The amazing Iguasu Falls

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Trip End Oct 15, 2010


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Where I stayed
Katharina House

Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Jamie and I spent our first night apart in male and female only dorms last night. But it was very cheap so we're doing it again tonight! And I have the room to myself so I currently have the fan on full blast into the shower where I am attempting to dry Jamie’s boxer shorts! Makes sense I know. The only usable plug is next to the toilet so I have to charge my laptop whilst resting it on the loo!

We woke up early this morning and had a quick breakfast of banana and honey sandwiches, did the washing at super speed and nipped around the corner to the supermarket. There is not a huge amount going on the city of Foz, but the super market, as always is the highlight of Jamie’s day. A child in a toy store comes to mind; needless to say he had to be dragged out with promises of returning to study it later!

So we eventually boarded the busy bus heading out to the falls. It took just over half an hour and we were getting very excited. Luckily we had prepared ourselves for the price of entry, so it did not hurt as much when we had to hand over the 40 to get in.

A bus is provided up to the Iguasu Falls, which are shared with Argentina (it is possible to see them from both sides).

They are amongst the largest falls in the world- 80 meters high and they disappear in all directions endlessly. The best view from the Brazilian side was of the Devils Throat where we saw it from the top, then descended in a glass elevator to the half way stage where there is a board walk out so that you end up getting drenched by the first waterfall and dangling over the next series. The sound is deafening and the power immense. It was worth getting a thorough drenching! We followed the path alongside the river and discovered more stunning waterfalls as well as some fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding forests. It is a lot more tropical here than we have seen yet, with jaguars, parrots and pumas living in the national park surrounding the falls, we were almost on our guard! What are the chances!

The weather was dry fortunately as it gave us a chance to dry our trousers off before catching the bus back into town- leaving wet patches is a little embarrassing! We were back at our hostel for 4pm, after a quick stop off at the internet to call home, I was persuaded to visit the supermarket once more. Almost an hour later we had cheap hot dogs for dinner and are now chilling out before an early night as we have an early start tomorrow- although we aren’t entirely sure where to go or what to do… It will either be Argentina or Paraguay…watch this space!
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