A Magnificent View

Trip Start Apr 27, 2009
Trip End Apr 27, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Monday, November 2, 2009

After my longest bus journey to date (on a nice comfy seat I have to say) I finally arrived in Puerto Iguazu and I have to say that the sight of the hostel made the 22 hour bus journey worth every minute - it looked like a holiday resort! Of course there were the standard bunk beds downstairs in the rooms but the swimming pool out the front was pretty impressive and they offered massages in addition to the standard ping pong and internet access. I didn't take the massage offer up but I did use the laundry service - it was nice to have the clothes out on the washing line rather than stuck in the tumbledryer!

After a nice lazy day on Sunday I decided to head to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls on Monday to take in the panoramic view of the multiple waterfalls. Whilst waiting on the bus to take me into Puerto Iguazu town centre for the cross-border transfer a taxi came along and offered myself and a Bolivian couple a deal to take us over to the Brazilian park then bring us back a few hours later. It sounded much easier than changing buses and getting off at the border so we took him up on the offer and I headed off for my day trip to Brazil.

We spent 3 hours in Parque Nacional do Iguacu wandering along the trails and walkways and pretty much being totally overawed by the views of the waterfalls. It helped that there had been a large amount of rainfall the week before my arrival so the water levels were very high (possibly too high, considering that the San Martin Island was closed because of flooding!). The sheer scale and number of waterfalls was amazing - I'm glad I went to Niagara first, otherwise it might have been a little disappointing compared to Iguazu.

My favourite part of the day was the walkway out towards the largest waterfall - Garganta del Diablo (The Devil's Throat). I got totally soaked and couldn't actually see the waterfall because of the spray but it was fantastic (and really cooled me down on another over 35 degree day!). It was also pretty fun to watch people being taken out in speedboats from the Argentine side of the park and getting drenched under the San Martin Falls - they'd never get away with doing it in the USA!

It's hard to come up with words that don't sound like exaggerations to describe the Falls so I'll just refer you to the pictures and hope that they can possibly show how amazing it was.

After a good wander about we met back up with our taxi driver and headed back over to Argentina in time for a late lunch/early dinner in town and then some relaxation under the fans in the hostel to cool down. A bonus for me was the excellent performance of Tesco's Insect Repellent...either that or the Brazilian mosquitos didn't like my blood! Have to say though that the butterflies did cos they kept landing on me and one hitched a lift on my shorts for about 15 minutes. Thank goodness they don't bite!!

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