A ride into the Devils Throat

Trip Start Feb 13, 2010
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Trip End Aug 15, 2010


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Monday, August 2, 2010

I have to start this entry from leaving Bueno Aires. We arrived at the bus terminal to find that our bus wasn't there. The employee did not speak good english and tried to explain that we had to follow him out of the terminal to a side of a road where the bus was. Legal issues was the reason. 

 Becca's cautious side started to kick in, this transformed into an anxiety attack when she conjured it up in her mind that when we were being taken through a car park to the bus the man walking in front of us had a gun ready to be used to mug us. I have to admit I panicked a little to, but it was dark and the 'gun' was actually the kind man's pair of gloves. Panic over we arrived at the bus to find that we were the only people actually booked onto it. We were over the moon, we were able to sit in the posh seats, get free wine and choose whatever movies we liked. Next stop Iguazu.

So we arrived in Iguazu, found our hostel and made our plan.
For anyone that doesn't know what Iguazu falls actually is, it is basically a 4km area of massive, mammoth, magnificent waterfalls. It is situated on the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. People have the choice of doing either the Brazilian or Argentinian side, or both. 
With 2 days there we contemplated doing both sides, but our first day was a washout leaving us to do only the Argentinian side based on  the word of mouth recommendations we had received. So we hopped on a bus bright and early the next day and managed to arrive whilst it was still quiet. You buy your ticket which gives you access to the park and a train and boat ride. The train took us to 'The Devil's Throat'. This was the first time that we had saw it, and for us the most impressive part. The name says it all. The deafening sound was the first thing to hit us. Then you see the huge amount of water crashing down to the bottom, which you can't even see due to all the mist. 

We spent our day with a very nice couple from Manchester - Jordan and Rochelle. Unfortunately we wasn't able to get the boat over to the island, so instead we splashed out (every pun intended) and got the boat ride into the mouths of 2 of the main waterfalls. We packed all of our things into a wet bag and got onboard the speedboat. It only lasted about 5 minutes but it was immense. They gave us a chance to take some pictures up close the waterfalls, but then shouted for us to put our cameras away just before they sped right into it and under. Becca got more drenched than me as she was sat on the side. How gentlemanly of me. 

For us Iguazu was really really good, but what stopped it being amazing was that it was a very murky and wet day. We had been told by people that had been how amazing the rainbows and butterflies were. Despite this it was yet another thing that took our breath away in South America. 

 

 
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