Iguassu Falls

Trip Start Dec 28, 2007
Trip End Aug 28, 2008

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Thursday, August 14, 2008

After saying 'adios' to our guide in Buenos Aires we had a short flight to Puerto Iguacu, still in Argentina, where we were met by a Brazilian girl called Liliana. The difference in the landscape was amazing - the green forests stretch as far as the eye can see which are split by meandering rivers. First stop was the visitor centre for the falls where we got on a narrow guage train to get to Devil's Throat station. From here we had a couple of kilometres walk across the river to get to a vantage point where we could literally peer over the edge. The noise was fantastic and the spray changed dependant on the flow and wind at the time. It also decided to rain so we got absolutely soaked! As we headed back we stopped off at Cataratas station to take the upper trek which winds it's way the streams as they cascade over the edge. The views were amazing and we could even see our hotel on the Brazilian side. Rather wet we got back into the car and were taken through the border check points with ease and entered Brazil over the Fraternity Bridge which has concrete blocks showing the colours of the two countries so you know when you have made the transition. We checked into our hotel for the night (which was pink), found our room to get a hot shower and made our way to the bar to get our complimentary local spirit called Caipirinha.

On our second day we were told to be ready at 9:30 and bring very little and a waterproof. So with attractive cagools on and a camera we headed for our Macuco Safari which started with a drive through the sub-tropical forest. We then were escorted on a trek down the side of the Iguacu Canyon to see the smaller falls on the Brazilian side. On reaching the banks of the river we took off our shoes and socks and climbed into an open speed boat and headed upstream to the base of the falls. It was not until we were on the river that we got a true idea of the current and speed at which the water flows. After stopping to get some pictures we then were taken into the spray of one of the falls which engulfs the whole boat - it was fantastic! And then we did it again just to make sure we got completey covered! On the way back the boat was pushed along very quickly and across waves and rough water so that when the bow hit them we all got completely soaked -and we thought we had got wet yesterday!

After drying off we left our hotel (the only one in the park) and spent the afternoon walking along the edge of the canyon stopping off at several points to take in the views. You can get a better idea of the scale and number of falls from this side but we were glade to have been able to walk along the edge on the Argentine side. Despite the water being a distinctive chocolate brown colour the statistics for this place are fascinating and too long to list but we have had a great time and got very wet in the process. Claire also has managed to do some wildlife spotting and seen a few toucans and a very large raccoon! We are now sat on the veranda of the bar at the hotel with a local beer (surprise, surprise) watching the sun set over the falls - cosmic.
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