Best Waterfalls in the World

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Sunday, November 5, 2006

I never have to see another waterfall given that Iīve seen the best in the world... the Iguassu Falls. For those of you who have visited, you will agree with me in saying that visiting these falls is a spiritual, uplifting, wet and truly memorable experience. I have to search long and hard in the history of my travels to find a better natural sight. It is the grandeur and size of the falls that make them so impressive. Standing atop Devilīs Throat... the highlight of the falls is a positive mind altering experience, and makes any problem you have seem insignificant. The Niagara Falls in Canada/US are totally insignificant to the Iguassu Falls and the other girls in my tour who have visited Victoria Falls say that the Iguassu Falls are better. Oh my god... if you can find the means, come and visit these falls for yourselves. I suppose being Aquarius (water star sign) makes me appreciate these falls even more. I was totally in awe during my entire visit and leave feeling totally satisfied.

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. This included a magnificent boat ride INTO the falls where we got drenched. Truly one of the momentous moments of my trip this year... I have it on DVD as well so looking forward to watching it, and possibly uploading it onto here. A great souvenir! Honestly, I was glad that we were only under the falls for about 30 seconds for it was very difficult to read but gave you an excellent insight into the strength of the waterfall! The beauty of the Argentinian side is that it gives you the opportunity to get right up close to the falls to truly appreciate the strength of them. I couldnīt believe how many falls there actually were... there is not only one fall but hundreds. Great stuff.

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. Everything was closed on Sunday. The staff at the hotel were totally incompetent... and rude. Even though they claimed to be bilingual, they spoke nothing but Portuguese to me. They stuffed up and put me in the handicapped room for the first night. It was a great room, but on the second day they asked me to move rooms because a handicapped person arrived. Why couldnīt they have just put me in a non-handicapped room in the first place? There is nothing worse than having to pack up and move when you donīt really need to do so! If coming to this part of the world, minimise your time in Foz Do Igaucu... but maximise any time at 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:)
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