As seasoned travelers we knew how to schedule part of our time in Puerto Iguazu: a few days to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. We had spent three days seeing Iguazu Falls and watching birds. Now we were ready for a few quiet days. Quiet, though, does not mean boring. After reading and lounging around in the morning, we took off on our daily walk and headed for a nearby park.
The mural near an ice cream shop in town was one of our favorites.
We dropped down to a park along the Iguazu River and spotted another, very different, painted face.
Further down the road, we came to an overlook park where the Iguazu River flows into the Paraná River.
We were standing in Argentina, looking across the Iguazu River (flowing in from the right on the photo) to Brazil. When we looked to the left, across the Paraná River (flowing from the top of the photo) we saw Paraguay. Seeing all three countries before us and so close – crazy as it seems – we were impressed!
On the walk back we passed a fig tree. Our bird guide had told us that non-native fig trees were brought to this area and planted to become huge shade trees. Because there weren’t the pollinator bees in this new environment, the trees would never reproduce — and so would not become invasive.
Butterflies were everywhere. We read that there are over 200 species. This Callicore hydaspes butterfly was our favorite. When it opens, the other side is an alarming bright blue, black, and red. The two sides don’t really look at all like they’d be on the same butterfly.
When we got back to the hotel, we collapsed onto lounge chairs by the pool, with reading devices in hand. Late in the day as the sun dropped, the reflection of the hotel in the pool called for one more photo.
For travelers who move deliberately from one major site to the next, filling up every second, and always on the move – consider that some days spent just hanging out and doing nothing can be rich and unforgettable days too.