On our way to Iguazu Falls

Trip Start Apr 06, 2007
Trip End Jul 23, 2007

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Friday, April 13, 2007

On our way to Iguazu Falls

Andrea: Flashback to yesterday - my leather jacket was supposed to be ready by 10:45am. Our flight to Iguazu was scheduled to leave at 1. EZE Airport is about 40 minutes from the City....so we were on a bit of a time crunch. We packed our backpacks and took a taxi to the leather store by 10:15 (just in case the jacket was ready early). Of course, it wasn't ready yet...but we still had to make it to the post office to send out all of our new stuff. So with our backpacks and packages, we sprinted to the post office (yes, sprinted), only to find a HUGE line. At this point, I started getting nervous...the clock was ticking, and by 10:45, Jose finally made it to the front of the line. Tick Tock, Tick Tock.....as Jose calmly chatted with the post office guy, I started getting really nervous and telling him to hurry up, and of course, was ignored! Luckily, the guy was really cool and helped us send out the packages, even though they were slightly overweight. We got out of there by 11am, and I held onto a cab while Jose sprinted again back to the leather store. And of course, he took FOREVER. The cabbie and I both were getting a little anxious.....but by 11:15 we were all set and ready to go. Then Jose says.....wait, are there TWO airports in Buenos Aires?

I wanted to kill him J Apparently the leather store people had said that to get to Iguazu, the only way out is through the OTHER airport (not the one we flew into...). Of course, our paperwork didn't really specify which airport...so we decided to guess.    

Luckily, Jose is the luckiest guy...and it all worked out. We made it to the airport with plenty of time, and hopped on our plane to Iguazu. On the way, we met a couple of PhD candidates from Carnegie Melon who were super friendly, and the guy was all about tango dancing. Next time we're in Buenos Aires, we'll definitely have to check out a Milonga that he talked about, although we did see plenty of tango dancers in the streets!

When we arrived in Iguazu, the change of climate was definitely noticeable. Iguazu is in the north, and is basically subtropical. The air was thick with humidity, and even from the plane we could see the thick red clay soil that covered the ground. We met another couple on the way from the airport - both worked on cruise ships and have traveled everywhere! They gave us a ton of good advice for New Zealand and China, and we made plans to meet up with them later. Our hotel was supposedly four stars.....it was cute, but anything that smells like mold cannot get four stars in my book! After dropping off our backpackss, we headed around town to check out the town of Iguazu. Although small, Iguazu has a couple of restaurants, shops, and is definitely an interesting place. It's mostly tourists, but the locals are all super friendly. We headed to an outdoor resto/bar which proudly displayed its Heinekan sign! This was definitely the happening spot in town...it sat on the intersection of not two, not four, not six....but SEVEN streets! And of course, none of these streets have stop lights, stop signs, or even any markings whatsoever, so it is definitely the place to go for those who love watching car crashes! While enjoying our $7 peso litres of beer, we saw a motorcycler bite it! Anyway, we made some more friends with another couple - one from London, one from Australia, they met in Africa, got married in Thailand, and had to travel South America for her to finally get married. Confused yet? They were very nice though and fun to talk to.

After a few beers, some dinner, and a bunch of dulce de leche, we settled off to bed - early rise for the tour of Iguazu!! Good night everyone!!
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