Trip Start Apr 30, 2013
26Trip End May 01, 2014
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On Wednesday morning we checked out of the rubbish hostel and moved into our new lovely hostel. The rooms were clean and really nicely decorated, there was WiFi and a kitchen, and a really pretty garden complete with hammocks to relax in. It did cost roughly 10 pounds per night more than our original hostel, but Helen planned to cook both nights so we ended up saving money but staying in a MUCH nicer place. Hooray!
We chose a good day to do nothing as it literally rained all day. There were also three thunderstorms during the course of the day - we´ve never seen so much rain. Still, it was fine because today was Skype day and we managed to get in touch with family back home which was really, really nice
As the forecast had promised, on Thursday we woke up to blue skies and sunshine again - perfect weather for our visit to the Argentinian side of the falls. When you arrive, you board a little steam train that takes you to the starting point of the trails. The difference between the Brazilian and the Argentinian side of the falls is that you get an amazing view from the Brazilian side, but on the Argentinian side (as well as the amazing views) you get to walk on various trails around the park, some of which take you right to the water´s edge.
There are two main trails to follow, called the ´Superior´ and Ínferior´. It wasn´t that one trail was rubbish compared to the other as the names might suggest, just that one trail was higher up than the other! Both offered absolutely incredible views of the falls and we must´ve seen about 10 different rainbows (and taken about 100 photographs of them!). At one point on one of the trails there´s a ledge that juts out and yep, you guessed it, you get completely drenched. In fact there´s such a torrent of water just from the spray alone that people were taking it in turns to take photos of each other, one bravely running out to the end of the ledge and standing there for 10 seconds while the other took the photo, before running back again - a completely soaked and dazed version of their former selves.
As well as several stunning views of the falls, we also saw lizards, funny-looking birds that seemed to pose for the camera, and countless butterflies. There was one bush we walked past which must´ve had at least 50 butterflies on it; some branches even had three butterflies sucking nectar from the same small flower
Once we´d walked the length of both main trails we got back on the little steam train which took us to the centrepiece of the park, the Garganta del Diablo (Devil´s Throat). You approach this via a boarded walkway over calm waters, with no hint of what lies ahead. As you get closer though, you gradually start to hear a distant roar which becomes louder and louder and then all of a sudden you see it - a massive flood of water pouring into a huge basin that drops hundreds of meters into the water below. There aren´t really any words to describe how awe-inspiring this sight was - we both stood speechless for several minutes.
Every so often it seems that the Devil needs to clear his throat, because after we´d been standing there for a few minutes there was a collective scream from the crowd of people taking photos of the falls and everyone ran away from the edge, absolutely soaked by a huge burst of spray that had been thrown up into the air. Luckily Ben had seen it coming and managed to get the camera safely under his jacket, but other people weren´t so fortunate. There´s a constant mist around the top of the falls because of the never-ending spray, but the sights are just incredible. Definitely the most amazing natural wonder we´ve ever seen. Our photos are quite good, but they certainly don´t do justice to these amazing waterfalls.
On Friday we had a chill out day around the town and in the hostel garden, soaking up the hot sunshine. We also took a walk down to the Tres Fronteras, where the three borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. It´s pretty cool to stand in one country and look across to two different countries so close by!