Looking down the devils throat

Trip Start Feb 14, 2011
Trip End May 05, 2011

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bambu hostel

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

We had planned an early start today.
Yesterday evening we had met an other English couple staying at our hostel and we had decided to all go to the Argentinian side of the waterfalls today. The guy at the hostel really made the most wonderful presentation of the tour we should take (I was told he had worked as a guide in the park for quite a while). I wish I had taped him doing one of his presentations, it was truly great to hear and we heard it daily since every day new visitors had to be initiated in the secrets of the park.

We left a bit later than expected but around 09.30 I think we set off. We first did the lower trail giving us a nice view of the lower parts of the falls. It was nice to see but I was not hugely impressed. Afterwards we did the upper trail, giving us the views of the same falls but from up top. Again quite nice and a good way to spend your day but nothing extraordinary in my opinion. I might have great expecatations though and I had settled myself with a small feeling of disappointment during the day. Cant have it all I guess...

After having done the upper trail we took a train to "El garganta del diablo". I was eagerly anticipating what we would see as the name did bring to mind something that must have been impressive. Once we got to the end station we walked 7 bridges to get to the fall.

I am not sure how to describe what I saw next. Check pictures if I get them uploaded to facebook and check the video when I get back home. It might give you some idea of what I beheld before me. It wont be able to convey the true magnificence of the waterfall though. As you get nearer the roaring of the water falling down this low gets louder and louder, preparing you step by step. As you get there you realize that the entire river is just falling down. It truly deservers the reference to the devil. The force is so big that half of the time you cant even see the waterfall as the water is being pushed back up from down below. It's constantly raining down from the water being pushed upwards.

Truly magnificent.
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