Washed out in the The Iguazu Falls....

Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 19, 2007

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006

After all the drama of catching the bus to the falls we made it without any more major hitches.....okay aside from the awful bus journey where Tadgh was inflicted with about 15hrs beside the toilet..and this toilet saw a lot of action, so by the end of the trip the smell had wafted up through the whole bus and was pretty intoxicating. It didnīt help that the driver seemed to be conserving the air condidtioning either( probably to make the bus go a bit faster than a crawl).

After going through the formalities of the border crossing to Argentina we arrived in Puerto de Iguazu. A little town on the argentinian saide of the waterfalls. Basically the only reason you would go there is as a base for going to the falls.
Iīm sure yeīll all be delighted to know as well, that the weather was absolutely awful...we really donīt know rain at home...this was a proper 12 hour downpour. And because the soil around the area is bright red it was like a blood bath flowing through the town.

We decided to pass up the trip that day and stuck with our israelies ( to get a good bargain) and ended up sharing a room with the two loads in a cheap hotel. Noticed the price difference straight away from Brazil. It was great to be eating out for about 6 or 7 euros each!

The next day, well equiped with our very expensive wet gear (€1.50) we headed off to the falls. They definitely donīt disappoint, the views are really amazing even if the weather wasnīt. To do all the differnent routes takes most of the day, especially if, like us you take about 40 different shots from every angle of each and every dribble of water!

The falls are 4 times the width of the Niagra falls and if you have seen the fillm The Mission then you've probably seen a few shots of them because the film is set in the area and follows the Jesuit Missions that had a mission near the falls.

We took a boat trip around some of the falls but its basically just an excuse to get you absolutely drwoned by driving the boat in under the falls....our expensive wet gear held up pretty well though and we only got a slight drowning!

The main fall, the Devilsī throat was well worth the wait. We left it till last for the max effect , and then sun even started to break through when we got there. Have never been to Niagra so Iīm not sure how they compare but they were definitely gigantic. Sanp happy of course, we took a few humdred more photos!!!

Met another Irish girl there, Sheila, who was also heading to Buenos Aires so we hung out with her for a while and did the usual swapping of tips etc. Serious lack of PAddy{s around the place whch is nice in one way, but when you do meet them its nice to bbe on the same wavelength for a while!

After spending a good 6 hours treking around the falls we headed back for antoher mammoth journey to Buenbos aires with half the population of Israel. Got a plush bus this time although for about 2.50 more we could have got free champagne and whiskey with our meal....stuck to the wine instead which was as good as any sleeping tablet. The only hick up during the trip was getting stoppedby teh cops about 3 times. Supposedly its one of the main drug routes into Argentina so checks are regular allthough I don{t know about 3 in one trip.
At one stage we had a big manhunt fora missing pillow. It was like a circus, the bus driver was ranting that each person should have one pillow adnone rug....so after sheepedly handing back our extra stash of spares they discovered they were missing a pillow. So there was an all out search to find it...what a joke...how could yuo take these guys seriously after that!

Anwyay, after locating the pillow when we arrived in Buenos Aires we were all allowed to get off the bus to continue our journey!
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