A May 2004 trip
to Puerto Iguazu by Robert Raymond Ingledew
Quote: I have been there 7 times. This river can bring up to 14,000 tons of water per second. If the river is low, water will be clear, if the river is high, the view will be really impressive. Under any condition, the Iguazu falls are always charming.
Argentine side main circuits:
1) Upper circuit. It is the shortest one (maybe half a mile long, more or less) and requires no physical effort. You walk above the falls. This circuit no longer goes as far as the Garganta del Diablo, because a flood of the river years ago destroyed part of the bridges. You can get there taking the complimentary train (see point 3). This walk is completely above the falls. One hour is enough for this circuit.
2) Lower circuit: This is a longer circuit (at least 1 mile) that requires going up and down staircases and has additional viewpoints that require going up and down additional staircases. All are really worthwhile. You might see some coatis and even parrots on your way to the falls, but this is not for sure. In my opinion, it offers far better views of the falls and better spots for taking photos. One and a half to 2 hours, including stops.
3) Train to the Garganta del Diablo. The train starts off from the visitor's center, stops at Cataratas station (upper and lower circuit), and continues to the Garganta del Diablo station. From there you have to walk about a mile over bridges that cross the different branches of the Iguazú river. It is beautiful to finally arrive at the Garganta del Diablo. It is really worthwhile and may take about an hour and a half. The train goes through the forest.
4) San Martín island: The boat to the island, the same as the train, is included in the admission fee to the National Park at no charge. If you want a longer trip under the falls, that is at your own expense. You will have to go down and up a number of staircases and will admire beautiful, huge brackens. It is really worthwhile, but comes in the fourth place in my sightseeing priorities.
5) Sendero Macuco: I was unable to do it. It had been closed because the presence of pumas had been detected while I was there. It is a beautiful place to go, and if it is open, no danger is involved.
Visit the San Ignacio Jesuit ruins on the way back (they are a really worthwhile visit), very near the city of Posadas (1 hour by bus from Posadas) and 4 hours by bus away from Puerto Iguazú. At Posadas you might want to stay at the Hotel Posadas, a very nice three-star hotel downtown on a pedestrian street (no traffic noise).
Hotel | "Hotel Libertador (3 stars)"
I am not familiar with its present rates, but 2 years ago a single room was costing some $35 per night. It should not be costing more than $50 now.
Keep in mind that in August, September, and Easter these prices might to up to double. If you make a search in the Internet for "Hotel Libertador Iguazu" you will find the form of contacting them. I have tried to post Internet addresses in other postings and it does not seem to work.
The taxi stop is half a block away from the hotel. Puerto Iguazu is a very safe city. If you want a cheaper hotel, try the Hotel Parana, but it does not compare with the Libertador. The busses to the Falls pass nearly in front of the hotel every half hour, and the trip to the falls costs less than $1.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2006
Hotel El Libertador
Attraction | "A Paradise on Earth"
The first time I went to Iguazu Falls I went in Easter without reservations, and would have had to sleep on the street if it had not been for a barber that had pity on me and invited me to stay at his home. If you are going to travel in Easter, July or August, don't run the risk of travelling without an hotel reservation. The rest of the year is low season and you should not have any problems. You do not need to take food to the National Parks. There is a good variety of restaurants in the park, Telecom, Internet, etc. An all-you-can-eat barbecue will cost you 5 or 6 dollars, excluding wine. In Puerto Iguazú you can eat for half that price, if you know where to go (Hotel Libertador). The bus to the falls from Puerto Iguazu is a half hour run, it runs twice an hour and costs less than one dollar. The admission fee for foreigners if US$10 per person. If you are going to come back the next day, get your ticket stamped before leaving the park, and you will have a fifty percent discount the next day on the admission fee. A cousin of mine visited me from Canada (George Breckenridge) and told me: I have been at the Niagara Falls, at Victoria Falls in India, and now Iguazú. Iguazú is the most beautiful of all three. The falls form a semicircle about a mile and a half wide, and consist of 275 individual falls that when the river is high form practically half a dozen of important falls. Iguazu is charming and I travel nearly every year to the falls. Avoid July and August, when accommodations are difficult to find and hotel prices are more than double. Summer can be very hot, so the best season to go is from April to October or November, excluding Easter, when