World's most beautiful waterfall

Trip Start Oct 10, 2001
Trip End Feb 19, 2002

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Sunday, February 10, 2002

The bus ride from Buenos Aires to Iguazu was nothing spectacular. We left in early evening from BA and arrived here in Iguazu in the morning. Except for the brilliant rainbow at the outskirts of the Buenos Aires, there was nothing to see en route as it mostly rained in the darkness of night. When we got off the bus in Iguazu the sun was just clearing the rain clouds, and the humidity and heat was already unbearable at 8am. It was the first time the humidity had embraced us since Panama, and the smell of hot tropical air was somewhat refreshing. This place was not like any other place in South America we have visited, although it did have the feel of Queensland, Australia to my recollection. Red clay roads with pot holes linked to the main street, the buildings are not colonial nor desert shacks, it was tropical style and built to air out humidity and keep out unwanted insects. It was quiet and only the sound of crickets interrupted our footsteps and heavy breathing.

Couple of local kids came to us as we puzzled over our LP maps. They kindly guided us to the best hotel they can recommend. The hotel had a swimming pool, and our room was kinda small but it had its own bathroom and a ceiling fan, good enough, since we didn't plan to stay here long anyway and by now we were sweating from head to toe and didn't want to look further.

After a quick refreshing shower, Juliette looked absolutely beautiful. As the sun sneaked through the blinds, the romantic days of hot Central America recaptured both of us. We had been stressed lately, mostly because we worried about being stranded in South America with no plane tickets home. But looking at her, I couldn't resist, and she didn't either.

There was a dinning room in the hotel where we had some breakfast before our adventurous trip to the Iguazu Falls. In the heat of the day, under the scorching sun and near suffocating humidity, the water falls of Iguazu was almost life saving. The boardwalks through the tropical forests was dreamlike, and the waterfall itself, well, "beautiful" couldn't even come close to justify it. The entire Parque Nationale de Iguazu was amazing. It makes the Niagra Falls of Canada seem like a flushing Chinese toilet. Everywhere we walked, from every angle to every sudden splash of mist, the total experience was not only memorable but philosophical.

We travelled so far, seen so much, yet the world never seized to amaze us with its wonders and beauty. We have seen the pictures of the falls, but to look at it in person and feel the pressure of the waterfalls as I stood underneath its breath, and to see the wildlife playing in their natural habitat was once in a lifetime experience. We didn't want to leave, I wished we were rich enough to stay at the 5-star Sheraton by the Falls and put our beds by the window and fall asleep dreaming about it. Perhaps next time....
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