Las Cataracas de Iguazú

Margot Kempczynski
September 20, 2013

The excursion to las Cataracas de Iguazú is one of those trips that everybody raves about, but you can never really understand why until you go for yourself. It definitely sounds like an exciting time when you hear about it–walking through a beautifully preserved national park of Argentina admiring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World–who wouldn’t be intrigued by that? But for me I didn’t think too much of it; I even debated if I should spend the time and money going so far for just a weekend. Pretty much a 17-hour bus ride for about a day and a half in Puerto Iguazú. (But hey, you get a bed and they serve you meals on the bus.) Naturally I was a little uncertain, but eventually made the plans with some friends to visit these wildly talked-about waterfalls.
Needless to say (or else I wouldn’t be making this post), I was absolutely blown away by Iguazú. Though I’ll try my best, any words or pictures really don’t do these falls justice. I had never seen such an incredibly impressive sight. I actually felt like I was in some magical fairy land that wasn’t real life, as weird and kind of stupid as that sounds. But I’m serious. We also got lucky with exceptional weather that weekend–90 degrees and sunny!

We took a boat ride on this river and got practically right under parts of the waterfalls, also got soaking wet with Igauzú water


These little “caotis” were cute but very sneaky and loved to creep up to you to steal your food–supposedly they bite but we were lucky that day and avoided any physical confrontation

You can sort of start to recognize the immensity of the waterfalls compared to the people, though this wasn’t even at Devil’s Throat where the biggest ones are


Some fun wildlife that we saw


Almost always a rainbow in sight


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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">I&rsquo;m Margot Kempczynski, a junior at Brown University majoring in French Studies. However, my passion for languages and different cultures has driven me to study Spanish as well, and I am thrilled to be studying in Buenos Aires. Having never been to South America, I cannot wait to explore a new place and improve my Spanish skills while being immersed in a completely new environment. I&rsquo;ve read so much about Argentina&rsquo;s rich culture, from the striking landscape of Patagonia to the vibrant music and dance that is tango, that I&rsquo;m now ready and eager to discover it all for myself. I love traveling, I&rsquo;m a huge foodie, and I love taking pictures, so I am very excited to capture my abroad experiences through photography and share them with you!</span></p>

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