Trip Start Mar 29, 2007
Trip End Apr 18, 2007

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Sunday, April 8, 2007

Well we finally made it to Fos de Iguassu!!!

The trip was not without its moments though. First of all Argentina is having a dispute with Uruguay so we had to cross the border via boat. The customs leaving Uruguay were really weird - it was basically a run down building with one sitting at a desk. Some people didnīt have their documents and ended up having to errrr pay a fee??? After that we arrived at the other side of the river into Argentina where there were two guys sitting at a desk on top of the steps at the pier who stamped our passports - bizarre!!!!!

Finally got to the bus station in Concordia and found out there was a strike and there would be a 3 hour delay so we headed into town for some dinner. It turned out to be a great place and we were slightly sorry to leave. Back at the bus station we were playing poker with a local bum (donīt ask). We then boarded the overnight bus (4 hours after it was supposed to arrive) which was both brilliant and horrendous at the same time. It was more comfortable than any bus we have ever been on with fully reclining seats, pillows and blankets but the toilet was broken and the stench was unbelievable. There was also no toilet roll or water to wash your hands!!!!!!!!!!!! When we arrived we got a private bus over the border to Brazil. Phew!!

When we got to the hotel the next day we were overjoyed to find out that it was a brilliant place. Had a quick shower and then took a bus to the Falls. WOW. It was truly amazing even though the weather was awful. The Brazilian side gives you better views of the Falls whereas the Argentinian side gets closer.  The whole falls is about 3km long and the can be between 100 and 300 depending on the weather/time of the year.  Guys we canīt even describe it to you - weīre finding it very hard even to come up with words to tell you how amazing it is.  You just have to stand back and try to take it all in.  We were due to take a helicopter flight over the falls but it was canceled due to the weather.

Later on Tracy and I took it easy at the hotel - just had a few beers and played pool.

The next day we headed back into Argentina to visit the falls there. Yikes!  We were able to get right above the īDevils throatī which is by far the biggest - 80m high and dumping around 900 cubic meters of water every second (I may have got the last fact wrong because I was drunk when was I was told).  Hopefully the pictures/videos do it justice because it was hard to get them with all the spray.

We then took  short boat ride to catch some wildlife spotting. We saw some toucans and a cayman.  Really nice.  After lunch we jumped onto a speedboat to go under the second biggest of the falls - San Martin.  It was an amazing experience and we all got absolutely drenched.  Later on we took another walk along the upper walkways for some spectacular views.  It is crazy how close the walkways get to the edge.  Definitely the best day so far on the trip.  Our tour guide Edwardo was brilliant and told us all about the wildlife and plant life in the jungle.  Then we saw spider monkeys in the trees but decided to leave when they tried to come down the trees at us; they were throwing lemons at us - hilarious!  We also saw the Quaty (like a racoon) but very dangerous if they bite.

On our last day in Foz we decided to hop across the border into Paraguay.  We were promised really cheap electronics and stuff - but it wasn't that much cheaper and was pretty grotty.  One apartment store had all of the staff (women) wearing the shortest skirts we had ever seen.  Bizarre.  Then when we got outside, all of these guys were offering us viagra, musical condoms, knives, blood pressure guages and socks!  On the whole though it was pretty disappointing.

However, after getting back in Brazil, we got the helicopter flight!!!!!  Sweet.  Again, it was spectacular and I got to sit up front! Pictures and videos to follow. 
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