The Brazilian Iguazu falls national park

Trip Start Nov 12, 2007
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Trip End Nov 12, 2008


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Friday, December 28, 2007

So, having been told "you have to see the falls from both sides", who were we to argue. An early start over in argentina, we caught a local bus across the border, stopping at both sides for immigration. We arrived at the national park with one thing on our agenda...to do the famous Helicopter ride over the falls. $50 a head for 10 minutes seemed expensive but we went with it anyway and took our place in the queue. As we were waiting, we were able to get fabulous pictures of the helicopters as they were taking off and landing. As we got towards the front of the queue, I was getting a bit nervous, where Ger was nothing but hyper! There were four of us going up and I was lucky enough to get the front seat next to the pilot!! The base was all glass so it was probably not the best decision of the day!! We took off and headed towards the falls over the jungle. The view even then was amazing. We hit the falls and the pilot did several circles so we each got the most incredible views. It is so hard to describe, but it was like nothing I have ever seen or done before. Definitely one of the best ways to see the falls and do them justice. Unfortunately all the circling had left my stomach 2 miles behind us so as we headed back to the landing pad I was starting to get a bit quesy!! After sitting down for half an hour I was raring to go again though! It was just spectacular and a really good experience being in the helicopter too. We couldn´t just leave then though so we paid our entrance fee into the park and spent a couple of hours doing the important trails and getting some fabulous photos. The falls from the Brazilian side were entirely different and we were glad to have made the effort to do both sides. I think both of us were more amazed but the Argentinian side but the Brazilian side was also spectacular and the helicopter ride made the trip worthwhile!! Unfortunately, we weren´t able to explore anymore of the city, as we had to fly out to Santiago on the 29th for New Year in Valparaiso. And there´s a story in that too...and I´m glad its me that gets to tell it rather than Gerard!! We got up on 29th and left the hotel to get us to the airport an hour before our flight to Buenos Aires. Arriving at the airport, on the Brazilian side, it was pretty clear that it was in fact a domestic airport only with no international flights!! A lesson Gerard had tried to warn me off the previous day when we realised there was an airport on the Argentian side as well!! I frantically tried to call the airline to see if there was a flight later in the day that we could catch as we had a 5hour wait in Buenos Aires anyway before the connectng flight to Santiago. Unlucky for me..."Office hours are from 9-5 Mon to Fri" and sods law...it was Saturday! We then just decided to pay the price of a taxi over to the argentian side in the hope there may be a later flight. It wasn´t until the taxi driver reminded us that Argentina is an hour behind Brazil, at this point, it meant that we had about 45 minutes to get the other airport before the check in on our flight closed...I don´t think we´ve ever gone so fast in a taxi in our lives! The queue at immigration was really long, Gerard ran to the front and the lady behind the desk let us jump in (to the disgust of those waiting in line!! We ran pretty quickly before they started throwing things at us!!) We then reached the Argentinian immigration and the queue was ridiculously long, and this time it was cars!! Our taxi driver did so well, driving up the hard shoulder with his hazards on to skip to the front. The guards, fortunately, were on our side and let us through but we still had a 20minute wait. And to cut an already really long story short...we got there with 2 minutes to spare and walked straight onto the plane! Wish they´d let you do that at home!! No boring long wait at the airport, and life´s no fun without these little adventures...as I kept reminding Gerard!
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The Irish luck was with you when you went to the wrong airport! Bet you were glad Ger was there!! Dad sais he will email you some pics of the bairns when he gets a few mins to brows through the many he took . Take care of each other love Mumxx (Lorna)

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