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Iguazu Falls

13 May

Iguazu Falls

It was quite a change to leave the coldness of Patagonia for the warm and humid jungle of Iguazu. By just traveling in Argentina it’s possible to see nearly all kind of climates.

As you can see on the maps the waterfalls are on the border of Brazil and Argentina.

After 20 minutes in the bus from Iguazu city, we arrived in the Iguazu National Park where we can see the waterfalls. It took us one full day to fully explore the waterfalls and the park. And I use the plurals for waterfalls, because there isn’t just one big waterfall, but many ones with different levels and sizes. It was fantastic to discover new waterfalls while we were exploring the jungle.

Here are some pictures we take:

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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4 responses to “Iguazu Falls

  1. Brett Williams

    May 13, 2012 at 23:07

    Argentina is one of my top choices of places to visit. Any advice for travellers?

     
    • Hsing

      May 14, 2012 at 19:36

      Hi Brett,

      Thanks for visiting our blog!

      Um.. not sure about advice, but some sharing πŸ™‚

      1. Keep mind open for surprises – we saw the YouTube video about Argentina before our visit and thought it’s like Europe; then only realized while there, it’s a country with good looking hardware, but missing a bit software (i.e. looks like 1st world from outside, but when looked into a bit more, the infrastructures are missing a bit sophistication…).

      2. Do a bit research into their politics and economy situation – this will help in understanding why some of the Argentineans do what they do, i.e. ripe off any tourists where-ever and whenever they can (taxi charge not base on meter or different prices for tourists).

      3. City center – a mess, noisy and highly polluted. If you are visiting city center, go between office hours, avoid peak hours. Shopping around city center is very expensive. Despite the unpleasant, there are lots of green parks just around the corner where people could just take a rest, eat lunch and spent an afternoon in the park. (much more quiet during the weekend)

      4. Tourist office vs. travel agency – tourist office is not cheaper than travel agency. Do some comparisons for travel packages! Most of the famous tourist places, i.e. Patagonia for Glacier (see our other post) and Iguazu for waterfall, there are nice packages in the markets. To organize everything on your own, it’s possible but not wonderfully convenient due to scarcity of resources, i.e. bus to Iguazu fall only runs every 30mins at the very unclear stops (basically you just put your hands up, the bus will stop). What is a must personally, it’s the 4 hours BIG ICE walk in Glacier Perito Moreno πŸ™‚

      5. Spanish speaking – it’s nice to know few words of Spanish, it will get you far. The people are very down to earth and friendly to help, in general (except the ones trying to rip off). 70-80% don’t really know English, hence trying to organize own trip may be challenging sometimes.

      6. Tango lesson – it’s a great art to enjoy, to learn and to watch. We chose to watch a local tango show (+-100Peso) instead of dinner+show (ranging from 400Peso to 1200Peso) for tourists. We can only speak for the one we watch, it’s very good. I would suggest do both and see for yourself πŸ™‚ If you are taking classes, we took some lessons at local prices at http://www.eatango.org near city center. It’s much cheaper than the ones tourist office suggested.

      7. Beef in Argentina is impeccable! It’s a must to eat!!!

      8. Last but not least, safety and walking at night – Safety is a must and walking at night is NOT recommended. Stay alert! At night, it’s better to take TAXI and get ripe off than walking or take metro.

      Have fun and know locals πŸ™‚ Hope these help a bit! If you have anything particular want to ask, let me know πŸ™‚ Glad to help!

      *I like your posts in your blog πŸ™‚ Who did the comics sketches? Is it you or Laura? quite gifted πŸ™‚

       
      • Brett Williams

        May 14, 2012 at 19:43

        Thanks for the advice! Laura and I have travelled to a lot of developing countries, so we’re used to a lot of the things you mention here. It always helps to go in with a few insider tips though…so thanks! As to who draws the comics, that would be me, but Laura should be given credit for her inspiration!

         
      • Hsing

        May 14, 2012 at 21:08

        Where else did you guys traveled? We like traveling very much too πŸ™‚ If you guys coming to Switzerland, let us know πŸ™‚

         

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