Iguazu Waterfall and Coatmundi Attacks
Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
117Trip End Ongoing
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Arriving at the falls in cloudy, cool weather, we were horrified to see the mother of all queues waiting for tickets and entry. Terrible timing. One hour later and we were transported in a double-decker bus to the falls.
The tourists were primarly Argentinians and Brazilians and not the most considerate when it came to walking around each other on the narrow paths or keeping their voices down to appreciate a bit of the natural ambience
One unfortunate tourist was about to find out just why you donīt feed the coatis. There she was one moment laughing and chatting with friends carrying a plastic supermarket bag and the next she was the victim of a stealth coatimundi attack from the rear. Her groceries went flying as his claws shredded the bag and Ed wondered if she needed to change her undies afterwards.
What I would have given for a video of that moment!
But back to the falls themselves - yes they are spectacular due to the jungle-ish setting, the sheer scope of them, the power, the noise and the volume. We were able to walk out on platforms over the falls experiencing the exhiliration of the water and the spray. Condors or vultures circled over the nearby cliffs. We could also see people on the Argentinian side of the falls having their special moment!
The more adventurous (and wealthy) tourists had their experience of the falls by helicopter and or jetboat, but this wasnīt for us. We were just hoping for a bit of peace and quiet near the falls, but the Brazilian side really doesnīt offer that!
Queuing again for a bus out of the park, we completed a painless border crossing into Argentina. It was to be the first time in our trip that we had problems finding accomodation. Everything was booked out due to high season, we decided to camp out of town but found a dodgy little cabin at the camping ground instead. All food and accomodation was heavily overpriced - the locals were making a killing! It was disappointing for us because we had been really missing the great value food and wine in Argentina since we left - and high season in Iguazu is not the time to find either.