Iguazu Falls - The Brazilian Side
Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
163Trip End May 02, 2013
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The city of Foz De Iguacu instantly appeared to be much more modern than the smaller town of Puerto Iguazu in Argentina. Our hostel was also newer, but it had a more institutional feel which made us, at least for a moment, miss the wild jungle atmosphere of Garden Stone.
In the only Portuguese country in South America, we had to force ourselves to stop speaking Spanish. Luckily, English was better understood than elsewhere and we already knew a few essential Portuguese phrases from our work at the hospital back home.
In the intense afternoon heat we took a 35% hit on exchanging Argentinean pesos to Brazilian real, thus losing some of our previous gains
Billed as the place for panoramic views, the shorter trail started out that way and did not disappoint. The real highlight was a catwalk leading out to the heart of La Garganta Del Diablo. We got soaked with spray the whole way and both agreed that it was the best part of both sides of the falls.
From the final viewpoint atop the main attraction we watched dusky swifts dart in and out of the falls to and from their perches behind. A toucan flew underneath us, then posed for some photos in a nearby tree. After that flourishing finish we decided to skip the bird park and head back to the hostel for an air conditioned rest instead.
The following morning, breakfast included coconut yogurt and fresh papaya. We were happy to be in the tropics again. Before checking out we picked up some valuable banking tips from a very helpful telephone agent in India. We only wished we'd received them nine months earlier.
The same bus that took us to the falls also went to the airport and that's where we went next. Gol Airlines was so efficient that last call came while we were still fiddling with computers and cables in the waiting area. We heard our names on the loudspeaker and bolted for the tarmac.