BIG WATER y-guasu = Iguacu Falls

Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
Trip End Jan 14, 2011

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Das Cataratas Hotel

Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Sunday, December 12, 2010

Wide awake at 5.30 am meant that with the sun about to rise, why not go down the beach and witness the start of my last day in Rio. Another guy, probably a local, had the same idea as me to capture the moment. Wonder if the couple I chose as foreground subject captured their moment?

Two short days and I only just got to understand how the metro and buses work, the time it takes to get from A to B. Wonder if I will ever get back here to really explore?

Well Rio in 2 days is over. Not that much of a rush but a third day would have been nice.

I came here because the extra cost was minimal. Just one more short airflight and a couple nights accommodation.

Having seen pictures of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf for so many decades now, at last I could witness them for myself.

Going through St Theresa by the trolley was great and cheap and meeting the artist of the mosaic tiles of Lapa Steps was bonus. Again I have seen pictures of these steps.

Is Rio safe? Being careful is always important. Even the locals take precautions when travelling around their own city.

Next stop ... To see a bit of water falling over some rocks ….

A couple hours south and this is my trip’s treat … 2 nights in Hotel das Cataratas which is situated within the Brazil's Parque Nacional do Iguacu. Very nice Greg and good advice. Yes, recently done up it certainly has retained its old charm and character.

BIG WATER y-guasu given by the indigenous Guarani people, is an understatement of the Iguacu Falls. Amazing the sheer power of the water coming over the top of the many falls.

So many images taken, which ones to place here? Will rearrange back home but here are a few for now. In my opinion probably because it is high level flow right now, these falls beat both the Niagara and Victoria waterfalls. Taller than Niagara, wider than Victoria Falls and stretching 2.7 km. (No, I have not seen Niagara yet.)

Some statistics:

Argentina side = Cararates de Iguazu (Spanish)
Brazil = Foz du Iguacu (Portuguese)

2.7 km (1.7 miles) long

Average flow 396,258 gallons per second
Peak flow 1,717,118 gallons per second
Normal 1,500 million litres per second
Current 2,310 million litres per second

Major Falls = 19
275 interlinking cataracts but in rainy seasons up to 350 if not more

Height of Garganta del Diablo 82 metres (270 feet)

Age 120 - 150 million years

With the visitors ushered out of the park at 5 pm, I literally had the whole park to myself for several hours to enjoy the peace broken by the continuous thunderous sound of the water cascading and powering downwards.

With the late afternoon sun beating down, it quickly dried ones wet clothes. The setting sun changed the colours in the waters and reflections really sparkled like diamonds and overhead the sun rays tunnelled through the upwards rising mist and spray. Shortly we will have 3D video with at least 5:1 sound so we won’t need to travel afar to experience such natural creations.

God(frey) - wonder if you can HDR this majestic series of waterfalls? I’m giving it a go. Also using the Olympus various magic functions plus the panoramic option to create some really different images. Should read up how to do this in the Canon.

Tomorrow it will be a full on day with the morning spent over in Argentina to experience the falls close up as on the Brazil side you see the panoramic view. Then a Macuco Safari ride on these big inflatables to go under the falls. Well that is what they normally do but because the water level is so high, I noticed that they were not today. At least I will see the falls from right underneath them and get soaked again in the bargain.

BB que dinner Brazil style by the pool accompanied in the distance with the sound of the croaking frogs. No frogs were not the meat of the day. Beef, lamb, chicken in fact was told there was available 14 different cuts of meat. Will try the other 7 cuts tomorrow night with another bottle of 5% Bohemia!

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John Conway on

Absolutely INCREDIBLE photos! Unimaginable water falls!
John and Judy

keith on

you have been busy.
Covered lots already.
No snow or rain yet in Auckland, humid day today.

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