Museums, ponds and strange birthday parties

Trip Start Feb 14, 2011
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Trip End May 05, 2011


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

After an amazing visit to the waterfalls yesterday I was surprised to hear we actually missed a part of the park. Craig told me about it last night and I figured we could go and check it out together. He wanted to go to a museum first to see the guide there, a girl we met when in a club 2 days before. And so we set off.

We took a bus and asked the driver to drop us of at the museum which worked out perfectly. Once there Craig failed in seducing the guide but we enjoyed the museum for what it was worth. It was a museum about the woodcarvings of a local immigrant from way back in the days (which is quite recent for Argentinan, it's a young country). Took some pictures so you will be able to share in the shear joy of these wooden statues at some point :-). The guide told us about some old ruins from the missionaries and we decided to walk there.

It took us quite a while but once we get there it was truly nice to see a ruined little amfitheater totally overtaken by the desert. There was still a statue of the virgin Mary though and people would clearly still come there to burn candles. Quite surreal.

Once we got back to the museum we enjoyed some mate, the local tea variety culturally grown in to the locals mind and body. (you would love it Beth ^^). Once we enjoyed some of the mate we got back to the exact spot the bus dropped us off figuring we would be able to catch the bus there once it came by. This turned out not to be exactly true as the bus simply went passed making a gesture neither of us could understand and hence leaving us sort of stranded there. Luckily there was a local argentinian man who saw us discussing how to jump in front of the next cab that came by who offered to drive us there. It's a long way there and it didnt look like he was heading in that direction but Argentinians are just friendly its a bit crawy.

Once we got to the park I had some trouble convincing the guys I was there before. I should have had my ticket stamped as prove on exiting the previous day which would cut the current days cost in half but as I didnt know I was coming back and since I am who I am I kind of forgot. A picture on my camera convinced them though and soon enough we were walking from the train station to the entrance of the trail. We ran by a pretty cool `monkey bridge - a concept I was  totally unaware of before encountering it. Once we got to the trail it was a 4 km walk and at the end we got to the most amawing little waterfall with a pond you could actually swim in! Very nice picture oportunity and truly a nice place to be. A must do for anyone who goes there.

After enjoying the beauty of nature we got back to the park gates and on to the hostel. All in all a busy day with lots of walking!  Got back to the hostel and went out for diner with Craig which was very nice. We had an oportunity to talk family and it was amazing how much we were alike.

After dinner we went to a birthday party of the owner of the club we went to days before - this was actually the reason I extended my stay in Iguazu. Turned out they were all just sitting at the table enjoying eachothers company. Not what we had expected. We had some drinks at the bar and shared some stories. After being somewhat drunk we got back to the hostel and went to bed.

A good day to end my stay in Iguazu.
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