The Beautiful Iguazu Falls
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 401
Temperature : 20 degrees
Weather : Cloudy, rainy :(
After spending another few days in Rio doing not very much (the weather turned for the worse) we caught a flight to Iguazu on the Brazilian side. After landing and grabbing our bags we caught a bus to the Argentinian border where we were stamped out of Brazil and into Argentina, and then proceeded on into town.
It's incredible the difference just a few miles can make, as we definitely had a feeling of being back in Argentina....like the wild west again, more litter, more run down, with queues for the ATMs, in the shops, and slow, slow service in restaurants
The following morning we awoke early....to the sound of torrential rain..marvellous! Thankfully it cleared up over the next few hours and we were able to get our cameras out at the falls, although the sky was just a washed out grey most of the day, not great for photos.
I think we made a bit of a mistake only spending one day here. In retrospect we should have spent at least two nights, especially since a ticket for the second day is half price. But more importantly, the buses to Buenos Aires left in the afternoon, and this meant we had to rush around the falls in only 4-5 hours...which sounds plenty of time, but there is a huge amount of walking to be done, and because of the time constraints we were really on a mission, meaning there was little time to sit back and just marvel at what we were seeing. And lastly, we both wish we had actually taken the time to see the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentine side...even though the latter is generally deemed to have better views.
Iguazu falls is not one large water fall, but a series of falls, with numerous steps and stages, set deep in the tropical forest bordering Brazil and Argentina. At it's peak flow it has 12,700 cubic metres of water pouring over the edge. Although we did not visit at this time the sight was still was still impressive....
The internet connection is atrocious where we are right now so I am only putting up a few photos....enjoy :)