The Iguacu Falls

Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
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Trip End Dec 05, 2009


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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hola,

The nightbuss dropped us off on the Argentinian side of the border and we caught a transfer across the border into Brasil, the first thing you notice about the town of Foz do Iguašu is the heat, it is really hot and increadibly humid, even the locals were complaing about it!!!

First stop that day was to visit the waterfalls on the Brasilian side, we were taking to a helicopter station for some of the group to take a 10 mintue trip over the falls for a small fee of US$100!! We decided not to take advantage of this amazing deal!!!!

We arrived at the falls and were told that to see best of the falls on the Brasilian side we should take a 2km walk along the side of the river, despite it being really hot the walk was great, we could see small and large lizards just sunbathing on the path as we walked. However when we reached one of the 22 waterfalls that make up the Iguašu falls, the sight was terrific, just the raw power of nature was incredible enough and it felt as though we were standing underneath the water and we could just reach out and touch it. We walked on a gangway that takes you out into the river several hundred feet in front of a fall, we got totally drenched the spray just covered you from head to foot.

Apparently the falls on the Argentinan side are even more impressive, don┤t see how that could be possible though.  The hotel had a pool that after quickly unpacking we jumped straight into, it felt amazing, so good. 

The following day we were taken across the border once more back into Argentina to visit the Iguašu resort, Firstly we booked a river trip to allow us to travel into the waterfalls, however as we started walking around the park the black clouds started to gather and as the got off the little train the heavens opened, we knew we were going to get wet today just not from a thunder storm.  Still not wanting the hail to stop us we headed out across the river on the gangways to look at the Diablo of the falls a huge semi circle crater that the river dives over, again the power just took your breath away, anyone or anything in that water would be crushed for sure.

The hail eased a little and was now only heavy rain as the walked around the park heading for some lunch. After a burger we embarked on our river tour, we drove though the jungle in our recently purchased rain ponchos in the back of an open truck. By now it was only spitting, but we had been out in the rain for 5 hours!!!  We climbed aboard our speed boat and headed out into the river, amazing sights everywere you looked waterfalls all around, however the best part and highlight of the day was when the boat drove right up to a waterfall, quite literally underneath it and we were drenched agiain and again as the spray from the waterfall covered us. Because of the spray we could open our eyes for long, but when we managed to all you could see was a wall of water falling down a cliff face right in front of us. Totally awesome!!!!

By now the sun was making an apperance and we started to dry out, a little, but it was the end of our visit to the park, we headed back into Brasil and had a BBQ waiting for us by the pool when we returned to the hotel.  Despite the weather a total amazing day with some breathtaking sights.

On the third day in Iguacu we were left to ourselves and we decided to take a public bus to the bird park which is near the falls. I don┤t usually like zoos but this was brilliant. When we walked in it started off like a normal zoo but then there are these massive averies which you walk through. All the birds are flying around above you or running along by your feet. It was a bit scary at first because they fly so close to your head and you can feel their wings against you. As we walked along one of the averies a few Toucans came to see us. These are black birds which huge multi-coloured bills that are completely out of proportion to the rest of their bodies. It doesn┤t look real. One of the Toucans let us stroke him and he seemed very friendly. Mark got a bit over confident after this and tried to stroke another Toucan who had a bit of a shifty eye. The bird wasn┤t having any of it and bit Mark┤s finger and wouldn┤t let go, It was very funny!!!!!

One of the other averies was the Macaw avery and there is a sign to say ``enter at your own risk, these birds bite┤┤ so we went in. The Macaws were massive and so noisy. There were two above us that we having a fight and were making such a noise. It was really good in here and when one parrot flies to the other side they all do so there was a load of birds flying over us all the time. They fly really low as well and one of them hit Mark in the head... I don┤t think he is having much luck with the birds.

We really enjoyed the bird park and as we were coming out we managed to hold a Macaw on our arms. Mine just stayed on my hand but Mark┤s bird climbed up his arm and sat on his shoulder. Then it started pecking him in the head.... Ha!!!!!

Just as we were leaving Mark brought a soft toy of a parrot and called it Mo the Macaw, after you mum.

We had to rush to get a bus back to town because in the afternoon we were heading off to Paraguay for a shopping trip. Paraguay doesn┤t have tax and the electronics are really cheap so we thought we would spend the afternoon in another country. I think Paraguay is a bit corrupt and we didn┤t have any passport stops or anything. As soon as we went over the border it was like being back in Bolivia with everyone trying to sell you everything. We spent the afternoon looking around all the shops and Mark brought some I-pod speakers and I brought a few bits as well.

We have a night bus tonight to take us to Paraty but we won┤t get there until about 6 in the evening so we have 24 hours travel ahead of us. Wish us luck!!!!

Anyway, blog you later.

Kate and Mark

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