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Los Saltos del Moconá: much more water than you imagine

If you go to Misiones for the waterfalls, you can not miss the Saltos del Moconá, the second great tourist attraction in the province.


There is no better natural spectacle than watching millions of litres of water fall and fall. Only that, fall so hard and so much that it is difficult to distinguish whether water rises or descends. The province of  Misiones  has  the Iguazu Falls  , one of the seven natural wonders of world dedicated only to that. However, this world attraction has a great competitor ,  just a few kilometers from Iguazu are Los Saltos del Moconá.  

Already only the name gives us an idea of the importance of this tourist attraction. The Jumps of Moconá means in Guarani  “He who swallows everything.”  This unique show in the world due to its geological failure. The jumps run parallel to the  Uruguay  River forming a three-kilometer long canyon with transverse water falls parallel to its channel. As in Waterfalls, water is the great attraction of this destination. However, unlike a waterfall or a cataract, the falls are not high, but wide. It has another peculiarity, they are not always shown: one can go several times to Missions and not see them. It depends on the conditions of the river: the lower flow, the higher the height reaches the falls that can reach from 4 to 10 meters; if instead the water grows, the slope disappears

 How to get there? 

  Saltos del Moconá Provincial Park  is about 300 kilometres from the city of Posadas. In the central eastern region of Misiones . To get there you can drive along the winding routes leading to El Soberbio. Once, in that place, you will have to make another 70 kilometers to arrive at the Park.

If you decide to go by bus from  Posadas , the journey takes about five hours to El Soberbio. It is advisable to look for accommodation in the village or in Puerto Paraíso, to schedule the trip to los Saltos. From El Soberbio, every day at eight in the morning a bus leaves to the Park. Transport returns daily at five o'clock in the afternoon.

 The Jumps of Mocona 

The Saltos are located in the  Yabotí Biosphere Reserve , an area of 253,773 hectares of protected forest. Moconá is the central point of this area. They are located on the Uruguayan river between the mouths of the Pepirí Guazú and Yabotí streams (on the Argentine side), and the Brazilian rivers Serapiao and Calixto. This is due to the origin of his famous Guarani name “the one who swallows everything”.

To enter the park you have to go through a low bridge. This is extremely important because if there is a lot of rain, water can cover it and it is impossible to enter. So it is vitally important to remember this advice.  Before  traveling  to Moconá, they must first find out if access is enabled.  

A few kilometers from the bridge, you will find the Visitor Center and the restaurant. The only way to see the Saltos is to do the boat ride they offer in the Park. It costs 650 pesos for tourists from other provinces and offers full access to the place.


 What to do 

Naturally the main attraction is the Jumps. It is better to go straight to the good and get your desire from the start. To do this, you have to go to the jetty or boat sector. From there, nothing can still be seen, but it is possible to hear the roar of water. Once in motion with the boat, the view is imposing. A three-kilometer long canyon where water falls sharply. The boat brings us closer to the jumps and you can feel the strength and magnitude of these. The walk takes only 15 minutes, however, you will never see as much water fall together at the same time.

The  Chachí trail  is another option to enjoy the jungle in all its splendor. The magic of  nature  in a wild state awakens all the senses. On the trail you can walk quietly and be amazed at the variety of plants and trees. The Uruguay River, appears from time to time, marking the border with the Brazilian coasts.


Publication Date: 19/03/2020

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