Best Waterfalls in the World
Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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We spent two full days visiting the falls which is essential. From Salto, we travelled on a 12 hour overnight bus to Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil. Hotel Del Rey was our base hotel for two nights... expensive at $US41 per night, covered by the tour price. A very nice hotel but with incompetent staff.
After arriving at our hotel and freshening up, we had our van pick us up and take us to the Brazillian side of the falls. The purpose of visiting this side is to give you a panaramic view. Defninitely gave all of us a great overview of the grandeur of the falls. We went on a gentle 30 minute walk which ended with a distant view of Devilīs Throat. The massive amount of water cascading down the falls will definitely stick with me forever.
In the afternoon, we visited Itaipu Dam... the biggest dam in the world and generating a significant amount of Brazil and Paraguayīs energy. I had never heard of this dam and was in awe at the granduer of the sight, as well as it being bigger than that of the Three Dam Project, visited earlier this year whilst in China.
On the second day, we crossed the border again back into Argentina where we had a grand tour of the Argentinian Falls for around the $US30 mark
In the evening we went to a show involving a concoction of dancing and singing from all over South America, including a buffet dinner all for around the $US40 mark. After scoffing my face at this buffet, I am totally over food! The desserts were amazing, as were the dances. The Capoeira totally blew my mind away. We had this dance visit my school last year, but these guys I saw last night were probably ten times faster and more impressive.
Foz Do Igaucu is a disappointing town... boring and dull with poor nightlife. Surprising given the amount of tourists etc. visiting the falls
Right now, I am in Sao Paulo. We travelled for 15 hours on the overnight bus from Foz to Sao Paulo and have 2 hours in transit here at what is a massive bus station. From what Iīve read, Sao Paulo is the third largest metropolis on the world and has Australiaīs population of 20 million people! Talk about massive, and a far cry from the 7000 population of my current home town in Western Australia. As mentioned in previous entries, I LOVE big cities and this will be where I end up in time!
In a couple of hours, we travel to Parati which is 2 hours from Rio. My introduction to Brazil has been fantastic and I think Peru, my favourite South American country so far, will have some competition:)