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Trip Start Nov 05, 2009
Trip End Apr 26, 2010

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Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Another South American gem outshone by a lesser North American rivel.... Iguazu falls straddle the Argentinian and Brazilian border, are surrounded by dense rainforest and are comprised of 275 individual drops, the highest being 82m. Over 1476 cubic meters of water pour over the falls every second. They are more than twice the size of Niagara and famously it is quoted that when Eleonor Rosvelt saw Iguazu Falls she said "Poor Niagara". This is my last stop before I fly back to London from Sao Paulo and its been one hell of a detour so I hope that it's worth it.

I only have one day at the falls before I catch my onward bus to Sao Paulo, sods law, my bus was running 3 hours late due to an accident on the motorway ,so I had already lost almost half of my only day at Iguazu.

I arrived at my hostel a little less than pleased and eager to dump my bags and get off to the waterfalls as soon as humanly possible. As I walked into the dorm I was greeted by a very friendly American girl. I explained to her why i was running around like headless chicken and whilst we covered off the usual pleasantries I got my day bag sorted. All was good until I realised that we had only been chatting for a few minutes and she had managed to slip in at least a dozen complaints about various things.....I must be losing my touch....I should have spotted it sooner and made my escape whilst i still could but it wasn't until she let slip the unmistakebale words...."I'm normally such a happy person"... that i realised.....Oh good god....she's a dementor! From that instant I could feel my soul, my lifeblood being slowly sucked out of every pore of my already exhausted body. I had been fooled by her initial sweetness, her golden locks and honey blushed skin. I had to get out of there whilst i still had some semblance of life left in me....I also had to get to those damn waterfalls.....

Half an hour later I managed to finally make my excuses and get the hell out of there and on to the bus to the waterfalls. On arrival at the falls you are instructed to make your way to the station to hop on board a train that takes you to one of the many viewpoints. What they don't tell you is that it is one of those totally humilating miniture railways where even the coolest person alive looks like a total chump. I sat there on this damn train, feeling like a total idiot and swore that no matter what the distance I would be walking back.

The falls are incredible, worth even the embarrassment of the train, the extra 20 hours on a bus and losing some of my soul to the dementor. My personal highlight was stripping down to my bikini, standing just below one of the cascades and being pummled and made breathless by the power of the spray. Incredible. Equally amazing are the thousands of butterflies that live within the rainforest surrounding the falls. Every shape and colour that you can think of and they surround you in a perpetually moving cloud of confetti. This film shows just how many there are....

A very special place..shame about the train!

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