The Great Adventure (Gran Aventura) Iguazú River Cruise was a highlight of our 2014 visit to the falls. Do the extended boat trip, available only on the Argentina side. Get there early to ensure you get a spot. The Gran Aventura includes a trip by vehicle through the rainforest and a boat ride up the rapids of the Iguazú River to the Falls. The falls appear in the distance and the anticipation grows as you approach.
Dos Hermanos, Two Brothers
Be prepared to get completely soaked, because they take the boats right into the spray of a number of falls. The adventure is advertises as a “baptism” with a 100% chance of getting wet – soaked actually. Wear a bathing suit. They provide dry bags to protect items such as cameras and other things that you want to keep dry, so you can bring everything with you. They also tell you when to put cameras in the dry bags. The Gran Aventura completes at the lower circuit of the falls, so you are pleasantly cooled before beginning your hike up along the falls.
Salto Mbigua Waterfall
Iguazú Falls Argentina Visit – the Series of Waterfalls
After the exhilarating Iguazú River Cruise, we climbed up to thebase of Salto Bossetti falls. You can see others above you at the top of the falls, so we were excited to get there too. Then we hiked up to the Two Brothers Falls (Dos Hermanos). Here we saw our first coati. They are like a friendly raccoon with a long tail. We also saw the beautiful blue Plush-Crested Jay. The jays seek out food scraps from the tourist. From here we worked our way along the path to the two platforms at the top of Salto Bossetti. The views are fantastic. Not only can you look down the falls, but the view extends in the treacherous Salto Mbigua section. Plus you can see down a line of waterfalls that goes as far as the eye can see. A distance back from the edge, a caiman was resting in the water.
Iguazú Falls Argentina Visit – the Devil’s Throat
After lunch at the concessions near the park entrance, we took the small open car train to the other section of the park. Total train time is less than half an hour. From the Devil’s Throat Station, we took a half mile walk on a metal mesh scaffolding over the river and islands to the Devil’s Throat viewpoint (Garganta del Diablo). We saw large catfish and plush-crested jays along the way. The Devil’s Throat is twice as high as Niagara Falls. You can only get a view of it from the Argentine side of the falls, but even then it’s hard to see down into the falls. Also, the farther you lean over, the wetter you get. We were drenched.
Iguazú Falls Argentina Visit – Coati Crazy