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Trip Start Mar 07, 2009
69Trip End Apr 08, 2010
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Left Salta, Uruguay to head back into Argentina on the 11th. The border crossings here are much simpler affairs than in Asia, in this case we got a 1hr bus to Concordia in Argentina, and the bus stopped at the immigration post, we all queued up and got our stamps out of Uruguay, then back into Argentina, Bob`s Your Uncle job done. We waited at the bus station for 5 hrs until the onward leg of our Journey to Puerto Iguazu in the North East. The bus was 45 minutes late but it was worth it, it was awesome! I know it sounds lame to rave about a bus journey but weŽve had some stinkers but this was the best by far. Leather seats, almost full recline, big telly with English, albeit crap, movies with headphone sockets and meals served in the seats. It was tempered a bit by a little boy puking in the aisle right next to us but it was cleaned up pretty rapidly to their credit
We got to Puerto at about 830 am fairly well rested and rocked into a homely little hostel and booked a trip for that day to go and see the Iguazu Falls, a huge set of waterfalls and a major tourist attraction of South America. The falls can be seen from both Brazil and Argentina, today we went to Brazil to get a panoramic view of the falls. It is low season so the bloke in the hostel took us personally in his battered old fiat and of course we had to cross the border again, into Brazil, and again it was a simple affair. In fact as Britons we are one of only a few countries that do not require a visa to enter Brazil, Americans have to fork out about 150 bucks, which is nice. He dropped us off at the falls and we spent 2 hours in the park, in awe at the sight of this place, words cannot do it justice so I have uploaded some photos. The falls can be seen up close on a load of walkways that have been constructed and I hope the photo`s do it justice.
After that we were collected and taken to nearby Itaipu Dam which is the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, apparently. Ang was bored but I enjoyed the tour, though I would have liked a bit more info on how they built it rather than a load of guff about them saving the planet. Got picked up again by our hostel manager who had to then cross the border for about the 8th time today and cooked up some Gnocchi before bedtime, yum
Next day we hit the falls from the Argentina side, this involved a lot more hiking and more intimate views of the waterfalls which even superseded yesterdays. I was told we might see a few raccoons which I was keen to having never seen them before, man they were everywhere, hundreds of them following us around and climbing over tables and stuff. At first it was cute then it was get away from me you smelly critters. It was really hot as well, back to the oppressive tropical heat like Asia which took us a little by surprise. We spent the hole day in the park and even contemplated coming back the next day but we were happy with one day in the end. Got home very tired and went out for dinner and ended up being railroaded into getting an all you can eat BBQ for 12 dollars which ended up being awesome, a hotplate with about 5kg of beef on it, luckily for Ang a bit of chicken as well and some salads but it was a carnivores dream, an absolute bargain.
Next day just rested up and bought our onward tickets to Cordoba in central Argentina, a 21hr bus trip, my longest ever. We bought from the same company as before so fingers crossed we have a similar experience as 21hrs is a long time on a bus!
We left at the right time because I blocked up the toilet, and unfortunately the bus journey, though pleasant, was a bit of a let down. The food was a long time coming, the staff snotty and we had to sit through several Steven Seagal classics, half of them dubbed into Portuguese, with Spanish subtitles! Me thinks weŽll give someone else a try next time.