Brazil: Iguacu Falls Pre-trip Jul 06—10, 2017

Posted by Jeri Langham


Jeri Langham

Jeri M. Langham has a Ph.D. in plant ecology from Washington State University, and after 38 years as a professor of biological sciences at California State University ...

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About eleven years ago, I had the good fortune to visit Argentina with my son Gary (now Chief Scientist for The National Audubon Society), and we made a visit to Iguaçu Falls from the Argentina side. We were very impressed, but it turns out the best views are from the Brazil side. Here are some passages taken from the journal I write every night for my VENT tours and then mail to the participants after I return home and edit them.

Iguaçu  Falls  must  be  experienced  in  person…there  is  just  no  other way to appreciate the spectacle. There are actually 275 narrow to wide individual falls. There is a great view from the entrance to Hotel das Cataratas, but as one walks down the ½  mile river trail, more and more falls are visible along the way. At the far end, one can walk out a boardwalk that allows an upriver view up into La Garganta del Diablo, or Devil’s Throat.

Iguacu Falls

Iguacu Falls— Photo: Jeri M. Langham


We checked into our rooms of the Hotel Das Cataratas and then met again at the entrance area. We immediately picked up some super birds! About six Plush-crested Jays kept flying into and out of the trees around us. Toco Toucans were plentiful, and two of their smaller relatives, Chestnut- eared Araçaris, perched in a distant tree. A pair of Rufous Horneros were building their mud nest in a tree right in front of the entrance. Other birds visible from the entrance area were: Green-headed Tanager, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Golden-crowned Warbler, and White-eyed Parakeets.

After our delicious 6:30 a.m. breakfast, we met with Oliver and departed at 7:30 a.m. for Poço Preto Road. It is an unpaved 9-kilometer long road through wonderful forest. We rode in an open trailer with chairs that is pulled by a vehicle that runs on electricity. Our plan was to walk down the road for awhile, board the vehicle for a variable distance, and then walk again.

Read Jeri’s full report in his Field List.