The Iguazú Falls lie on the Brazilian border with Argentina and Paraguay. An excursion into the Iguazú National Park will pretty much fill up the day as you explore the falls and the surrounding rivers and jungle. The park consists of various trails that take you through the jungle onto wooden walkways built a few meters above the jungle floor and the waterways for panoramic views of the surrounding forests with over 270 separate falls of all different sizes set amidst a verdant jungle of tropical trees and colorful butterflies. You'll also be taking to the waters to navigate the falls aboard a motor boat, heading through the rapids into the Devil's Throat Canyon on the morning of the second day. At over 80 meters high this is the most powerful and impressive waterfall of them all. A fitting last image seared into your mind before flying to Rio de Janeiro.
Perito Moreno Glacier
I was first introduced to the joys of trekking, while I was very reluctantly starting my hike up to the Paro Takstang Monestry , Paro, Bhutan- at the height of 10,240 ft above the mystic Paro Valley. Not to mention, my physical agility was quite tending to negative back then, in 2013!A journey , which started with an initial - "I am not doing this" and ended with a "I want more of it" , left me quite insatiable of the joys of taking a painstaking hike to reach a completely worthy-of-the-pain destination .Then and now! A lot has changed - with the exception of my wanderlust ! And the insatiable adventure spirit in me, got a new dope to look forward to.The Big Ice Trek! As the name rightly suggests, is a 5 hour long hike of which 3 and a half hour is ice walking on the Perito Moreno Glacier.Advice: Bring out those running shoes and start doing some physical activity, at least for a month, prior to the trip! This is a moderate to difficult trek and although it may sound like "just walking", it gets a little hard on the feet and lungs, sometimes.Pack in some hiking gear - shoes, rain wear, gloves(Must!), cap, a good - couple of warm layering to beat the strong winds,Polaroid sun glasses, a good sun screen , oodles of enthusiasm and you are all set to go!My journey , started on a beautiful, pleasant, sunny morning, with an 80 km bus ride - from the El Calafate town to the Glacier port ; across breathtaking landscapes - of the road running thorough a desert on both sides, with the view of the spectacular Lago Argentino and some surrounding hills.We stopped briefly at a viewing point , which took us face to face with the glacier , we were about to traverse! The massive block of moving ice - Right Ahead! The placid waters, the broken pieces of ice floating around! And the sound of the breaking ice - like some distant fireworks sans the light!! A cocktail of brilliant surreal sensations!!.It was tough to pull away from the viewing balcony, but the anticipation of "the best is yet to come", did the trick!My captures, can never do justice to what my senses experienced, however, for the sake of memory keeping..
2. Salinas GrandesThe Salinas Grandes is a large salt flat in central-northern Argentina, spanning the borders of four provinces (Córdoba, Catamarca, La Rioja and Santiago del Estero), at an average altitude of 170 metres above sea level. Situated at the foot of the Sierras de Córdoba mountain range it is the second largest salt flat in the world after the Salar De Uyuni covering an area of 6,000 square km.Information about Salinas Grandes can be found here, here, here, here and here.