Singing in the Rain

Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Monday, January 25, 2010

Sarah- So Saturday was my birthday and we went to the Iguazu Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world and I failed to bring my camera's memory stick so I couldn't take any pictures but thankfully we were already planning on coming back to the falls Sunday. We were in awe. The falls are so massive, so unbelievably powerful that it's like watching a natural disaster up close without the disaster and horrible I guess that doesn't make sense .. it's pretty indescribable really. Not only did we see the falls from every angle by treks, walking bridges and boat tours but we got to see a ton of wildlife as well. Chris has a way of making birds come closer and start to talk to him as if he is a strange large bird himself with a very strange accent they can't quite make-out. There are butterflies everywhere of all colors and they would land on us and stay put for several minuets before departing. I saw a little girl and older lady both with sweet little butterflies on their fingers and it was like being at a butterfly exhibit. The only problem is that the people at the national park make me want to rip my hair out and poetically jump off the edge of the falls. They don't know the meaning of single file line, they always try to cut in front of people, they think everyone should get out of their way even if they are on the opposite side of the trail, they walk as if they are the only ones at the park and spread themselves across the trail so no one can pass by and they never pay any attention to whats going on so they don't realize they are being rude and in the way but the worst is that they feed the animals!! A few times we would even see people try to scare animals like it was funny. I try to ignore this behavior and chalk it up to a different culture and  ignorance but it made the mix of pristine beauty and glorious nature with annoying people pretty confusing. Feeling so happy to see the falls at the same time pissed off some person walking the opposite direction shoulder checked me because they wanted my lane and theirs.  However I don't want to make it sound like everyone at the park is the same and rude because that wouldn't be true, there were just far more than I am used to I suppose.

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). I have to admit I was shocked and kind of offended but I got over it pretty quickly, there are many women here in Argentina far larger than me and I although I don't have a tiny body I would never describe myself as "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. We will take a 22 hour bus ride to Bariloche but with the excellent VIP treatment the time should fly. 

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 do 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 only just to say I had been there. There's 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. The tri-border monument in Puerto Iguazu's almost as spectacular as the falls themselves and is such a small walk from town. It's the best thing to do if you're cheap, like me, and  looking for a good way to talk your girlfriend out of shopping. 

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's like being water boarded with your eyes open. With goggles you won't miss a thing and everyone will think that you're smart afterward. "Whose the moron now huh?" Since we are on the subject of mental inferiorities keep in mind that when going to this beautiful place to stay patient with the others as you will be with frustrating types that you would encounter at our own local theme park. I need not re-mention how Sarah described them. There are also men that wear 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 wildlife could almost breath life back into anyone who is sad or sick. It's 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.

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Fanny on

lost in translation - some words are far less offensive and just a matter of fact depending on the language.

goggles - got it.

RogerandLori on

The falls sound totally wonderful. I am so glad that you two got to see them. From the pictures that you took, they look awesome. I can believe you when you say that it felt like you were closer to God. Pretty good! Thanks for letting us know where you will be going next. We will be looking forward to hearing all about it. It sounds like you kind of liked the bus ride.
Tonight, we are going to do something for Randi's birthday. It has been raining cats and dogs here. Cold too. It's too bad about the rudeness, but that is everywhere.
Love you guys and looking forward to hearing from you real soon.
Mom and Dad

dan n carol on

wow, see now this where i get off and stay a while, the falls sound fab. and maybe more wildlife around this area, stay safe in the name of Jesus.

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