The famous Iguazu Falls

Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
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Monday, May 8, 2006

We took a night bus from B.A and headed to Puerto Iguazu 18 hours away to see the famous Iguazu Falls (Cataratas del Iguazu). Although we did decide to take the luxury seats (like first class on a plane) and take it fairly easy. After leaving at 7pm and sleeping through the night, we arrived about lunchtime and quickly had offers for hostels. We chose one from a friendly young bloke and couldnīt have chosen better. A rustic place with a cool ecological garden out the back. A nice walk around the town and then some time at the three frontiers (where you can look across at both Brazil and Paraguay, seperated by two rivers.)

The next morning we were up early and on the bus to the falls about 20 minutes away. After rushing past the purple haired brigade, we jumped on the little train that took us to the walkway to get to the falls. The walking bridge was about 1km long and was over the top of water all the way. Arriving at the end of the walkway we were greeted by an amazing sight. Devilīs Throat! Where, during rainy season, 12,750 cubic m of water fall over the edge per second!!! An incredible sight to say the least!!

After taking some time to enjoy the whole experience we then headed to the lower section of the falls where we took a speed boat through some smaller falls (San Martin) and became completly saturated. Good fun. Butterflies filled the air and rainbows popped up in various areas, with perfect falls cascading over the edge of rocks everywhere. Truely an excellent experience.

While Kate went for her own walk, Paul and I jumped on a little boat that took us to the Island of San Martin. A quick īdry outī in the sun, we then walked all over this island to check out various other vantage points of seeing the falls. From here we could look straight across the river to Brazil at the sight of a bungee jumping set up. To my amazement you would be jumping right on the top of huge boulders!!! Not the best place to be jumping i thought.

We soon met up with Katie again, had some lunch and started out on a 3.5km walk to some less observed waterfall. A cool walk through the forest (taking care not to be eaten by pumas) we came to a thin waterfall about 30m high. Not as impressive as the other falls and a good reason why the path was less trodden, but still fun to be out and about anyway.

By late afternoon we were fairly exhausted by all the trekking around and so we jumped back on the bus heading for home. What should we have for dinner? Nothing less than a personal bbq on our table for Paul and I. The most meat i have ever had put in front of me in one sitting. There wasnīt even the question of salad or chips. After being as big as a sumo wrestler from dinner we rolled home and let our stomachs digest the meaty meat with extra meat dinner special digest. Oooooh it was soooooo good!!! Sorry to any vegies who may be reading this. Argentina is by far fulfilling my fantasies as having the best bbq and meat EVER!!

The next day we chilled out, went for more walks and ended up watching the sunset over Paraguay with Brazil on our right! Sweet!

Now a 26 hour bus ride to Salta!!
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