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Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
118Trip End Dec 13, 2013
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24th Feb - We survived our first overnight bus, as did all our possessions, and we were in our hostel before midday. I had read in the Lonely Planet guide (our holy grail) that the best time to see Iguacu falls on the Brazilian side was in the morning so we decided to spend the day at the hostel. The weather was incredible with bright blue skies and scorching heats. The hostel had a pool but it was only nice enough to put your feet in, I didn't risk submerging anything else! It was nice to just chill out after being cramped in a bus for too long. The hostel did home made meals every night for £3 so we had chicken and rice and it was quiet nice, it was different and Garry was off the hook again!
25th Feb - The day of the falls! OK so i'm going to start with some wiki facts for you to try and put in to perspective just how big and incredible these falls are
- A series of 275 waterfalls - the largest series of waterfalls on the planet
- The falls span 1.7 miles
- Half of the rivers flow falls into a long and narrow chasm called the Devil's Throat
- The Devils throat is 82 ft high
- The falls on the Iguaçu River have a flow capacity equal to three times that of Niagara Falls
Still doesn't do it any justice but it simply was amazing and I can easily see why it is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
We caught the bus to the national park where we paid our entrance fee and got on another bus for about 6km before getting off at the first observatory point. We walked down to the observatory deck and looked over to the Argentinian side where there was about 20 amazing waterfalls. The Brazilian side is recommended for the panoramic views it gives and we soon learnt this when we started to walk the 3km trail towards devils throat
The national park is home to thousands of Coatis, also known as the Brazilian Aardvark. Because stupid tourists have started to feed the Coatis they have become tame to humans and try and steal food from your plastic bags. They can turn aggressive and have extremely sharp claws, they were cute from afar but a rodent at the end of the day.
We had made our way to the grand finale - the devils throat. It really is huge and the cloud of mist created from the plunging water can be seen kilometers away. There was a walkway out over the falls here and it was a like walking into a natural shower. On the one side you could look out over a waterfall falling below your feet and look to the other side at the devils throat. We then went up the panoramic elevator to the top observatory deck where you are above all the falls. You can look out to the calm river which flows quite slowly towards the edge and then it thunders down. The pure volume of water that crashes back down to earth is just mind blowing.
We then found a spot away from the Coatis for lunch. A thunderstorm then broke out so we put on our ponchos (Thank you Sam) and walked back along the trail to take it all in again.
The waterfalls really were something else and probably my best day so far. Everybody had told us the Argentina side was a lot better but our minds could not comprehend anything better than what we had already seen but we would find out for ourselves in a couple of days time.
Tchau and obrigada Brazil it was a blast!
K x x x