Fabulous Falls

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Up for 7am breakfast and then got the bus to the Argentinian side of the falls which was signed as Puerto Iguazu. Got out before the town and got another bus to the main entrance of the falls or Cataratas as they call them here are now having to get our head around Spanish instead of Portuguese again just when we were getting used to it!

Didnt get stamped out of Brazil as going out for less than a day and got stamped into Argentina.

At the park entrance we had to pay 30 pesos each or 28 Reais. This side is very much set up for tourists and you first get on a small train to take you to the various stops on the line for the lower, middle or top places to view the falls. We started at the bottom first as thought all the tour groups would start at the top (of which unsurprisingly enough there are many!). Was pretty quiet and we walked the bottom trail to see the falls, again impressive although some of the smaller falls were completely dry.

Then got the ferry over to the small island here the name of which I have forgotten and walked up the steep steps to see the middle parts of the falls and back down again. Next walked to the middle viewing platforms = had walked quite a lot by this stage! Then got the train to the furthest section to do the top platforms where we saw a caiman croc sunbathing and then sat and had our picnic lunch. We then walked over the series of catwalks out to the main viewing area. Lovely walk over the river and towards the Devils throat falls. At this point there was no disappointment anymore and we saw the full force of the water crashing down and around us. Absolutely amazing and glad we didnt put off coming here which we had considered before. Spent a while taking photos (of which there are many = have a look at some of them above) of the rainbows formed by the sun and water and all the different angles you can get. Is difficult to get the whole scale of them in to be honest.

By this time was early afternoon so started to head back home getting stamped out of Argentina and hoping that we would be let back into Brazil. Very strange procedure at the Brazilian side as we all had to get off the bus and walk over a soapy doormat and then get back on the bus again. Surreal.

Back in town we had a wander around to do a bit of quick shopping before leaving Brazil and had dinner at our favourite restaurant again!
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