A fantastic day at the waterfalls

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
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Trip End May 14, 2009


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Marcopolo Inn Iguazu

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE.

We haven't got any Easter eggs I'm afraid, but I'm sure that if our parents love us as much as they say they do, they will have saved us a couple!

Amazingly today, we bumped into Nicola in the breakfast area. Nicola is from Germany and we met her on the Stray bus in New Zealand way back in November. It was amazing to bump into her again so randomly! She was with a friend, Peter (Yes, Nicola & Peter), and we bumped into them quite a few times today in the park.

Today we had an absolutely awesome day.
We got the bus at 7.45am to Iguazu National Park.

First thing we did was walk the 'Green Trail' This is a 20 minute walk through a wooded area. There's loads of trees and bushes and also a few Coatis (looks like a cross between a racoon and an aardvark). I never thought I get the word aardvark into my blog!!
This gave us quite a tranquil start to our day. It was also good to start early as most of the wildlife was still milling around. Also, with the clear blue skies, it was going to be a scorcher later.

Next we walked the 'Lower Circuit' which gets you right close up and personal to the bottom of some of the falls. This is really cool and you do get sprayed on a fair bit.

We arrived at the ferry stop at 9.30am, which was just when it was opening. This was impeccable timing as we ended up being the only 2 people on the first ferry across to Isla San Martin. Obviously I told Lorna that I had arranged this private transfer just for her, but I don't think she believed me!
When we arrived across the river (only takes 2 minutes) we were the only 2 tourists on the whole of Isla San Martin! It was so peaceful and nice.

We took a 45 minute walk around the island which gave us fantastic views down the San Martin Waterfall. You almost feel as though you are in it - and with the boat trip later, we will be!
Again, because we were the only ones on the island and it was so quiet, the local wildlife was still stirring, which was great. Throughout the whole park, there are loads of geckos and thousands of butterflies!

After our ferry trip back over from the island (on our own private boat again) we then boarded our 2nd boat for a trip under the waterfalls!
As a side note, when most people arrive at the park, they all head straight over to the Garganta Del Diablo (Devils Throat) and this leaves the rest of the park empty in the early part of the morning. This is why we did it this way first and we are so glad we did.

When we boarded our waterfall boat, there was only 8 of us on board. We went up towards the Devils Throat and got a close up view from the bottom, then headed to a smaller waterfall and got drenched by it.
We then sped round to the San Martin waterfall, and went right into it!! We got absolutely drenched! It was a fantastic feeling actually being under a part of the Iguazu Falls.
When we saw another boat go under later on, we realised just how far we went under....you actually disappear under, and behind, the thunderous wall of water - brilliant! We really enjoyed this trip. We had took a change of clothes but because it was hot and sunny, it didn't take too long to dry off anyway.

It was now about lunchtime and was time to go and see the big one - The Devil's Throat! We boarded a small train that took us on a 10 minute journey along the river. We then had a 1km walk along constructed gangplanks that take you across the river and right to the very edge of the Garganta Del Diablo! The view was absolutely phenomenal (had to use spell check for that word!).

The thunderous noise of the falls and the sensational feeling you get when up here really takes some beating! This is definitely one of the highlights of our whole trip. We spent about an hour up here just taking photos and watching the falls. We also had our lunch up here as well - fabulous.

We finally managed to pull ourselves away and got the train back along the riverside. We then walked along the 'Upper Circuit' which gives you the views from above the rest of the Iguazu Falls. This is the really good thing about this park, the fact that you get many different views and aspects of the falls.

We finally walked back along the 'Green Trail' to the main entrance and caught our 4pm minibus back to the hostel. It's amazing that we had spent almost 8 hours in the park, it seemed like 10 minutes - brilliant.

This is going to be hard to top and we know that when we visit the Brazilian side it won't be as good, but even if it's half as good it will be amazing.

This evening we couldn't be bothered to walk far so we went back to the 'Color' restaurant and had a large pizza between us before heading back to the hostel bar for a few beers. Brilliant day!
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