Now this is what you call a waterfall!!!

Trip Start Sep 24, 2010
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

After the bad news about not being able to stay in BA, I had decided to head to Iguazu Falls and chill for a coupleof days until I decided my next moves.  I can honestly say that this was the first time in my whole trip when I had really wanted to go home.

Even when I had been mugged at the start of my trip and had a few other things stolen along the way, I had never wanted to go home as much as I did now.  I cant really say why, I know I was dissappointed about not being able to stay in BA, but that really wasnt the reason....just couldnt seem to pull myself out of this horrible feeling I had and get on with my trip....even planning my next moves started to become really difficult for me.

So, I arrived by overnight bus to Puerto Iguazu which was a quaint little place with some tourists but not too over-run.  I had decided to stay 5km out of town at a hostel which was more like a resort.  It had a swimming pool and offered lots of activities etc but i just wanted some quiet time to try and sort my travel plans.  The afternoon of my arrival i spent wandering into town, having a look around then heading back to the hostel to chill out.  As my budget was now running low, I bought some ham and olives and crackers from the supermarket along with some fruit....that should keep me going for a couple of days.

The next morning I woke again with the same feeling of wanting to go home and was especially missing my family.  I sent Dad an email letting him know how I was feeling and asking for his advice.  I didnt want to let Mam know how down I was as she had recently been poorly and I wanted her to concentrate on getting well again and not worry about me.  Dad emailed back asking why I was so down and to try and give it a couple of days, if I wanted to head home then obviously thats what i could do but that the weather was "shite" and I would regret it. His email immediately put a smile on my face and made me think about the horrible weather and would I really be happy if I went back.  Some days I really miss being able to pop into my Mam and Dads for a cuppa and just to see them, also especially miss my brother and the kids, no matter how down you were about anything, the kids, especially Brogie and Callan could immediately make you feel happy.  I miss them all very much.

So, off I went to visit the falls which I had heard so much about and the crowds were huge and even at 9am in the morning (I thought getting there early would avoid them) there was still alot of people there.  The walk towards the falls was lovely and I opted to take the jungle trail instead of the train, hoping some time with mother nature would help lift my mood....which it did.  As I approached the first part of the trail to the falls I began to hear the thunderous roar that they produced.  I immediately started to feel excited and followed the many people infront sporting their attractive rain ponchos (I had decided to opt out and get soaked)...I mean, its only water and I was in the mood to immerse myself in the falls!  As I approached the top level of the Upper Circle what stood before my eyes is only what I can describe and truly and utterly breathtaking.  I have a love of waterfalls but I had never in my life seen anything like this before.  The spray alone that came off them soaked you through but it felt liberating and amazing to be standing right beside these amazing wonders of nature.  As I made my way to the lower level where you really are down amongs the falls, the heavens opended I got well and truly soaked through...I didnt care, my mood was lifted and I suddenly felt happy and lucky to be where I was. 

I spent all day at the falls, walking miles and seeing and experiencing them from all different angles.  I did wish my family and friends could be there to witness this spectualar sight (one downside to travelling on your own) but I had thousands of other people around me that I chatted to throughout my day.

I almost didnt want to leave the falls but returned to my hostel a happier spirit and started looking on the internet and resourcing my next moves.  I had decided to see the other side of the falls in Brasil which was only 30mins away by bus then make my next decisions from there.  Claire, the girl from Manchester whom I met in Cusco used the following decription for the title of her blog about the falls ....."Argentina has the falls but Brasil has the views"....taking her words on board, how could I not jump across the border and see what the other side was like!


Cxxx
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