The Iguazú Falls inspire a storytelling mode in me. I start imagining all the animals of the jungle gathered by the waterfall in the moonlight, like I’m reading a childrens’ jungle book.
The moonlight would color the heavily falling water an otherworldly shade of blue, and a toucan would fly by, quickly followed by two more…
Their colourful beaks catch the moonlight. Down by the lower part of the falls, a few monkeys are contently sharing a meal, though one of them prefers to stay soaking in a calm patch of the brown water. He knows the thundering waterfalls are at a safe distance, this is his favorite bathing spot. Occasionally, a sneaky coati manages to sprint by and snatch a piece of fruit. The jungle echoes with the monkeys’ annoyed warnings.
Meanwhile, huge, red ants the size of a man’s thumb march in a line on their own little path, meticulously carved by previous ant footprints in the red dirt.
The ants are silently being watched by a plump, black-and-green striped lizard…
The tourists are nowhere in sight.
Inspired by an old pamphlet I saw at Puerto Iguazú, advertising a guided moonlight tour to the waterfalls which I unfortunately missed by several years. I’ve also been thinking of the amazing fact that there are monkeys in Iguazú ever since I read a post by a fellow blogger who’d visited the place a couple of years before us.
She’d seen butterflies, monkeys, and toucans at the waterfalls, while we saw almost no wildlife – except for lots of coatis and scarily gigantic ants (with strong-looking teeth). It was absolutely packed with tourists when we visited. To think that there are supposed to be even some jaguars there!
And, if you’re wondering what a coati is, have a look.