My furry ‘tour guide’ at the Iguazu Falls


The Iguazu Falls on the Argentina side

Last week, I published a video of the awesome power of the Iguassu Falls in Brazil. A few days later, I visited the Argentina side of this phenomenal natural wonder. It had been raining for several days so the volume of water crashing down was unbelievable. Whilst we were treated to magnificent panoramas of the falls on the Brazil side, the boardwalks on the Argentina side allowed us to see the falls up close from both below and above, at the edge of the falls. It was a mind-blowing experience that seemed almost surreal. I stood on the edge of the falls at various spots and my mind had a busy task processing those incredulous images.

As we walked along the boardwalks above the falls, we bumped into a coati who led us to the falls. A coati is a racoon-like animal that can be found in various parts of Central and South America. Of all the tours I’ve been on around the world, this furry creature certainly ranks high as the cutest ‘tour guide’ I’ve ever had! Check out the video below:

Read my guide on things to do at Iguazu Falls.

A big thank you goes to Loumar Turismo, the premier tour operator to the Iguassu Falls, and Hotel Bella Italia for hosting me in Foz do Iguaçu.


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11 Responses to “My furry ‘tour guide’ at the Iguazu Falls”

  1. Keith Jenkins 18/03/2013 11:04 am

    Haha, if it was me walking on the rail, I would’ve fallen in for sure! He was very steady and had these claws for a good grip so I wasn’t too concerned. 😉


  2. Jeff Titelius 16/03/2013 6:47 pm

    What a spectacular place this must be be!! Loved your photos and video too…especially of the little guy….i was very nervous for him as we walked along the rails above that river…so happy he’s okay.

  3. velvet 11/09/2012 10:47 am

    Haha, yup, good thing he didn’t bite! The coatis are pretty friendly though and VERY inquisitive!

  4. Wends of Journeys and Travels 10/09/2012 11:25 am

    This post and the coati is cutest I have read and the iguazo falls is awesome 🙂 Good he didn’t bite?

  5. velvet 03/07/2012 4:09 pm

    I’m with you Samuel – it’s essential to see both sides of the falls. The experience on either side is so distinct. I know what you mean about the coatis – they somehow love tripods & the cases. When we were there, another blogger was setting up her tripod and they were all over the tripod and the cases. Hahaha!

  6. Samuel @ Backpacking Travel Blog 03/07/2012 1:15 am

    Hey Keith,

    That’s great you got to experience it on both sides. There is plenty of debate as to which side is better but I feel going to both is essential. When I was there in 2010 a pack of coatis tried to steal my tripod case…haha

  7. velvet 26/06/2012 5:10 pm

    Hi Celina,

    Miss you too. Really loved the many laughs we had in Foz! 🙂

    Lots of big hugs,

  8. So you were really guided by a “coati”. That´s because you´re such a nice guy! Miss you!. We really had a good time at Foz do iaguassu falls!


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