So four days after returning for our Semana Santa trip, I headed off again to Iguazú with my program. That Friday morning, I took a taxi to the airport to meet our group and had my first experience with an Argentine airline. It was honestly really painless. Security took like 2 seconds, they let you bring liquids, you don’t have to take your shoes off, it was much different from the States. They totally win here though with the snacks!! Our flight was about 1 hr and 45 mins and they gave us an awesome snack box-juice, snack crackers, cookie, alfajor, etc.
When we got to Iguazú, it was unfortunately raining, but we still decided to go to Hito Tres Fronteras since it was only a couple blocks from our hotel (yes a HOTEL, not a hostel 🙂 Will talk more about that later). Tres Fronteras is the tri-border area where Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil meet. The rest of the day was a typical rainy, lazy day. Lunch, grocery store, nap, dinner, chilled.
Saturday was the main event-Iguazú Falls National Park. Iguazú literally means “big water” in Guarani (indigenous people/language of that area), and was named of the the Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2011. The park and all the falls were GORGEOUS and the pictures don’t even begin to do them justice.
|We only did the Argentine side.|
|We took a boat ride under the falls.
I got SO SOAKED, but it was AWESOME
After the boat ride, we changed clothes and ate lunch. By this point in the afternoon, the sun was out which was lovely. I enjoyed some ice cream and relaxation time 🙂
|photo credit: Kelly|
By far my least favorite part of the day were these animals called Coatis. Some people thought they were adorable, but they grossed me out. I called them R.O.U.S.’s (Princess Bride) all day, and they were super aggressive like raccoons. I saw them steal food, claw bags, and jump up on tables multiple times throughout the day.
After lunch, we took a little train up to top of the park to see the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat)
After the park, we went back to Tres Fronteras because it was raining the day before. We definitely got better pictures in the sunshine.
|I’m pointing at Paraguay, Sydney-Argentina, & Abigail-Brazil
photo credit: Abigail
We were completely exhausted by the time we got back to the hotel, and immediately conked out for 3 hours, oops… After finding dinner around 9 pm, we went back to the room to chill. Party animals I know. We watched the end of X-Men: First Class and almost all of Monsters, Inc. (Gatito!) before bed and it was glorious. I hadn’t watched an actual TV in SO long 🙂
Sunday morning we all took these cool truck things to visit some Guarani people. They called it a village, even though I felt like we never really saw a “village”. They showed us how they build and operate their traps, some children sang for us, and we also had the opportunity to buy some things they make (jewelry, figurines, blow darts…)
|The Bridge to Terabithia|
They didn’t have anything planned for us Sunday afternoon, so I had plenty of time to relax. It was such a nice change from the fast paced Semana Santa trip. ISA took care of everything (except lunch & dinner), and it was great not having to worry about transportation, lodging, entrance fees, etc. We stayed in this 4 star hotel which was a palace compared to hostel living. It was absolutely beautiful, and it had a giant porch with big comfy leather beds to chill on. The BEST part of the hotel was definitely the breakfast buffet!! As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, breakfast here is usually just toast and coffee, and I love and miss the big breakfasts in the States.
|Me & my white legs reading by the pool|
|Fruit, toast, pastries, EGGS, ham, cereal, yogurt, coffee, tea, juice|
After a lovely weekend, our flight got back into Buenos Aires around 11 pm. The city was so pretty from above; all lit up and sparkly.