When I planned my trip to Southern Brazil and Argentina one of the stops was obviously the amazing Iguazú Falls.
My first stop was in Puerto de Iguazú on the Argentinian side.
There are two things about Puerto Iguazú, that could make you cry:
- The mighty Iguazú Falls
- The Coati
My visit to the falls was a really wet and deafening one, the roar and might of the falls it’s so hard to put into words that I won’t even try.
Instead, I’m gonna let a couple of bad pictures show you.
What I wanna talk you about are the Coatis, if the falls didn’t make you cry, this little raccoon like animal probably could if you dare to eat around them.
As you make your way from the entrance of the National Park to the train that takes you to “La Garaganta del Diablo” (Devil’s Throat) you’ll see a couple of these cute little critters, the number increases as you get closer to the train stop.
I must admit that I found the whole coati-tourist relationship extremely amusing. People feel like petting them just to retreat seconds later when they gang up and are ready to take you down for whatever scraps you have. Just like the monkeys in the rock of Gibraltar. Vicious creatures!
They have no fear, they challenge you, trying to take a snack out of your bag feels like you are in gunfight in the Wild West, everything goes slow motion, they look into your eyes, they see your fear overcoming your hunger, then you realize you stand no chance because they would literally take the food out of your mouth and a finger or two with it.
Well, maybe it isn’t a dramatic as I make it sound but you gotta be careful.
We tried to enjoy a coffee while waiting for the train but the coatis won’t let you relax if you are eating.
That’s why it’s so important to respect the signs and not feed the animals, we are lucky they are small mammals and no velociraptors used to eating whatever human throw them.
It’s worth noting that the coatis are just the show openers, once you get on the train and make it to the falls you’ll be in awe for a long time. They sure make you feel small.
So if you decide to visit the falls, make sure to keep the distance from the coatis and take your time to appreciate one of the wonders of nature.
- Luxury Way: Tour (200Rs). Includes entrance to the National Park and ride to the falls.
- Long Way: Take the local bus (5Rs) to the City Center of Puerto de Iguazu on other side of the river. From there you take another bus (22Rs) to the falls. About 1.5 - 2 hours of journey.
- My Way: The cheapest and fastest if you are not shy and ask 3-4 strangers to share the taxi ride with you. It costs around 20-25Rs (head) and you can arrange the ride back home or bus station for another 20-25Rs, totally worth it. There'll always be people wanting to go to Argentina, so go for it.
- Bring your own food and drinks (don't share with the coatis)
- Bring Argentinian Pesos, you cannot pay the entrance to the National Park with Brazilian Reais.
- When the taxi enters and leaves the National Park 5 Reais need to be paid (not sure why).