NYU Field Trips-Worth it!
NYU took us on a field trip to Iguazu falls in Argentina and it was an amazing deal. Although it wasn’t free like the trips in Paris, it was still much cheaper than doing it alone. Also, instead of only spending one night and two days like we did in Paris, we had three full days of fun.
We left on Halloween night which was a little bit of a bummer. Even though it is not celebrated here by going trick-or-treating, several bars and clubs recognize the American holiday. Luckily I was able to find a club that celebrated Halloween the Saturday before and was able to celebrate one of my favorite holidays.
Getting back to the topic of the field trip, we took an overnight bus Wednesday night to a farm in the province of Missiones. Almost everyone in the program went and those that didn’t missed out on the fun. Most of us were on a private bus with the student life coordinators Alejandra, Diego, and the tour guide Marina. About ten other students and Pedro, another student life guy, took a public bus which got stuck in traffic for hours. They left earlier than the private bus but ended up arriving hours after the private bus. The quality of both buses was very nice as buses here tend to be pretty luxurious. The chairs reclined pretty far and came with a pillow and a blanket. The seats were spacious and dinner and breakfast was served. My bus (the private one) watched Step Up after dinner and then we all went to sleep.
At the farm there was plenty of food and a pool. The place grew tea and even had cacti on the property. There was table tennis, tennis, hammocks, and a porch swing. I ate many tortas fritas and drank mate. Then we went for a walk and saw how the yerba mate is dried. After the walk we cooled down in the pool until lunch. First we ate choripan (the traditional thing to eat while waiting for an asado) with lemonade and then had salad and grilled meat. After lunch we left the farm and went to the Jesuit ruins which were pretty cool. We had a buffet dinner at the hotel which also had a pool and many places to sit outside.
Friday morning we woke up early to get to the Iguazu waterfalls as the park was opening. The sights were unbelievable. My favorite part was the optional boat ride into the waterfalls. I got soaked and it was so much fun. After leaving the falls the rest of the night was free. We ate dinner at the hotel, made use of the pool and the sauna, and went into town to check out the nightlife. When we got back to the hotel many of us sat and talked on the porch before calling it a night and going to bed.
On the last day we were able to sleep in. We had free time in the morning and many chose to go to the point where you could see the monuments of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. It’s crazy that the borders were so close. Later we went to a mine and saw some beautiful gems. We all flew back to Buenos Aires on a nice plane with drinks and snacks.
I definitely recommend going on the excursion with NYU. Although it may seem expensive it is a great deal and so much fun. Be sure to add this trip into your budget for the semester.