Iguazu Falls - amazing!

Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
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Trip End Dec 10, 2009


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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Early rise this morning at 7 am to get ready to go to the falls.  We got breakfast in the hostel which was okay - hot choc, tea, coffee, bread, apples and Frosties.  The breakie was better in Sao Paulo hostel actually but sher its grand.  Met Brenda and Paul who were also on an early tour and Brenda gave us a stash of Barrys Tea - happy days!  We forgot to bring some with us.  All we are short now is a 6 pack of tayto!!

Anyway we got the bus to the Iguazu Park which is a national park and a UNESCO world heritage site.  First part of tour was a 4 x 4 jeep ride through the park.  Its the most bio diverse park in all of Argentina so it is very important to them and hence is protected.  There are over 60 species of wildcat if I heard correctly and I read in Lonely Planet one year a puma or a jaguar killed one of the park rangers children - horrendous but thankfully we didnt have any encounters.

We walked down to the river and got in boat for a 6 km ride down the river down some rapids etc.  We got a view of the Devils Throat which is the largest part of the falls.  They also drove the boat under one of the falls - we got soaked!!  It was so powerful, I could barely breath when the water was falling down on us.  The power of the falls is just incredible.  We got off the boat and dried ourselves off and crossed over to Isla San Martin where we hiked up a hundred and odd steep steps to get a view looking down on the falls - it was incredible.  The weather today was unreal - just hot enough to be walking around in.  We went to get a bit of lunch then and there were these animals called Coatis trying to steal all our food!  They look like racoons with really pointed noses which were really low to the ground.  There was loads of them and one fella jumped up on our table so I had to run off clutching my tray with my giant hot dog on it!  There were piles of wasps around too so we were plagued.  Met Paul up there and he left a bag of crisps down and they were nearly swiped!!  He was this close to having to tear them out of his claws!  They are brazen little things!  We carried on to get the train over to the Devils Throat and the view from up there was something else - the river is so calm all along and then it drops down over the edge and the roar and the spray from it is crazy.  Really really enjoyed our day.  We are going to head to the Brazilian side of the falls tomorrow.  You are meant to get more of a panoramic view over there than the close up view we had today.  There was a lovely New York couple on our bus actually who are also on their honeymoon so we are meeting lots of lovely people.  Back in the hostel now so we are having another buffet dinner tonight and only costing 3.70 euro - why would you even bother cooking!!
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jeanio
jeanio on

hello!!
Just said id say hi while I was on!! Looks like ye are having a ball already!! Hope ye are both great and this blog is such the job so Ill be popping to see how ye are!! Ye are probably in brazil now! how cool is that!!
Jean

sharor
sharor on

Re: hello!!
Hi Jean, Thx for comment! We´re in Argentina at the moment - crossed the border a few days ago and having a ball. Argentina is stunning and its so easy to travel over here - I expected it to be different for sme reason but I bet Bolivia and Peru wont be as easy. Road are meant to be really bad etc but sher thats all part of the fun (its easy to say that now!) Hope college is going alright - you finished now for summer or working away? Hope the new house is going well! Take care, Shar and Ror x

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