Most people I’ve met through my Spanish language school AMAUTA are travellers. They come to Buenos Aires, mostly at the start of their journey, to learn or improve their Spanish and after a few weeks they move on to explore other parts of Argentina and some even the rest of Latin America.
I am more of a go-to-somewhere-new-and-hang-out-there-for-a-while kind of girl. I wanted to write my first book here and therefore I arranged for a place to stay for four months because whenever I travel, I get distracted and distraction was not what I thought I needed.
But being among travellers does something to you. It has to do with the remarkable stories, splendid facebook pictures and the sparkle in their eyes when they talk about their adventures. Some of my friends went on extended weekends to the Iguazu waterfalls and/or Uruguay during their time at Amauta and came back beaming. ‘I am here to stay’, I thought at first. ‘No need to leave and get all worked up about a World Heritage Site (Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay) or the most magnificent cascades of the southern hemisphere.’ But it didn’t last. I succumbed. ‘A trip or two won’t harm me’, I told myself when I booked my trip to Iguazu. And of course it didn’t.
Going to Iguazu isn’t as easy as it sounds. If you want to take a bus, as we did, from Retiro’s Omnibus Station you first have to find it. Retiro is big and even bigger than it seems and Retiro’s Train station and Retiro’s Omnibus Station is not the same thing. We had to pick up our ticket one hour before departure at ‘some office’ thinking we would find it as soon as we got off the subway. Of course we didn’t because the two stations are actually ten walking minutes apart.
Then there is the distance between Buenos Aires and Iguazu; the city and the town are at least 1400 kilometres and an approximate 15 hours driving apart but with an Omnibus that makes more than enough stops it will take you over 17 hours to get there and that’s considered fast.
So it is an ordeal to get there and if you are not used to sleeping in a somewhat awkward position you will arrive in Iguazu exhausted and a little cranky but…it is definitely worth it!
I’ve travelled the dessert in India on my way to the Taj Mahal, I soared over treetops watching the Annapurna in Nepal but both weren’t as refreshing as the Iguazu Falls. What-a-lotta beauty, force and energy; just what I needed after two and a half months of ruido, tráfico and polución. And as it turned out, for some strange reason I found it far more easy to practice my Spanish in the little town of Puerto Iguazu than in big city Buenos Aires so I not only came back refreshed and replenished but with a new sense of confidence as well.
Avoid the hassle and have Dos Manos Argentina arrange your tickets beforehand. Read more about the tour and destination here