Iguazu Falls

Trip Start Apr 03, 2006
Trip End May 29, 2006

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

In the northeast of Argentina, Puerto Iguaz˙ City is 300 km away from the Capital City of the Province - Posadas City - and is the city that borders on Brazil and Paraguay through the concourse of Paranß and Iguaz˙ Rivers. Being a touristic place, it provides with the greatest spectacle of water and forest ever existing on Earth - the imposing Iguaz˙ Falls - in guaranÝ language "Big waters".

So the falls were truly amazing... you couldn┤t do it justice with words. We visited the Brazilian side first which entailed a bus over the border then waiting by the road in Brazil for one to the National park.. an adventure in itself. On the Brazilian side of the falls there is less to do but it is no less impressive, including a catwalk right out into the falls themselves. The scenery is so very lush and green and rather than describing it I will leave the pictures to speak louder than words.

After the dam we managed to get a bus into Foz do Iguacu and another out to the Itaipu dam, another adventure into the unknown with no Portuguese knowledge except Obligado! We managed it though after a policeman was patient with Amber and the bus driver told us when to get off. The dam is a joint venture between Brazil and Paraguay and is considered to be one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. We got a good little tour on a coach for free and it was well worth it.

The trip to the falls is really all about the Argentinian side of the falls and it really is breathtaking. We headed straight to the main attraction, Garanta del Diablo (Devil┤s Throat) and despite the rain it was truly amazing. Such volumes of powerful water and we were damn close. We then took in the lower circuit for a view of the falls from further away, took a little boat ride to the island and climbed to the top for another branch out into the falls. The final treat was a boat trip actually into the falls themselves, getting absolutely drenched but actually touching the falls... wow! Again words cannot do the scenery justice so I┤ll let the photos do the talking.

Puerto Iguazu as a place is not really up to much, it┤s just a tourist base for visiting the falls but it offered fine eateries, including a brochette which is meat cooked and served on a sword! Met some nice people at our hostel and enjoyed our time before the monster bus trip to Salta in the north west. We decided to avoid the 28 hour straight bus and took 1 bus to Resistencia on Saturday - a sleepy town 8km away from Barranqueras Port and 10km away from Vilelas Port, the Capital City of Chaco Province - then another bus through Sunday night to Salta.

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Hasta luego chicos!

Amber & John
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