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!
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