Iguazu Falls/Itaipu Dam/Paraguay/Brazil

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Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Friday, March 27, 2009

Our title sounds impressive hey.... we have conquered a lot since our last blog:

Well first things first, we better mention the 18hr bus journey.... really comfy seats, more or less fully reclining, food and movies on bus... but we had a slight problem, dont want to get too graphic about this but we have had some funny bowel movements going on.... one of us cant get off the toilet and one of us cant go to the toilet..... (please delete this before showing to Mammy Harrington).... so we have been feeling a bit rough the past few days.... but we still managed to see the following:

Iguazu Falls:

Ok words or pictures cant describe this place.... unbelievable.... around 280 waterfalls up to 80 metres in height.... in the middle of a jungle rainforest thing.... we spent about 6 hours doing the different trails checking out the different viewpoints of the waterfalls....we were like little children, giggling, amazed, kept saying Oh my God is this for real....
paradise...spot the red faces....More paradiseSpot the rainbow

Nothing can prepare you for the "Gargante del Diablo... the devils throat"..... this is one deafening, soaking experience....
El Gargante del Diablo- the devils throatSo so loudits a long way down

Needless to say this place has been a world heritage site since 1984.
We were wrecked after it.. trailing through the jungle in 32 degree heat and i got a little tired of South American women pointing at me and laughing at my "cara roja.... red face".

All was well when we got to bathe in the river looking at one of the waterfalls.... for those of you that remember the Petre Andre video "mysterious girl", it will give you an idea.... Stephen couldnt help himself singing the song.....
 mysterious girl....peter andre eat your heart out.The jungle
What a day... then it was back to our hostel to deal with our strange bowel movements again.... still trying to figure out what the hell is doing this to us.... maybe we should give up eating cheap fillet steaks for a while... he he..

Brazil/Paraguay: Itaipu Dam

Well we wanted to be big show offs and get 2 more stamps on our passport saying that we were in Paraguay and Brazil so we decided to head to the Itaipu Dam which is the second largest hydroelectric plant in the world... it is right on the border of the 2 countries... they signed a big treaty to build this dam in the 1970īs and everything in the plant is shared equally.... i.e 50% of workers are from Paraguay, 50% from Brazil, 50% of the electricity generated goes to Paraguay ( but they end up selling back the unwanted electricity to Brazil.... makes sense hey).

This dam was pretty impressive even to an engineering dumb ass like me, Stephen was a little more into it.... this place cost $25 billion to build and hey they wont even have the interest paid off until 2023....

Itaipu DamWorking hard at the damIts a long way downGenerator

Huge reservoir there 1350 sq kilometres.... never mind that it drowned a set of waterfalls as impressive as the ones just talked about above...

It is one of the modern seven wonders of the world as voted by some American dudes... this place is up there with the Euro tunnel, Golden gate bridge, Empire State Building, Panama Canal (as you can see we actually listened on the tour)

Well we worked up a serious appetite there again and had to come back and have another steak, this fillet steak took the piss... i would say 16 ounces...amazing... done on a barbecue outside the restaurant, owner was there taking special care of our steaks as well as a whole pig on the barbie in the middle of the street.... he sure had an audience... he was one cool dude...

Love the litlle town we staying... really quite despite the amount of tourists staying here to go to the falls, it is nice to be out of the city.... i am a culchie after all.... even the jackeen here beside me loves it....

Well we getting a plane journey tomorrow down to the bottom of Argentina to Patagonia to start our glacier hiking experience (8 hr plane journey and we still in the same country... yeah we thought it would be a little too long for the bus)....

We did plan on putting up some photos today but forgot the adaptor thing for camera.... ooopsy...

Martina & Steve x
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