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Trip Start Apr 10, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, November 9, 2006

Having spent 3 nights in Rio, it was time to move along and we flew across to Foz do Igacu on the Brazilian border on the 9th. A taxi from the airport took us over the border to the Argentinean side, and the town of Puerto Iguazu, and Hotel Lillian. Puerto Iguazu is a great little town - despite the constant flow of tourists who come through to see the huge and very impressive Iguazu Falls - it's very relaxed and doesn't have that over-commercialized vibe of most tourist hotspots.

The Iguazu falls are absolutely magnificent - 275 different waterfalls rushing down drops of up to 80 metres - you can't even imagine it until you've seen it! The noise once you are close up is loud - and the amount of water that crashes past you is almost unbelievable. The falls are exactly on the Brazilian and Argentinian border and we did as recommended - spent day one on the Brazilian side, which gives a more panoramic view - and excellent photo opportunities
- and day two on the Argentinian side which has a series of paths and catwalks leading along the river and closer to the falls, with the most spectacular being the enormous Garganta del Diablo ( Devil's throat). I think the falls must honestly be one of the most incredible natural phenomena I have ever been privileged enough to see - and a definite "must-see" for anyone visiting this part of the world - you can look at the pics but they don't even start to show how magnificent they are.

We also went to an amazing birdpark, on the Brazilian side and over the road from the entrance to the falls, and to the Itaipu dam - the largest hydro-electric power plant in the world - which was impressive - in building it, work went on 24 hours a day and used (if I remember right) the same amount of concrete as in a 20 storey building - every hour!

We had two fabulous nights in Iguazu - one at a Brazilian dinner and "folkloric" show which was very touristy but so great, and the other at an excellent Argentinian parrilla (steakhouse) where my mom and John celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary and were serenaded by the oh so cheesily fantastic singer - with yes, you guessed it, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"!
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Hotel Lillian

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