Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
Trip End May 21, 2011

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Flag of Argentina  , Misiones,
Sunday, August 29, 2010

We took another ham-and-cheese laden bus but this time to Puerto Iguazu. Along the journey we saw huge contrasts within the country; some highly developed areas were quickly superseded by single-roomed tin shacks with children begging for money and food at traffic lights. At the end of the 22 hour journey, we were met with beautiful rural surroundings and a tropical climate. Winter here is 28 degrees. After dropping off our belongings and finally cleaning our bus-food teeth, we took public transport across the border into Brazil to Foz Do Iguaš˙. The falls made the long, expensive journey completely worth it. The relentless power was something we'd never witnessed before. It gave us a glimpse into a long-lost Jurassic world, making us feel diminished by, and in awe of, nature’s strength. Words like awesome, unfathomable, spectacular seem relevant but hardly scratch the surface. Then to add to the experience of seeing this life-time goal, we later ate at a restaurant overlooking the falls, belatedly celebrating our 2 year wedding anniversary, which ended a perfect day, perfectly.

We wrote the above yesterday, after being in awe of the falls from the Brazilian side and thought that that would be our entry for Iguazu falls. But that was before today when we saw the falls from the Argentinean side. Wow.  We had an amazing day today- the highlight of our trip so far. In fact, the scenery was the best we had ever seen or experienced. The many constantly crashing waterfalls, up close, which were surrounded by lush, vibrant green, dazzling sunlight, and delicate rainbows were the stuff of fantasy. A paradisiacal land watched over patiently by huge, elegant birds. We were in awe. During the day, we walked down many different trails in the jungle and reached lots of different viewing points. The feeling of exploring the jungle really added to our experience especially when we were surprised by the wildlife. We saw monkeys, coatis (like raccoons), turtles, caiman, lizards, toucans, multi-coloured butterflies and the biggest ants we have ever seen. We went on a boat trip that took us down some of the rapids and then under two waterfalls! The sheer force of the waterfall was shocking and exhilarating and left us thoroughly drenched. The day was absolutely fantastic and just when we thought we had seen it all we reached the 'Devil’s Throat’. This gigantic waterfall was hard to comprehend. The Lonely Planet guidebook said that it is easy to imagine, when looking at it, what early explorers thought that sailing off end of the world must look like. It is so powerful, uncontrollable and wild. It was amazing.  We both felt extremely lucky to have seen Iguazu falls and will never forget it.
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suep on

I want to see magical rainbows too!

Fliss on

Takes your breath away no? Toby proposed in the Devil's mouth too. How nice is the vino tinto too?!!

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