Last Day in Puerto Iguazú

Trip Start Feb 02, 2006
Trip End Feb 19, 2006

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Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Hey amigos,
Final day in Puerto Iguaz˙... A lot happened since last night... Some bad, some good...Thank god!
I won't get into details, but at least everything went smoothly today... We changed plans last night concerning our accommodations: we decided upon a major upgrade and haven't regretted it since... I'm writing, again, from our free Internet access at a place called Hostel-Inn... Bliss... It's a nice escape from tourist trap town Puerto Iguaz˙. Seriously, this place has so little infrastructure it's mind boggling that this is actually a mostly tourist populated town... Ah well... At least we have our little oasis here about 10 minutes from the tourist trap of expensive crappy hostels. =)
Today, we left "early" after searching for a bank for about an hour only to get there and discover all the ATMs are out of service and there is a HUGE lineup inside... Grrrr... The only really down side of the Argentine economy is that it revolves around small bills (20 pesos and less) and that all the ATMs, assuming you can find a functional one, only usually spit out nice big fat 100 peso bills... Totally useless since no one has change for that kind of currency! Ok, back to the trip, we paid 5.8 pesos each for a return trip on the local bus to the national Iguaz˙ Park (a world heritage site), then shelved out a few more pesos (30) for the entrance fee... Wow... Finally, a place that lived up to our expectations and didn't cost and arm and a leg!!! AND, BONUS, functional ATMs at the entrance that hand out actual 50 and smaller bills no matter what amount you ask for!!! BLISS! BLISS I TELL YOU! It was fantastic and we even got a video DVD to remember one of our adventure tours to boot, delivered right to our hostel. Seriously, we had wildlife (lizards, birds, fish and some thing that looked like a raccoon), a beach with the most extravagant natural surrounding ever (like 30+ natural waterfalls)... A great day. Tonight, we are partying a bit, slightly drunk and having a ball with the international youth at the hostel. Well have to squeeze in a few hours to plan our escape to Bariloche tomorrow... Astalavista!
Btw, a few interesting facts about Argentina:- VERY few people actually speak or understand English (our broken Spanish is healing rather nicely with all our experience),- Pasta and pizza is the Argentine fast food you can find almost anywhere,- Most actual Argentine food is a weird mix of Spanish, French and Italian food (croissants, pizza, pasta and related things),- The local people (regardless of age or sex) drink a special drink called MATE with special herbs in a special cup and straw and you can't ever buy the actually prepared drink anywhere... Which is rather annoying since EVERYONE is drinking it all day long and there are actual special filling stations everywhere for those who carry around the herb,thermos,cup and straw!!! We must convince a local to share this experience with us before we leave... It's 4 times more popular than coffee, but apparently very personal.
Till next time!
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