Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
90Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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The first part of the journey (while I was awake) was mainly through forest. There were thousands of hectares of reforestation (assuming nature doesn't plant trees in neat rows). We saw several heavily loaded logging trucks on the road. The final part of the journey was open grassland with grazing cattle mixed with areas of thick (rain)forest (I must confess I have no idea what a tropical rainforest looks like so it might not have been).
At Puerto Iguazu we stayed in a Hostel, we had a decent size double room with ensuite bathroom & aircon (it's interesting that they make more money cramming 4 people into a much smaller 4 bunk dorm than a double room, as they charge per head).
On the first night they had a BBQ for about 20 of us - loads of meat, slow roasted on a large charcoal grill, which we washed down with a couple of bottles of Mendoza wine (what else !). The conversations with the locals were very interesting, well with those who could speak English (our Spanish is still limited to ordering beer).
[Did you hear the joke about two people dancing the tango in the street - a dog come out & threw a bucket of water over them].
Although we didn't go for a trek through the jungle, we saw quite a lot of exotic wildlife walking around the paths including alligators, turtles, giant yellow striped lizards & nasty raccoon-like animals that come up to visitors & demanded food with menaces.
The birds that we saw were spectacular but we wished we had taken a trip to the bird sanctuary where they have hundreds of exotic species (we only heard about it on the bus going back). We were going to take a bus ride to see the falls from the Brazilian side but their viewing areas were further back from the falls, so probably not worth the effort (I think the locals were just trying to sell extra tours & taxi rides).