Days 23 - 24: Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Trip Start Sep 23, 2013
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Monday 14th October - Day 23

A gruelling 15 hours after first setting off and we arrived in Foz do Iguacu. We checked into our hostel and decided to make the most of the good weather by heading straight for the towns main attraction, Iguazu Falls, a world heritage site and a natural wonder we'd heard was even more impressive than Niagra. 

As we walked through the jungle area surrounding the falls we got up close and personal with spiders, giant rat-like creatures (no idea what they were called) and opossums, the only marsupials to be found outside of Australia. The tree line broke and we got our first glimpse of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. If you ignore the throngs of selfie-snapping sandal and socks tourists you feel like an explorer staring out onto an ancient landscape abundant with life. Dusky swifts soar through the thick mist that implodes from the basin of each cascade. The currents look so ferocious its hard to believe the battered rocks aren't just swept away. On one platform we were surrounded by 260 degrees of waterfalls! With the exception of the subtle walkways that allow tourists the chance to see the falls from different angles and the boat rides, the landscape looks completely untouched. 

After a lot of photos we headed back to the hostel feeling, humbled by the magnitude of what we'd seen. Awesome is word that is overused but it perfectly summed up the falls. 

Tuesday 15th October - Day 24 

The hostel staff recommended we take a trip to the Iguazu bird sanctuary today that houses over 500 birds from South America and other countries. During the three hours that we were there Kelly was attacked by macaws, we posed for photos with toucans, held a parrot, became butterfly tamers and marvelled at weird and wonderful animals from all over the world. 

In the evening we joined a group of computer science students attending a conference nearby in a game of poker and a brazilian BBQ at the hostel. Kelly claimed victory, doing Team GB proud. 

Wednesday 16th October - Day 25 

Iguazu Falls are so big they span across both Argentina and Brazil. We'd seen them from the Brazilian side but had been told that the experience from the Argentinian side was also incredible. We crossed the border remembering Basil Fawlty's immortal words, 'don't mention the war' and arrived at the park. 

After seeing the most impressive fall, garganta del diablo, the Devils Throat, we headed for our prebooked 'boat trip'. I put 'boat trip' in inverted commas because I don't think the name does the experience justice. 'Speeding-into-some-of-the-most-viscious-falls-on-the-planet-trip' would have been more appropriate! We almost went blind and we'd had the best power shower of our lives but we both agreed it was truly a once in a lifetime experience that we'll never forget. Fortunately through the power of GoPro we captured it all on footage so see for yourselves :) Click Here

Thursday 17th October - Day 26

Yesterdays adrenaline filled adventure couldn't be topped so we decided to have a quiet day. The hostel put on a free transfer to ITAIPU dam, the biggest hydroelectric dam in the world. Thinking it was free entry we jumped on only to find out when we got there it was actually quite expensive. As an alternative the hostel owner dropped us at a Buddhist monastery, telling us she would be back in two hours. After 20 minutes we'd seen it all and spent the remaining time reading and being eaten alive by mosquitoes! 

We spent the rest of the day relaxing in the scorching sun and preparing ourselves for tomorrows 17 hour bus journey to Buenos Aires!  
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