The Falls

Trip Start Nov 26, 2009
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Trip End May 27, 2010


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Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Friday, December 11, 2009

After hellish bus journey crowded, veyr hot (a/c broken and no windows open) and long we arrived at our hostel - we booked in advance to avoid another hassle trying to get a bed in  backpacker land. Yet luckily our hostel was fairly quiet anyway. We met a nice German guy also in our dorm he had studied in argentina so spoke veyr good Spanish and ok English. That evening in between the heavy rain that fell we walked up and saw the Tres Fronteras where you can see Paraguay, Brazil and ofcourse Argentina. We headed back early knowing we wanted to be up to catch one of the first buses to the Parque Nacional Iguazu to beat the hoards of tourists heading to the falls in their tours. This early departure was well worth it as we started on the inferior circular with hardly anyone around. This circular lets you see the monstrosity that is the Sheraton Hotel, as well as smaller waterfalls and a lower view of the big waterfalls. the day was overfcast to begin but due to the rain of the days before the falls were at full flow - the amount of water falling was immense and the spray was huge making them look even more magnificient. Actually the spray was so huge that it shrouded the higher falls up in the gargantuan diablo in the morning. Nevertheless we could definitely still see dozens of falls. At one point on the trail you can get really close to the falls which was REALLY close with the falls so full, we got soaked running to the end of the walkwayand trying to stay there against the force of the spray- very exhilarating! the only down side to the size of the falls was that it meant couldnīt get the free boat across to the island that would give another angle to the falls.

After the inferior trail we headed to the superior trail, which over metal walkways you can stand right at the edge of the waterfalls. You got some great panoramic views of the falls in between the swarms of tour parties that had now arrived at the park. Even so I still found that with the sound of the water and the quite extensive walkways you could still just stand and admire the force of nature. After this trail we caught the little electric train in the park o so disneyland-esque.Up to the another fairly long metal walk way over the rivers right to the edge of the gargantuan diablo where you look over into a horseshoe of mist its awesome! the amount of water is crazy im still amazed now a week on! 

Our final part of the parque was taking the 3km nature trail walk down to one last fall and view point. This was much less touristy with no metal in site jsut a well cut poath through the subtropical forest. It was really cool is a little scary when you looked up and saw a huge web right across the path (over a metre wide) with a massive spider hanging there Ben and I were sure to duck! The view at the end was really cool just looking over the river into untouches rainforest and the river spectacular!

This was our last site in Argentina and what a one to end with. I really enjoyed travelling through the part of Argentina I saw. Everyone is so nice and friendly. The weather was also relatively good with some impressive tempestads thrown in. Ofcourse the wildlife was on top form too, which made heading out to those remote places really worthwhile, as well as giving me a better understanding of the differences in culture between, Porteņos(city dwellers) and the gaulchos (cowboys) and guaranis (indigenous people).
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