Tours and Activities:
The great adventure of Iguaz˙ Jungle ExplorerMarcelo SolaEduardo Epifanio - Pablo Etchevers
Overflowing, humid and inexplicable, Iguaz˙ Falls invite us to go on an adventure tourism expedition which will fascinate us with the enigmatic flora and fauna of the National Park.
A shining sun and the desire of connecting with the luxurious jungle of Misiones and with enchanting Iguaz˙ National Park took us back to the very heart of the Park, this time to enjoy the activities of adventure tourism offered by Iguaz˙ Jungle Explorer. These activities are intended for people to make them feel protagonists in one of the most imposing places of the planet.
Since this was our last day in this land, we decided to risk everything and go on Alejandro Arrabal's program - owner of Jungle Explorer- together with his team of specialized guides and which has been called "The great adventure". It is the perfect and necessary combination for Iguaz˙ Falls to penetrate ourselves up to our pores.
4 x 4 across the forest
We first got into an off-road vehicle and rode eight kilometers along Yacaratiß Path, in the middle of subtropical forest of Paranß, admiring the flora and fauna of the area. We are on this tour with Beatriz-our guide- who tells us everything about the Park.
Palm trees, palo santo, araucarias , ficus and hundreds of bromelias , orchids and miltoneas that wait to flourish seem to welcome us as they invite us to become part of the landscape.
As we pass along the perennial path, we scare hundreds of butterflies that give us brilliant colors as they fly. The favorite one is number "88"- a specie that exhibits a curious natural number as it spreds its wings.
The rain on the previous day bathed the road with red mud and, thus, the first installment of adrenalin said "present" when the expert truck driver used the 4-wheel drive as the vehicle made its way on the circuit.
Beatriz's talkative explanation added to our eyes trying to capture the foliage as cameras do , made the kilometers that separated us from Puerto Macuco seem shorter.
Once there, we got into a rubber boat -having previously put life vests on- and we quickly departed to get to know the core of inferior Iguaz˙ River.
The navigation is six kilometers long but the best is kept for the end of the trip, when the boat rocks in the rapids of the river for the last two kilometers.
Time to take pictures. We were given five minutes to try and freeze that moment from the water before going at the highest speed to Garganta del Diablo Canyon. We put the cameras away inside the nylon bags provided by the company and we faced the magnificence of the imposing waterfall which, from this spot, seemed bigger than usual.
A luxurious shower
We started the countdown and got the closest we could to the falls of the place. "Being Baptized" in Iguaz˙ fresh and foamy waters is a hallucinating experience.
Listening to the "roar" of the inexplicable waterfalls falling a few meters away from where we are, getting completely wet and crossing the rainbows spread at the mouths of the falls- everything is a unique feeling which must be experienced in order to understand.
After the luxurious "shower" - as it was called by the rest of the persons in the excursion to the dip- we tried to reach terra firma to lay in the sun and get dry.
We fortunately found a great place in the beach of San MartÝn Isle where we decided to stay for a while to calm down the frenzy and adrenalin that still remained in the atmosphere.
We recovered our energy and went along the paths to Cataratas Station. There, we took the ecologic little train which took us to the beginning of the footbridges of Garganta del Diablo (Devil's throat), from where a floating departed to connect us with the intimacy of nature in Superior Iguaz˙ River... (See Ecologic Tour)