Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands: Part 4 – Side Trip to Iguazu Falls

March 25, 2012

When you’re going on a 3 week trip, what’s a couple of extra days? That was my reasoning when I decided to add a side trip to our trip to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. I love waterfalls, and when I found out we’d be in Buenos Aires for this trip, I looked into what it would take to visit Iguazu Falls. To get there we flew from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls, which was a 1.5 hour flight. That was on top of a long overnight flight and then a ride across the city to transfer from the international airport to the domestic airport. We crashed at our hotel that day, but the next day we saw this!

Iguazu Falls is on the border of Argentina and Brazil, and both countries have access to the falls. There is much debate over which side is best, and a lot of people insist that it must be seen from both sides. We decided to just visit the Argentinian side, and while I don’t know what we missed by skipping Brazil, what we did see was spectacular.  If you want to learn more about Iguazu Falls, check out World of Waterfalls, which is a great site with tons of information and ideas for your waterfall bucket list.

I can’t say enough good things about Iguazu National Park. The trails were well-marked, it was clean, and there were a lot of bathrooms! The employees were friendly and helpful. Though I think it’s a good thing we didn’t have any complaints.

Iguazu is actually a series of falls almost two miles long. Walkways throughout the park take you to various viewpoints, some up high and some at water level. We took a boat ride that took us right up to the falls, giving us an up-close and very wet experience. They gave us a dry bag for our cameras and other belongings, and my husband had the fabulous idea to put our shoes in the dry bag too. I was soggy after the ride, but so happy to be wearing dry shoes and socks.

The beautiful butterflies in the park loved me and landed on my shirt throughout the day. I thought it was the color of my shirt, or perhaps that I was a butterfly whisperer, but eventually I had to face the fact that I spilled jelly on my shirt at breakfast and apparently hadn’t washed it out as well as I thought! Well, now I know that butterflies like jelly and that I have no hidden butterfly-attracting talent.

The park was very serious about not feeding the animals. This sign sends a clear message not to feed the Coatis.

We did see a few Coatis, but didn’t get a good photo. We also saw this cool bird!

And this pretty flower.

We spent two days at the park, which was more than enough, but we were glad to have plenty of time to explore and to walk on the nature trails in addition to seeing the falls. When we flew back to Buenos Aires, we literally had a couple of hours to walk around the city before meeting up with our tour group to start the next part of our trip. So what did we do with our limited time in Buenos Aires? We ate gelato, of course! A while before our trip, I saw an article in National Geographic Traveler magazine that mentioned a couple of gelato places in Buenos Aires. I mapped their locations and found that one of them, Arkakao was a five-minute walk from our hotel. It was meant to be! The staff was so friendly and willing to translate the flavors, but I didn’t need too much help with that. Ice cream is the international language and I speak it fluently.

Mine is on the left: dark chocolate and coconut. My husband had raspberry and caramel. It was a sweet end to the side-trip part of our trip before heading off to another continent.

Next, I’ll wrap up this trip with some packing tips.


  1. Jill, I’m just loving all these trip updates! Argentina is near the top of my list of places I’d love to visit. I can’t wait to see Buenos Aires (and hopefully I will someday). The Iguazu Falls look spectacular. You took incredible photos of the falls and the wildlife. I hope you have another trip in mind soon because I’ve really enjoyed reading about this one!

  2. What a fantastic little side journey! We saw some waterfalls in Hawaii that I thought were impressive but nothing like this. Stunning!

  3. Those waterfalls look amazing! Another awesome trip update. 🙂

  4. The waterfall pics are wonderful! Love hearing about your trip

  5. Those falls are breathtaking! I love to fit in side trips that take little time, especially if I am not likely to be in that location again.

  6. Wow! What an amazing place. I love the photos!

  7. What lovely photos. I have so enjoyed your “trip journal.” Thank you so much for sharing them!!!

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