The 'Foz' Falls

Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2011

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El Shaddai

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Iguazu Falls are a massively common backpacker destination; not only because they lie between the borders of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, but because they are undoubtedly the world's greatest natural phenomena. They were discovered in 1542, and legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. – But we decided this World heritage site is now more like Alton Towers in its thrill seeking theme park feel!

The Brazilian side was an impressive introduction on the first day, but the Argentine side was by far the best experience of them. There are 275 separate falls and the book describes Niagra as a 'ripple’ compared to these waterfalls.

The trails in and around the national park allowed a 360 view of them, and it was interesting to see each waterfall besides the main ones had names eg ‘the two sisters.’ We took the boat tour as part of our trip, we met people who had experienced the falls in a number of different ways but we were quietly pleased that our deal had worked out more cost effective! The boat ride was MENTAL. We all screamed as the boat went next to the ‘devils throat’, we could not see, hear or breathe, all we did was fling our waterproof camcorder around in the hope of good footage! (see video attached!)

Afterwards we took a jungle tour in our sodden clothes, we pulled up to a bank where a crocodile was just hanging out. We saw a snake but were assured it was not poisonous, but since seeing it our guide started talking about snakes in that jungle which could kill you in 3 minutes of stinging you! There were also Puma’s and Jaguars’ but unfortunately they only appear after hours and the park closes for them to roam; it was nice to hear that the national park only occupies 30% of the whole region. The Coatis (look like big rats, they are from the raccoon family and are infested like foxes back home) were everywhere, tourists were petting and feeding them- but I knew they were diseased and every time I saw one (they completely infested the park) I shouted rabies. There were however lots and lots of flora and fauna, there are over 250 species of butterflies; they fly around in the wild and some were absolutely beautiful- obviously we couldn't get any good enough pictures, there was one huge blue one that when it flapped around it sounded like a bird, they landed on us frequently! 

Overall the Falls were absolutely amazing, the rush of going in them, plus the epic scenery was breath taking.

Ps El Shaddai was the best hostel ever- Liz on reception was SO friendly helpful and accommodating and patient with helping us make the most of our few days there. Thank You Liz and team!
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Ellie's mum on

Found your blog when I read your comment on Steve and Ellie's. Hope you don't mind me saying hello and how much I loved the video of the falls, gee whizz! Pleased you all met up and shared some time tog. Did you know Ellie brought hair straighteners with her? Too right, flashpackers!!
Have wonderful time in rest of your adventures, Love, Ellie's mum.
P.S Pete says Hello! xxxxxx

Jigna on

Talking of jungle treks, my friend saw a snake when we were out camping this weekend, and the bugs and spiders in Texas are also something special, but no amazing waterfalls for us :(. Sounds like you had a fantastic time! Can not wait to read the next one, from the Amazon!

roopa_anish on

Hi Mrs Cherry, thanks so much for posting, please keep on writing on our blog, we love it! was the BEST EVER to have spent so much time with ellie and steve, we all had a blast together! im sorry to report- but ive got my straighteners too!!!! (cant let ellie get stick on her own!) we are pleased you liked the video- was so much fun seeing it again, we laugh everytime! all our love xxxxx ps pete get on here and comment too now your MA finished!! xx

roopa_anish on

oooow we saw snakes and tons of other animals too, on a travelling mad one at the minute but we will blog again soon when we get some time at next destination! glad u enjoyed camping jigs, love you xx ps anish was so funny about the spiders- it would have been comedy value if we were with you in texas!

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