prices are ski-high. I have stayed at four different hotels, but the best price-value is the Hotel Libertador, a very nice 3-star hotel, with a beautiful swimming pool, and with affordable rates, about US$35 to US$40 per night. The falls on the Brazilian side are very nice, but there is only one trail about one mile long, so two hours are enough. On the Argentine side you need some 8 hours to go to the Garganta del Diablo, Upper Circuit, Lower Circuit and San Martín Island. In Brazil you see all the falls at a glimpse. In Argentina you walk above and below the falls, enjoying the details. If you have less time, at least 4 hours, then visit the Upper and Lower Circuits. You might want to add the navigation under the falls, where you will get a real splash, and maybe overflying the falls from the Brazilian side. US Citizens need a visa to cross over to the Brazilian side.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2006
I have travelled on six different bus companies to and from the Iguazú Falls, but want to give you a complete overview of bus transportation in Argentina, with some comments on bus services in Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile. Argentina is 3,000 miles long from North to South and many people are reluctant to travel long distances by bus, because they have no idea of the incredible comfort that some bus services offer in Argentina. If you have a look at the www.plusmar.com.ar website, and then click on "servicios" you may have a visual glance of what the different bus services offer. The first time I travelled on a Premium Bed Bus service I threw the seat back completely flat, but had to lift it a little, because I felt as if I was falling back (I always sleep with a pillow, and the bus seat was completely horizontal).
LUXURY SERVICE: This service has different names: Sendas (Buenos Aires-Mendoza) calls it Salón Real (Royal Class), Andesmar (From Buenos Aires to Mendoza, Puerto Madryn, Bariloche, and other destinations, and to most parts of the country from Cordoba and Mendoza) calls it Servicio Ejecutivo or Primera Clase (Executive Service or First Class), Expreso Singer (to Iguazú) calls it Cama Total (Total Bed), Tigre-Iguazú and Crucero del Norte call it Cama Premium (Premium Bed), Vía Bariloche (to Iguazú and Bariloche) calls it Tutto Leto Plusmar, Flecha Bus and Empresa Argentina call it Cama Suite (Suite Bed), Sierras de Córdoba and General Urquiza call it Dorado Premium (Golden Premium). These are services comparable to the first class of intercontinental flights. Some, like Via Bariloche and Andesmar, feature hot meals on board including wine, whisky, and champagne, travelling rug... Andesmar even gives you the choice of chicken, meat or vegetables for dinner, and has DVD and MP3 player. The seats lie back completely flat, as flat as a bed, 180 degrees. They normally have 7 rows of seats in the same space in which Greyhound or Eurolines would place 14 rows of seats.
BED SERVICE and SEMI-BED SERVICE: There is very little difference between both these services, only the width of the seat and the arm rest. They feature 11 rows of seats, and both have the same distance between rows, with a platform for your feet. SERVICIO COMÚN (COMMON COACH CLASS): 46 seats, compared to 54 of Greyhound in the same space. Semi-cama (semi-bed) costs the same and is more comfortable. Avoid the common service, if you can. I have travelled by Greyhound in the USA and from London to Paris on Eurolines, and after a six hour trip I sometimes felt tired. But the above-mentioned buses are so comfortable that you can travel 18 or 20 hours and arrive completely relaxed.
Now, let's talk about how to get to Iguazú Falls from Buenos Aires: Vía Bariloche, Crucero del Norte and Río Uruguay offer the very best service from Buenos Aires. Tigre-Iguazú is also excellent, and in most services features hot meals on board with soft drinks. Check it out, because not all services of Tigre-Iguazu feature meals on board (at least the one from Rosario and Concordia to Iguazú). Expreso Singer has a very good luxury service, but their common service does not compare with the other companies. I travelled with them from Posadas to Cordoba, the trip took 22 hours (it arrived late), they served no food on board, not even a cracker, and they did not stop for dinner... To the contrary, their luxury service is excellent.
From Mar del Plata to Iguazú: Tigre-Iguazú. From Mendoza: Andesmar (but it is a very long trip). From Cordoba to Iguazú: Crucero del Norte and Mercobus (18 hours). Singer also goes (not recommended, unless if you travel on their luxury service). From Brazil: Crucero del Norte or Pluma. From Termas del Río Hondo (connection to Tucuman and Salta): Andesmar. Apparently there are no direct services to Iguazú from Salta (La Veloz del Norte), nor from Tucumán (VOSA). You would have to change buses at Termas de Río Hondo, a nice place for fishing dorados, a very sportive fish of the salmon family, called the Tiger of the Rivers, that can weigh up to 30 pounds or more. Two weeks ago I was fishing there and a dorado cut my 30 pound nylon...
