How much better can they be!?
Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
118Trip End Dec 13, 2013
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Where I stayed
Iguazu Falls Hostel, Puerto Iguazu
What I did
I'm bringing you yet another merry little update of our travels. Anyone getting sick yet? Good. Buckle up and make yourselves comfortable as I introduce you to the post that will describe the most amazing waterfa.... oh wait, Kirsty already told you about them. Well, like we had said, everyone we had met in Brazil had been telling us that the Brazilian side of the falls was awesome, but the Argentina side was so much better, but we had left the Brazilian side thinking exactly the title of this post: "How much better can they be!?" because what we had seen already was incredible!! Well! Well oh well ladies and gentlemen.... how wrong we were. I realise at the point of typing this that even if I try my absolute best you are not going to be able to fully appreciate how amazing the falls were as we said to ourselves whilst taking our photos that the pictures just do not do it justice, but hey, they're a start
26th Feb - Today was our transfer from Brazil to Argentine. The hostel in Brazil was nice enough to let us get a lift to the border from their free shuttle service, so we go dropped off at the Brazilian border control and stamped out of Brazil. We then boarded a bus, which took us over the bridge over the Iguaçu River, which is the border between the countries. The concrete sides of the bridge went from green and yellow to blue and white in the middle as we officially crossed into Argentina. We were then stamped into the country and had our bags scanned, before getting to Puerto Iguazu and to our hostel. That afternoon/evening we chilled out in the hostel as we had been told you need a full day to do the Argentinean side.
27th Feb - OK, so before I start, I'm going to steal Kirsty's Wiki facts just to refresh people and put the following text into perspective:
- 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
We got up and made our way to the bus station and caught the bus to Parque Iguazu
I hope I've managed to do these falls justice. They really are incredible and definitely worthy of their inclusion into the '7 Natural Wonders of the World' list.
If that wasn't enough for one day's sightseeing, we got back to Puerto Iguazu and walked down to a viewpoint called 'Las Tres Fronteras', which is where the three countries of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet, all separated by a T-Junction in the river. Each country has an identical obelisk painted in their colours at their view point and can be seen from each one. It doesn't sound like much, but it was pretty cool to see three countries at once!
I hope everyone is keeping well. More updates to come from Paraguay and Argentina!
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