Afternoon boat ride under the famous Iguacu Falls!

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

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Das Cataratas Hotel in Iguacu Natinal Park

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 9 (afternoon)

Temperature: 33 degrees
Weather:  Sunny, hot and humid

Brazil Tour:   Day 5 Iguacu Falls – Argentina Side

By now, Michel and I had seen the Iguacu Falls from above, from below and even from straight on.  So, just when I thought that the falls couldn't get any better, I discovered that an Iguacu boat tour could be taken to experience them from underneath!  Fantastic, and yes that’s exactly what we did!

At 1:30pm, those of us who have paid extra for the "Iguacu Boat Tour" jumped on the back of a truck for a four mile long drive through the jungle where a guide pointed out various types of flora and century old trees.  Huge spider webs with enormous spiders were seen along the dirt trail hanging from way above the trees crossing the road.  Had we been sitting any higher in the truck, we would have gone straight face to face into them.  Sickening just thinking about it!

At the end of the trail, we walked for a good twenty minutes downhill through the forest along a pathway that led directly to the edge of the river.  It was terribly hot and humid so any droplets of water would have been welcomed.  A huge dark heavy plastic bag was then given to each and every of us to place our valuables such as purses, shoes and cameras to protect them from the water.  These could then be strapped on our life jackets that we had just buckled.

We all climbed into a huge twin engine raft, Michel and I heading for the back!  The inflatable high speedboat then took off heading down the river in the direction of the falls.  Sitting at the back, I enormously enjoyed myself as I was getting lightly soaked….it was extremely quite refreshing.  At the same time, I was taking pictures but wondering if all this water would damage my DSLR camera even though it was weather resistant and covered with a plastic bag!

The raft then came to a sudden stop which allowed me to take pictures of the falls right in front of me and a chance to have some taken of Michel and myself by the guide on the boat.  Then the excitement really began! 

With wide eyes opened, the skipper of the speedboat made its way straight to the vicinity of the huge main waterfall and the water, ohhhhh my gosh, all of this water came down so hard and strong,  I could not even keep my eyes opened nor breathe as a matter of fact for several seconds.  This suddenly force of Mother Nature had hit me so hard that at one point, I was wishing for it to stop as several minutes seemed even longer! 

The entire scenario was repeated all over again for several more times as the skipper of the speedboat sped off laughingly to other waterfalls while I kept trying to catch my breath in between the downpours!  Through this all, I kept thinking about my poor dear camera that I held on quite tight against my chest all wrapped up in a clear protective plastic bag! 

And so was my afternoon’s thrilling experience of a lifetime getting absolutely completely soaked by some of the most incredible waterfalls on this planet!  And, it was all well worth it even though my clothes and my shoes were all wet for the rest of the afternoon which turned out to be a nice feeling in a hot and humid forest. 

Monique   :-)
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