Iguazu Falls

Trip Start Oct 02, 2005
Trip End Sep 28, 2006

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

We were dreading the 18 hour bus ride from Buenos Aires to Iguazu falls, but there was no need to. We spent the extra 10 pesos on the express and it turned out to be better than business class on a flight. The big leather seats went right back and turned into beds, we got freshly laundered blankets, served two meals with champagne (or if you prefered a whiskey) and they showed the Bourne Supremacy on DVD with Spanish subtitles. It could have been worse. When we arrived in this wee town of Porto Iguazu it looked how you imagine South America should look. Because we decided on the bus up instead of flying, we thought we would spoil ourselves and stay in this really nice looking hostel some guy gave us a flyer for. We jumped in a taxi and as we were driving along we passed this beautiful resort with a swimming pool and palm trees. I said to Cal "Wow look at that place" and the next thing the driver pulled in and drove back to it! This was the "hostel" we were staying in. It was actually a hotel, but during the off peak they rent out wee houses behind the main building for backpackers. Kinda like were Patrick Swazey lived in Dirty Dancing. So weīre at this beautiful hotel and weīve got our own bungalow and Iīm sharing a room with 2 girls from Australia. Cailinīs sharing with 2 girls from Germany. I think I got the better deal.

We hooked up with these two girls from Oz (Anna and Kate) and the four of us went to the Brazilian side of the waterfalls first. A girl from London called Sarita suggested this to us in BA and she wasnīt wrong. On the Brazilian side you get a panaramic view and itīs just breath-taking. These waterfalls are MASSIVE and they go on for miles. The noise of them is something else altogether. There was a platform where you can walk out to the middle of the river just in front of one of the biggest Cataratas and get completely soaked in the spray. Thereīs not really much point in trying to describe these waterfalls, because you just canīt. The size, noise, and power of them is simply awesome. After a few hours of this we headed back to the hostel, I had a swim while Cal and the girls had a drink, and then we all sat around the pool with another wee lad from Australia (only 18 and heīs travelling around South America on his on), a guy from Israel and a guy from Dublin called James who was great craic. And that was our first day in Porto Iguazu. This lifeīs getting tougher.
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