Iguacu Falls Episode 1: Foz the Great and Powerful
Trip Start May 20, 2013
83Trip End Mar 11, 2014
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Where I stayed
Iguacu Guest House
What I did
We settled down to watch the onboard film (bizarrely for a Portuguese speaking country, it was "What's eating Gilbert Grape" in English with Spanish subtitles - at least we enjoyed it). About 20 minutes into the journey, a familiar sound echoed in our ears..."I'll be back". The Snoreminator's fatter, hairier, louder cousin had chosen the seat next to us, and he slept deafeningly from 6.30 pm to 8am without interruption. Even Hannah's travel exercises, much more aggressive than usual and involving direct kicks to the shins, failed to wake him.
So we arrived in Foz a tad less fresh than expected, and bordering on delirium
Iguacu Falls are on the border of Brazil and Argentina, with Paraguay also a stone's throw away. Brazil and Argentina both have national parks to see the Falls - Brazil is more of a panoramic view, and in Argentina you can see them up close and walk trails around them.
We were prepared to see something spectacular, and the pictures we had seen were beautiful, but nothing could have prepared us for the Falls. We walked along a trail about a mile long, with several viewpoints along the way - each one showing a bit more of the falls and getting more breathtaking. We were absolutely stunned by just how powerful and beautiful they were, and couldn't take our eyes off them long enough not to bump into other equally-spellbound people. Not only are the falls stunning in themselves, but the constant presence of the rainbows created in the mist and colourful butterflies really make it feel other-worldly.
After several hours spent gazing at them and dodging coatis, the raccoon/anteater sort of rodent that lives there and preys on the crisp packets of dazzled tourists, we returned to our lovely hostel, eager to see the Argentine side the following day. By all accounts we had heard, it would be even more spectacular than the Brazilian side.