This Waterfall? Totally worth it!

Trip Start Nov 29, 2013
Trip End Nov 29, 2014

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Sunday, December 22, 2013


We've been looking forward to the Iguazu Falls since our first meeting with STA Travel.

We were so excited when boarding the coach at florianopolis, greeted by Gustav who smiled as he put our backpacks on board, "You're from England? Yes? God save the Queen".

Dressed for the tropics, 36 degrees at six in the evening, no change there then, we sat down aghast as the surrounding passengers unpacked their fleeces and duvets. I blew up my inflatable pillow and shared with David who'd forgot his.

Within half an hour into the overnight, 16 hour journey, the temperature dropped to about 15 degrees. While the entire coach population snuggled into their blankets, I pulled out a Topman hoodie, David's pleading eyes and whimpers in my direction meant that I couldn't keep this to myself.

Stretching it across us, we each took an arm and pulled it over our faces. My sister had kindly grabbed this from the back of her car when she heard David didn't pack any warm clothes, minutes before we left Chester. Now we know why it was in the back of her car; it stank. It stank of vomit.

Several hours in, things got rough... Sleep deprived, travel sick and unbelievably cold, we were on the brink of tears. I imagined this is how Leonardo Dicaprio's character in Titanic felt, reassuring my love we'd get through this, shivering while holding each other to share body and hoodie heat.

The seats also reclined about 10 degrees. Acute angles are only good for pizza slices.

En route, to add to the trying journey, we lost a tyre and broke down. Finally, we got to the Klein hostel 20 hours after leaving Florianopolis.

There are a staggering 275 waterfalls on the iguazu river which separates Brazil and Argentina. Iguazu Falls is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature... And so it bloody should. We got to see iguazu falls from the Brazilian and Argentinian National Parks. Totally in describable! No picture can do it justice... And I tried. I took 472!

Brazil side: Walking along a trail you're spoilt with a stunning panoramic view, we had visited the Argentinian side the day before so we were stunned to see how many there were and how grand the scale was. I wish we'd taken a helicopter from the Brazilian side.

This trail leads to a walkway which protrudes right into the heart of the falls; the devil's throat. All senses were devoured by the 82 metres high, 700m long fall. As we stood at the end of the platform, soaking wet, all we could see and hear was ferocious water at a 360 degrees. Dangerously beautiful.

Argentina side: We were treated to up close waterfall views from every angle. Rainbows, miles of lush jungle and accessible wildlife made it more than magical. By the end of the day, we'd seen enough monkeys, lizards and "coatis" (a raccoon species) to last us a lifetime. "Apparently" you're not allowed to feed them, but what are you supposed to do when a friendly little fella jumps on your lap and snuffles his long piggy nose in the direction of your burger?

David, aka the butterfly man, had ALOT of questions on the way round, such as;
"Where does all this water come from?"
"Will the water run out one day?"

I can't take the mick too much as up until today, I thought that Belgium and Holland were the same country.

We also took a trip to the Bird Park in Foz do Iguazu. Very educational indeed. David received a lovely little chat-up line from a chap in the toilets who told him he had, "a very respectable beard"

Apart from beard envy, there were an array of tropical birds and reptiles including flamingos, parrots, anacondas and caimans. Our absolute favourite were the toucans. At first on entering one of the aviaries we were gormlessly looking up into the trees expecting to see a hummingbird. Then, from out of nowhere a naughty toucan residing on a low fence, hopped right up to us and stared us both right in the eye. To me, it was the cutest thing ever, his big innocent eyes smiling at us. However, still gooey from the toucan dance, I looked over at David. I could tell that he was scared;
"he's gonna go for us Tash!"
"David, there are people stroking them all over the show"
"He looks like Jigsaw from Saw"

As you can see, the toucans love a good stroke, but they do go for your toes. David, instead, taught parrots to say "alleoli", the name of the well known butter and garlic spread from Spain.

Tonight we move on from Brazil... to Paraguay. Feel like we've been spoilt starting in Brazil. Love the country, love the people. Never met such a helpful bunch, they'll come running if you have a map in hand and I've never had to carry my rucksack, because at every hostel the host has picked up my heavy bag, struggling and sweating with while I try to explain that there are wheels on it... They're having none of it.

I do hope Paraguay is just as good to us!

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