Day 9 (late afternoon / evening)
Temperature: 33 degrees
Weather: Sunny, hot and humid
Brazil Tour: Day 5 Iguacu Falls – Argentina Side
Michel and I being completed soaked from the boat ride under the waterfalls, now had to climb the mountain's edge and this right along the falls. It was a unique experience in which the scene surrounding us was totally spectacular, however, since the rocks were quite slippery from the huge spray mist swirling all around us, precaution had to be taken in order not to slip and hurt ourselves.
As for my poor camera, it wasn’t working anymore…..all of this soaking really got to it….but eventually after properly cleaning with dry paper towels and giving it a chance to dry up a bit, to my greatest joy it became alive and working again! I was scared for a while! Imagine, what would I have done without a camera!!!
Slowly but surely, eventually the top of the cliff was finally reached after a good half an hour climb. The guide was already at the top waiting for all of us. After a short rest in which I simply laid basting in the sun hoping for my clothes to dry up quicker, the rest of the afternoon was spent being guided along several paths at the top of the Argentina waterfalls’ edge which offered stunning panoramic views of the entire complex. Again, the feeling was grandiose as we could feel and witness right below us the enormous thundering falls.
On the other side of the river, the Brazilian side, the hotel where we were staying at…. the Das Cataratas could be seen in the middle of the Iguacu National Park. Being so close in a way, but so far in travelling distance!
It was 6:00pm by the time we boarded the tour bus and were driven back to Brazil without any incidents at the Brazil’s border. A private car was already waiting for Michel and me to bring us back to our hotel. Being in Brazil, we now had to advance our watches by one hour. Having gained an hour in the morning, I was now losing it….so it was later than I thought!
We made it back to the hotel on time to see a stunning sunset right above the Iguacu Falls. It was a funny feeling just looking across the river on the Argentina side of the falls and to think that I was right there, right above the waterfalls just a few hours earlier.
Looking at my watch, it was 12 hours later from the time we had left in the morning. Being completely exhausted from a long and fulfilling day, we had a cozy dinner right on the hotel’s porch with the full moon smiling back at us from above the falls.