You call that a waterfall? THIS is a waterfall!!!
Trip Start May 18, 2005
72Trip End May 18, 2006
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Our guesthouse offered to bring us in their four wheel drive at a price that seemed excessive at first. But when you consider how long it would take on the alternative route and the fact it would take us an extra day too it was worth it. 9 hours was a lot better than 32.
So we said our good byes, threw the bags into the back of the pick up, and we were off. The road north goes right through the national park (it is really bad, mud the whole way) so we saw loads of wildlife, including some Rhea's (like a South American ostrich) which ran along for about a mile in front and along side our truck, and we even saw an aardvark, which was too far away to see properly and hid behind the huge termite mounds but it still counts as far as I'm concerned!
We got to Posadas and just missed the bus to Puerto Iguazu and so had to wait 2 hours for the next one, which wasn't direct. Still, we didn't mind when compared to 32 hours. We got into Puerto at about 10pm and had to find somewhere to stay. Someone at the bus station recommended a lovely little place not far from the station. Nice, big and comfy rooms, and they even gave us breakfast in bed!! How cool is that?
Anyway, this entry is about the falls isn't it? So maybe I should start talking about them. We decided to go to see them from the Brazilian side first (they have a better view overall of most of the falls but Arentina got the better view of the big one) and hopped on the international bus which pops over and back across the border every half hour. The falls are so big that you can hear them a long time before you see them. And when you see them for the first time they are a magnificent sight. Absolutely collosal. And the bit we saw first wasn't even the big part!! The whole place has well designed paths so you can walk along with the falls directly across from you (avoiding the begging lemurs, possums and raccoons), eventually leading to the big one - Gargantum Del Diablo.
Now, if you look at the photos and think to yourself 'whatever, another waterfall' let me tell you that you ain't never seen a waterfall until you've seen this
We got our fill of the Brazil side and headed back across to the Argentine side for some lunch in the Sofitel hotel, which has great views of the falls and surrounding jungle with toucans and other exotic birds flying around the place, and great food. it was on the way back from the bathroom in the hotel that I came across a brochure for the 'Moonlight Tour', a tour of the falls by moonlight which is only given during a full moon. And guess what? It was a full moon!! So we booked it, headed back to the hotel to get some warmer clothing as it gets cold at night, and made our way back for what was a magical experience. We walked right out on a platform to the edge of the Gargantum Del Diablo which was, I must say, very intimidating (its HUGE!!!) yet incredibly beautiful in the moonlight, which was very bright. We even got to see a moon rainbow which was really spooky looking with its silver tint to all of the colours. Apparently we were very lucky to see it as it is a rare occurance. Even our guide had only seen it once before.
Back at the visitors centre we got an all you can eat carvery which went down a treat.
The next day we made our way back across the border to the Foz de Igaucu airport to make our way, somewhat indirectly, to Rio.