TLC would have loved it here...

Trip Start Jan 13, 2013
Trip End Jul 19, 2013

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Iguassu Falls is another place on the sightseer tick-list (international tourist stop-off vs. a local nomad meeting point). It had a completely different feel to the other parts of Brazil that weŽd already seen, much more ŽAmericanisedŽ and somewhat designed for the tourist which makes sense as all that people come to Iguassu for is to see this landmark and then continue their journey up into Brazil or down into Argentina.

We had a good few nights staying on the Brazil side, in a really nice guest house which felt like absolute luxury compared to our manky hole in Paraty (by the way, apologies if that blog entry came across harsh, Dan tells me that Paraty took a bit of a beating - it was a pretty place, but what can I say, I donŽt like the rain!!).

So, yes we stayed in this guest house (which had a pool!!) and made friends at the nightly communal barbecue (with the obligatory jug/s of caiparińha/s). We got loads of useful tips, suggestions and recommendations - shame we canŽt quite recall them all...

We did the Falls from the Brazilian side first (must do before Argentinian side, unless you enjoy disappointment). We bravely resisted the temptation to throw money at an organised tour and instead navigated the local buses, which actually wasnŽt very hard at all - the locals took great pity on our pasty English faces and really looked after us. A short while later and it was ŽHello Iguassu Falls!Ž.

The view from the Brazilian side was pretty spectacular, so spectacular than Dan got a bit carried away and threw my Canon lens cap into the cascading water. Sweet of him to think it needed a wash but I really wished heŽd asked me first. So, my lens cap has now taken up residence at the bottom of Iguassu Falls. Surely this is the photographers equivalent to throwing coins into a fountain?! I totally found it funny right away...well once IŽd come to terms with my loss (approximate sulk time = 15 minutes).

Another (actual) highlight from the Brazilian side, which really canŽt go unmentioned, was the daily supermarket lunch trip. Amazing fresh meats and salads served buffet style - a giant plate came in at about 10 reals, which is about 3 pounds (sorry this exotic keyboard doesnŽt have a pound sign, ridic, surely England is the centre of the universe?!).

Once weŽd filled our bellies sufficiently, we took another couple of local buses to cross the boarder into Argentina which was all pretty straightforward. Dan got accosted by a survey person - apparently everything in Brazil that weŽd seen or done was either "good" or "very good"- not much detail needed according to Dan. Poor girl, not sure how sheŽll write a thesis on that one.

We made some more friends Argentine side and shared a taxi to the ŽIguazuŽ Falls which houses the remaining 80% of the waterfalls. Spent a happy 7 hours walking the trails and getting right up close. They really were amazing and it, cue the cheese, felt amazing to experience nature in full force.

Back to the bus station we went for a quick toilet wash (no, we used the basins, stay with me here), before our overnight bus journey to Buenos Aires. We decided to upgrade to a bus with camas (beds) for this 20 hr extravaganza. COMPLETELY worth it. No walrus, no illuminated phones.

[Lights out, Buenos Aires enters the stage]

Spanish language now adopted.

Hasta luego amigos.

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Mum & Dad on

Is the loss of a camera lens cap on a par with dropping your limited edition sunglasses into Los Gigantes harbour? And didn't Dan find a local to recover it?!

pbarratt on

Defo a Los Gigantes moment! All happened in similar slow motion fashion!! In the absence of any aquatic locals with kayaks, I had to ask Dan if he´d just hop in and get it back, but he said no (poor form on his behalf I know). Thus, unlike the sunglasses, the lens cap is no more xxx

Lucie T on

Such a shame I am not there to help with the Spanish speaking Pip.... really hope you'll manage without me!

pbarratt on

Lucie T, your Italian would be invaluable here! Hope the bump is doing well xxx

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