Iguacu Falls Episode 1: Foz the Great and Powerful

Trip Start May 20, 2013
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Trip End Mar 11, 2014


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Iguacu Guest House

Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Monday, June 3, 2013

Sao Paolo, though a great few days, had tired us out. Being unable to sleep because of "The Snoreminator", as Hannah had christened him, meant that we were skipping happily toward the night bus to Foz do Iguacu (the Brazilian side of Iguacu Falls).

We settled down to watch the onboard film (bizarrely for a Portuguese speaking country, it was "What's eating Gilbert Grape" in English with Spanish subtitles - at least we enjoyed it). About 20 minutes into the journey, a familiar sound echoed in our ears..."I'll be back". The Snoreminator's fatter, hairier, louder cousin had chosen the seat next to us, and he slept deafeningly from 6.30 pm to 8am without interruption. Even Hannah's travel exercises, much more aggressive than usual and involving direct kicks to the shins, failed to wake him.

So we arrived in Foz a tad less fresh than expected, and bordering on delirium. This state might have added to our ecstasy on opening the door to our first private room of the trip. Fresh towels! Soap on the pillows! A wardrobe, and a locking door! We shrieked and giggled around the 8 square metres until we were sure that the staff who'd shown us the room were thoroughly uncomfortable, then headed out for the day.

Iguacu Falls are on the border of Brazil and Argentina, with Paraguay also a stone's throw away. Brazil and Argentina both have national parks to see the Falls - Brazil is more of a panoramic view, and in Argentina you can see them up close and walk trails around them.

We were prepared to see something spectacular, and the pictures we had seen were beautiful, but nothing could have prepared us for the Falls. We walked along a trail about a mile long, with several viewpoints along the way - each one showing a bit more of the falls and getting more breathtaking. We were absolutely stunned by just how powerful and beautiful they were, and couldn't take our eyes off them long enough not to bump into other equally-spellbound people. Not only are the falls stunning in themselves, but the constant presence of the rainbows created in the mist and colourful butterflies really make it feel other-worldly. 

After several hours spent gazing at them and dodging coatis, the raccoon/anteater sort of rodent that lives there and preys on the crisp packets of dazzled tourists, we returned to our lovely hostel, eager to see the Argentine side the following day. By all accounts we had heard, it would be even more spectacular than the Brazilian side.
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mum/trish on

the falls look amazing. Hope the other side were as nice. Is there someone out there with a louder snore than me Hannah? Haha xxx

Jill Carver on

Hi Hannah and Ollie, the falls sound amazing, it's strange how sights make you feel, reminded me of how I felt at the Grand Canyon, very emotional and hoping Graham wouldn't speak to me cos I couldn't of answered for the lump in my throat.. Lovely to see you on Skype a really lovely time had by all, a day to remember. Love to you both xxxxxxxxxxx

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