Visiting Iguazu Falls is an incredible experience, but doing it as a solo traveler is even more exceptional.
My time in Argentina was coming to an end. So far I had spent all of my time in Buenos Aires and I knew that it would probably be awhile until I was back in the area. Seeing the Iguazu falls, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, was something I’d always wanted to do so if I was going to see them it would have to be now. None of my friends wanted to go with me, however, so I decided to go on my own.
Flights to Iguazu were pretty easy to find. So I booked a flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu, found a cheap 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 public 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 Falls 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.
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 stood in the mist and I let myself listen 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.
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 whoever I’m with is 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.
On this trip I also made friends with two brothers that I’m still in touch with to this day. If I’d been traveling with others, I might not have started a conversation with them. I think when we have travel companions we tend to only talk with them and aren’t as open to making new friendships.
Do don’t be afraid to be a solo traveler once in a while; it can be a very rewarding experience. I write more about the pros and cons of solo travel here, but in the case of Iguazu, I’m so glad I went by myself.
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