Iguazu Fall, Argentina/Brazil/Paraguay

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Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, the biggest border town of the three.

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Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, the smallest one of the three.

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A border crossing between Brazil and Argentina on the Iguazu River.

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The Iguazu River between Brazil and Paraguay.

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Border crossing between Paraguay and Brazil.

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At the point of the “triborder”, each of the three countries has enacted one of these. This the Argentine one.

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The three flags from the Argentine side. There’s no direct border crossing between Argentina and Paraguay, perhaps partly due to the fact that this used to be Paraguayan territory.

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The Iguazu Falls are one of the largest falls in the world, and they are separated into hundreds of waterfalls.

The falls are located on the border between Brazil and Argentina – Brazil has most of the river, but the Argentines have the majority of the falls. Paraguay is not too far away from the falls.

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The river immediately after the major falls is more like a rapid. And this is literally an international border.

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The main falls from afar. The island in the middle is called San Martin yet somehow I couldn’t find the way to get there.

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I chose to stay in Argentina. It’s a small and quiet town that is more expensive than the other two, but safe and peaceful. Pictured here had something to do with the Virgin of London or something.

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On both sides, one has to go into the national park. The Argentinian park is much, much bigger and you can spend the entire day there.

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There are even two trains for you to get to places!

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To get to Paraguay, one needs to take a bus from the Brazilian park to the bus terminal, then change to another bus to the border. There, one can walk the friendship bridge to get to Paraguay. It’s all quite relaxed. It’s also possible to get a bus straight from the Argentine bus terminal to the border.

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In both parks, there are many bridges over and near the waterfalls.

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A popular activity is to pay extra for two-hour boat tour on the river. You’d take a truck from the entrance to the riverbank, then the boat would take you close to the falls.

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And eventually go under two different falls! Everyone would get completely wet as under the falls, the water isn’t just falling down, but it’s basically like a washing machine with water going towards every direction.

You’d get a bag to store all your stuff but you should really either wear only a swimming suit, or wear nothing but your rain poncho, as it’s impossible for you to keep your clothes underneath dry!

Whilst it’s 1200 Argentine pesos (and will certainly go up further when this is finally posted), I certainly recommend everyone to go for it. I’d say going under the big waterfall three times was the definite highlight of my trip there.

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The main attraction – the Devil’s throat – accessible only from Argentina. This picture doesn’t do it justice. You have to be there to see it in person.

The bridges’ space is limited and some areas are reserved for official photographs, so it’s better to go early and take the two trains up there directly before visiting anything else.

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The sign between Brazil and Paraguay.

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Seeing all three nations.

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As you can see, the falls generate a lot of water vapour.

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The border check between all three countries are very relaxed, and one can quite easily smuggle oneself into any of the three. They have freedom of movement for their citizens to begin with.

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They bite! The warnings were everywhere.

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One of the few historical buildings in the Argentine city.

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The bridge between Brazil and Paraguay.

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Paraguay wasn’t terribly interesting, but it’s not expensive to get there. Most people go there to shop, so there isn’t much for the average tourist to see.

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From the Brazilian side, the falls are mostly observed from afar.

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The Brazilian park costs basically the same but it’s considerably smaller – with all the transportation and walking time taken into account, you would not need more than 2-3 hours to see everything. That being said, you should still go.

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The Argentine side, as pictured above, also has tonnes of bridges over the river itself.

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The riverbank.

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Once again, the Devil’s Throat. It’s not particularly tall, but the volume was impressive.

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Argentines playing football despite crashing out of the World Cup.

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There are several hotels in the national parks themselves – this is the one in Brazil.

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The most impressive sight from the Brazilian side.

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That’s the close as you can get from the Brazilian side to the main falls.

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Correction: You can get as close as this, but the water vapour will be way too much for you to really see anything.

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At the end of the Brazilian park (which is more like a short hiking trail – you take a bus to the starting point) is this bridge. This is the highlight of the park as you get to get close to a waterfall (you’d get wet), and if you look enough from there, you maybe able to see the Devil’s Throat.

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My recommendation is that one should go to the Brazilian side first – it’s actually closer to get to even when you are staying in Argentina. It would sort of stimulate your appetite for it, then the next day you go to the Argentine park to see the “real thing”.

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