Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian Side

Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 10, 2009

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Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

We went to the Brazilian side of the falls yesterday.  We organised our transport from the hostel and went with Brian, a guy from Ballincollig who we met the previous night.  We picked up a few other people in Marco Polo Hostel which is another HI (hostelling International) hostel and off we went over the border.  We had to get out at Brazil border again to get our passport stamped.  The day was more overcast yesterday but at least it was dry (for a while).  We got into the park and all our group kind of stuck together.  There were 2 Americans, an Israeli and a French guy and they were all sound.  The view from the Brazilian side of the falls is further back from the view we got the day before as we were on the other side of the river which forms the natural border.  It was great to get both perspectives.  We went over to the viewpoint for the Devils Throat and it was really cool.  We were still getting sprayed from the falls even from that far away.  Next thing though the spray started getting heavier but it was actually rain so we ran for shelter.  There is a viewpoint reached by elevator on that side so we went up that to get a higher view.  It was torrential rain now so we went for a bite to eat.  There was a lovely restaurant up there with great views of the falls and it was inside and we were cold so we sat down but when we were told it cost the equivalent of about 13 euro we made a quick exit back to the fast food place to get burgers and chips - it wasn`t in anyone's budget to be spending that kind of money as that would get you a nights accommodation over here!

Got back to the hostel in the afternoon and decided we better make a plan about where to go next so we booked a bus ticket to Buenos Aires and we leave today at 3.45 and its a 17 hour journey.  Its funny because at home the drive to Dublin seems long but over here the distances are so vast that everyone is saying 'oh that's not too bad' to journeys of that length on a bus!  The difference is though that the buses are so comfy and the bus we booked to BA is a Cama Totale for about 50 euro.  The seats fully recline back into beds like first class seats on a plane so finally looking forward to experiencing that!  We were told they give you whiskey and champagne on board too so we will be sipping away on champers travelling in style!  Who said this backpacker life was going to be easy!  They also serve meals on board and its all included and there are also DVDs so hopefully they will be 'en ingles' this time around.

Ror has come down with a cold now as well so we are treating it with warm clothes, the equivalent of halls soother over here and the magic of Barrys Tea!  I still have mine - can`t seem to shake it at all.

We had another big buffet dinner last night and there was a tango show after which I found mesmerising.  I love Strictly Come Dancing and all those kind of programmes so hopefully I will get a dance lesson in BA.  The dance looked so complicated so I can't wait to see a proper show in BA.  We had a big storm then last night - there was loads of thunder and lightening and an unreal amount of rain falling.  It is dry now but dull and overcast so its a good day to travel.
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sharor on

Re: Hi Sharon and Rory
Thanks Collette

Ya the pace is hectic alright but the buses here are really top class for cheap enough compared to home so travelling is not too bad- barrys tea were great but weve them nearly gone already!!!!

sharor on

Re: hi
Ola Mick, Como Estas?! I hear you got to go to the states - how was it? Ya travelling alot alright but too much to see and do to stay in 1 place for too long! Hope all is good with IES anyway!

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