Tres Fronteras

Trip Start Nov 30, 2008
Trip End Jan 28, 2009

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

I have made it to Rio, my final destination and am cooling down in my hotel room for a couple of hours before heading out to experience a little of the Rio nightlife. I have spent the last week at a couple of places, the first of which was back in Argentina at Puerto Iguazu. Puerto Iguazu is one of the cities that makes up the area of Tres Fronteras (3 Borders), with Foz de Iguazu in Brazil and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. I got there on a bus from Asuncion to Ciudad del Este and then transferring on an hour long bus ride that went from Ciudad del Este to Puerto Iguazu through Foz de Iguazu.
As you can see by the pictures the reason for coming here was to go and check out the Iguazu Falls. When Eleanor Roosevelt visited the falls back in her day she was quoted to say, "Poor little Niagara". The falls can be seen on both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of the borders. I first went to the Argentinean side on the last night of the full moon for a 1 km lunar walk through the jungle until you reach the part of the falls they call the Grand Diablo. I was able to see much nor was the camera able to capture the falls due to the lack of light. What was impressive was how close you were to the water. If I had laid on my stomach and reached over the rail I probably could have touched the water going over the falls. What is said about the falls is that the Argentinean side allows you to get close to the water while the Brazilian side allows for a better panoramic view of the falls.
Upon the advice of the girl at the hostel I spent a couple of hours the next day on the Brazilian side taking pictures and sweating my ass off trekking through the humid jungle. It was quite a relief at the end of the trek to get up close to the falls and allow the mist to cool you off. The next day I was going to head back to the Argentinean side to check out the falls during the daytime, but I was awoken to the sounds of thunder and pouring rain in the middle of the night and immediately got on the internet to check out the forecast. Unfortunately the forecast was for thunderstorms all day so I ended up sleeping in my room all day. I later met up with a couple of guys at the hostel that went to the Brazilian side with me and they told me of their day walking around in the rain on the Argentinean side. They told me I didn't miss much and that the biggest difference was when you got to the Grand Diablo and were really close to the water --- Cool, I had that experience at night already.
Since my last day was spent sleeping I still had a couple hundred dollars in Pesos to burn before heading off to Brazil and my philosophy of "if you got extra money and there is a casino in town" no better place to spend it. The thing about casinos is you don't always lose, especially when they close at 2 a.m. and you're up $1700 at the time! Ah, off to Brazil, where there are no casinos to take it back.
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