As I walked further along the wooden bridge that reached across the expanse of water running below my feet, the sound of the falls got louder and louder, and a huge mist of water began to appear just above the trees.
It got wetter and wetter until I really became damper than an otter’s pocket. It felt like I had entered a rainstorm and the water felt so nice, with it being a cold temperature in comparison to the hot weather that was surrounded the jungle area of the Argentine border.
What I stumbled upon next was incredible! My first sight of Iguazú Falls, but not just that, more specifically the fall known as ‘Garganta del Diablo’ or in English…. ‘The Devil’s Throat’.
My word this was one big ass powerful waterfall! 90 metres wide and 80 metres deep with half of the river’s flow falling down it. Now I can see why I was so wet with waterfall mist.
IGUAZU FALLS FACTS
Type: Cataract Waterfall
Height: 82 metres / 269 ft
Longest Fall: Garganta del Diablo (82m)
Total Width: 1.7 miles / 2.7 km
Watercourse: The Iguazu River
From the video above (and the fact you cannot even see the bottom of the fall) you can see why this specific drop has been called ‘The Devil’s Throat’.
With the equipment I had, it was pretty difficult to try and record a video or photograph due to the heavy mist from the fall, but to be honest I was too amazed at just watching and listening to the show of nature that was occurring below and in front of me.
Heading back towards the banks of the Iguazú River, I had a new friend join me who decided on resting on the sleeve of my soaked jacket. As you can see above, one of the most wonderfully coloured butterflies I had seen landed on my arm seemingly looking for water and warmth.
This wasn’t the only creature I came across, as on re-entering the jungle something raccoon looking was climbing amongst the trees…… no it wasn’t Rocket and Groot from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ hugging it out, it was actually an animal known as a ‘Coati’ (see pic below).
A ‘Coati’ is in fact a member of the raccoon family, and when spending even a short time around them you begin to realise that. They are an intelligent and cheeky species and like to follow you around especially if you have food, and they do not mind trying to snatch it out of your hands!
You will most definitely spot many Coatis hanging around the trees and the jungle floor as well as wandering across the paths in large groups like they are a group of hungry tourists looking for the nearest snack bar.
Beyond the high-up jungle path of which I was trekking along, was one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen, and quite possibly may ever see.
In a clearing of the trees, what lay in front of my eyes was a scene straight from an Uncharted or Tomb Raider video game, or some jungle adventure movie.
Along with the blue sky and the permanent rainbow created by the mist floating from the waterfall, it was a sight to behold.
When cascading down the jungle path into the feet of one of the many falls, I came across a fellow explorer wandering close to the edge of the walkway to immerse herself into the atmosphere and majestic theatre of the huge waterfall.
This photo below really shows the size of these falls when you can see the comparison between the natural wonder and the beautiful explorer.
It was great to have met another nomadic explorer, and next up it was the time to head back through the jungle and around the falls as I needed to make it over to the Brazilian side of this natural wonder before darkness would fall.
One thing I learnt here though that despite the Brazilian side gains more visitors due to its extremely photographic view of the falls, you must try and visit the more adventurous and open-world version of Iguazú Falls, which exists on the side of the Argentinians.
To be continued…….
Equipment: Canon EOS 750D w/EFS 18-55mm Lens DSLR Camera Apple iPhone 7