Puerto Iguazu - Argentina!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

We stop off at Foz Do Iguazu which is still in Brazil, but we are too tired to get over to Argentina today. Another 20 or so hours trip on a coach and again i have no worries kipping for most of it. Foz is small but because of the tourists that come here we find a Hostel very easy. We venture out and find this great place to eat. Its a buffet that also has a wonderful brick burner that is cooking up some fine meats. As we tuck in, every few minutes one of the many waiters slaps a laden skewer on the table and asks if we want some more. Im in heaven!  "Si Si Si" keep it coming amigo. Good food for not a lot. We turn in early as we want to get up and get to the boarder and into Argentina. 

You can actually see the Iguazu Falls from both Brazil and Argentina but we decided to go to the Argentinian side as apparently its the better view. We sleep well and after breakfast we get the bus to the boarder. As usual we havent a clue what to expect, but we get through without any dramas..and we are in Argentina! thank god as much as i enjoyed Brazil it was breaking the bank. Ive been told that Argentina is a lot cheaper. Across the boarder we get off the bus a few minutes after passing through we are not at Pueto Iguazu. Its a small town that caters thrives on tourists visiting the falls. We check into a Hostel its 5.50 a night which im amazed at, well, amazed untill i go and see the room. They should be paying me 5.50 an hour to stay in this place! I shrug it off thinking i wont be spending much time in there. After dropping our stuff we then get the bus to the falls. A 10 minute journey gets us to the national park and we pay the entrance fee of about 13. Looking at the map i was surprised how big the area was, judging by the map there is enough here to keep s busy for the day. Weather wise it was a bit grim when we first woke but as the day goes on the sun eventually bursts through. We walk along the paths guiding us the first look out point and it doesn't disappoint. Its a truly stunning scene which takes a little while to sink in, The name comes from two local words meaning "big" and "water". The site consists of 275 separate falls along 1.7 miles of river: two thirds are within Argentina. The highest reach 270ft in height and its truly breath taking. You can see that the Argentinian side is better, we follow the paths that zig zag in front of the main falls, each time we stop it seems to open up more views of the falls. Below on the river you can see many boat trips that takes you right to the foot of the falls, and you hear the screams coming from the boat as everyone gets soaked by the falls. We make our way to the river and take the free boat across to the island that takes you closer to the main falls. Its a steep climb up many steps but eventually we get there and its stunning, just the sheer size of the falls is amazing we take out photos and head back to get the train right across the top. 

After grabbing some food we get a train thats going to takes up the river beyond the falls, apparently the view from here is the best but i cant see how you can beat what we have already seen?! A 10 minute journey and we get off. We walk along another wooden walk way that eventually open up and cross the the river. The river isnt deep but it is vast. Each time we touch land it opens up to another expanse. I wonder where this will take us? We must pass what feels like a mile of river, along the metal walk way there are butterfly's following us some which are happy to land our arms and hands, we follow the path for about 15 minutes before we come to the end, everyone's jaws drop and we are presented with a view that takes us to the top of the largest area of the falls. Its hard to explain how amazing it is, its like someone has pulled a plug and water is leaving the earth. Look at the pictures as they show it better than words. 

We stand and stare for quite some time and then head back. That was definitely a highlight so far, you can see why so many people come he just for the Falls, they are spectacular.

That evening we headed out with some people we head met at the Hostel, we made the most of a buffet at the Hostel costing about 2 and a litre of beer costing 1 i think im going to like Argentina!
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