Down the Falls

Trip Start Sep 2005
Trip End Sep 2006

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

At this stage we had some serious ground to cover. I didn't know this before but Brazil is actually about the same size (and shape) North America. And we had wanted to go from north to south, Salvador to Foz de Igaucu, in 2 days and on a tight budget. Fortunately there was enough in the kitty to fly Sao Paulo, about halfway, and get a bus from there. Still and all from start to finish the whole thing took about 30 hours. In the middle we had a bit of time to take a poke about Sao Paolo. The population is supposed to be over 20 million and we had about three hours to do it on foot. But if you want to see the interesting bit(s), it's possible to do in about 2 hours, according to the bible("South America on a Shoestring" - Lonely Planet). It's supposed to be the most american city in Brazil, and even has a skyscraper area which is like Manhatten. For me the star find was a joint where you could eat al you want for a pound. For Brazil this was amazing. It was really good quality too, the guys kept coming round with skewers of chicken fresh off the bar-b-q. It should definitely be included in the lonely planets list of interesting things.

For those of you less well travelled than myself, the Foz do Iguacu, (or the "Foz" as I call them), are the worlds largest waterfalls. 275 waterfalls, 80m high, which from the air form a sort of giant question mark. A photographers wet dream. They sit on the border of Brazil and Argentina, and apparently if you want to do it properly, you have to see them from both countries. The Brazilan side gives a more panoramic view, though there's a viewpoint where you can go out and get absolutely soaked for some closer photographs. The Argentinian side is more up close and personal, with walkways through the falls, and right out on top of the worst bit, which is called "the Devils Throat".

On the Argentian side we went on the boat ride, which takes you as close as possible to the falls without submerging. The noise, and force of the water had us all screaming like schoolgirls. It was impossible to keep you eyes open. Not many of the photos came out. Maybe my camera isn't waterproof after all. The drivers like to ensure that you get a good drenching for your money so theres plenty of handbrake turns to make sure that you're abolsutley wringing. He's covered up like a north sea fisherman of course. Then you fly down rapids for about 10km. Great crack.
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