If you’ve seen the 1986 movie The Mission then you’ll remember the epic scenes where Robert De Niro is climbing up this spectacular waterfall with a giant pack on his back. If you haven’t seen The Mission you should check it out; you’ll see Iguazu Falls and the music in the movie is hard to beat.
We decided to fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls so I could see the falls for myself. Erica visited the falls several years ago but was excited to see them again. We booked last minute flights and booked a hotel on credit card points. Then we just hoped for good weather.
Iguazu Falls is located on the northern Argentina border with Brazil and Paraguay. You can view the falls from the Brazilian side or the Argentinian side. We skipped the Brazilian side because we didn’t want to pay for visas.
In addition to butterflies, this whole area is teaming with animals. Here are some pictures of what we saw:
We made our way up to Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), the most impressive part of the falls where about half of the river water flows.
Since we didn’t have much sun, we decided to return for a second day at the falls. If you keep the ticket you purchased on the first day, you can get in on the second day for half price. We returned in hope of sun and we were not disappointed. Below you will see some of our photos of the falls in full sunlight.
We ran out of the park in order to catch a taxi to the airport. Our flight was leaving, and we were out of time. We would have loved to have a little more time our second day and wished we had booked a later flight. However, we had seen the falls in full sun and were happy.
Up next: how much steak can we eat in Bueno Aires…