Feeling the force of the falls in Iguazu
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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We chose to take the local bus to Iguacu Falls instead of the organised trip as it was only 7 Peso each as opposed to 25 Peso each and we could arrive and leave when we liked instead of being at the mercy of the coach and there for approximately 8 hours (we really didn't think we would need that long)
For those who have never heard of Iguazu Falls (or maybe that was just me before we arrived in South America) they are considered the most impressive waterfalls in the world, even better than Niagara Falls (upon seeing Iguazu, the United States' First Lady Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!") and Victoria Falls, although the latter has the widest continuous 'curtain' of water. Iguazu on the other hand is made up of around 275 individual cascades that are in fact wider than Victoria Falls almost 3kms all in all. You can see the falls, and are strongly advised to, from both the Brazilian side and the Argentinean side which give you different perspectives of the area, 1/3 belonging to Brazil and 2/3 to Argentina.
The 'Devils Throat' is the most magnificent section where a crescent shaped, 82-metre-high, 150-metre-wide and 700-metre-long area marks the border between the two countries. So there you go. We arrived at the park at about 10.30am and it was already really, really humid
What was quickly evident was that this side (the Argentinean) covered a lot more area and afforded much more opportunity to see a larger proportion of the falls and the immediate and surrounding areas. We took the Superior trail first which takes you along the top of the falls where you can peer over the edge from the platforms that jut out over the water. It was such an awesome spectacle to behold. I was quite surprised though that the water appeared brown - a consequence we were told of deforestation and up until 30 years ago the water ran clear, a sad fact. Next we took the Inferior route down at water level to truly get soaked. It was fantastic and really refreshing in all the humidity. We spent a few hours wandering the trails and time seemed to fly by, this place was totally amazing and blew us away
We phoned home and got to speak to Andrew's mum and dad as his mum has just had an emergency operation so we wanted to find out how she was bearing up and it was lovely to speak to them and learn that everything went well. Get Well Soon Trish!!! We are thinking about you. The rain continued incessantly so we were a bit stuck as to what to do for dinner so after enjoying a couple of caiprinha's in our hostel, you must understand that this was only because we were waiting for the rain to slacken off (ha), we decided to dash round the corner again for the all you can eat buffet, at 20 Peso it was cheaper than buying something from the supermarket and cooking ourselves. We speed shoveled our dinner, this time salad, chicken, pasta and potatoes and got an early night almost looking forward to our nicely timed, relaxed flight to Salta in the early morning....nothing could go wrong now, surely, little did we know, oh how little we actually knew.