Nature's Power

Trip Start May 16, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Foz do Iguazo - May 31st to June 2nd, 2007

Day 16

Finally arrived in Foz do Igauzo after a very long bus ride (24 hours) and many stops along the way.  The bus was not comfortable and did not provide any food or blankets.  So it was bit of a rough ride.  However, the scenery was quite interesting on the ride.  The region around Rio is very tropical in the vegetation and also rather mountainous.  In contrast in the southern Parana region it is very flat with minimal trees and it more farming type land.  Also in this region I saw numerous shanty towns on the side of the highway that were built with whatever the people could throw together.  Seeing this certainly makes me appreciate my home in Australia.

After checking in to Paudimar Hostel ($21 reals or $10 US per night) I caught the local bus to the Brazillian side of Iguassu Falls.  Wow, another jaw dropping view of the landscape.  The waterfalls are very impressive as there is a tremendous amount of water constantly flowing showing awesome power.  However, the falls are also impressive as there are so many of them all in this one area.  Quite an impressive sight indeed.  The Brazillian side displays the falls in a more panoramic view giving you a wider view.  However, one is able to get very close at the section called Devils Throat.  Whereby you can almost touch the falls. 

It was suprisingly cold in Iguassu on the day I arrived, and the hostel didn't seem to have very good heating.  But I was very happy to be here and witness the falls.

Day 17

Jumped on a tour organised by the hostel to visit the Argentinian side of Iguassu Falls on this day.  Unfortunately the weather had taken a turn for the worse.  Throughout the day it was raining on and off and the temperature was rather chilly.  However, this side of the falls was even more spectacular and certainly warranted the full day for viewing
The great thing about the Argentinian side of the falls is that there are so many different viewing points to see the falls.  Additionally you also are able to get a closer look and at various points you are literally standing  on top of the falls.  Which I must say is very impressive.
The pinnacle of the falls is the Devil's Throat where you really get to witness the mighty power of the falls.  Unfortunately as it was raining my camera suffered some damage as I was taking photos here.  Since then I have to play around with my camera to take photos, but at least it still kinda works.

Anyway after numerous hours of walking around the falls and getting soaked I was very impressed but also absolutely freezing cold.  So it was high time to catch the bus back to the hostel for a hot shower and try to thaw out. 

I must say I really enjoyed viewing the falls much more from the Argentinian side and also liked the fact that I went to a different country for a day.

Day 18

Well it was time to leave today for Buenos Aires.  So a bit of a throw-away day.  I spent the morning (several hours) updating my travel blog (I know it may seem like I've been slack, but it does take a lot of time trying to do this).  I walked around the town trying to find an exchange house but couldn't.  And then I simply caught the local bus to the international bus station.  The bus to Buenos Aires was with Cruce Del Norte and cost $175 reals or $87.5 US.  However, this bus was infinitely more comfortable than the last with meals, blankets, pillows, & comfortable reclining seats.

The actual process of crossing the border did take a lot of time as firstly one has to check-out from Brazil then check-in to Argentina.  But an interesting process with my first land country border crossing.
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