Iguaçu Falls - Paraguay, Brasil and Argentina
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We then drove from Bonito all the way along the Paraguayan border with Brasil, and yesterday we arrived at Foz do Iguacu.
Spent the whole day at The Iguaçu Falls today. These falls are so magnificent that apparently when Eleanor Roosevelt saw them she remarked "Poor Niagara"!! We went to the Argentina side as that has the biggest section of viewing, so it involved going through the borders both ways. We left by bus from here at 9:00am and only got back at 7:30pm. (We are camping at a nice place just outside Foz). The falls are truly magnificent, and very well organised. (If only Victoria Falls could get the same infrastructure!) The whole place is linked with sturdy metal walkways, so you really get to see the whole area easily, and a little train system transports people to link up with the various routes. Really impressive. We did a boat trip on a big, highly powered rubber duck, to go under the falls, and that was such fun. You get absolutely soaked, and the water pouring down on top of you is so strong that you can't even open your eyes! Beautiful butterflies and birds all around in the park. After the day's walking we were really tired when we got back! Then one caipirinha and sleep comes easily! (LOVE this drink with limes and cachaça!)
We are hoping to pick up the part for the car that Mick sent, but it doesn't seem to have arrived here yet, but am sure that it should be here soon
Most interested in the green tea that people here in the south drink... It is a whole culture of specially-shaped and decorated cups filled with almost a powdery/paste green tea stuff, and then a special metal straw with a sieve at the end. It is called chimarão/mate.... Hot water is poured over the tea to infuse it. So you see people with their little flasks and their cup. Some even have special flask and cup holders... It seemed to be standard equipment for the locals at the falls yesterday. Some of the cups and the straws are works of art, and can be quite pricey.