After around 17 hours on a bus we made it to Puerto Iguazu, a much welcomed changed from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires.
Whilst I imagine that Puerto Iguazu is not quiet as sleepy during peak season I’m glad we made it there when we did. Hardly any tourists meant that we could have our pick of accommodation and that prices were pretty reasonable. And we had amazing weather around 30degrees Celsius the whole time we were there – I would highly recommend going in September to anyone!
We arrived around 11am so headed straight across the road from the bus station to the ‘tourist office’ and said they spoke English on their sign, I was weary that it would proberly be a tourist trap but pretty much just went there to find directions to the hostel we had decided to look at, which consequently didn’t look very nice so we went back to the info centre where ‘hans’ (We decided to name him this, can’t remember his name – although he did become our friendly face around town for the duration of our stay) had told us earlier that he knew of a place that was bigger and newer that would be the same price as the hostel we were thinking of staying at.
We ended us going to this place he had recommended and were pleasantly surprised, for $100AP over 3 nights – for 4 nights you could have got it for $90AP per night, we got a kind of apartment with a double and single bed in one room with tv with cable and aircon then in the other room was a set of bunks, fridge and table and chairs with our own balcony and bathroom with shower, I think breakfast is included too but we were up pretty early everyday and didn’t know where it was served so didn’t bother.
Once we had settled in to our apartment and eaten we decided to take the walk to ‘Tres Fronteras’, which is pretty much the argentine lookout where you can see the rivers that separate Argentina from Brazil & Paraguay. There were a few people down here trying to sell there ‘wares’ to foreigners, or kids asking for some of our coca cola, but nothing too imposing or threatening. I think they are doing up a café down there as well but it wasn’t open when we were there, maybe it’s a seasonal thing as we only saw 1 other couple when we were there and a couple of families heading down there on our walk home.
The shopping hours in Puerto Iguazu really threw me coming from Buenos Aires but I began to really like it once I had figured it out! They open around 9am in the morning then close around 1pm and reopen at 4-5pm closing again around 8-10pm. I guess what’s the point of being open in the middle of the day when there is no one around to buy anything? And it proberly getting unbearably hot there in the summer I imagine too.
From the bus station you can get a return trip to the Cataratas – or waterfalls for $10AP which seemed to leave approx every half an hour from both the bus station and returning from the falls.
I honestly couldn’t even begin to describe the Iguazu Falls!!!! – I will attempt to in the next post though.