November 17-18th Argentina

by - November 19, 2018

November 17th

We made breakfast, showered and packed up to head back to the mechanic.  We thought we were there for an oil change and to get the other ball and socket joint replaced.  Juan Carlos came to us with some very bad news.  Something is wrong with the motor and it would be extremely expensive to fix.  We asked him if he knew anyone who would buy the shit box for parts.  He got ahold of a friend mechanic from Paraguay who could either fix it for cheaper or introduce us to some people who would buy it for parts.  He is so nice and said he would come with us on Tuesday to Paraguay.  We are extremely upset about this situation.  We parked the truck outside of the dealership and headed to the bus stop.  We bought a ticket to Puerto Iguazu for that afternoon.  The bus left at 5 and we didn’t arrive in Puerto Iguazu until 11:30.  We checked into Nomad Iguazu hostel and then headed out for a late dinner.  We are surprised at the price of good food here.  You can go to a white table cloth restaurant and order two dinners and two drinks for $20. 


We ate the free hostel breakfast of chocolate cake, bread, and fruit all served with dulce de leche.  After waiting for the rain to pass we headed to the bus station.  We bought a ticket to Iguazu falls, which is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.  It only took 30 minutes to get there.  Once there we walked the two loop trails, which were all filled with amazing views.  Then we took the train to the largest waterfall.  It was so incredible to be that close to it.  We also saw a toucan, huge catfish above the waterfalls, and tons of tame coati.  They sorta let you pet them.  The crowds were insane here, but well worth it.  We ate lunch in the park and then headed back to the hostel.  After relaxing for a bit we headed to their local market.  It's a different type of market than we are used to visiting.  Everyone is selling different types of olives, cheese, meat, olive oil, dulce de leche, sauces, and canned peaches.  Each vendor also has tables where you can enjoy the food.  We had a couple beers and a platter of olives, cheese, and meat.  Then we went back to the hostel.  We are still contemplating what to do about the truck.

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