Trip to the amazing waterfalls
. We were delighted to be getting more stamps on the passport. We stayed in Marcopolo hostel which happened to be right across the way from the bus station we stopped at so it was very handy. The hostel wasnīt a patch on the one the night before but the Argentinian side of the falls were by far the most impressive of both sides. It was a day long excursion which involved getting trains to different parts of the park and then walking to see the waterfall. Our favourite part of the day was doing a boat ride under the waterfall. We got absolutely drenched especially Eoin in his not so water-proof (but apparently stylish) jacket. We did this boat ride with an Irish couple we met while waiting for our train in the park. We recognised the couple, Eoin and Clare straight away from our flight from Cork to Rio. Such a small world as Clare happens to be great friends with a friend of mine, Roisin from Mallow. We went around alot of the day with them and met them for drinks that night. This was enjoyable. So much so that the 4 of us decided to book a hostel and bus together for the next day to Buenos Aires(BA) which would be the next stage in our trip. Next morning, we got the bus to Buenos Aires which took 20 hours. Before this, we always got semi-cama buses which were a bit better than Irish buses but which didnīt compare to the cama bus we went to BA in. This was only approx 10euro more expensive but well worth it with reclining seats, movies, food and a stop over for dinner. We have to say the 20 hours flew especially now we were travelling with Eoin & Clare. Up to this point, we have been sticking to our budget while at the same time not missing out on anything which we really wanted to do. Brazil and Argentina are by far the most expensive countries on our South American travels so really feel we have been doing well.
We spent 2 days in Iguazu. One on the Brazilian side (Foz De Iguazu) and one on the Argentinian side (Puerto Iguazu). On the Brazilian side, we stayed in a gorgeous hostel-Iguazu Guesthouse which even had a toasted sandwich maker and a hairdryer. Pure luxuries, even at this stage. We visited the Brazilian side of the falls and we were really impressed. It only took about 3 hours to see everything. Got some class photos. It was a gorgeous sunny day again. We were surrounded by racoon like animals who would pile up on top of each other to grab peoples sandwiches! There were also thousands of butterflies that would swarm around and land on us as we made our way through the park. This was definetely a day for the mosquito bites! We just spent the evening updating this blog, skyping home and talking to 3 very nice Irish lads we met in the hostel who happened to be sharing a room with us (and who we have since met in Buenos Aires). The next morning, we got the local bus across the border into Puerto Iquazu, Argentina and were very surprised by how hassle free this experience was being our first of many crossings