Flights to Iguazú: I would not take a plane, but that is your choice. Flights are expensive in Argentina, and higher rates apply to foreigners. Only two airlines cover this route: LAN Argentina (subsidiary of LAN Chile, by far the best in Latin America) and Aerolineas Argentinas (subsidiary of IBERIA, regarding which I have heard many complaints).
Bus services to other destinations in Argentina (when nothing else is stated, travel time and services are from Buenos Aires): Buenos Aires to El Calafate: Not advisable unless if you make a stopover at Puerto Madryn (highly recommended stop, for seeing whales and penguins). The direct trip from Buenos Aires to Río Gallegos takes 36 hours (18 from Puerto Madryn, in both cases Andesmar) and then you have to take another bus to El Calafate (a four hour travel, with five daily frequencies). The luxury bus service goes as far as Caleta Olivia, 30 miles south of Comodoro Rivadavia, and then you have to continue on bed or semi-bed service to Río Gallegos the last 12 hours).
Buenos Aires to Bariloche: Best services are Vía Bariloche, Crucero del Norte and Andesmar. Some 20 hours travel from Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires to Tucumán and Salta: La Veloz del Norte and Mercobus (about 16 and 20 hours travel). Buenos Aires to Mendoza: Best services are Andesmar and Sendas (some 14 hours from Buenos Aires). Córdoba to Mendoza: Andesmar and Mercobus, ten hour travel. Bariloche to Mendoza: Andesmar, 19 hours, 40 dollars in semi-bed and 50 dollars for the bed service. Mar del Plata to Mendoza: Andesmar, San Juan-Mendoza and Autotransportes San Juan. Córdoba to Tucumán and Salta: Andesmar, La Veloz del Norte, Mercobus and many other companies (8 and 12 hours travel, respectively). Mar del Plata to Córdoba: Zenith, Mercobus. 16 Hours Córdoba to Puerto Madryn: Andesmar (the best) and TUS (very good) - avoid going through Buenos Aires and you will save 8 hours travel - 18 hour travel.
Bariloche to Puerto Madryn: Don Otto (bed service, don`t take the servicio comun) 12 hours. Córdoba to El Calafate: El Pinguino. Not my choice, but the only direct service. About 40 hours travel. From Montevideo to Iguazú Falls: Expreso General Artigas to Gualeguaychú or Concordia, and Tigre-Iguazú from there on. From El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Chile): 6 hour travel for 50 pesos (17 dollars).
Bus Services in other countries: Brazil was the first country to implement the bed bus service. I discovered it in 1973, travelling from Iguazú to Asunción (Paraguay). Their most known company is PLUMA. UNICA also offers an excellent service. Uruguay has very good bus services, Expreso General Artigas is one of them (it travels from Punta del Este and Montevideo to Buenos Aires and Córdoba). Paraguay used to have trucks with wooden seats on the top (Expreso Caaguazú thirty years ago), but now has excellent bus services, such as Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. Chile was the second country to adopt the leito and semi-leito buses over twenty years ago. Their best bus company is TurBus. But be careful when you buy your ticket because they have five different classes of service. Bolivia now has beautiful Mercedes Benz buses, but they fell into the same mistake as Greyhound and Eurolines: 54 seats instead of 46... so travelling is not very comfortable. Peru: Services used to be poor, but have improved. Expreso Ormeño is supposed to be the best. I have not been for many years in Venezuela and Ecuador, but the last time I was in those countries, they had the worst service of all Latin America. Caution: most international services do not compare with the national ones, 46 or more seats and not as comfortable, my recommendations: To Iguazú: Vía Bariloche, Crucero del Norte or Tigre-Iguazú. To Bariloche: Vía Bariloche, Crucero del Norte or Andesmar To Puerto Madryn and Río Gallegos (near El Calafate): Andesmar To Cordoba: Bethel Ejecutivo and General Urquiza (dorado premium). To Salta: La Veloz del Norte and Mercobus. I trust you will find these guidelines very useful. Enjoy your trip. Note: If you want to drive a car, keep in mind that car rental is expensive, gasoline is more expensive than in the USA, distances are long and the vast majority of highways are two-lane roads, unlike Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela that have many freeways. The only four-lane toll highways that exist in Argentina are Buenos Aires-Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires-Rosario, Rosario-Santa Fe and Córdoba-Villa Carlos Paz, some 550 miles in total. Avoid "bargain" buses (those that do not leave from bus stations and offer lower rates). Many of them are not authorized to circulate, and most depart form unsafe areas like Plaza Once.
