Iguazu waterfall - Argentinian side

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Puerto Canoas guesthouse

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Fun times at Buenos Aires airport where LAN inform us that Qantas have canceled all our flights. One long phone call to Qantas in Australia later and we are informed that this is because we have not paid for our flights, would we like to pay now? No, we would like to know what that large charge from Qantas already on our credit card is please. The problem is resolved with a whole 2 min to spare before check in closes, needless to say it was a great relief and quite a sense of achievement to step off the plane in Iguazu.
Luckily our hostel here has beautiful outdoor garden areas with abundant hammocks - combine with a cold beer, and we find the cure for airport stress.

From the bus station here it is a short trip to the Iguazu national park, where there is some pretty impressive tourist infrastructure around the falls themselves. First we take the rather cute slow and rattly train up to the top, where catwalks take you over the upper river basin to the very top of the falls. The shops in the national park sell white poncho raincoats with curiously pointy hoods, and as we approach the top of the falls where the spray picks up, it is beginning to look like an organised outing of the KKK.
The view from the top is impressive to say the least, and also extremely wet (by this point it has also started to rain which doesn't help). The bottom of the falls is completely obscured by the spray.
We spent the day viewing the falls from every possible perspective, including viewpoints on the island in the middle of the river (which seems to belong to Argentina, even though the river is the border with Brazil).
Next - on to Brazil for more views of the falls!

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