The wonderous world of water

Trip Start Jan 03, 2007
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Trip End Nov 03, 2007


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Friday, February 2, 2007

Iguazu Falls - wow! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iguaz%C3%BA_National_Park

At the end of january i went to see what all the fuss is about with my friend Juliana. The bus ride took 20 hours and the seats are so comfy it was probably one of the best coach journeys ive ever had!

The town of Puerto Iguazu is quite small, touristy and very very hot (even by BAs standards). It was about 37 degrees and 80% humidity and quite stormy in the evenings.

On the first evening i had myfirst encounter with a cockroach. These things are evil, i mean how does a half crushed beetle, wrapped in loo roll and flushed down the toilet, somehow manage to escape from its cocoon, swim for its life and take refuge beneath the toilet rim? it then played a game of chase around there for a few minutes before i finally managed to catch it again and this time just threw it as far as i could out of the door! i had a bad feeling that id wake up later in bed with it, but fortunately i think it had a better offer of a nearby bin or something!

Foz de Iguazu or los cataratas, are where the actual falls are and its a half hour bus ride. the first beasty i noticed when i got there was this giant ant. it must have been 3cm long, of which the first cm appeared to be all jaws. i didnt fancy getting bitten, and it doesnt bode well for the proper jungle in a few months time....

A few minutes later we came across a whole community of caotis (see photos), and the were really tame, although i did have a big packet of Doritos snatched from inside my bag. if i can upload the video, and Jules can send me hers then you can see the action unfold. these little bastards are strong and thieving, but they do have a certain cute charm to them! Other fauna i spotted included a few large lizards, a young aligator (we think), an unknown variety of monkey (not to science, but to us), some birds (ill never make an ornithologist) and some butterflies.

As for the falls themselves, the link at the top should give you the best info, but ill annotte some of the photos as well. Suffice to say its one of the most impressive sights (if not the most) that ive ever seen.
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