Southern Cross - The Falls
Trip Start Jul 30, 2010
66Trip End May 29, 2011
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Lao Tzu, Chinese Taoist Philosopher
Normally GAP Adventures is pretty good at putting together an itinerary; we've had few complaints on all the trips we’ve done with them over the last 9 months or so but this wasn’t the case with our tour to the Iguaçu Falls (or Iguassu or Iguaz).
After some discussion with the hotel back in Bonito the hotel management finally agreed that check-out time was (and as was published in each room and reception) was midday and not 10am
Still we arrived safely enough and after being allowed a shower before we had checked in we jumped in to a fresh minibus and sprinted off to the Brazilian side of the Iguaçu National Park. There we walked along the 1.2km 'Path of the Falls’ which finished off at Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat).
From the Brazilian side the initial impression of the falls isn’t overwhelming. From path the scale of the falls isn’t apparent since you’re quite some distance from the sound and the power generated. It’s really only towards the end of the trail, at the mouth of the falls that the sheer amazing magnitude becomes obvious. On the walkways you can walk out into the mist and spray from the falls
The next day we did a day-trip to Argentina – another stamp in an increasingly crowded passport – to view the falls from the other side. It was a brilliant day. The Argentine side had more walkways and treks and its best walkway out over the Garganta del Diablo was extraordinary. We stood over the mouth of this huge waterfall, or rather waterfalls, as enough water to fill 36 Olympic sized-swimming pools every second thundered past beneath us. The mist quickly soaked us but as the weather was good and we dried off quickly.
As if one extra country wasn’t enough the day after the trip to Argentina was followed by a quick visit to Paraguay which was nothing more than a visit to some Duty-Free shops. Actually it was more like a visit to a mix of an upmarket Argos and a Spanish-speaking version of Tottenham Court Rd. And there were discounts to be had especially if you were willing to pay in cash. But given I wasn’t happy to walk about with a large wad of dollars I wasn’t able to buy myself a new camera
Back in Brazil we readied ourselves for the drive to Paraty. This was a gruelling 15hr drive to Sau Paulo followed by a 5hr drive to Paraty. Well, this was at least the plan but this being Brazil it didn’t quite work out that way.