Exploring The Waterfalls Of Iguazu As A Solo Traveler

Exploring The Waterfalls Of Iguazu As A Solo Traveler

My time in Argentina was coming to an end.  I had spent all of my time in Buenos Aires and new that it might be awhile until I was back in the region so if I was going to see the Iguazu waterfalls I had to do it now.  

 

Iguazu is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.  I had to see it!  So I booked a flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu, found a hotel, and packed a bag for my weekend adventure.

 

The flight was just under 2 hours and the hotel was easy to get to.  The next morning I got up early, went into town, and got on a bus that took me to the park.  The day was cloudy, but even then it was still really hot and incredibly humid (and that’s saying something coming from a Florida girl!).

 

Once I paid the general admission cost of 215 pesos (roughly $25) I made my way to the Jungle Train.  It is an eco-friendly train that runs on liquefied petroleum gas and was designed exclusively for the Iguazu National Park.  It holds up to 250 passengers and after about a 10 minute ride drops off in front of the walkway that leads to Devil’s Throat, the highest of Iguazu’s 275 waterfalls.

 

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The Jungle Train

 

I went on this trip completely on my own.  And I had a great time!  Iguazu is such an amazing place, and I think that because I was by myself I was able to take my time and really soak it all in (pun intended!).  I let myself stand in the mist and listened to the thundering of the water for as long as my little heart desired.  I walked as slowly or as quickly as I wanted.  I took the boat tour that takes you almost right under the falls and very briefly makes you think, “Oh shit!  This is how I’m going to die!”  And I took as many pictures as I wanted.

 

A Small Boat Going Up The River

A small boat going up the river

I’m not sure I would have really taken it all in if I’d been with the group of friends I’d gone to Argentina with.  I tend to put myself last when I’m with other people.  I tend to worry that I’m taking too long or that they’re sick of me taking too many photos.  If no one else had wanted to go on the boat ride, would I still have gone on it by myself?  Probably not.

 

So don’t be afraid to be a solo traveler once in a while; it can be a very rewarding experience.

 

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What about you?  Do you like to travel on your own?

 

26 Comments
  • Dawn Lopater says:

    Those are amazing photos. And I think you are an adventurous young woman. I wish I had had that kind of spirit when I was your age. I have never traveled out of the country and only a few places in the US. So, seeing the places you have traveled is awe inspiring.

    • Buddy says:

      Thank you so much Dawn! It’s never too late though! You can start planning a trip and save up little by little. You may not even have to go out of the country to go somewhere new and amazing. It may take some research, but it’s definitely possible 🙂

  • MaryAnn says:

    I loooove traveling on my own. For all those reasons. I have dreamed about going to Iguazu!! It’s on my list.

  • I LOVE Iguazu falls, some of my favourite waterfalls in the world, they’re incredible!!!

  • Kelsey says:

    WOW! What a beautiful site! I would love to visit there one day! As for traveling solo.. I think these types of trips make PERFECT solo adventures! Sometimes I feel that big cities, even with all of the people around you, make the worst destinations to visit alone.

    • Buddy says:

      Hi Kelsey, that’s an interesting perspective. I’ve traveled alone in big cities and still enjoyed it, but I think I understand what you’re saying. As for Iguazu, I hope you get to visit there one day. 🙂

  • Aileen says:

    That is one amazing waterfall, indeed! Good job on the shots–you captured the essence of this place perfectly. I’ll definitely take note of this place, of course. It’s such a beauty!

  • Beautiful photos! I often am bringing up the rear when I travel with friends since I am exploring and snapping photos! It’s definitely fun to go out on your own sometimes!

  • Vicky, I spent half of my childhood living in Latin America, mostly in Paraguay, so I have been to Yguazú many times. The first time in 1972 and the last time in 2001. As far as I recall, all of my visits have been on the Brazilian side. Although I have been to Argentina many times, I don’t think I ever went to the Argentine side of the falls. There is so much to do and see in the tri-corner area of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. Wish you could have made it to the Jesuit ruins in Paraguay, another UNESCO site. Have you seen the movie The Mission with Jeremy Irons and Robert DeNiro? Incredible movie, and my favorite movie score of all time. Thanks for reviving my beautiful memories!

    • Buddy says:

      Hi Howard! I’ve heard that the falls in Argentina are better, so seeing them from the Brazilian side may have been a good thing! Lol. And you’re right, there’s so much to do in that area. While I was there I was also able to go to an amethyst mine, which was really cool. 🙂

  • Dana says:

    Iguazu falls looks amazing! I didn’t travel solo before kids, but wish I had. My only solo travel now is to conferences – sometimes 🙂

  • Bailey K. says:

    Wow, amazing. I’ve always wanted to visit Iguazu. This makes me want to even more! I like to travel solo and used to a lot more a few years ago, but I travel mainly with my husband now. But it’s great – he lets me take my time to take in a place as much as I want! 🙂

  • I love reading other solo female travel posts, especially in places I haven’t been! I love traveling solo, but usually do it once I’ve developed a comfortable feeling with the country. Being in nature seems to have been an amazing solo experience!

  • We’re aiming for Argentina over land. Thanks for the tip on Iguazu…we’ll have to make this one work. At this moment, pics not showing up…maybe a problem on my end?

  • Gina Zammit says:

    Beautiful! Solo travel can be so life changing! Hope to take a solo trip soon 🙂

  • Yvonne says:

    This is number one item on my South American bucket list. Listening to other people’s experiences just makes me want to go more! Great post!

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