Full moon Iguazu Falls experience!

Trip Start Feb 09, 2011
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Das Cataratas in Iguazu National Park

Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 8 (night)

Temperature:  25 degrees
Weather:  Hot and humid

Brazil Tour:  Day 4 - Iguazu Falls

Having booked from the Das Cataratas hotel's reception desk the 9:30pm "Full Moon Iguazu Falls Walking Experience Tour", at 9:00pm I was ready and waiting anxiously with Michel at the hotel’s front entrance. So now you know why on my last day in Rio de Janeiro I was so excited about the moon entering its “full moon” phase.

I was fully sprayed with insect repellent to the point that I might have stink but it didn’t care at all!!  We were in a rain-forest full of bugs at night and I wanted protection against any of those creepy, crawling or flying insects!   The weather was extremely hot and humid but regardless, I wore my light raincoat plus long pants.  I didn’t want any of those nasty little insects or big for that matter, to come close to me at all!  

Eventually, more guests from the hotel arrived and at the end, in total, we were a sizable group of around 20 people.  The guide finally showed up, a young Asian fellow and handed to each and every one of us, a flashlight.  After a few safety instructions, down the paved road we went all marching in total darkness surrounded by spooky looking trees, creepy noises coming from the rain-forest and a full bright moon in the clear black sky.  It was a perfect night to be out!  

Flashlight in hand, I followed the guide while glancing all around me whereas Michel, he was hiding right behind me trying to scare me without any luck!  Two National Park Rangers who couldn’t understand a word in English accompanied us as well.  One was the lead man at the front of the group whereas the other ranger was in the back of the group driving a jeep with a red light flashing silently above it.  They both carried guns for our protection in case any wild animals might have come face to face with us or even attacked us.  I later learned that there were panthers in the park and who knows what else!!!  

After walking for about a good 20 to 30 minutes and as mentioned earlier, in total darkness, we eventually descended a series of cemented steps that brought us to a metal platform along the river.  In front of me, the powerful Iguazu Falls looked quite amazing at night under the full glare of the moon as it casted a luminous light over them.  It was a special moment that came up only four times a month, only during the full moon and I was here to witness it in person.  Talk about luck!  Looking at the scene in front of me, the full moon offered a romantic vision of the falls while showing up in the process a beautiful unique silver rainbow formed against the mist of the falls.  It was quite a phantom Iguazu Falls experience.  

I enormously regretted not having brought with me my tripod simply because it was way too dark and it was kind of hard taking pictures with long exposure shots.  However, by holding quite tight my camera on a one inch wide iron fence surrounding the platform, I did manage to get a few good unshaken shots. 

An hour and a half later, we were all back at the hotel after having had a wonderful full moon Iguazu Falls walking tour experience and this, without any incidents!

Monique   :-)
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