Iguazu Falls, Iguassu Falls Or Iguacu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River running between the borders of Argentina & Brazil.



This Post is detailed information about getting to Iguassu Falls on the Argentinian side from Buenos Aires. 



Getting There… * How we did it * 

We booked the 0905 Flight from AEP (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery) to IGR (Iguazu) which lands around 1055 Flying with Aerolineas Argentinas .

Take your passport to check in with at the domestic terminal as this is what they use for ID purposes for tourists.

FOR CREW: Check in at counter 43 if on staff travel. 


The flight is roughly 1hr 50minutes long, and you will be offered 1 drink on the flight.
If you happen to be on the 737-800 – they have wifi to connect to their inflight entertainment system.

 

Once we were in Iguazu we went outside to the taxi’s. It is a flat rate to Iguazu National Park of 350peso. There is no uber or other cheaper option, however split between a few people this is pretty reasonable.

Entry Fee

Once you arrive at the park there is an Entry Fee of 500pesos for tourists (*as of April 2017)

The Park

COST – 500 Pesos – CASH ONLY!
PARK CLOSES AT 6PM

Once you have paid your entry fee, take a look at the map and make a decision of how you would like to spend your day! Take note of the “last train/boat” times between each part of the park to make a good decision to see as much as you can!

How we spent our day:

First of all we caught the train (included in entry cost) all the way to the top of the Park. We went to view the Devils Throat(Garganta Del Diablo) first of all.

I can guarantee you will get wet – saturated in fact – so be prepared!

Literally within a few minutes of standing in awe looking out over the Devils throat we were drenched. Its all part of the fun though!!

After we had stood up here for awhile and taken a gazillion photos we headed back towards the train station.

Next stop was the Cataratas Station – this is the middle station on the map. Once you get here you can follow the signs to what ever trail you would like to do.

We had a plan to do the Boat Ride so we went and booked this first ( follow the signs toward “fast food Cataratas” and you will see the Iguaza Jungle Shop – this is the only place you can pay with card for the boat ride)

The Boat ride costs 450Pesos, and is at set times. We opted for the 4.10pm Boat ride. And after we had booked this we set on our way along the blue circuit marked on the map – the lower circuit.

And this was some of the stunning views and scenery we saw along the way.
Personally I feel like the Lower Circuit gives you the very best views of the entire park!

We continued along the lower loop to where the boats depart from and jumped on one that takes you across to the Island.

There is some stunning views from across on this island, but beware – getting up to the views is only done via a gruelling stair climb to the top …but seriously so worth it!!!

EVEN SAW A RAINBOW <3

THE BOAT RIDE

As I mentioned before – The Boat ride is run through a company called Iguazu Jungle.

It Costs 450pesos for a 12minute Boat ride which takes you out for some spectacular views… and then drives you DIRECTLY underneath the waterfalls for what they call a “baptism shower at the bottom of the San Martin Waterfall”

*see where all that water is in the left hand side…thats where you are heading!!!!!!!!! *

You will get COMPLETELY WET!
So when people tell you to bring a change of clothes…LISTEN!

 

After the Boat ride we made our way back to the start & headed for the Airport.
Again taxis cost 350Peso flat rate to the Airport.

We caught a 10.20pm Flight from Iguazu back to Buenos Aires – Landing just after Midnight.

Such an amazing day – CANNOT RECOMMEND IT ENOUGH <3



What to take with you for the day –

Small Backpack
Snacks
Book/Headphones for the flight
Water
Sunscreen
Camera
Sunglasses
Insect Repellent
Spare Clothes –  if you plan on going on the boat!
Towel to dry off



Heres a link to watch our day <3

 



And a few more Photos of the day!

 

**** SIDE NOTE – DONT LEAVE THINGS IN THE TAXIS ****
haha … And thats a story for another day!
( At least we can laugh about it now)

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Well as you are all well aware, Travel plays a huge part in my Life. I live & breathe travel, living in a different country for a few days almost every week & with a partner who is just as passionate as I am.



Here is a list of some of the Countries I have ticked off along my travels & where my job has taken me so far.

 

  • New Zealand – The place I call HOME <3

  • Australia
  • Cook Islands
  • Malaysia
  • Fiji
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Singapore
  • Argentina
  • Uruguay
  • United States
  • Hawaii
  • Albania
  • United Kingdom(London)
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Netherlands
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic ( Prague ) 
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Vatican City
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland

 



I was lucky enough to tick off a LARGE amount of these European Countries all in one go as I did a Topdeck Tour – 27 days travelling through Europe! Post to come <3

And over the next few years before my Partner and I settle down and have kids (not likely that it will stop us travelling anyway buuuttt…..) we have a few adventures planned that are a little less kid friendly but oh so exciting! Dream big and Never stop Travelling!!

Feel free to message me if you want to find out more .

 

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Hiking up Diamond Head



Getting There: 

You can either follow the boardwalk all the way along the beachfront to Diamond Head Crater, OR what we did is take the NUMBER 23 Bus at $2.50 per person and ask the driver to let you know once you get to Diamond Head Crater (it does tell you on the screen in the bus though)

Park Opening Hours: 

Open Daily from 6am to 6pm (last hike entry is 4.30pm)

Cost: 

$5.00 Private Vehicle
$1.00 Individual Walk In
CASH ONLY

 



THE HIKE

As I am a New Zealander, I am quiet used to hiking rugged terrain.
The Hike up to the top of Diamond Head Crater is more like a challenging day walk – with a few tough stair challenges along the way – but seriously nothing you can’t handle!
I saw children and elderly people tackling this, so I would say its a hike for all ages and abilities.

