The fourth day of the trip we went to Argentina to see the falls from that side of the river. I highly recommend that anyone going to see the falls to take a day and go to the Argentina part of the park. This was our first time crossing an international boundary by car, and it was a little different waiting in the line of cars at the border checkpoints. Just before the Argentina check point, there is a large Duty Free mall just in case someone needs to stock up on perfume and chocolates from Europe.
|On the bridge crossing into Argentina from Brazil.|
|Sitting outside the visitors center.|
|Visitor's center exhibit.|
We elected to pay for one of the ecotours called the Grand Adventure, and we taken with about 50 other people loaded on troop carrier trucks and driven down a 5 km trail through the rain forest to the river. Along the way the guide pointed out various trees and talked about the forest wildlife, and he spoke Spanish and English, though the English parts of the talk did not have as many details or jokes. We only saw a few birds, butterflies and golden orb spiders. This part of the tour lasted about half an hour.
|One of the four trucks for our tour.|
|We sat in the back row.|
|The foliage was very thick and appeared dry.|
We walked down a flight of stairs to the river where we were given life vests and big vinyl bags for our stuff before boarding motorboats that would take us up the river to the falls. The boat ride lasted about half an hour and ended with several close approaches to the falls. It was very fun, everyone got drenched. It was totally worth the additional fee. The tour operators also offer a boat ride only version of this tour as well that starts at the end point of the Grand Adventure tour.
Following our tour, we decided to take the ferry over to the island and hike the trails up to the falls there. There is no fee for the ferry, but it only runs for a limited time on certain days. These trails also take visitors very close to the falls, and along the way we got to see tegu lizards and vultures. It was at this point that we were getting pretty hungry, and I realized that I had not packed all the snacks into my backpack, just some granola bars and candy. I thought that we would be able to make it back to the car, but the trails were too long, and it was too far to go. I should also have had the kids carry extra water.
|I think this was my most picturesque photo of the day.|
|We counted 15 juvenile coatis in this group.|
|As we were entering town, we encountered a storm.|
|I like the variations in school crossing signs.|