Singing in the Rain
Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
42Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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My birthday was fantastic except for I wanted to buy a pair of shorts and the sizes are very different then I am used to . I honestly wear a medium in mostly everything, sometimes a large and sometimes even a small, the dress I wore today is a small from REI and it fits fine.While shopping I didn't know what size to pick because they use the metric system here and everything I picked up the lady would correct me and say, "no, muy pequeno" (too small) and pass me something else and tell Chris and I that I needed something "muy grande" (very large)
Sunday we went on a speed boat tour that took us right up to the falls and everyone got soaking wet and we had so much fun, it was spectacular. Then we took the Ecological Tour on a raft in the river above as close as 250km behind the falls. It was okay, we found out that this time of year the river is twice as high as the winter months and the falls are more violent for the same reason. I would recommend coming to the falls this time of year as long as you don't hate hot summers. The heat certainly isn't unbearable. I also recommend staying 4 nights, as we did because you can visit the falls twice and another day visit the Iguazu River and see where the three countries meet. I have heard many times that people mostly visit Puerto Iguazu for only one night or less even, see the falls and leave. The town is safe and charming and worth the 4 nights.
After the falls we came back to the hostel, made dinner and shared a bottle of wine. Today we take the bus back to Buenos Aires for one night and then we are off to Bariloche a German influenced town in the lakes district
Chris- I love Iguazu. Sure there are still many poor that need donations and stray dogs that just need a daddy. This is a small town with good eats and reasonable prices in a quite neighborhood that makes the stresses of getting ripped off a non issue. The weather is not just nice it's functional and if you know me you know I love functionality. Weather that will make me tan followed by thunderstorms bringing clean cool rain and a lightning show to keep myself entertained. Then the sun shines and dries my clothes in about an hour. now a have just tanned, showered, did laundry, and stayed entertained the whole time thanks to the functionality of the tropical storms. In northern California we treat the rain like it's the alien blood from the movie "Aliens". Maybe not that bad but I like to wash my underwear in warmer rain water.
There wasn't much keeping me from diving into the Iguazu River to swim across and set foot on Brazil, and then jumping off into the Parana river to beach myself on Paraguay's soil just to say I had been there. Something about border-crossing that almost drives me to obsession. though when the rivers are the borders the challenge becomes life risking and if I lose my life then I only get to cross one border and I'm not sure I'm ready to say I've been there yet
What's to say about the falls that Sarah hadn't mentioned? Bring swimming goggles. you will look like a moron but if you go on the speed boat to the base of the falls it is like being water boarded with your eyes open. With goggles you won't miss a thing and everyone will think that you are smart afterward. "Whose the moron now huh?" Since we are on the subject of mental inferiority's keep in mind if going to this beautiful place to stay patient with the others as you would be with the frustrating types that you would run into at our own local theme park. I need not re-mention how Sarah described them. There are also men that were nothing but speedos or as the Australians call them, "buddy smugglers". No man should be wearing these in public so the issue of being overweight makes no difference. Seriously leave the Olympics swim wear to the professionals at the games, except the goggles of course. Don't forget those.
The Iguazu fall is rated by many as the number one natural wonder of the world. Experiencing this awe inspiring site for ourselves brought us even closer to god. The power and beauty of this site with the abundant wild life could almost breath life back into anyone who is sad or sick. it is easy to understand why this country protects the falls by federal law and almost easy to believe that any country would too if hosting it. We feel very fortunate to have experienced this place no matter how much of a money pit it ended up being. seriously worth every peso.
(We love coatis.)