Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
Trip End Apr 08, 2008

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Up in the northeastern corner is a little point of Argentina with a gigantic waterfall.   And in the truly sweltering heat, we explore the falls and the park around it.  The pictures are self-explanatory, but can in no way convey the magnitude of this natural construction...the falls are magnificent, a miracle of hydrology.  But what is also striking is the human-constructed system of walkways permitting complete access to every crevice with aquatic flow.   In other words, you can hang yourself right over the edge of any one of the falls and even walk across the top of the falls and feel quite secure due to these metal paths that actually blend in to the surrounding landscape very well...and I might add, minimize the human impact on the area over the long term.  
We spend a long time at the Garganta de Diablo, or Throat of the Devil...this huge falls that sends high rise mists and creates remarkable rainbows when the sun shines.  In fact we take the 2 km walk out there twice, since the first time it's cloudy and we want to see those circular rainbows they write about.  Now those of you from NY are probably wondering how these falls compare with Niagara, because I wondered the same.  I meet this German woman at the hostel before we go out there and she totally irritates me with her condescension regarding Niagara....to me it's inarguable that however many feet high Niagara is, it's magnificent.   And I still think so.  But according to the numbers, Iguazu is about 1 time higher and has more volume flowing, I can't remember the exact numbers.  And I've got to say, access is more direct....not to detract from Niagara any....but Iguazu is quite stunning.   Totally worth checking out....totally worth the bus ride....and to be applauded for the efforts at accessibility.  All ages, all abilities, all can get right over, under, and around  Iguazu...
We close our sweltering days at Iguazu with a stroll down a 6km path to another waterfall...one that you can swim under....but that 6km feels like an eternity...of course it's well worth the effort when we get down under the water, in the pool of cool water...although the hike back out takes every ounce of that cool away...we're back on hot, dry land...we try to duck in to the fancy Sheraton built glaringly in the middle of the park...the only tacky part of the whole set-up, we soak up a little of the AC.but the coffee is far too expensive and they won't let us out on the terrace, so after we snack on our tuna and cheese and bread in the TV room, we head out of the park....the two days spent at the falls so well worth the detour....time for an overnight bus to Buenos Aires... and we've got those front seats again!! 
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