The photos below are what we saw.
hotel room on the top floor had a view of the Iguazu
Falls. The noise was tremendous and we were more than a
was to walk to the trails around the falls from the hotel.
As we left the hotel, we passed this odd tree that had fruit
growing on the trunk. These may be some kind of figs.
hotel Melia was nice but pricey due to its exclusive location in
the National Park.
lower falls trail we could see the outflow downstream from the
falls. Above, a RIB with tourists heads towards Devil's
Throat to get a good dunking. The water level was rather
low, but the river still produced powerful currents. We
also saw white water rafters on this stretch of river.
trail we got a view of the main falls area known as Devil's
Throat. Note the viewing area on the Brazilian side of the
spotted this baby iguana.
lower trail took us to a view point for the small side of Iguazu
Falls. Note that in this context, "small" is quite
walkway at the upper right. There were hundreds of
small side falls.
amount of water going through the throat on the left was
staggering and the noise was tremendous. Huge curtains of
spray were thrown into the air.
lower trail ended in a viewpoint that required a
backtrack. Kathleen was enjoying the view.
side fall was a sheet of water.
to the upper trail we passed more small side falls.
funky creatures are called coatimundi. In Costa Rica they
were called pesote, in Argentina, they are called coati. I
call them odd, but they are highly effective hunters and
beggars. This fellow is clearly not scared by
people. There were dozens of signs warning against feeding
or petting them; they have sharp fangs and can give a nasty
were tons of butterflys of various sizes, shapes and colors.
While I was taking the butterfly photo, I was
leaning against the hand rail and this pesote bull-dozed past
me. Not just brushing against be, but pushing to get
by. Not seeing him coming, I jumped and yelped as I did not
know what it was.
upper trail brought more outstanding views. Note the
walkway on the right.
entire flow of the Parana River goes over Iguazu Falls. I
never saw what the fall count was, but I am guessing many
hundreds and the count changes with the water level. I am
sure this is a sight to behold during the rainy season.
upper trail winds its way along the crest of the cliff providing
out the flow going down the throat. Absolutely stunning.
day wore on, the volume of tourists increased. The upper
trail was hundreds of feet above the lower trail.
of the upper trail overlooks we could see our hotel on the far
were tons of vultures circling overhead. Seeking what, I
do not know, but it seems that their roost was in the tree above
the viewpoint. We were careful not to pass underneath for
fear of being bombed.
trail passed over many small branches of the Parana River.
On one backwater we spotted this turtle sunning on a rock.
We hiked back to the hotel for some lunch and a refresh on the
lunch, we headed back to the train station to catch a ride to
the Garganta del Diablo (AKA" Devil's Throat") area of the
falls. Along the way we spotted this good-sized iguana.
Falls is a natural wonder of the world. While these are a
wonder, they are far from natural. Her boyfriend was a
brute; about 6'5" or so.
the train from Estation del Cataratas to the falls. The
train ride was quite a distance away (maybe 5 km) and took 15
minutes. Then another 15 minute walk from the falls
station via an elevated walkway to the Throat overlook.
The upper area of the Throat was not that impressive, but 10
noise was tremendous and huge volumes of spray were ejected
during the river fall over the cliff. The spray produced a
Throat is a trench that has been dug by the flow of the river.
The water descends from all sides into the trench. In the
photo above, structures on the Brazilian side are visible.
were a ton of folks at the viewpoint and everyone was jostling
for a chance to get to the railing to have an unobstructed view
of the falls. When I got my turn, I un-zoomed the lens to
16mm (very wide angle) and managed to get a shot of the
throat. The power generated by the falls was stunning.
and I stayed at the viewpoint long enough that the crowds
abated; they headed back to the train station for a return to
the shore. We got unobstructed views free from jabbing
elbows. Note the small island in the center of the photo
above: it is being separated from the cliff by the erosive power
of the water. Tannins from rotting plants leave dark
streaks in the water.
was enjoying herself.
having fun as well. Iguazu is awesome; a truly memorable
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