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Trip Start Nov 14, 2006
Trip End May 15, 2007

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Iguazu Falls is a waterfall system on the border of Argentina and Brazil which consists of 270 falls along 2.7 kilometres of the Iquazu River. It is well worth visiting both sides of the falls as each side offers a very different perspective.

We started off by visiting the Brazilian side of the falls which gives a great panoramic view, although it felt remarkably like a theme park until we actually reached the water. We were half expecting to be lead onto a water-skimming roller coaster with spotty teenagers dressed up in furry coati suits and waterfall themed hot dog stands. As we walked along the self-guided trail, we gradually encountered more and more of the waterfalls, each a little more impressive than the last until we reached the star of the show, the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat). We walked out onto a series of platforms over the water where you can get a closer view of the Garganta while looking down over the edge of one of the "smaller" falls. It was a welcome relief to get soaked to the skin by the spray in order to temporarily escape the 42 degree heat.

The waterproof camera we acquired in Paraguay got it's first real test when we visited the Argentinian side of the falls. We took a speed boat ride along the river and through a couple of the smaller falls. The boat captain seemed quite perplexed when I insisted that my camera would be fine if I held it above my head and videoed our journey through the waterfall:

Click here to link to youtube video of under the larger falls

Click here to link to youtube video of under the smaller falls

Click here to link to youtube video of the 'Devil's Throat'

The Argentian side of the falls is truly stunning and offers a much more up close and personal view than the Brazilian side. We would strongly recommend arriving at the park on the earliest bus (7:10) as this enabled us to have a couple of hours of relatively peaceful walking through the trails before the tour groups descend on the falls. You can quite easily spend the entire day exploring the various trails and catwalks across this side of the falls.

Despite the hoards at tourists at both sides of the falls, we were completely blown away by the sheer scale and natural beauty of Iquazu and wouldn't have missed it for the world.
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