*click all panoramic images to enlarge*Prior to departing Argentina, we made one final trip outside Mendoza and ventured into Buenos Aires and the northeastern province of Misiones. A region known for precious jewel mines and Jesuit ruins, the true landmark of Misiones is Iguazú National Park - home to the breathtaking natural wonder of 275 crashing cascades within a 3-mile area. As the largest falls in the world in terms of volume, Iguazú is also distinguished for the infinite butterflies that flutter through the billows of mist surrounding The Devil's Throat.
Iguazú - meaning "big water" in local Guaraní dialect - is shared between the international border of Argentina and Brazil. While the panoramic view from Brazil is spectacular, Argentina at least allows visitors to look into The Devil's Throat and be showered with rising mist. According to guides, "God made the waterfalls on Argentina's side. But he then sat down in Brazil to admire his work."
As the second-most requested destination in Argentina, the tourism industry has seen incredible growth in Puerto Iguazú (population 30,000). Several new hotel properties have been constructed in recent years - including the Amerian Iguazú. This resort-like establishment provided suite accommodations for Imagine Argentina. The view from the breakfast patio was incredible. The pools were magical...especially for an infant like Dallin. And hotel staff was more than helpful and warm throughout our much anticipated visit.
The dense rainforests and humid jungles of Misiones provide an impeccable glimpse of local wildlife roaming in their natural habitat: exotic birds, brilliant toucans, lizards, and the infamous coatie (a member of the racoon family notorious for stealing food from park visitors). Red dirt roads lead to observation decks and winding trails that traverse rivers and cliffs. From train rides to raft excursions, our trip was excellent! And above all else, we must express our gratitude to Vera - our dear friend and local guide.
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One final note: The coaties are quite friendly towards children - as seen above - but it's just a trick to get closer to your food! As I was squatting down, one climbed onto my backpack, and before I could shake him off, another climbed into the diaper bag and pulled out a brand new bag of Lay's Potato Chips. Within seconds, the bag was destroyed by a dozen squealing little thieves!