Waterfalls, Wonder and Wettness
Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
37Trip End Dec 24, 2010
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Sadly saying goodbye to Floripa (sniff!) we boarded our bus for the 16 hour trip to Iguacu Falls
We groggily got off the bus at about 8am and wandered aimlessly through the bus terminal. sometimes we get off these buses we are so sleepy, coffee deprived and just dozey that it takes us a good ten minutes to
a) talk to each other
b) figure out what city we are in and where we need to go
As you all know both of us you will know neither of us are very good in the mornings, much less after 17 hours in a teeny tiny seat curled up with a cardigan as a blanket and people smashing you in the face during the night on the way to the toilet
i swear, going to the toilet is the biggest mission on these brazillian buses
argentinian buses have nice good looking waiters who bring you wine and snacks and hot coffee and open the door for you to go to the loo
brazillian buses have no such hot waiter man and you have a huge process to get into the actual toilet
2. once make it to loo, figure out if someone is in there. this happens by pulling with all your might, if someone is in there, the door doesnt open so you dont fall back. if its free, the force with which you have to yank the door opens propels you half way down the bus, knocking poor sleeping old men nearly unconscious.he was like that when i found him i SWEAR
3. finally inside the loo, as a lady you need the seat down. problem is the seats are on springs perched against the wall and, once you have pants down, you have to use one hand to balance and the other to push the seat down, weight against the spring, then quickly do a double flip half pike turn to get the butt on the seat, without the lid springing back up mid pike and without falling in
im telling you, you need to be fit! or have a penis. or practice standing up.
anyhoo that was my vent.. to the falls!!
so inside the terminal we found our hostel had a booth. amazing. we got sat down by a nice brazillian dude who gave us fruit and water and planned out our trip for us
so the first day we did the brazillian side which gives you a gorgeous overall picture of the falls. we did this side on our own easily. we went into the park and got on the park bus and got off at the trail which weaves around the edge of the side that looks at the falls. on the way we found an "Adventure tourism" booth where you could choose to do rafting, obstacle courses or absailing over the falls. we excitedly did absailing and being so cheap (like $30) it was worth its wait in GOLD. we absailed off a 55m tower which was suspended out onto the river so it was just me and em absailing down the face of the cliff gazing at the falls, closer than you can ever get from the path. it was spectacular and so serene, and we were able to do it together so it was just us and it was one of those moments where you go, THIS is why we came! Amazing
After that we unfortunately realised we then had to walk back up said 55m cliff. dammit. it was super hot so we finally got to the top in a sweat and collected a cd of all our photos. we will put them up but unfortunately they arent working on this computer
eventually we made it back to the hostel for some cup a noodles (again) and crashed into the most comfy bed ever for a much needed good night sleep
So the Argentinian side was more a closer look at the falls. there are about 5 trails which take you above, below, to the side, around all the different waterfalls. the best trip was the lower trail as we went all the way down and then got a boat, like those crazy ones in new zealand which go right up to the rocks, forget the name, and our boat sped up straight to the biggest falls and drove our boat straight under it! amazing video to come! we then went under all the waterfalls and got drenched again, it was awesome and all you can hear on the video is our girly screams! its amazing they can take you so close, one of those things where you knew if it was in australia it would never be allowed!!!
the tour along the top of the falls was beautiful as well as you could see just how strong and powerful the river leading to the falls was and there were beautiful rainbows absolutely everywhere. however by then it was 5pm and we were photo-ed and waterfalled out so we headed back to the van and i slept allll the way home. then was wide awake after near arrest at brazillian border!! home to cup a noodles and a good night sleep (again!)
Which brings us up to date! right now we are having a travel day and hanging around the hostel until 5ish before we board out 16 hour bus to Sao paulo and then 5 hour bus to paraty for 10 days of beaching and island hopping before Rio. we have had 2 days away from tanning and are already suffering from post traumatic stress. eeek.
So must go have some lunch (yes cup a noodles), love and miss you all very much