Ciudad del Este
Ciudad del Este in Paraguay is an unsavory, dangerous world trouble spot . . . so why not visit!? Seriously, it is a fairly dodgy (as my British friends might say) place, but you'll be so close to another country that I bet your curiosity will win out over your fears. On the bright side, it's a fun place to shop and haggle with street vendors. See my Ciudad del Este page for details.
Où l'on retrouve les 3 frontières, Argentine ; Brésil ; Paraguay.
A donde podemos encontrar las 3 fronteras, Argentina ; Brasilia ; Paraguay.
Where we can see the 3 frontiers, Argentina, Brasilia ; Paraguay.
After lunch we walk to the ower half of the falls. It is from here you can catch the boats .We passed on this as we were already wet enough!! Once again we took the walkway right into the spray of the falls fury. Its an invigorating hike!
A MAGIC LITTLE VILLAGE IN ARGENTINA
"THE WATER KINGDON - IGUAZU FALLS"
It is hard to explain how fascinating this little village is to everyone who loves nature, but this little village holds a WORLD'S TREASURE: The Falls or simply the CATARATAS.
Way bigger than any other falls in the world. VICTORIA pays respect to IGUAZU...Niagara is nothing more than a beautiful bath tub if you think about any comparison. MONT MORENCY becames just a water tap, and the falls of Niles are just a big ammount of litte rocks when IGUAZU COMES TO YOUR MIND!
IGUAZU FALLS IS ALWAYS PRESENT IN THE HEAD OF A REAL TRAVELLERS, THIS, NO ONE CAN DENY!
One good relief for me is that Iguazu is also part of Brazil and the two country shares this incredible paradise of water, full of green, animals, all forms of river and water falls. But as I brazilian I must ay that it is quite frustrating to notice the the argentinean side has more things to do and they are way more prepared to welcome all kind of people.
THE SCENERY IS REALLY BREATHTAKING AND WHEN YOU ARE UNDER THE FALLS THE AIR IS REALLY MISSING...You have to be brave, you have to be really prepared to see so many beautiful things!
THE STRENGH OF NATURE CAN BE FELT IN THIS PLACE!
"READ FOR ADVENTURE??? IGUAZU IS THE CHALLENGE"
Ths side of the Park was created in 1934 and since 1984 it has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to its beatifull landscapes and large biodiversity of the subtropical forest. Its biodiversity is massive... A native flora with over 2000 species including: ferns, bromelias, orchids, palms and many large species of tree which serve as scaffolding for an equally large variety of climbing plants. These in turn provides fruits which lure the local fauna such as coatíes and toucans to name a few examples. Everywhere you look you see a different flower, a different tree and all kinds of very exotic fruits while you walk or when you are exploring Iguazu River by boat, strolling around between forest corridors you can see how absolutely rich the fauna and the flore of this area is.
450 kinds of birds, wich can often be observed in the open in the early morning and at nightfall You can likely easily see toucans urracas teros, parrot and the incredible vencejos. This last species is endemic to Iguazú Falls. Many exotic species can surprise you, it is so amazing to see all of them flying around, hunting and making you forget the stressfull life of a big city. In Iguazu everything is wild. Among the mammals some wild cats can be found and the QUATIS are the public relations in the park, a quati is a sort of "brazilian or argentinean racoon", they are present everywhere in the park. A countless number of insects can be found there, not only the so annoying mosquitoes, but you can see an spectacular show of butterflies everywhere in the park.
One of the most significant conservation aspects is the protection of species which are endangered such as the jaguar, if you are lucky in the first hours of the morning you can see one hidden in the thick forest.
THE WHOLE PARK CONVINCES YOU THAT YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO TO A ZOO TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE NATURE, JUST TAKE SOME TIME AND TRAVEL TO PLACES LIKE THIS AND YOU WILL SEE EVERYTHING IN THE WILDERNESS!
I really love the Falls, it is for sure one of my fave destinations in South America
Buenos Aires & Iguazu Falls,Argentina
"Widest Avenue In The World - Av.9 De Julio"
All I kept being told by the Portenos(inhabitants of Buenos Aires) was that Av.9 De Julio is the widest avenue in the world! It has about 7 lanes running one way,then the Obelisk smack in the middle with water fountains spraying magnificently with shade trees and benches to sit,then another 6 or 7 lanes on the other side of the Obelisk!
"Strong European Architecture"
Almost all of the buildings show very strong influences of old European architecture in them,along with some more modern buildings blending in with them.
"The "Pink House" Presidential Palace"
I was told by some locals that they call this the Pink House because the USA calls theirs the White House! I thought it to be fairly humourous. Very well built and looked after,more of that European Architecture.
The La Recoleta is the first public cemetery of the city of Buenos Aires in 1822. It is so large(54,843 sq. metres) consisting of 4,800 vaults. One of the most famous of the people interned here is Evita Peron,believed to be one of the most powerful women of the world back in the 1930's - until her death in 1952. The picture below is one of a 12 yr.old girl who they thought was dead and was buried alive!! Most of the people in here were the military or political people of the time,but there are also poets,priests explorers and writers. If in Buenos Aires you must go to see this marvelous architectural work put into it.
"Animals,Reptiles and Butterflies in Iguazu Park"
Not only does the Iguazu National Park have an exquisite view of the Iguazu Falls and Garganta del Diablo,but they have a great assortment of birds and butterflies and reptiles also! Below is a picture of a Caiman(Tropical American Crcodile) Walking along the walkway going from the Falls to Garganta del Diablo and look down and you will be sure to see one or two of these beasts sitting there,along with having butterflies landing right on you for a rest before flying away further on their trek.
"Reptiles blend right in"
I was walking along the trail and just happened to glance down to the left side of the walkway and there were two Iguanas sitting there sunning themselves.They blend right in with their surroundings and you can almost miss them. I was told later there are a variety of them all around varying in sizes from small to larger than the ones I got on my camera!!
This here is a train shuttle that will pick you up and take you from one spot in the Park to another. They even provide a little refreshment building and washrooms for you and have a open air stand to wait for the train shuttle when the sun is beating down on you,to provide shade.
"The Visitor's Center"
Here is where the Park Rangers and other employees who keep this park in such pristine shape,will give you all the information you need and inside you can walk around and see how it was formed as a park and learn more about the animals,birds and anything you wish to know. It tells the history about the park and I definitely would recommend it to anybody whether you are travelling in the northern part of Argentina or in northern Brazil. It's a sight you have to see!!!