Water water everywhere
Trip Start Feb 27, 2010
21Trip End Mar 31, 2010
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Where I stayed
The Secret Garden
Iguazu Day – would it be an anticlimax? Two flights involved; Cordoba to Buenos Aires and then Buenos Aires to Iguazu. We flew with LAN after cancelling our original Aerolineas Argentinas flights when they changed them such that we wouldn't have had any time at all to see the Falls. We arrived at about 12.30 and a car took us to “The Secret Garden” where we were staying. John Fernandez, our host has created the most fantastic tropical garden over four years, he said
just by importing some soil from the forest and letting nature do the rest. This was shown to spectacular advantage in as much as we arrived in serious tropical rain and headed through dripping foliage to our room at the bottom of the garden. We leapt into our waterproof gear ASAP, doused ourselves in mozzie repellant and headed off to the Argentinian side of the Falls, as we knew time was short
The upside of the rain was that the Falls were full of water and we loved what we saw. The view got better and better as each vista unfolded, culminating in a platform right at the base of one of the falls. The spray was so strong that it was painful.
We made our way up to the top of the falls and had a brief view from there before we were hustled out by the Rangers who were closing up for the night.
John Fernandez, who in a previous life was a press photographer in Buenos Aires, is a fascinating character. His custom is to serve cocktails on the veranda at 7pm so we met our fellow guests who, unusually according to John, were also from England. To cut a long story short we ended up all eating together in a local restaurant and had a marvellous evening.
The next day John arranged a car for us to be taken to the Brazilian side of the falls where it would wait for us and then take us to the airport. Things seemed to be much better organised on the Brazilian side with special buses to take visitors from the entrance up to the Falls themselves. There is much more of a panoramic view from this side although the guide books suggest that the views are more dramatic from the Argentinian side. We felt otherwise, especially once we reached the platform out to the edge of the most spectacular part of the falls called the “Devils Throat”, when we found ourselves surrounded by water above and below. It was a totally exhilarating – and very wet – experience. We agreed that, rather than being an anticlimax, Iguazu had exceeded expectations and we wished we had allowed ourselves another day there to further take in the Bird Park.
The car was waiting to take us to the Airport as promised