Foz de Iguazu

Trip Start Aug 31, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

The overnight bus to Iguazu Falls was long but reasonably comfortable, so we managed to get a bit of sleep. It left us all pretty sleep for the day!

We arrived early in the morning & luckily our hotel rooms were ready, so everyone showered before we headed out for the day.

Our first stop was a bird park, which had the most amazing birds of the amazon ... massive macaws and beautiful tucans in all colours of the rainbow! We got attacked by a tiny little tucan, I think it liked to amuse itself by pecking at people ... and right after that we went into a cage with thousands of massive macaws and parrots who all looked and sounded very angry! Ok, maybe there werent thousands, but there were many! Poor Chrisso now has a large bird phobia, but managed to overcome it a little before we left and held one of the tamer birds on his arm.

We then went to see the Brazilian side of the falls. They are very spectacular! We were dropped off at the quieter end of the falls on a long footpath along the edge of the river ... most of the falls are actually on the Argentinian side, but there is a great view from Brazil. There are many different falls, which all pale in comparison to the last one called Devilīs Throat which is gigantic!

The next day we went into Argentina to view the falls from that side. We were given 7 hours which we thought was way too much, but was only just enough! We got up close and personal with the falls this time, with walkways going over the top & right up to the bottom of them. We walked for hours up & down stairs, over to an island to get even closer & times, and caught a train to the top of the Devilīs Throat. We could have spent hours just watching the water fall over the edge, but there were too many people on the viewing platform so gave up after a while.

Chris has a new love in his life ... an Argentinian biscuit called Alfahojes recommended by one of our friends who spent time in Argentina before joining our tour. They are pretty damn good, but not available in Brazil, or anywhere else that we know about ... heīs heartbroken! And you donīt understand how serious this is until you try them ... they are the best youīve ever tasted!

We went to a Brazilian multicultural show for dinner ... I was a bit disappointed in the show, not sure what I was expecting, it was ok, just a bit tacky & some of the dancers didnt know what they were doing! The tango was really good, but the capoeira bit wasnt long enough & the brazilian bit where they all wore their carnival outfits didnt work as the stage was too small. Oh well!
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