Iguazú Falls Jungle Trails Are Part Of The Adventure

Subtropical jungle adventure trails give you unique views of one of the most spectacular waterfalls you will ever see. 

IGUAZÚ FALLS MAY BE THE most spectacular waterfalls you will see in your life. Reaching these views is an adventure, taking you through the subtropical jungle. You can pick a guava from a tree and, if it’s fruit ripe, eat it on the trail. You’ll meet coatls, lizards, monkeys, and hanging spiders the size of your hand.

On the lower jungle adventure trail, excited seeing our first views of the falls

The trail closes before sunset. You wouldn’t want to be there after dark. Guillermo Larrégui did stay after dark, though. He arrived in the Iguazú jungle in 1948, alone with his dog, and built himself a house in the wild.

The Lower Circuit trail takes you past the spot where he lived. A display marks the area, though it’s just jungle now.

This trail takes you near the level of the river. You marvel at the imposing falls towering above you. Iguazú is actually a collection of 275 different waterfalls.

A Lonely Life, Always On The Move

By the time Guillermo arrived in Iguazú, he was a legend in Argentina, thanks to a wager/cruel joke in a Patagonian bar back in 1935. Some sailors challenged Guilllermo to push his wheelbarrow all the way to Buenos Aires.

Guillermo arrived in Buenos Aires 14 months later. He won the bet! But then, he kept going.

He collected things along the way and he never know anyone for more than a few days. He was accustomed to it, though. Guillermo had boarded a ship to Argentina, traveling alone, when he was just 15 years old.

In Iguazú, Guillermo planted a garden with plant species he had collected all across Argentina. Some of these plants became plagues that competed with local species, disrupting the ecosystem.

Jungle Trails And Unique Views Of The Falls

The Upper Circuit trail takes you much higher, giving you the view from the top of the falls.

You access the final trail by a tourist train. From there, you walk a trail to the edge of a large ring of waterfalls. You feel the spray as you look across at Brazil on one side and Argentina on the other.

You will need another day to explore the Brazilian side. Here you walk the platform that takes you near the base of that same ring of waterfalls. This is where you feel the full force of the falls.

The paths are paved, or sometimes they are a series of wooden planks. The giant, hanging spiders are off to the sides of the path, out of your way. Guillermo had to find his through the jungle on his own, with his eyes wide open, ready for anything.

Jungle Trails And Unique Views Of The Falls

The Upper Circuit trail takes you much higher, giving you the view from the top of the falls. A final trail takes you to the edge of a large ring of waterfalls. You feel the spray as you look across at Brazil on one side and Argentina on the other.

You will need another day to explore the Brazilian side. Here you walk the platform that takes you near the base of that same ring of waterfalls. This is where you feel the full force of the falls.

The paths are paved, or sometimes they are a series of wooden planks. The giant, hanging spiders are off to the sides of the path, out of your way.

Guillermo had to find his through the jungle on his own, with his eyes wide open, ready for anything.

Visit the tri-border region of Puerto Iguazú, Argentina. You’ll see Guillermo’s statue, and enjoy this view of Paraguay to your left and Brazil to your right. I have an itinerary for you below.

Finding His Place In The World

A statue of Guillermo Larregui in the town of Puerto Iguazú

In the 1950s, you needed a guide to see the falls. Guillermo became Iguazú’s first tour guide, leading tourists to the most impressive views.

We are not meant to be alone. Even the monkeys and coatis along the trail travel in groups.

Guillermo lived in Iguazú for over 15 years, becoming a part of the community in the local town of Puerto Iguazú. There’s a statue of him in town with a map displaying his routes through Argentina.

Travel made him famous, but settling down made him happy.

Nobody in the town knows him by name, though. They all know him as the Basque with the wheelbarrow (El Vasco de la carretilla).

Itinerary: Know Before You Go!

Day One: If you begin early in the morning, you can take the three trails on the Argentine side in just one day. The Gran Meliá Hotel is located inside Iguazú National Park in Argentina. This will let you get an early start on the trails, before the crowds come.

Day Two: After breakfast, visit the tri-border region of Puerto Iguazú, Argentina. You can visit Guillermo’s statue, and enjoy the view of Paraguay to your left and Brazil to your right.

In the afternoon, visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Bring your passport.


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5 comments

  • Well you certainly are enjoying your lives to the fullest! Awesome 👏 I admire your sense of adventure!
    Thrilling places like that are truly to be remembered fondly. Water can be so intensely powerful
    And to feel it’s roaring right there in front of you is exillerating I’m sure
    I’ve only experienced Niagra falls in the U. S.
    Great to hear from you & happy you are well & safe
    It’s staying inside as much as possible here
    Although I ride my bike 🚲 often
    Lots of love,
    Sara

    • What a beautiful comment, Sara. Niagara is an awesome experience. I loved the caverns at the bottom of the falls! We had a great time there. The big difference here was the jungle, which is why I named the post Jungle Trails.

      I’m glad you’re getting out for bike rides. It’s necessary for your mental health.

    • The coatls startled us at first but the spiders stay out of your way. And you really have to be careful of the monkeys. They’ll steal from you. I wouldn’t want to be here at night, though.

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