Salto Arrechea

Iguazu Falls National Park, Misiones, Argentina

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 3
Salto Arrechea

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INTRODUCTION

Salto Arrechea seemed to us to be a bit off the beaten path even though I think it was technically part of the larger network of waterfalls comprising Iguazú Falls. We've treated this as a separate waterfall because we had to hike about 90 minutes to get there from the Sheraton Iguazú along Sendero Macuco. It was said to be 2.5km each way though I did read somewhere that it was actually 7km return.

In any case, it only took us another hour to return to the general Iguazú Falls area, but it was for that reason (that we had to do some hiking) that we did get a pretty peaceful experience. After all, there were far fewer tourists and the sounds of the jungle were broken only by Brazilian tour helicopters periodically flying over Iguazú Falls.

Given the relative peace and quiet of Sendero Macuco, we were told that it was possible to see exotic wildlife within the subtropical rainforest that the trail meandered through. The morning would probably be the best time for this, but one thing we always kept in the back of our minds was the presence of jaguars. Apparently, back in 1991, a kid was eaten by one. But other than that one incident, I believed that as long as we stayed together and didn't go it alone, we were fine. In our visit, we saw lots of colorful butterflies and heard some native birds here and there.

The waterfall was a thin but tall 30m or so. It clearly lacked the size and force of the larger more famous neighboring waterfall, but it seemed like Salto Arrechea was more of an excuse to escape crowds and go for a refreshing swim. We even noticed a guy who felt comfortable enough with the relative seclusion here to go for a skinny dip.

The trail also provided a viewpoint at the top of this waterfall. From there, we followed a steep path leaving the boardwalk descending to the base of the waterfall for access to its plunge pool.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Looking over the top of Salto Arrechea towards the Iguazu RiverLooking over the top of Salto Arrechea towards the Iguazu River
Buenos Aires was the hub from which we made our connecting flight to Puerto Iguazu, but as you can see here, BA was also a good place to visit as we visited La Boca and other placesBuenos Aires was the hub from which we made our connecting flight to Puerto Iguazu, but as you can see here, BA was also a good place to visit as we visited La Boca and other places
Walking the road to get to the trailhead for Sendero MacucoWalking the road to get to the trailhead for Sendero Macuco

Well signposted trailheadWell signposted trailhead

Walking through lush jungle along Sendero MacucoWalking through lush jungle along Sendero Macuco

Julie passing by a rubbish bin by the trailJulie passing by a rubbish bin by the trail

I believe the boardwalks were there to keep walkers from having to deal with the muddiest sectionsI believe the boardwalks were there to keep walkers from having to deal with the muddiest sections

Sign pointing us towards Salto ArrecheaSign pointing us towards the falls

Steep and potentially slippery path to the base of Salto ArrecheaSteep and potentially slippery path to the base of Salto Arrechea

At the base of the waterfall where there's a guy cooling off nudeAt the base of the waterfall where there's a guy cooling off nude


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Since we stayed at the Sheraton Iguazú on the Argentina side, we didn't need any motorized transport to get onto this trail. I recalled we walked the road connecting the hotel and the visitor center. The somewhat "hidden" trailhead was within this stretch of road.

For context, the Sheraton Iguazú was near Puerto Iguazú, which itself was about 6.5 hours flight from Buenos Aires.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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