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Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
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Trip End Apr 10, 2008


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Sunday, April 6, 2008

On our midnight bus from corrientes to iguazu, we slept as best we could considering there was a talkative 6 year old in front of us.  the bus made another stop around 5am at a depot for the bus line.  i heard them washing the bus and filling the drink cooler with ice.  20 minutes after we left there i had just fallen back asleep when i heard a loud thud and what sounded like ice and water rushing down the opposite wall and all over the floor.  i sat up and looked across the aisle.  it wasn't ice and water.  someone had thrown a rock at our bus and shattered the window.  there was glass all over the seat across from me and a little on my blanket.  luckily the woman who had been sitting in that seat had gotten off at the last stop.  cold air was rushing in.  i was so startled and half asleep, i was kind of freaking out.  ismael had to keep telling me it was okay.  as i said we were only 20 minutes from a bus depot, so we turned around and switched buses.  no biggie but a little crazy at 530 in the morning.

when we got to puerto iguazu we found a hostel and showered.  then we headed over to the national park.  the park is 55,000 hectares (i have no oclue what a hectare is but i know 55,000 of them means a really big area) of natural sub-tropical jungle.  there are 275 individual waterfalls falling 80 meters.  niagara's horseshoe falls is only 53m.  we walked down trails to see the falls.  they're spread out into 2 major sections.  one area is in a small compact horseshoe shape while the others are spread out.  the firsst day we went to see these.  they are beautiful, absolutely picturesque.  i kept thinking of a cheesy truck commercial.  we took a little bus across the river to an island where you can walk around and see the falls from different angles.  while over there we waded in the river and tried to catch the small fish swimming around us with our bare hands.  it didn't work. 

when we got back over to the other side of the river we saw a monkey.  there were actually 5 of them climbing and jumping in the trees.  it was cool to see wild monkeys.  we also caught a glimpse of 2 coaties, but weren't able to get a picture. 

the next day we went back to the park and went to the horseshoe shaped falls, la garganta del diablo, the devil's throat.  to get to it we took a little train and then went over walkways to stand above the river next to the falls.  on the walk there were all sorts of butterflies of all different colors and designs flitting about.  they really like ismael, he had a bunch land on him.  i don't know, maybe i smelled or something. 

the falls are beautiful, like i said, but you don't get to get real close to them.  at niagara you can go out on a walkway where the force of the water almost knocks you down and you get soaked.  here at iguazu you're not that close and really only get a mist every now and then. 
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