Before heading home, I stopped by Iguazu, which I’m extremely happy I made the time to do so because it is definitely one of my favorite highlights of this semester.
Getting there was a hassle. For some reason, I couldn’t fall asleep during the 20 hour bus ride (the chairs felt so uncomfortable!). I felt nauseous from the constant movement and slightly disgusted by the 3 empanadas that were served. Sigh. I felt even worse when we arrived at Puerto Iguazu since it was raining hardcore. Luckily though, my hostel was just a 2 minute walk from the bus terminal, so things started to get better from there.
It was a lot colder than I anticipated. The hostel facilities were all designed for summer use: open patio, hammock, pool, garden, etc. Since I was just there for a day, I opted to walk around the town for a little bit, but besides the cafes, bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops, there wasn’t much.
After going out with other travelers, I woke up at 6am the next morning (rough) and was served the most delicious breakfast I’ve had since arriving in South America (fresh orange juice!!). Energized, I waited for the 25 minute bus ride that would take me to Iguazu.
I’ve always heard of Iguazu (didn’t Eleanor Roosevelt say, “My poor Niagara” after seeing Iguazu?) and was amazed by the pictures of the falls taken by friends. So I was already prepared to be amazed, but I can’t stress enough of how the pictures don’t do it justice. I can’t even begin to describe how incredibly beautiful, magnificent, and powerful the falls are. Even walking down the metal walk way to the Devil’s Throat, I was astounded by how Amazonian everything seemed. The water seemed to stretch on endlessly, and I couldn’t even fathom how the animals ventured so close to the falls without getting killed.
I opted not to do any of the boat rides since it was beginning to rain and I didn’t want to get wet and more cold than I already was, but I definitely feel like I got my ticket’s worth. Walking around the falls was extremely enjoyable, and again, every part of the jungle provided a different perspective of the falls that was stunning.
Everyone should make a trip to see the falls! It’s worth the 20 hour bus ride 😀