In this latest series, I will be going through all the countries I’ve travelled to on my mission to visit every single country in the world. In this article, we will be covering country #35: Argentina. If you haven’t gotten a chance already, read this story first to find out why I’m trying to visit all 193 UN-recognized countries.
My time in this country is relatively short because my goal here was to get my Brazilian Visa at the Iguazu Falls border. I also wanted to visit Iguazu Falls to complete visiting all 7 Wonders of Nature.
VIDEO – Country #35: Argentina
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Flying from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu
After arriving in Buenos Aires after a long flight from Bogota, it was time to connect to a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu.
The flight had tons of tourists from all over the world. At one point of the flight, the plane experienced some massive turbulence and people starting freaking out.
And, after a successful landing, all the passengers started clapping. To be honest, I hate it when people do this. Don’t clap unless you were in an actual scary situation. It’s so lame. All the Argentinians in the flight were shaking their head at people clapping in the plane. I agree with their sentiment.
Applying for the Brazilian Visa
I decided to stay in a hostel called Peter Pan hostel because of its proximity to the Brazilian consulate.
To be honest, the hostel itself was pretty beat up. It was humid and damp inside and it wasn’t very comfortable. There are tons of mosquitoes, too. The customer service is good so it does have a redeeming quality to it. I was the only one that stayed in the hostel because I think I travelled during the off-peak season.
After gathering the necessary paperwork (thankfully, there are tons of places to print documents nearby), I presented them to the Brazilian consulate. They told me to come back the next morning and my Brazilian Visa should be processed by then.
Getting a bite to eat in Puerto Iguazu
Before going to Iguazu Falls, I decided to grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants. Pasta was my choice of food because I will need the carbs to fuel me for a full day of walking in Iguazu Falls.
Going to Iguazu Falls
Not too long after, I boarded the tourist bus that takes you to the entrance of Iguazu Falls.
I got my tickets which set me back 500 Argentine Pesos. From what I heard, you can actually exchange USD to Argentine Pesos in the black market and get a better rate. I didn’t know this when I travelled at the time but apparently, you can still do this right now.
Exploring Iguazu Falls
To see the insane devil’s throat, I had to take a train that takes you to the trailhead leading to that awesome landmark.
I was greeted by a lot of these creatures walking around the park. Apparently, they attack people so its best to stand away from them.
The Iguazu Falls park is huge and it took me around seven hours to walk around the whole place. And I feel like I missed some segments also.
I got to see the Devil’s throat which you can see at the blog post title image. There are also tons of amazing falls all over the place. They’re not lying when they say that Iguazu falls is the world’s largest waterfall complex.
Leaving Puerto Iguazu to cross over to Brazil
I was dead tired by the time I went back to my accommodation. Yet, at the same time, I was satisfied with my adventure exploring my last Seven Wonders of Nature.
The next day, I took a taxi from the Argentine side to take me to the Brazil airport. It was time for me to join my Venezuela tour group and it was going to be a long journey to get there.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Argentina and hope to return again one day. Places I will visit when I do return includes Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, and Buenos Aires. I’d also like to do a day trip to Colonia in Uruguay which I heard is easy to do by taking a ferry from Buenos Aires.
South America is remains my favourite continent to visit in the entire world.