The first time I went to Iguazú and took the tour to the Brazilian side, I got off at the bus station instead of returning to Argentina, and took an international bus service from Fozz do Iguazú to Asunción del Paraguay (6 hours travel). The next day I was visiting the Maka Indian Reservation near Asunción. That Indian Reservation to a certain point is a set up show, because if you want a photo with the chief you have to pay one price, if you want a photo with a group of Indians the price is different... However, they are real Indians. The place is administered, as far as I know, by the Anglican Mission, that is doing a good social work amongst them.
The Iguazu river is the natural border between Argentina and Brazil, and the Parana river is the natural frontier between Argentina and Paraguay, and also between Brazil and Paraguay. To go to Ciudad del Este you must go through Brazil, since the only two international bridges in the area cross from Argentina to Brazil and from Brazil to Paraguay (Puente de la Amistad). Of course, you could cross in a motorboat from Puerto Iguazú to Paraguay, but I think that could be risky, since it would be a private boat, and if formalities are not complied with, you could get into trouble with the coast guard or with the customs of either country. USA citizens are now being required a visa for entering Brazil, and for going to Paraguay you must go through Brazil.
There is a 3-frontier landmark in Puerto Iguazu about two miles away from the downtown where the Iguazú river meets the Paraná. Landscape is beautiful and it is a good viewpoint for photos. The old port of Puerto Iguazú is another good spot for taking nice photos. There are buses from Puerto Iguazú to Ciudad del Este, but Ciudad del Este has become a rather risky city for a number of reasons: 1) It is highly populated (it used to have 30,000 people, and now it is said to have half a million). And sympathizers of terrorist groups are said to live there, although so far nothing has occurred. 2) Everyone says it is the capital of contraband, you can buy things at very low prices, but I have seen junk photo cameras with the name Canon stamped on the top. So only if you buy in a well-established shop you really know what you are buying. Perfumes sold on the street are generally made of talcum powder mixed with water, even if the flask says Christian Dior... So you can only buy those things in established shops. Also, there is a limit of 150 dollars for bringing products into Argentina from Brazil or Paraguay. 3) Ciudad del Este has become more unsafe than Fozz do Iguazú and far unsafer than Puerto Iguazu. The tour to the Brazilian side of the Iguazú falls also takes you there and to the Itaipu dam, the largest hydroelectric project in the whole world. And being with the guide, they will only take you to safe places. But keep an eye on your valuables if you go to Ciudad del Este. In my opinion, the Puerto Iguazú free shop has good prices, about 40% lower than average prices in Argentina. For example, an Olyumpus digital camera with a 5x zoom was costing last year 170 dollars, and a Kodak Easy Share camera (the cheapest model) was costing about one hundred dollars. It is a good place for buying electronics and perfumes, although it does not have the size of a WallMart store. If you want to buy clothes in Paraguay, look for the Martel brand, they are of very good quality. I am looking for my photos of the triple frontier. So far I have found and posted one, but hope to post more in the next days. Enjoy them.
The first time I went to Iguazú (Easter, 1970) I had made no hotel reservations. At that time Iguazu hotels had a capacity of 14,000 people, there were double that quantity looking for accommodation, and I was looking for a single room. Mission impossible. Finally a barber took pity on me and invited me to stay at his home. So my first advice is NEVER go to Iguazú during the high season (Easter, July and August) without hotel reservations. The rest of the year you can just drop in and even negotiate the rate, and get substantial discounts on the front desk rates, but it is still better if you negotiate rates over the phone. Once I got a fifty percent discount on the room rate for the Hotel Cataratas (one of the 5 star hotels at Puerto Iguazú).
HOTEL CATARATAS - Although I have written a separate report on this hotel, let me give you some ideas. The Cataratas hotel is a very nice hotel, comparable to a Holiday Inn, and in my opinion I would rate it as a good 4-star hotel. Its restaurant is the best one in Puerto Iguazú. It has a nice medium swimming pool and fitness center, but it is not central, it is about a mile and a half away from the downtown. Their address is Ruta Nacional 12, Km. 4, and their phone is (54-3757) 42-1100.
