The 'Foz' Falls
Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
92Trip End Aug 31, 2011
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The Brazilian side was an impressive introduction on the first day, but the Argentine side was by far the best experience of them. There are 275 separate falls and the book describes Niagra as a 'ripple’ compared to these waterfalls.
The trails in and around the national park allowed a 360 view of them, and it was interesting to see each waterfall besides the main ones had names eg ‘the two sisters.’ We took the boat tour as part of our trip, we met people who had experienced the falls in a number of different ways but we were quietly pleased that our deal had worked out more cost effective
Afterwards we took a jungle tour in our sodden clothes, we pulled up to a bank where a crocodile was just hanging out. We saw a snake but were assured it was not poisonous, but since seeing it our guide started talking about snakes in that jungle which could kill you in 3 minutes of stinging you! There were also Puma’s and Jaguars’ but unfortunately they only appear after hours and the park closes for them to roam; it was nice to hear that the national park only occupies 30% of the whole region. The Coatis (look like big rats, they are from the raccoon family and are infested like foxes back home) were everywhere, tourists were petting and feeding them- but I knew they were diseased and every time I saw one (they completely infested the park) I shouted rabies. There were however lots and lots of flora and fauna, there are over 250 species of butterflies; they fly around in the wild and some were absolutely beautiful- obviously we couldn't get any good enough pictures, there was one huge blue one that when it flapped around it sounded like a bird, they landed on us frequently!
Overall the Falls were absolutely amazing, the rush of going in them, plus the epic scenery was breath taking.
Ps El Shaddai was the best hostel ever- Liz on reception was SO friendly helpful and accommodating and patient with helping us make the most of our few days there. Thank You Liz and team!