Trip Start Oct 04, 2008
31Trip End Jun 30, 2009
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Up early and picked up in luxury van as this is a comfort tour...no hiking to bus stations with packs on which all felt a bit weird and unadventurous, but we needed the break so settled down to enjoy it.....after all, adventure is not everything !! we travelled just 5 hours along the glorious coastline of Brazil to the UNESCO town of Parati, considered to be one of the worlds best examples of Portuguese colonial architecture.....really pretty but expensive. We arrived hot and sweaty as very humid, so jumped in the pool for an hour to cool down....aaahhhhh...
Spent the next day wandering around the old town....lovely old churches and a vibrant port area, now used just for tourist boats and some local fishing, where cobblestone streets get flooded by the tide every day.
Colin insisted in not using the map, so we ended up on the wrong side of town....not quite a Favella but close ! no cars, no shoes on kids feet, broken phone boxes and most importantly no other tourists.....we stood out like a sore thumb....so we casually strolled passed groups of young lads who looked at us like we were completely mad, trying to find the right road out, so stopped at the only shop and he pointed out the right way making it very clear that we must not go in other direction as very dangerous....too late....that is where we had just come from !!! still survived to tell the tale.
Anna our guide became ill, she was concerned about it and asked locals about the symptoms who advised her that she had Dengue fever (there is an outbreak here).....panic set in and she went to hospital, yes the locals were wrong...it was just a virus so all was well.
Travelled further along the coast to the airport at Sao Paolo flying to Iguazu (spelling varies depending on where you are)....crossed the border the next day heading towards the Argentina side of the falls....from the bridge you can see the borders of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina, where they converge.....it was a long long tiring day, as we walked the various trails, viewing the falls from every angle, you get right up close and experience at first hand the whole falls area....Devils throat trail takes you right to the head of the main falls, it is deafening and breath taking, it is higher than Niagara and wider that Victoria....there are 275 falls spread over 3 klm area, with 1800 cubic mtrs of water per second hurtling over the semi circle of rocks....it is surrounded by sub tropical rainforest with butterflies everywhere...even Pumas & Jaguar but none on our visit, though we did see a Coati checking out picnic tables
The boat along the river crosses rapids to the falls, when you get on you strip to your swim suit and place everything in a waterproof bag !! and you needed to......we didn't realise how exciting it could be to get drenched as you go under the smaller falls....best shower in ages, the down side is when you get off you have to hike back up to the top dripping wet, which can be pretty uncomfortable, although you are almost dry by the time you get back up due to the heat.
The next day we went to the Brazilian side, smaller area but you get amazing views of the falls from a distance which puts it all into perspective. We decided to do the helicopter trip, not long but we couldn't stop smiling....it was awesome....we crossed the border back into Argentina before catching a domestic flight to Buenos Aires......get ready to Tango.
Igauzu is awesome awesome awesome