Iguazu Falls

Trip Start Oct 03, 2006
Trip End Oct 02, 2007

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The birds are singing in the tree tops gazing at the tourists armed with their cameras, the lizards scurry along in front of you, the more inquisitive one's allow you close enough to follow as they lead the way, and all around you, you hear the sound of crashing water.The scenery's breath taking. You follow the trail until you are faced with the grand fernarly - the falls of all falls - the devils throat.

I ended up prolonging my stay in Puerto Iguazu spending 5 nights here. I visited the falls over a period of three days. Two days from the Argentina side and one from Brazil. It was an incredible experience. One day is simply not enough to complete all the walks and visit all there is to see Argentina. The first day at the falls I took a jeep tour in a huge vehicle (I felt I was starring in a Jurasic park movie!) the tour took you to the foot of the river where I boarded a boat that took me under the falls where inevitable I got drenched. The weather was incredibly sunny, so the sprays and the soaking from the falls were most welcomed. The sun shining on the falls created beautiful rainbows that I could stare at forever. As I completed the upper circuit of the falls I was surprised to find how tranquil the water is before it forms the falls, you feel you could simple roll up your trousers and paddle across to the other side.

Being so close to Brazil I couldn't resist going across the boarder and seeing the falls from the other perspective. Here you have a panoramic view of the falls and in Brazil the raccoons harass the tourists, they catch tourists off guard nicking their food. They boldly walk up to the tourists, go up on their hind legs rip open the plastic carrier bags then scarper off with the goods, leaving a gob smacked tourist- minus their lunch. There are signs up not to feed the animals..suppose its because they help them selves!

In Brazil they have an observatory tower that you reach by a lift  it provides great views of the devils throat you also have a walkway where the spray from the falls is lovely and refreshing and you feel close to the action. Hundreds of swallows dip in and out of the falls. Its awesome. Its hard to believe that your less than an hour away from Argentina and here you are viewing the same falls but there is another language entirely! A lot to get your head around, I made the effort to say thank you in Spanish, Portugese and English, hedging my bets!

Day two in Argentina presented yet another fantastic day. Defiantly one of my highlights to date. The parks the type of place that when ever you visit a different experience will present itself. The second day I spent in Iguazu (Argentian side) I took a train to the devils throat (here you get to peer down the falls) on the path leading to the falls I saw a cayman, what a find! I then opted for the ecological boat trip taking a boat across the tops of the falls and was allowed to take a swim. Amazing.

To conclude yet another top day I had a monkey pose for photos as I followed a path to get the train back! It swang down the tree (nearest to me) and rested on a branch and just swang its legs back and forth. A cheeky chap.

A cayman, the falls, a swim at the top of the falls and an encounter with a monkey- all in one day! Not the typical type of day then!
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