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“Park Closure - USA tourists suffer a huge loss”

Cataratas del Iguazu
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Owner description: The Iguazu National Park was created in 1934, with approximately 67,620 hectares/167,091 acres was declared "Natural Heritage to the Humanity" by the UNESCO in 1984 due to its scenic beauties and to the great biological diversity of the subtropical forest. This natural sanctuary, was declareted new 7 wonder of the world in 11/11/11. The Iguazu Falls are located in the Argentina's northeaster corner, bestowed with benevolent rains and temperatures (15ºC/59°F average in Winter and 30ºC/ 86°F average in Summer) brings about a very humid atmosphere almost windless due to the leafy vegetation canopy. The Iguazu river has a total extension of 1320 km/ 820 miles until flowing into the Parana River, 23 km/ 14 miles after the waterfalls. Inside the National Park, the river widens to about 1500 meters/ 0.9 miles and turns south, next it turns north, in the shape of a wide "U" where the river mouth presents the abrupt slump of soil which conforms the cataratas: a magnificent waterfall. All along the above mentioned prominent curve, a proliferation of reefs, islets and prolonged islands provoke the fragmentation of the river in numerous branches. When the river reaches the cliff, each branch becomes a waterfall and together comprise the great Iguazu Waterfalls. The Iguazu Falls appear grandiose and majestic in the Misiones forest dazzling visitors from all over the world. In celebration of all this beauty and unique attraction as from July 2001, a new concept of ecological tourism has been implemented within the Iguazu National Park, with an investment of 25 million dollars and service and facilities according to the international tourist demands, prioritizing at the same time the Park's care and preservation, a sample of the Paranaense Subtropical Forest declared Natural Heritage to the Humanity" by the UNESCO in 1984. The fundamental objectives of this enterprise are the recover and conservation of the Waterfall Area, and the incentive to the present and future generations to renew the legendary admiration arisen by this wonderful masterpiece of nature. Today, our visitors can enjoy safe and modern walkways from start to finish of the impressive falls and the Upper and Lower Circuits and the Devil's Throat, and facilities according to the natural environment such as the new Visitor Center and the alternative transportation of the Ecological Forest Train, which complies with international policies of accessibility and preservation of the World Union for Nature Conservation.
Reviewed March 10, 2017

I arrived into Iguazu on Sunday March 5, 2017 and toured the park on the next day, Monday, which was the last day that the park was open before the 2 day plus closure due to a mountain lion siting. (Puma).

I loved the experience but wanted to warn future USA tourists that it is best to have a plan B visiting here since both the Argentines and German tourists were easily able to still view the falls from the Brazilian side, despite the AR side closure- and without delay - not needing an expensive and time consuming visa.

So, it was rumored that there was actually a pack of thes mountain lions (5) and my internet research showed that a child of a park employee had been killed here by the same not too many years ago.

The closure was a huge $ loss to many USA visitors but one USA guest at my hotel paid for a private AR guide that took her across the Brazilian boarder for a view of the falls and safely back for $50.00. A bit risky but it is a sad fact that the Brazilian Imigrations folks are very hostile to the USA visitors due to our own regulations for Brazilians entering the USA - reciprocity is the word used at their embasy, repeated over and over many years ago when I tried to get a visa and entered Brazil for carnival. Reciprocity, reciprocity! They want bank statements and a specific sized photo that is way over the top scrutinized. It's a nasty experience but once you get past that I loved touring Brazil!

So, My recommendation for anyone from the USA going to Iguazu in AR is to have a plan B and possibly enter from Brazil, and then maybe continue travel into AR that currently has no visa or entry fee requirements. Thus, if the park is closed again in AR because of the mountain lions (or flooding) you are not out the money.

And regarding a comparison to Africa - at Kruger Park - our hotel had a Leopard warning with a picture of the Leopard walking through the lobby of the hotel- the Pumas are a known resident of the parks. But the human attack and death in Iguazu has made the AR folks very scared. But it amazes me that they have let the Coite multiply to astronomical numbers all around tourist areas creating a desire able food supply- oh well -

The Brazilian side is referred to as Foz. You are warned!

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed March 8, 2017

Spent quite a bit to visit the Falls only to limit my visit to sitting in the Sheraton Hotel because of a sighting of a puma (reportedly with cub). While the safety of the visitors and the wildlife is important, I still think theHotel could have provided a plan to address the situation. As it stands the prices are the sames, no programs are provided to educate the guests and the staff, while appologetic doesnt know what to do. The only action of park staff is to keep people out of the Park. We only get estimates of when the Park will reopen. I have visited Africa and they would provide a person with a gun to accompany tourists to insure safety-somebody needs to think this through if they want to continue getting guests. The Fall are beautiful but it is so frustrating to come all this way and only be able to look out a window or from a balcony to see the site.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed March 8, 2017

This was my fourth time at these spectacular Falls. This time we took our group on a day trip from Buenos Aires, early flight down and late flight back. Usually do two nights covering both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the Falls and recommend that. Be prepared for lots of walking and keep an eye out for Toucans, turtles, caiman and beautiful butterflies. Highly recommend taking the boat ride under the smaller falls as well as the helicopter flight which is the only way you can fathom this spectacular sight in its entirety. A must see when in Argentina or Brazil.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed March 8, 2017

truly a memorable visit. At the end of a long trip that included 6 days in antarctica it was hard to think we would be blown away by more nature. This place is a must see. Go early in the day and bring your walking shoes. The well marked trails put you right next to the falls at both the top and bottom. We only did the argentine side because of time constraints .

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

We purposely stayed on the Argentina side at the Sheraton because of the proximity to the walking trails. Unfortunately, during our stay, the Argentina National Park was closed because of a puma sighting and alleged threatening behavior. Major disappointment which the Sheraton failed to mention. Had we been informed, we would have stayed on the Brazil side. We did hire a tour driver and spent 4 hours on the Brazil side, which seemed more organized - for instance, they accept credit cards for entry fees unlike Argentina, which requires cash pesos. There were other guests who were unable to cross into Brazil because they did not have visas for Brazil. They were not happy with the Sheraton. That being said, we visited Victoria Falls last March, and that makes my top five. Iguazu falls are beautiful, but not the thundering wall of water on display at Victoria Falls. And Victoria Falls offers the opportunity to see elephants, hippos, rhinos, water buffalo, and lion on the same day. Glad we came, but the falls are the only attraction, magnificent but not requiring more than a day and a half.

Date of experience: March 2017
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