Argentina Foz De Iguazu HIGHLIGHT of my trip...

Trip Start Jan 12, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Since deiding to come to South America Foz De Iguzu has always been top of mind. I have now viewed the amazing falls from both the Brasilian and Argentinean sides.

WOW! Speechless! An amazing experience! I was expecting it to be good but not that good. Amazing landscape that creates the Argentine and Brasilian border. From Paraguay i crossed into the town of Pousada in Argentina and stayed there the night. At the hotel i met an Australian and Scottish couple and travel with them north to Puerto Iguazu, the next day we toured the falls together.
I felt like a little kid as i approached the falls and could hear the power of the water. Needless to say the first glimpse was far greater than any expectations i had. After about 400 photos i decided to do the boat tour that takes you underneath the falls. Yes i mean underneath! I got absolutely soaked but it was great! Words cannot describe the views and feelings.
We went to the Sheraton for their buffet lunch that overlooks the falls and after lunch hiked up to the Garganta Del Diablo, The Devils throat! This was even more spectacular than the Foz Falls, 1.2 Mil litres of water per second pouring down 70 metres to what does look like a throat, the mist spraying back up onto our faces was an exilherating feeling. It was VERY hard to leave, i wanted to stay there forever.

Afterwards we went back to town, i grabbed my bag and started to make my way into Brasil again as i couldnt leave without seeing the falls from the other side! The border croassing was WIERD, people have to get off thebus to wipe their feet on a wet mat and board again. Apparently this prevents dirt and cow manure diseases! Hard to beleive as it is not even monitored and what about all the dirt left on the bus????? bizzare.

The next day i went back to the falls for the Brasilian view. The Brasilian side gives you a better look at the whole falls which is nice but the Argentinean side is more intimate as you are closer. I was fortunate with the weather, slightly overcast allowed for a spectacular rainbow on the falls! Will post pictures very soon.

Almost forgot, the night before the falls we walked to a place called Hitro Tres Fronteiras where we stood at the edge of the Parana river looking at the other side of the river which was Paraguay and the river Igazu with Brasil on the other side. I could throw a tennis ball into both countries from where i was standing. Coming from Australia i find borders very exciting!!!

Now in Florianapolis on the eastern side of Brasil, a spectacular island with great surf. It is raining and i am very tired after a sleepless 15 hour bus ride here. Beaches will have to wait till tomorrow as sleep is calling me now......
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