Cataratas del Iguazú – Argentina

During our stay at Hotel das Cataratas for our wedding anniversary, we visited both the Brazilian side of the falls and the Argentine side.

We drove across the border from Brazil to Argentina and passed through Customs and Immigration. There were beautifully paved streets and we saw many signs warning about animals in the road.

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Upon entering the Iguazú National Park we saw additional warnings about animals, specifically the raccoon-looking coati. There quite a few coatis walking around the park that day.

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We also saw hawks, lizards and an alligator.

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The park has several nice hiking trails, all offering gorgeous views of the falls.

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Beneath the relatively new trails with fences and railings, we could see the old trails made from placing stones to make stairs and paths. Especially on the steeper and wetter trails we were glad to be on the new paths and not the older less safe ones!

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Although the trail to the Garganta del Diablo (the most famous part of the falls and the main park attraction) was closed due to damage from floods earlier this year, there was no shortage of beautiful and dramatic views.

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We saw a waterfall named after Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, the Spaniard who discovered these falls in 1541.

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Inside the park is the Hotel Sheraton, offering great views of the falls. We could also see across the water to our own hotel, Hotel das Cataratas, on to the Brazilian side of the falls.

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Before leaving the park, we treated ourselves to some ice cream treats after hot afternoon!

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