Iguassu Falls

Trip Start Aug 10, 2007
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Trip End Dec 27, 2007


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Friday, October 5, 2007

We arrived in Iguassu after a good breakfast on the bus.  As we drove into Iguassu we went past a wonderful looking hotel with a huge pool in front of it, surrounded by palm trees.  ``Now thatīs where I want to stay`` I said ......... and as luck would have it, that was our hostel.

We were rudely told to wait until 2pm to check in and so we went to the pool and swam until 2pm.  Jules went to check in and was again rudley dismissed  by the same guy and as we were about to throw a strop, one of the young girls said she would check us in.

As it was quite late, there was no time to do anything, so we decided to take it easy and lie round the pool for the day.  We booked the ``Jungle Adventure Tour`` and tickets to Rio and then went to enjoy the pool.

Supper was a buffet that was great.

The next morning we had breakfast at 7:30am and then climbed aboard the bus going to Iguazu at 8am.

The first part of the adventure was going on a safari drive of 8km through the rain forest.  We stopped to observe a huge Toucan, and then two more joined him in teh trees near us.  We saw some huge butterflies and there seemed to be legavarnes all over the place.  You heard the russle of leaves and then saw the legavarne scurring along.

After the drive we headed down a path to the motor launch.  We were each given a life jacket to wear and a big green waterproof bag to keep for our belongings.  Initially we just left the green bag under our seat and enjoyed the ride along the river.

The skipper would go fast into the rapids etc. and we were having a ball heitting the rpaids and flying around all over the place.  Then we came around a bend in the river and saw the falls for the first time.  I will always remember the sight -  we were low in the river and staring upwards with stiff necks at the water falling from high above us.  Wherever we looked there was water.  The falls went on for miles, as far as we could see.  We were all snapping away taking pictures and then the skipper told us he would go  a bit closer to San Martin falls so we could have a final photo.  Jules and I took our turn in the bow of the boat and had our Canon moment.  Then we were told to take all our possession and securley hide them away inside the waterproof  bags.  We had brought along the waterproof bag we bought for Julieīs camera in Cairns, and had sealed the camera inside, ready for the water photos.

My golly, we had no idea what we were in for ................ we drove under the San Martin waterfall!!!  The boat was covered in water, it was like someone threw a blanket of water over us.  In an instant we were all totaly soaked to the skin, and I mean soaked!  The photos we took do show how wet we got, but itīs hard to describe how much water fell on us and the force of the water . 

He speed out and we did a tight 180 degree turn at speed and headed back in again! Then we were back in the main river and heading straight at the big boy ....... Devilīs Throat.  He flew straight in and we were soaked within seconds.  He came out, gave us a chance to catch our breaths and then he went in one last time.  He got the boat in close and we were taking on a serious amount of water.  You could hardly see your hand in front of your face.  And then it was all over.  Everyone in the boat was laughing and we could not believe how wet we all were. 

After our brilliant ride we went and lay on San Martin island beach to dry off.

We had a 30 minute lie in the sun and then packed up our beach towels we had purchased in Aussie ....... little did we know it would be the last time we would ever use them!

We proceeded up a steep walkway to begin the walk around the island.  The first animals we came across were eagles.  The locals call them vultures?  They are definitaly fish eagles as we  saw them diving for fish in the river.  We think they are called vultures because of the way they all perch in a tree (like vultures).  Wherever we looked we could see them flying around looking for food.

As I was taking a photo of the "vultures" in a tree, Jules called me.  I ran down the path in time to see two giant iguana waddling alongside the path in the forest vegetation.  We followed them for a while and when they moved into the dense vegetation, we continued along the path.

We continued to hike through the jungle alla round the waterfalls and spent the day observing the falls from many different angles and heights.

We finished our day with the most amazing sight of all .................. IL DIABLO!  We stood alongside the mighty Devils Throat and could not believe the power of the water.  There was mist everywhere and swallows were flying into the mist from all over the place.  A truly amazing sight.

We left happy and contented and agreed that this was one of our best days of our trip ...... well it was until we got to the bus!!!!!!!

In short - we had to cross the border into Brazil to catch the bus to Rio.  First we got to the border post and found a long queue, a worry as we had 20 minutes to get to the bus (the travel desk at the hostel said we had more than enough time!!!!), we got through the customs and had 10 minutes to get to the bus, which took our taxi driver 20 minutes to do.  We rushed to the bus, only to find everyone standing around slowly getting onboard. 

We noticed a lot of scaffylocal people waiting to board and thought this was a lot different from our Argentine bus!  Onboard there was only one level and the seats were a bit old and tatty.  No worries,we were then told to move from our 'prime' front row seats by a pathectic bus conductor who then smiled at his two pals who took our front row seats / so we were off to a great start!

Then the good news - no food or drinks on board!  The travel desk said the bus was the same as the Argentine one (except it was double the price!) and we faced a 23 hour trip with no food or drink!  Luckily the bus made many many many stops and so one was able to buy stuff, well that would be alright if one had Brazil Reals to buy things with.  We did not as we had come from Argentina and had had no time to draw any money.  So at the first stop I ran down and tried to draw money, no cigar.  The second stop we managed to find a really nice guy who said we could use US dollars, so we ate and drank.

Thereafter we were not able to draw money and not able to use US dollars, so our dinner wasall we ate until 5pm the next day ....... oh yes,the bus was late as well!

The only fun part was that the two idiots who sat in our seats got pissed off as they wanted meto switch off my reading light, so they could sleep, and I kept it on, prentending to read!!  And a small mercy ............ the loud, spanish DVD machine broke early on,so no movie, oh shame .........silence for us!!

Anyway, we survived just, and swore that was the last bus trip we were doing.  The first thing Jules had to do was to book plane flights for Cusco and Cancun!!!!
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