Iguazu Falls are the waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of Argentina and Brazil. It was high on my list of places I wanted to visit in Argentina, however, getting to and from the falls was a bit of a mission. To get there from Buenos Aires, you have to either fly, which can be pricey or get on the bus, which takes longer and isn’t all that inexpensive. The bus was still a hefty savings versus the flight, so we booked the 19-hour bus ride to get to Iguazu. Our bus ride from Iguazu to Cordoba was 23-hours. Needless to say, A LOT of bus riding went into our trip to see Iguazu Falls. But it was worth it. The falls were spectacular!
A few things of note – when taking a long bus ride, opt for the cama (or executive cama) service which will give you not only comfy seats and more of a recline, but also a hot dinner (including wine) and breakfast! If you book your bus ticket at the station and pay in cash, sometimes you can negotiate a discount. We were able to score a 20% discount for our ticket from Iguazu to Cordoba. Make friends with the drivers and they might invite you up in the front for a little mate refreshment and conversation to help you work on your Spanish. And finally, bring an extra jacket as sometimes they keep the buses at near frigid temps.
Iguazu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Iguazu Falls is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. On the first day, we first visited Garganta del Diablo or Devil’s Throat where about half of the river flows into this long, narrow chasm. Right down the middle of Devil’s Throat is the border of Brazil and Argentina. I’ve heard it’s spectacular to visit the falls from both sides, but with the cost of visa’s, we opted to only do Argentina. After the Devil’s Throat, we trekked around the Upper Circuit. Stellar views and lots of rainbows made for a pretty special afternoon!
On day two, we went back to the falls to explore the views from the Lower Circuit and San Martin island. It was just as incredible! I think we may have gotten more soaked on day two.