Foz de Iguacu, Brazil

Trip Start Mar 19, 2005
Trip End Apr 04, 2005

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Friday, March 25, 2005

Saturday March 26, 2005 Foz do Iguaçu As we disembarked the Via Bariloche, we spotted Frank (from La Boca)...he was now heading to Rio. Brenda and I reflected on how much had happen in just a few days. La Boca now seemed so distant. One of the things we immediately noticed was how much warmer it was in Foz de Iguaçu . After dropping off our things at the hotel, we went to exchange some money, have lunch, and visit a bird lover's paradise. Then came the main event, our first glimpse of Foz de Iguaçu (the Brasilian side)"The Iguaçu National Park is a huge subtropical rainforest covering 135,000 acres and is home to thousands of different species of flora and birds, including parrots and hummingbirds. It is most famous for the Iguaçu Falls, declared a national Heritage site by UNESCO. The deep flowing waters of the river tumble down 275 falls, the most famous of which is Devil's Throat. On the border with Brasil, it drops 230ft (70m), almost twice the height of Niagara Falls. As well as enjoying the stunning views from the series of platforms, visitors can enjoy kayaking and other water sports on the river. The Iguaçu Falls were one of the locations used for the film The Mission and, appropriately, Jesuit Mission ruins remain nearby."

For dinner, we treated ourselves to a feast fit for a king at a local churascaria called Rainir. It was delicious! Oh yes, the live entertainment showcasing a variety of Latin American song and dance was pretty impressive as well.

Sunday March 27, 2005 Foz do Iguaçu We were amazed by the previous day's visitation to Iguaçu, but this venture was far more impressive. Early in the day, we wandered into the Argentinean side of the falls. It was such a breathtaking sensation on the threshold of such extraordinary earthly creation (think Grand Canyon). As we made our way to the lower area, we hopped on board a jet to enter the Devil's Throat. Let me just say that as the boat immersed itself into the fall's most massive point, I thought I had momentarily drowned. I'd hadn't felt such a frightening yet exhilarating experience in a while (think bungee)! Of course, we had to dry ourselves off and then walked some more amongst some other area of the park. In the evening, we went to a local restaurant. After dinner, I called home to check in and discovered everyone was over my parents' house for Easter Sunday. I think this was the first moment I'd felt a bit homesick. Not long after the phone call (which my incredible tour leader helped me make), I headed back to the hotel and crashed massively.

Monday March 28, 2005 Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil On our last day in Foz de Iguaçu we had a jam packed day. We started off with a shopping adventure in Paraguay (think los callejones in Downtown L.A.). Brenda and I purchased some clothes (like these shopping monsters needed anymore) and perfume (as if our baggage wasn't heavy enough). Anyway, back in Argentina, we took for a Jungle Tour. We weren't sure exactly what the tour would consist of but we happily (and noisily) hopped on board only to be told to be quite by another tourist. Along the scenic route, we stopped by and did some minor rock climbing (it was more like ascending) and then we did a zip-line run though the trees. Later on, we had dinner at the hotel and had our Easter Gift exchange one day late.
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