Things to do in Iguazú
More than the Falls
The most important thing to know about Puerto Iguazú is that the Iguazú Falls even though they are more than awe-inspiring and breathtaking,
they are not the only thing in the city.
Of course, they will be the peak of your staying there, so I would suggest you go there the last. But it's just a suggestion.
The Triple Frontera
One of the most beautiful places Puerto Iguazú has-specially during sunset-is the Triple Southamerican Border.
It is exactly where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina almost become one.
They are only divided by narrow river, and you can see the streest and houses in Brazil and the building in Paraguay. It's a very calm point
and you can local buses take you there.
If you go during the day, you can take a 10 minute boat ride to Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, wich is- they say- a place where you can get anything for cheaper than a shilling (and those don't even exist anymore)
If you think of going ot Paraguay by bus from Puerto Iguazú, there's no other road but via Brazil. Hence, it takes longer.
The Wanda Mines
The Wanda Mines are a very offered tourist service.
Despite its condition of mine, you'll see it's considered a vilage in the map.
You have to take a half an hour bus more or less, and you'll get to a sign. That's all Wanda is: a sign and a road that starts there, leading you into a tropical area.
Walking up it, you'll find the mine with time , and on your way you might run into local kids that will try selling you precious stones for very low prices.
The entrance to the mine has a fee, and you get a guided tour round it including an informative talk on the minerals they work, and a gift shop.
The stones in their gift shop are polished and have deeper colours (wich means more purity) but they probably cost 10 to 15 times more than the ones the kids outside the place sell.
The bus station is right in one of the two main streets.
If you're looking for a very very calm place, the Aripuca is ideal. There are no sounds there, unless you ask for the paraguayan lady to play the harp for you for free.
This instrument is one of the very few sounds on Earth that can make you relax, no exception. It's even used now in spas.
The same entrance ticket can be used as many times as you like! So I'd suggest you take advantage of it.
Aripuca means "bird cage" in the local native language, and that is exactly what this place is: The biggest bird trap in the world.
But don't worry, it doens't work coz it's too big, you have stairs to go all the way up.
One activity offered in this place is bowing: a native will teach you how to shoot an arrow with a bow.
Guira Oga: the soul of the rainforest
If you're looking for wildlife, don't expect to find much at the Falls' Park, like I said before.
Many of the past days' common wildlife is now in danger of extintion.
However, there's Guira Oga: a natural reserve for tropical and non tropical animals.
There, you can find from toucans to eagles, to owls to carpinchos.
The carpincho is a southamerican rodent...and it's the biggest and heaviest in the world.
Still you'll see, it's very nice looking animal. It doesn not look like a rat, don't worry.
Guira Oga is a NGO, so they charge an entrance fee to support the place, its guests and staff.
It's on the way to the Falls.
The House of Bottles
Another place to visit is the House of Bottles, wich is exaclty what it's called: an entire house made out of plastic bottles.
Even it's heating sistem is made out of the same thing using a special mechanism.
It's close to the Aripuca.