HOTEL LATINO - I have also stayed at the Hotel Latino (4 stars, I would give it barely 3 stars). Rooms are fine, the swimming pool is OK, but the restaurant is one of the worst ones I have ever been at. Practically no variety, a "buffet" that only includes salads, breaded meat that you can hardly chew, so I always went for chicken, that was OK. The owner attends this hotel, so in low season you can get substantial discounts on the room rate, but take my advice: settle the rate without meals... The front of the building is not attractive, it seems like a condo building, but that really does not matter. Their address is Av. Victoria Aguirre 391, phone (54-3757) 42-0125.
HOTEL LIBERTADOR - My choice in Puerto Iguazú is the Hotel Libertador (3 stars), that has nice air-conditioned rooms with cable TV, a beautiful swimming pool, probably the best one in Puerto Iguazú, and budget rates, except in Easter, July and August, when prices go up to more than double. Their evening menu is cheap, their buffet is not up to much, but the main plate is always tasty, their desserts are nice, and you can eat there, including wine, for 5 or 6 dollars. In my opinion, they have the best price value for a dinner at Iguazú, sometimes accompanied with music, and always facing their very nice swimming pool. Their address is Bonpland 110 and their phone is (54-3757) 42-0027. You have a good Internet office across the road, and a good photo shop half a block away.
HOTEL PARANA - And if you are running out of money, the hotel Paraná has lower rates, but does not compare in comfort. Rooms have air conditioning and cable TV, there is even a small swimming pool (with sun one or two hours in the day), but beds are not very comfortable. Apart from that, it is OK. Their address is Av. Brasil 24, phone (54-3757) 42-2206
CAMPING AMERICANO - HOTEL TROPICAL If you prefer something half-way to the falls in the midle of nowhere, the Camping Americano is another good option. It is two and a half miles away from Puerto Iguazú, and has a nice park and a good restaurant. Their address is Ruta 12, Km. 5, phone (54-3757) 42-0190. I am posting the addresses and phone numbers here, because I am going to delete some of my entries in order to consolidate the information in one review. Have a nice trip to Iguazú. I am sure you will enjoy it.
The Brazilian side will be probably the first place you will visit. Why? Because most buses arrive from Buenos Aires at about 2pm and the walk on the Brazilian side is shorter. The bus or the taxi will leave you at the entrance of the Park on the Brazilian side; is is a 20 minute drive. But remember, Brazil is now requesting visa to USA citizens. I have an American friend that went recently and he was not allowed to cross to the Brazilian side. Sit on the right hand side of the taxi or bus and have your camera ready as soon as you have passed Immigration, because a couple of minutes later you will be crossing the Iguazú river and will have a nice panoramic view.
When you arrive at the National Park you will have to pay an admission fee of some ten dollars per person and the bus ride on the National Park bus is included in that admission fee. You can sit downstairs with air-conditioning, but I prefer the upper deck with no windows to take better pictures. Even at the bus boarding point you will have a nice view of the forest. Try to get a seat on the first row of the upper deck so that you can take panoramic views of the forest during the 20 minute ride. The river will be on the right-hand side, but you will not see it due to the forest. If you go early, you can also visit the Parque Das Aves (Bird Park), where birds live with some freedom, with a wire gauze some 70 feet above them. You will see beautiful birds, especially flamingos and tucans. When I was filming the flamingos a tucan came over and had taken the case of my photo camera in its mouth, I menaced it, and the tucan menaced with biting me. So I had to wait patiently until the tucan got bored of my photo camera case, left it, and then I picked it up.
Do not get off at the first stop the bus makes, unless you want to take the boat safari under the falls. It is a beautiful experience. Of course, you will get soaked, and your photo camera also, unless if you protect it with a nylon bag. But if you are careful enough, you can take some fantastic photos while you get near to the falls. The National Park buses run every 20 minutes and you can get off at any stop and continue your trip on another bus. As soon as you get off the bus at the second stop, just in front of the Tropical Das Cataratas hotel, the only hotel on the Brazilian side that faces the falls, you will have an excellent panoramic view of the falls. That view will be more beautiful if you go during the season when the river is higher (before Easter or after the end of September).
