The spell of Iguazu Falls
Within the Iguazu National Park, in the province of Misiones, the 275 jumps in the paranaense jungle make up the large waters over the Iguazu River, 17 km from its mouth on the Paraná River.
The Iguazu River runs most of the Brazilian state of Paraná, little flowing and sereno, until it reaches the jumps where it becomes boxed and furious. The Iguazu Falls that originate in the jumps are mostly located in Argentine territory.
To start the Paseo Inferior, the Green Path begins at the Access Portal of the park and runs under the shadows of the jungle to the starting point of the ecological train, the Central Station. The option is to take the little train or continue walking along the path and dive even further into the jungle to observe the animals, such as coatíes, naughty animals if any, until they reach the next station, from where the circuits depart by the walkways. It is quite an adventure to walk among these animals, who remain very close to humans to eat. It is best to avoid the temptation to feed them and respect wildlife, as well as save yourself a bad move from these confident bugs.
The signage guides us through the whole walk
One of the closest points to jumps in the bottom walk
The Two Sisters Jump
The coatíes accompany us throughout the tour
Beautiful views of the falls and their magnificence
The catwalks take us through the jungle
At every step we discover the fauna of the place
Water spray is a constant image on the ride. In the lower circuit, this detail falls in wonders on hot days, like a natural refreshment; the experience mimics the jungle and the incredible sensations of being immersed in immense biodiversity. Contact is closer and the haunt inevitably arrives in the face of such a palpable and obvious presence. When you reach the river level, you can cross by boat to The island of San Martín, where the jote, a species of black vulture, lives. On the island, one more effort to climb 190 steps provides all the splintry of Iguazu Falls.
The jumps and waterfalls have their different and unique magic, closer to direct contact from the Paseo Inferior through its 1400 m length.
The wildest and most bucolic walk is the Macuco Trail. A dirt road departs from the Central Station and crosses 3500 m of captivating jungle until you reach the Arrechea jump. The monkey fell dwells through that piece of jungle. It is a restless and curious animal, adapted to the canoofs of trees. It is also known as a cappuccino monkey. It is quite common to see it in groups at the top of the branches as you walk the Macuco Path.
Macuco is also the name of a bird, similar to the partridge, which inhabits the wet missionary forests; a bird endangered by advances in deforestation. It is a simple walk, demarcated with several observation stations, and ends at the waterfall of the Arrechea stream, which flows into a natural pool; ideal to do it in the early hours of the morning and discover the full fauna.
There are many ways to live Iguazu Falls. It´s such a long walk that it´s best to do it in two days. At the end of the first day, they must go to the ticket offices of access to the park and revalidate the ticket to get a 50% discount for the second day.
Miriam Coronel / Welcomeargentina