Coatis are called the thieves of Iguazu and for reason. During our visits to the falls there were so many coatis every where we went and they were especially visible around the many snack and quick meal stops located around the park.
On our most recent trip to the falls we actually witnessed one of these fellas in action. We followed one particular coati as he "stalked" a young girl who was holding a roll of cookies. He waited for his chance and when he saw his window of opportunity, went for it. The result? A Coati with cookies and a very unhappy child.
So please use caustion when you see these fellas hanging around you. Be very careful as many of the coatis have been de-sensitized to people and will steal your food right in front of your eyes.
I found this sign a bit interseting. Now, I know we are in a "jungle" but this sign caught me totally off guard since I would think that most people would have some sort of common sense when it comes to the creatures of the jungle.
There are pleny of signs posted through out the park to beware of snakes so please don't wander off the main path of the park, and if you plan on hiking please use caution and make sure to stay on the designated paths to prevent you for any harm or injury.
While you are walking through out the park you'll probably come across a few of these warning signs indicating (or reminding you) not to feed the animals especially the coatis, and to stay away from touching any of the plants you find in the park.
Please adhere to park rules as they are there for the protection of animals, plants and of course people.
It seems like this is a standard tip but in such a remote location and somewhere I would assume most people do not make a return trip to I strongly suggest you take advantage of your weather. If you have a nice day be sure to use it to its best and take best advantage of it to see and do all you can as you never know when the next storm will roll in and cause a potential washout on your plans.
We did have rain for half of our trip but the days certainly weren’t wasted. We were able to see and do so much here and most importantly, relax and unwind.
Apparently it is indeed a crime to feed the monkeys and also a big enough problem that they have many signs warning you not to do so.
While we were sitting outside having our first day lunch I spotted the sign in the corner warning us not to feed the monkeys. I have to tell you, I never would have thought to do it in the first place. But apparently people do.
So please, do not feed the monkeys.
A few years back a child was attacked and killed by a puma on one of the trails in Iguazu Falls National Park. While this was was an isolated incident, it served as a warning that you need to be aware of your surroundings and to be informed about what animals live in this jungle and what you should do should you encounter them. The visitor centre hands out a book with advice on what to do when you meet snakes or pumas, so everyone who visits the park should read this, especially anyone hiking on the more remote paths such at the Macuco Nature Trail.
In a place full of water, water running from above, water moving all over the place, you may find yourself dieing of thirst, after so much walk under the sun. Take some water with you. And go for a pee before you start walking around, you know, all this water running around... :D
With the sun beating down and the spray coming from the falls, you may well not realise that you are getting sunburned. Take a hat to protect your head, ears and neck and if you are one of those people that bear all (yuch), then apply sun tan oil as even in the shaded parts of the walk, the sun can still get to you.
There are many birds and animals in the Park, some of which can be dangerous. Stay on the paths and you are unlikely to come across anything anymore dangerous than a Banded Coati. Generally, these creatures will amble across your path doing their own thing, and totally ignore you unless you come too close, but be warned that you should not attempt to feed them as they are omnivores and as such, have sharp teeth and can give a nasty nip if they decide that they don't like you.
You can identify a Banded Coati by its extended snout, used for grubbing out insects, brown coat and banded prehensile tail which is used to balance with, when they are up in the trees. The trees are their safety net, to keep them safe from the likes of the Jaguar which, I am glad to say, was probably too inteligent to come near the walkways with so many humans around!
I'm quite sure this sign was warning me of something but not quite sure what it was but the one thing I'm sure of is that it involves snakes. If I stay within the dotted lines, the snakes won't get me? Are they warning the snakes to beware of humans?
Actually I think it was at the start of a path and the sign was suggesting you stay on it but in my vast experience with snakes (OK, they are merely garter snakes but I'm pathologically afraid of them and I ALWAYS see them when out walking my dog), snakes like to sun themselves on paths and as far as I know they don't know how to read signs.
There are some Km of gangways along the waterfalls; they are narrow, and really close to the abyss; enjoy the views, but watch out.
Hay varios Km de pasarelas a lo largo de las cataratas; son angostas, y realmente próximas al abismo; disfruten las vistas, pero tengan cuidado.
The National Park is a protected area; wild life must be respected, so do not take any plant and do not feed the animals. Several researchs have demostrated that the "coaties" have health disorders like obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, cavities... because visitors give them food.
El Parque Nacional es un área protegida; la vida silvestre debe ser respetada, por lo que no se lleven ninguna planta y no alimenten a los animales. Varias investigaciones han demostrado que los coatíes tienen problemas de salud tles como obesidad, diabetes, colesterol, caries... debido a que los visitantes les dan comida.
If you decide to take a boat to sail the river, respect the crew advices: wear your life jacket and do not stand up while sailing; they stop enough time to get your pictures.
Si deciden tomar un bote para navegar por el río, respeten los consejos de la tripulación: usen el chaleco salvavidas y no se paren mientras se navega; luego se detienen el tiempo suficiente para tomar fotos.
In order to visit the Devil's Throat, you'll have to walk over a very long bridge, so be prepared and take your time. When I visited it was spring time and it was quite hot. I can imagine that it gets scorching hot during the summer months and there is really no shade along this bridge, so it's a good idea to wear a hat and buy a bottle of water before you start this walk.
There are signs posted throughout the park that remind you of many things that are really just good old-fashioned common sense. Stay on the paths. There are wild animals out there! Don't feed the wild animals. Duh! And don't pick the plants and take them home as souvenirs. That would be rude!!