Iguaçu Falls - Paraguay, Brasil and Argentina

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Flag of Brazil  , Paraná,
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In the  previous blog I mentioned that we were going snorkelling down the Rio Prata.  It was marvellous.  In some parts of the river you just skim over underwater grassy banks. It was crystal clear and teeming with fish.  We saw lots of different varieties - some very big, and some minute!  It was a whole 3-hour expedition.  We put on wetsuits at the start, and then after a short truck drive, we walked for about 2km through the bush (fiercely hot, and you couldn't peel off your wetsuit because of the hordes of mosquitoes), so it was a relief to finally get to the water. We were in the water for about 2 hours.... Gorgeous.... Some parts had little rapid areas but otherwise it was a gentle push down.  My arms were very tired afterwards as you do have to keep moving muscles that aren't usually used.   On the way to the river I was bitten on the legs by mosquitoes (short wetsuits) and the little fish loved "pecking" at the spots.... Can imagine that a special therapy of little fish cleaning up your feet could be rather good

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. We have a time restraint to get the car out of Brazil,  but we could just go through the border here...
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.

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Justine on

Beautiful pictures. So enjoy reading your blog.

siyaya
siyaya on

Thanks Justine! It's always good to hear from you... :-)

mick on

sounds like a great visit Anne. Glad the absence of part didn't slow you down. video didn't work for me unfortunately but liked the pics.

Gill on

Amazing photos, Ann. What's happening next? X

siyaya
siyaya on

Tks for comments Mick and Gill... Going to publish another entry today... Will delete that video - don't know why it didn't work! Xx

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