The signs say it takes 60-90minutes round trip – and I guess that depends on how fast/slow you want to take it.

There are a few places for rest stops along the way, however the only bathrooms are at the very bottom so make sure you use this before you start on your way.

In the middle of the heat of the day I can imagine this would be a struggle , so either go earlier in the day, or prepare to sweat up a storm!

Take lots of water and sunscreen with you. 



THE VIEWS

Ill let the photos do the talking for this one: Absolutely Stunning !!

 



And If you happen to forget anything, or finish your day off nicely – there is a souvenir shop and a truck at the bottom before you start the hike.

I couldn’t resist on a hot day and had to get a Shaved Ice $4 – they are HUGE.

 



Snippet of the Day: 

 

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KIMONO’S & CHERRY BLOSSOMS



April 2017 – We had a 1 night layover in Narita, and decided to make the absolute MOST out of being in Japan for the most beautiful time of year – CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON!

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo generally come out from Late March to Early April every year.
Depending on which part of Japan you are visiting, the blossoms may be out earlier/later and obviously the weather plays a large part in this aswell.

Check out this website for an idea of the seasons in different parts of Japan :-
http://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/

The cherry blossom season is relatively short. Full bloom (mankai) is usually reached within about one week after the opening of the first blossoms (kaika). Another week later, the blooming peak is over and the blossoms are falling from the trees. Strong wind and rain can cut the blooming season even shorter.


Interesting Fact: 

Sakura (“cherry blossom”) is currently one of the most popular names for girls in Japan.
Up until recently, it was rarely used as a name, because cherry blossoms fall quickly from the tree and it was felt to be a bad omen that the child would die young.



Kimono Try on in Narita



If you are like me, and LOVE finding new and exciting things to do in places then this is a MUST on any layover to Narita.

Opening Days & Times:
Wed,Thu & Fri 10am – 3pm

Fee:
500YEN 

Getting There:
Take the local shuttle bus to Narita Station. Once at the station, head along the main road which takes you to the Temple – Omotesando Road.

On your way, before you start heading down the hill you will come across a clock tower on the right hand side of the road (if you have followed these directions)
And if you see the souvenir/kimono shop you have gone too far!

The sign is very small, and you have to go down the little alley way to get there.
Look out for this Clock Tower and it is right next door.

The Store Front looks like this:
And the ladies that help dress you speak amazing English !!

The Kimono Try On Experience is amazing!
I didn’t know how much actually goes into putting these things on!

A Kimono has T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial) and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear (those wooden looking jandals) and split-toe socks.

All of us girls had to have a number of flannels etc added to us prior to the Kimono’s being fitted in order to get rid of any womanly curves.

Traditional Japanese Kimono’s can easily exceed over $10,000USD depending on the materials used etc. So I thought we were extremely lucky to be trusted to try these on for the small amount of 500YEN and be able to take them for a walk for a few hours and numerous photos – an absolute must do experience!

The amount of people that complimented us throughout our day was overwhelming – we truly felt like Princesses!

Heres a few photos from the day:

And here is a snippet of what the day entailed 🙂

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CAMINITO, LA BOCA


For a vibrant, bohemian neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, La Boca is the barrio (neighbourhood) to visit. Located in the southeast of the city, this historic and colourful working class area sits at the mouth (la boca) of the Richuelo River near the old port and is the site of many popular attractions and historic events.

Quite possibly the biggest mainstream tourist hotspot in Buenos Aires, the colorful Caminito street in the otherwise run down barrio of La Boca. The place most visitors flock to in La Boca – the colourful Calle Museo Caminito, meaning ‘little walkway’.
An outdoor museum teeming with tango dancers, street performers, and tourists.
(Expect to be charged a few pesos to take pictures of tango dancers or pose with props.)

The street is the canvas of local artists, who painted the walls of the abandoned streets.The area became a magnet for artists and performers and retains a certain charm with cobblestone streets, colourful corrugated-iron houses and artists’ studios. Essentially an uninhabited open-air art and history exhibit, and officially the world’s first outdoor pedestrian museum.


SAFETY


Buenos Aires can be a very secure place on one block and a really scary dangerous one on the other block, you just have to learn how to navigate the city.

The same is true for La Boca. There are zones of La Boca where there is almost a 100% chance that absolutely nothing will happen to you, sadly the opposite is true for other areas of the neighborhood and the city.

We were there around 5pm, and the whole vibe of this part of the city changed – almost an eerie vibe. Taxi’s became harder to get, shops were not only closing but boarding up windows and locking everything down.

All I can elaborate is listen to the locals – if the taxi drivers (in the very little, broken english) are telling you its not safe in certain areas – dont be a hero and try to get amongst these streets.

And as with anywhere in the world … Keep your wits about you and dont “LOOK” like a tourist!



HISTORY LESSON



Colorful Caminito. 

Majority of the Italian(from the port town of Genoa) immigrants in La Boca worked in the port & proudly brought their unique identity to La Boca. One of their old traditions was to paint the outside of their homes with the leftover paint from the shipyard – as nothing else was available or could be afforded.

However, they took things one step further in La Boca, and actually built the houses almost completely from materials found or discarded in the shipyard. This was because of the huge population explosion due to the immigration at the turn of the 20th century – there just was not enough homes for all of the people in Buenos Aires.
The answer to the problem was conventillo (tenement / shared) housing. Conventillos were long houses with small rooms that opened out onto a central outdoor common patio. Hastily constructed from scrap corrugated metal and wood from old ships, and spruced up a little, the façades, doors and windows were then decorated in the famous bright color combinations with the leftover paint from the port, that tradition brought from Genoa.

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