After managing to get out of bed at 6am, we were packed and ready for breakfast just after 7am.
Today's plan was to visit the world famous Iguazu Falls. The falls ares split between Argentina and Brazil, with the border between both countries running through them. We wanted to visit both sides of the falls, as they other different and unique perspectives.
To make it easier in terms of logistics and as well as having a guide, we booked a tour to see both sides of the falls for a reasonable $80 each. This included pickup from our hotel in Puerto Iguazú and drop off at our hotel in Foz do Iguaçu but excluded entry for the falls. We had booked a group tour but as it was only us on the tour today, it ended being a private tour.
After the quick breakfast, we checked out of the Iguazu Jungle Lodge and were soon greeted by our guide for today, Eduardo.
After the short drive we arrived at the entrance to Iguazú National Park.
And our tickets in hand for 600 pesos ($21) each. The debit/credit card system wasn't working but luckily we had brought enough cash.
Eduardo showing us the different trials to the falls. He said that Devil's Throat (Garganta del Diablo), a long and narrow chasm where half of the river's flow falls, is the most popular viewiing point, we would head here first before it got too crowded.
Taking the Waterfalls Train
150A. (Photo by Enaldo Valadares, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0).
The view from our blacony on the morning of day 5.
After a morning jog on the streets of Foz do Iguaçu we headed downstairs to the hotel restaurant for breakfast.
We then headed down the street to check out the Sunday morning markets that Eduardo had mentioned to us the day before. Apparently the market opens up at 5am to catch late night revellers on their way home!
While we had just had breakfast, we couldn't resist lining up for fresh tapioca pancakes.
We had eaten them on our food tour in Rio de Janeiro last yera, so it was great to sample them again on our brief return to Brazil.
Just after 10am we headed back to the hotel, checked out, and then caught an Uber to Friendship Bridge to cross over the Paraná River.
After being stamped out of Brazil, we began the walk over the 550 metre wide bridge.
And outside migration where we stamped into Paraguay. The local residents on both sides of the bridge are free to pass back and forth without their passport so there was no queue for migration and we were the only ones there.
A short walk away was Ciudad del Este, the second largest city in Paraguay. The border city is frequently visited by Brazilians on day trips, taking advantage of the lower taxes and discounts.
The outline of a familiar looking building on a 'Dubai Shop' sign.
Looking north up the Paraná River, with Ciudad del Este in the distance on the left, and Foz do Iguaçu on the right. The Paraná River is the second largest river in South America after the Amazon.
Looking down on some river barges.
The Monumento Tres Banderas to the right and our hotel to left.
We then returned to the Amerian Portal del Iguazú in the late afternoon.
For dinner we headed to the hotel restaurant downstairs. I opted for the pork ribs.
While decided on the fried Pacu riverfish.
And we both shared the delicious dark chocolate pudding with vanilla ice cream for dessert at the end of day 5.
After an early morning run through the foggy streets of Puerto Iguazú, we enjoyed the impressive spread in the hotel restaurant for breakfast.
We then caught a taxi back to Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport to catch our flight west to Salta.
Airside with our boarding passes in hand.
And about to board the Austral Embraer 190. Austral Líneas Aéreas the sister company of Aerolíneas Argentinas.
The airport below and in the distance mist rising from Iguazu Falls.
Watching a Spanish documentary on Hong Kong on the IFE.
Drinks and snacks handed out on the two hour flight.
Looking down on the city of Salta near the end of our descent.
After agreeing on a very reasonable 200 pesos ($7.30) we caught a taxi for the 12 kilometre ride into town.
Outside our hotel, Hotel Salta, situated in the centre of town just on Plaza 9 de Julio.
And our room for the next three nights. At $64 a night including breakfast it was very good value.
Although it was an historic hotel, it was in very good condition and it was great to stay somewhere with a bit of character.
After stopping at a cambio to change some money, we headed to the nearby Van Gogh Café for lunch. Ironically the main headline of the newspaper on our table referred to the current climb of the US dollar (and drop in value of the peso).
For lunch we had their signature Van Gogh pizza. Generously sized and really hit the spot!
After the very filling lunch we went for a walk east through the city and then took the teleférico / cable car up to the top of Cerro San Bernardo.