You can check the weather and rainfall statistics for Puerto Iguazu at www.weather.com. You will start going down the staircases and along the sidewalks (that are one mile long) and will probably be walking for about an hour and a half. Take a soft drink or some water with you, because you will only have the chance of buying a drink when you are half way through the tour, next to the Santa María Fall. There are two or three very nice viewpoints with different panoramas, but go prepared for the unexpected, because probably some coatis will cross the sidewalk in front of you, maybe five, ten or twenty feet away. (I filmed about a dozen of them the last time I went.) They are friendly, but are always looking for food, so keep an eye on your bag... Don't react violently because they have sharp teeth... But don't be afraid of them, only wise. They do not attack people. On the Brazilian side you get very near to the water at the Santa María fall and at the Garganta del Diablo. The sidewalk goes under the Santa María Fall and if the wind is blowing towards you, your camcorder or photo camera will start getting wet.
A little spray will do no harm but could affect the quality of the photos you take, but if the camera gets really soaked, you are in trouble. So always take at on the opposite side of where the spray is coming from. At the Garganta del Diablo you will have to take a shot or two and literally keep your photo camera in the case or it will get soaked. You could actually ruin your camera if you are not careful. I once ruined a Minolta Maxum 2000 in Bariloche. I had left it on a bag while fishing, a motorboat passed, a wave came in and soaked it. I was never able to use it again... Of course, you can continue filming with your camcorder if you zoom in or out until you see the landscape clearly, even if there are some drops of water on the lens.
The other place where you have to be extremely careful with the water spray is on the San Martín Island towards the San Martín Fall. On the Argentine side there is a "mirador" (viewpoint) nearly in front of the Sheraton hotel, on the way to the Circuito Inferior (Lower Circuit). Even if it closed, you can always walk up to the first staircase landing, where you will have a nice view of the forest. And if you walk the half mile from the visitor center to the Iguazu station instead of taking the train, you will have some good chances for taking nice photos.
LOWER CIRCUIT: The first photo you will probably want to take is a view of the forest that surrounds the path. If you go early in the morning you may see some coatis, but the chances are far lower than on the Brazilian side. After walking for a good while you will come to the first fall, where the water literally roars. If you have a camcorder, you will really enjoy this sight. If not, you have two viewpoints here for taking photos, that will be really beautiful. Further on, you will have a very nice view of the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's throat) but you will need a good zoom, at least 3X, if you want to get a close-up. Walking further on you will have an impressive view of the San Martín fall, and further on you will have a beautiful view of the Bosetti fall, where you will literally touch the water. The last two places where you can take beautiful photos here are the Dos Hermanas (Two Sisters) fall, with a very nice pool underneath, and the Salto Chico (Small Fall) where you will see the red-coloured rocks. On the Upper Circuit (Circuito Superior) you will have impressive views from the top of the falls, and the best panoramic views are from where you meet the first or second fall.
A photo from the top of the Salto Chico and from the top of the Salto Bosetti downwards are really worthwhile, and if you have a camcorder, zoom in the water, sometimes the water spray resembles fireworks. In the San Martin island you will have different views, you will cross some lizards, vegetation will be different, and you will see impressively large ferns. On the train to Garganta del Diablo (included in the admission fee) you will go through the forst and will see some huge bamboo canes. You then have to walk about a mile crossing bridges over the different branches of the Iguazú river, with very nice sceneries. If the river is low, water will be nearly transparent. But the best views are at the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's throat). Go with five or ten photo films, or with enough memory for two hundred photos if you have a digital camera: you can buy films at the national park but they will cost you at least six or seven dollars. At Puerto Iguazú you will buy them for half that money.
Finally, remember that you have a self-serve restaurant on the Brazilian side just on top of the Santa María fall, and in the National Park in Argentina you have many options for eating (fast food, vegetarian, all-you-can-eat barbecue, etc.) where you will spend about 7 to 12 dollars for a good meal, including wine, or far less for a hamburger and a coke. A block away from the Libertador hotel you have a good photo shop that can develop your photos in an hour or two. I am not sure if they can pass them to a CD. I have been told that the Sendero Macuco has beautiful places, but I have not visited it yet. The last time I was there it was closed, but it should be open now. Enjoy your stay.
Robert Raymond Ingledew
Villa Carlos Paz (Cordoba), Argentina