Ecological Rainforest Train
TheÂ Tren EcolĂłgico de la Selva (Rainforest EcologicalÂ Train)Â is one of the latest acquisitions of IguazĂș National ParkÂ It makes visits to theÂ WaterfallsÂ more dynamic and protects the environment through a transport system of low impact on nature.
The picturesque gas train, launched in 1907 in England, runs at speeds of no more than 20 kilometers per hour (12 mph) and stops when animals cross the
railway linesÂ (700 animals had been run over by vehicles, whose access to the Waterfalls area is now restricted). The trainÂ carries between 120 and 150 passengersÂ and has a special wagon for handicapped people.
InÂ less than 25 minutes and along 7 km (4 mi), the train connects theÂ Central Station, providing a wide variety of services and places to dine, with theÂ footbridges of theÂ Garganta del Diablo(Devilâs Throat),Â skirting the IguazĂș river through theÂ superb landscape of Misionesâ subtropical rainforest.Â TheÂ Waterfalls StationÂ is found halfway through the path. From this point, the pathways lead to the Lower and Upper Circuits, and the Green Path. In this area, there are some fast food restaurants, restrooms, and lounge area.
Passing by the entry to the Waterfalls area on theÂ Argentine side, you will find theÂ IvyrĂĄ RetĂĄ Interpretation Center ofIguazĂș National Park,Â which includes didactic panels and billboards about theÂ fauna and flora of Misiones rainforest.It also provides information on the regionâs old inhabitants, whose cultural heritage is of paramount importance: the nativeÂ GuaranĂÂ and the Jesuits. Nearby the Center there is an amphitheatre, a gift shop, commercial stores, a theme bookshop, a phone center, a photo developing center, a pizzeria, an ice cream shop, and several world-class restaurants.
The Ecological Train, together with aÂ refurbished footbridge system,Â offers much more comfortable conditions for thecontemplation of the wonderful landscape of theÂ rainforest of Misiones, in line with theÂ growing international demand for this tourist destination.Â Footbridges, with ramps and facilities for handicapped people, allow for a better movement around and view of the Waterfalls, complying with the most stringentÂ security standards.