Argentina to Iguazu for Australia Day!!!

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
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Trip End Mar 19, 2009


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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Photos have now been added to all our blogs...  Technology at last.... :-)


Well I'd first like to say HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY...  It's now 2 years since Bill proposed and we are celebrating Austraila's national holiday in a truely wonderful place.

Also on a sader note - R.I.P. Heath Ledger - a sad week for Australia...

So we left La Paloma after some well needed R & R and headed back to Montevideo and on an over night bus to Santa Fe.  It was a 11 hours long. Separate seats as we booked late but it was a really comfortable bus though.  Unfortunately I took my sleeping tablets a little late so was very groggy when we arrived at 5am.  We hovered the bus station until daylight and organised our next bus ticket to Puerto Iguazu for that evening and put our bags in storage.  Exhausted but needing to get out and about we looked around Santa Fe.  Its a nice place but you only need a couple of hours to experience it all.  There were no major issues except extreme tiredness.

We boarded out next overnight bus that night at 5pm to realise that we had been upgraded to business class style bus seats but were right beside the toilet!!!   I must say, I am now more than happy to sit near the loo providing I get the big seats..  Anyway, another 16 hours later, well slept we arrive in our next destination - Puerto Iguazu...

Without sounding like a freaky "Great Adventure People" TV Host (ie. refer to Channel NG Adventure on Foxtel) - I have travelled a bit and seen some beautiful places in the world and my own country but this place is truely breathtaking.  If you are ever in South America (Argentina/Brazil) you must visit Iguazu Falls!!!!

We got up on the morning of the 26th and got the local bus to the falls.  We had seen photos so knew they were big but really had no idea what we were about to see.  Its hard to explain but the torrents of water decending these falls are just scary.  The power of nature at its greatest!  We managed to keep ahead of the tour groups and walked all the circuits practically alone.  Along the upper circuit it seems a little more calm but when you get down to the lower circuit you understand the power of the water...

After a break and fighting with a bee to eat some fruit salad (the bee won by the way when it started on my coke!) we headed up to get the train to the main area of the falls.  When you get off the train you play follow the leader along a large metal walkway.  Its seems to go on forever.  You are at the top of the falls and are literally walking above the water all the way.  The first glance you get of the main falls looks like there is a massive hole in the earth and that everything around it is being sucked into it.  When you get up the end and you look out over the edge you just really understand how powerful nature is.  There are no words for it.

Sadly for us, I need a visa for Brazil and at USD$125 a pop it is not worth getting a 90 day visa as yet.  Therefore, we did not see the falls from the Brazil side.  Apparently that has the better views.  If it does, it must be something else as we do not leave Iguazu Falls dissapointed in any way.  Unbelieveable!!!!

I have to add that we had the best ever dinner last night.  The Argentinians Love meat and so do we!!  The have these BBQ style places and we walked in on a buffet.  The salad was divine and the Beef (Bill had 3 steaks) is the best we have ever tasted!!  It beats ANY steak I have ever eaten in Oz.  There was chicken as well!  mmmmm....

Today (27th) we head off back to Buenos Aires on another overnight bus then we are legging it out of there to somewhere on the East Argentinian Coast.  We are on our way to Patagonia!!!  Loving it and as Bill would say, "Living the Dream"!

xo Take care

Leonie's tip for Argentina - BYO toilet paper (I should have read the lonely planet)....  Most places don't seem to like having toilet paper excessively available...  In larger public bus stations and restaurants there is usually some paper or someone who cleans the toilets and hands out the toilet paper (You will need to give them a few coins and in return you will be lucky to get 3 squares of single ply paper.  I have added that up and that equates to one square of sorbent.  Girls, we all know that is not enough!)  Don't be left short like I was at a bus station that did not even have paper... Carry your own at all times!!!
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