Wet wet wet....and I don't mean the Scottish band!

Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
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Friday, April 4, 2008

Well after the 23 hour bus trip here we were surprisingly wide awake, and made our way to out hostel which was right in the middle of nowhere! A lot of the roads leading up to it weren't even roads...just dirt tracks. Still it made for some nice scenery. But we just took the evening handy and made use of the pool table and swimming pool on the grounds.

We'd planned for a day trip to Paraguay the next day, which as strange as it sounds, did actually happen, and is a common thing for Brazilians to do as the cost of electrical goods and most clothes is so cheap over the border. Once we got through the rather strict border control, and actually walked across a bridge into Cuidad del Este, we were met with hundreds of street stalls selling everything from socks to Play stations...one of them was even selling a blood pressure monitor complete with stethoscope! Anyway, Eoin picked up a bargain on a laptop which I'm having the pleasure of writing this on. It worked out less than half the price of the same model in Ireland.

Having spent the day there and bargaining with the different shops over the price, we got caught up in time and missed the bus to the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls, which is the main reason we came here. The next day, however, we got to cross yet another border, this time into Argentina. In doing so, we had visited three countries in two days! The bus trip over was a story all on it's own, the bus looked like a portacabin on wheels with plastic windows and park benches for seats, so it was far from comfortable! 

Once there however, we were met with some amazing views and sounds. I know I've attached a good few photos and a video but it still doesn't do them justice. We decided on getting a speed boat into the middle of one of the waterfalls and it was definitely worth it. The boat didn't just take us there to get some nice photos, but it actually stopped right underneath the fall of the water, and more amazingly, it was was warm water. To say we got soaked would be an understatement. After the trip we had to sit on rocks for half an hour to dry off, much to the delight of everyone else!!

Towards the end of the day we walked the 1100 feet to get to the part of the falls known as The Devil's Throat, which is where the video was taken from. Along the way we saw a massive crocodile in the river, just sitting there waiting for something, or someone to come across it's path! The view from the look out point was definitely an unbelievable and unforgettable sight. There was so much to take in.

As this was our ;last night in Iguazu, we decided against seeing the Brazilian side, but we were both happy with what we'd seen, so the next day we would be moving onto Argentina, and our first port of call was Rosario, the 2nd city of the country and the birth place of the famous Ernesto "Che" Guevara. I really enjoyed Brazil, however the language barrier from Spanish to Portuguese was a bigger gap than I thought, especially when spoken as opposed to written. We saw and did a lot here and I would definitely love to return to the country one day, maybe if Ireland  qualify for the 2010 World Cup it'd make the perfect excuse!

All the best

James,
 
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