The gem of the Argentine National Park System did indeed hold some hidden treasures for us. We trekked on top of the waterfalls (fun fact: there are 275 separate ones) along the upper and lower trails, ending with the big finale at La Gargantua del Diablo.

The Devil’s Throat. Iguazu National Park, Argentina.

The Devil’s Throat. Iguazu National Park, Argentina.

Overtaken by mist and mesmerized by the cascading water, we stepped back from the edge to find coati, monkeys, blue eyebrow parrots, and shimmering mariposas surrounding us. Trees grew out of trees, and vines swallowed trunks. We watched native Guarani people play their tribal music.

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Falling water in the forest. Iguazu Falls National Park, Argentina. Photo by student Alec C.

After experiencing the wide-open landscape in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, it was impossible not to notice the many tourists and guard rails surrounding the falls, and we had an interesting discussion about the balance between access and conservation when it comes to natural wonders.

Group shot at the “Devil’s Throat.” Iguazu National Park, Argentina.

Group shot at the “Devil’s Throat.” Iguazu National Park, Argentina.