Feeling the force of the falls in Iguazu

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Having had around 11 hours sleep (only disturbed slightly by the loud cracks of thunder in the night) we woke up feeling rested and much better than this time yesterday morning.  We enjoyed the free breakfast in the hostel which was really good, toast, bread, toffee sauce (the Countries favorite), boiled eggs, cereal, coffee, watermelon and lots of oranges and a juicer to make the most delicious orange juice I have ever tasted (we didn't have everything that I've listed, that would just have been greedy, but I'm ashamed to say we consumed most). 

We chose to take the local bus to Iguacu Falls instead of the organised trip as it was only 7 Peso each as opposed to 25 Peso each and we could arrive and leave when we liked instead of being at the mercy of the coach and there for approximately 8 hours (we really didn't think we would need that long).  Three buses came and went which displayed no number and no destination but the drivers just said no when we tried to get on, finally our bus did arrive and we were on our way to Parque Nacional Iguazu.

For those who have never heard of Iguazu Falls (or maybe that was just me before we arrived in South America) they are considered the most impressive waterfalls in the world, even better than Niagara Falls (upon seeing Iguazu, the United States' First Lady Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!") and Victoria Falls, although the latter has the widest continuous 'curtain' of water.  Iguazu on the other hand is made up of around 275 individual cascades that are in fact wider than Victoria Falls almost 3kms all in all.  You can see the falls, and are strongly advised to, from both the Brazilian side and the Argentinean side which give you different perspectives of the area, 1/3 belonging to Brazil and 2/3 to Argentina. 

The 'Devils Throat' is the most magnificent section where a crescent shaped, 82-metre-high, 150-metre-wide and 700-metre-long area marks the border between the two countries.  So there you go.  We arrived at the park at about 10.30am and it was already really, really humid.  We paid our entry fee of 85 Peso each and headed towards the trails. The park area that incorporates the falls is lush rainforest and home to a multitude of animal species including jaguar.  Thankfully we didn't get to see one of those as one killed a visitor in 1997 and we would quite like to finish our trip.  We instantly saw birds and lizards everywhere and the whole place was like one big butterfly house with brightly coloured butterflies everywhere - we managed to get a few pictures of just some of them.

What was quickly evident was that this side (the Argentinean) covered a lot more area and afforded much more opportunity to see a larger proportion of the falls and the immediate and surrounding areas.  We took the Superior trail first which takes you along the top of the falls where you can peer over the edge from the platforms that jut out over the water.  It was such an awesome spectacle to behold.  I was quite surprised though that the water appeared brown - a consequence we were told of deforestation and up until 30 years ago the water ran clear, a sad fact.  Next we took the Inferior route down at water level to truly get soaked.  It was fantastic and really refreshing in all the humidity.  We spent a few hours wandering the trails and time seemed to fly by, this place was totally amazing and blew us away.  The force of the water and the sheer size of the falls was immense.  We got the bus back at about 3pm in perfect time to see the sky erupt in to a torrential downpour which turned the streets in to rivers.  Thankfully we were back at our hostel at this stage as we had only just dried off from our soaking at the falls.

We phoned home and got to speak to Andrew's mum and dad as his mum has just had an emergency operation so we wanted to find out how she was bearing up and it was lovely to speak to them and learn that everything went well.  Get Well Soon Trish!!!  We are thinking about you.  The rain continued incessantly so we were a bit stuck as to what to do for dinner so after enjoying a couple of caiprinha's in our hostel, you must understand that this was only because we were waiting for the rain to slacken off (ha), we decided to dash round the corner again for the all you can eat buffet, at 20 Peso it was cheaper than buying something from the supermarket and cooking ourselves.  We speed shoveled our dinner, this time salad, chicken, pasta and potatoes and got an early night almost looking forward to our nicely timed, relaxed flight to Salta in the early morning....nothing could go wrong now, surely, little did we know, oh how little we actually knew.
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Brilliant Shots. Both of the wildlife and the cahaca in the caiprihnas. Sounds immense x

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