop in the overhead canopy.
Whatever you choose there is a sense of adventure at Iguacu Falls. The walkways will get you drenched, the coatis will make you laugh, the macuco ride will leave you exhilerated and the falls themselves will leave you groping for words.
A visit here is the experience of a lifetime.
Iguacu is served by air from Rio and Sao Paulo, and buses from Buenos Aires. Buses run from the towns rodovaria to the airport and to the falls themselves every ten minutes.
But take time to enjoy the national park. If you can't make it to the Amazon or the Pantanal then this is your best place to see Brazilian wildlife - capuchin monkeys can be heard, toucans can be spotted and deep in the undergrowth ocelot and jaguar lurk. Whatever your predeliction - just gazing at the rainbows that collect at the base of the falls or rushing under them in an inflatable speedboat -there will be something to give you the thrill of a lifetime.
Hotel | "Hotel Foz de Iguacu - in the Heart of the City"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2002
Hotel Foz de Iguacu
Foz de Iguacu, Paraguay
Restaurant | "The Churrabascia - Eat Like a Gaucho"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2002
On the Road to the Airport
Foz de Iguacu, Paraguay
London, United Kingdom