The View from the Other Side

Trip Start Oct 29, 2011
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Trip End Jun 01, 2012


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Monday, December 19, 2011

So onto Argentina and three buses to travel 15km. First of all I needed a bus to get to the Brazilian bit of immigration. Got myself stamped out, then another bus to across the bridge over the Iguazu river which is the actual borderline. Then off into Argentina immigration (was very careful here not to mention a certain group of islands in the South Atlantic, Margaret Thatcher, the sinking of the General Belgrano etc), and onto another bus that took me into the small town of Puerto Iguazu.

This town is geared up towards tourism – here there were far less pharmacies and more touristy shops that actually acknowledged the waterfalls. So I got rid of the big bag and got another bus down to the waterfalls to see them from the other side. Argentina might not have the full panoramic view but they do have the actual falls and on their side you can get right up close and really experience each of the different falls. The falls are surrounded by lush green Atlantic rainforest. The first stop was down to the Gargenta del diablo (Devil's Throat), which is the large horseshoe falls, a bit like Niagara –but just much better !! It is an amazingly powerful and concentrated torrent of water. The totally deafening cascade of water plunges into the depths below which you cannot see due to the blur of the rising vapour below. Then you head down to the smaller waterfalls and get to wander on upper and lower level walkways amongst the falls. Every couple of minutes you were afforded with yet another stunning view of the falls – each with a slightly different perspective, I have been extremely fortunate to visit some of the most beautiful places in the world - The Grand Canyon, Uluru, Machu Picchu, Coventry City Centre but I think this has to be the most stunning of all of them.

Then on Friday I had a few hours to kill in Puerto Iguazu before my bus left so I headed off to the other sight on the tourist trail which is the tri-border point between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. This is the point where the Rio Parana and Rio Iguazu meet. Each country has an obliesk painted as the flag. I was just sitting admiring the view when I got very excited as I was getting a few texts. The only texts I have been getting are from my Mum, T-Mobile and Debenhams. Oh and the one where I can claim for the car accident I had 3 weeks ago.  Ooh how exciting I thought, somebody must love me, what could this be about. So I rustled around in my bag and yes indeed I had received 3 texts. So I excitedly opened them up only to see I had a 'Welcome to Argentina ..’ a ‘Welcome to Brazil ...’ and a ‘Welcome to Paraguay ..’ text.

So that evening I took my first overnight bus journey. In Argentina flying is expensive so most people travel on long-distance buses. You might have visions of cramped conditions on 30 year old clapped out buses. But no these are spacious new double decker buses with seats that recline so you are virtually lying down . I chose the orange bus company because their buses look like Harry Shaw's and it reminded me of when I went to Blackpool with Auntie Marg on the big Uncle Harry bus. Not only do you get seats that recline but they feed you a decent evening meal and breakfast. As well as food you also get free wine and glass of sparkling wine after dinner!! So I settled in to watch a bit of Ashes to Ashes (loving being able to download TV programmes to iTunes), had a bit of canneloni with red wine and then slept until 7am the next morning. National Express you have a lot to learn !!! I then arrived at lunchtime in Buenos Aires feeling pretty refreshed and tootled off to meet Helen.
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Mum on

Auntie Marg will be most impressed that she has got a mention. The Falls look magnificient.

MARG on

Very impressed that i got a mention about our Harry Shaw trip to Blackpool i thought it was Weymouth!! The waterfalls look fabulous better than Niagara (not that i know having never been). Had a lovely Christmas at Sandra's - went to Ian and Debbies yesterday thought i was dead when i got home it was that quiet. HAPPY NEW YEAR

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