Fantastic Falls!

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Flag of Argentina  , Misiones,
Saturday, February 4, 2012

With the air conditioner doing it's thing, we weren't quite ready for the massive humidity hammer that was about to hit us over the head when we stepped off the bus! I had just put on a clean T-Shirt (a luxury when traveling) and by the time I had reached the hostel it was dripping in sweat! Fortunately for us, we had managed to finally pick a good hostel! We forgot to take any photos of it, but I will steal some from the Internet and put them up! It was more like a luxury hotel with a massive pool, its own tourist information desk and believe it or not... Air conditioners! So sure enough we spent the rest of our arrival day chilling out by the pool with a couple of cocktails and beers! 
The next day begun early with a transfer to the mighty Iguazu Falls which we explored from the Argentinean side. They were unbelievable! Our first stop was the Devils Throat; the largest of the waterfalls in the park. We walked for about 10 minutes in the sweltering sun along a metal footbridge in order to reach our destination. On arrival however, the heat and the humidity simply disappeared! We were right at the top of the waterfall, so close that you got wet from the mist of the water as it lingered in the air. The view was also amazing as you became mesmerized by watching the gallons and gallons of water flow over the top every minute and begin its 82 meter fall to the rocks below. From here we continued to explore the park in a bid to see as many of the 270 waterfalls on offer as possible. After a lot of walking and getting hot and sticky once again, we decided to fork out some money and get on a boat ride along the river. Now this wasn't your normal boat ride... It began with us zipping up some rapids towards the falls at a rapid rate. When we arrived there was an opportunity for some photos before we strapped ourselves in for an exhilarating ride! Apparently in South America it is considered safe practice to speed towards a massive waterfall in a boat and go right under it, before stopping the engine and allowing the falls to naturally spit you right back out! I don't know how this business idea would sit with the insurance companies in Australia, but I was stoked to be able to give it a go over here! Definitely a highlight of the trip so far!
The next day we decided to venture out to the three boarders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. At face value, they're just 3 bits of land separated by adjoining rivers. But we still found it quite interesting to see, considering that in Australia you need to fly for a few hours minimum in order to see another country, let alone 3! 
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