Best part of Iguazu, the boat ride!

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
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Trip End Aug 10, 2010


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We got back from Bariloche and took a taxi to our hostel, America del Sur.  Again, another great hostel, very clean, great staff but there was a lot of noise on the streets all night long.  We only spent one night as we were flying out to Iguazu the next day.  We got to the airport early and found out that the flight was late 2 hours.  I was really mad, since we only had 2 days there and we wanted to go to the Brazilian and Argentinean side of the Falls.  Nikolas who had heard me saying this numerous times said "But mom, this is what happens when you travel!" which annoyed me even more. 
 
I had arranged for hotel pickup but when we got there, we couldn’t find it.  Luckily, we found the best taxi driver, Sergio, who ended up being our chauffeur for the next 2 days.  He didn’t speak any English either.  I think that in Argentina there was less people that spoke English than in Peru!  After checking into the hotel, he took us to the Brazilian side and using our Swedish passports, we had no issues at all.  I had heard from others that US citizens have to pay a $150 fee for a visa, so most ended up not going as its not worth paying that much to go for a couple of hours on the Brazilian side.

Once we got the falls, we were blown away by the majestic and powerful falls.  We walked along the falls to La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil’s Throat).  We had to wear our rain jackets for walking out to the point where the Devils Throat came pounding down!  I was awestruck by the construction of these walkways so close to the falls.  We got completely soaked!  We only spent about 3 hours on the Brazilian side, so in hindsight, we did have plenty of time even though our flight was late.

The next day, we headed out to the Argentinean side where we spent the whole day.  However, we were disappointed to learn that overnight, the water had risen to a level that was too high for any of the boats to operate.  So we walked along the pathway to view the falls from the Argentina side.  I’m glad that we got to go on both sides since they had closed part of the Argentina side.  However, in the afternoon, they opened up the boat rides again.  We did the ride through the jungle and the boat ride, however, the ride through the jungle could definitely have been missed!  The BEST part of the trip to Iguazu was the boat ride!  Before embarking on the boat, we watched other people disembark and everyone had smiles on their faces!  Heading out on the river, we experienced strong rapids and watching the powerful falls approaching was nerve racking.  I had butterflies in the my stomach and the anticipation was killing me.  they gave us plastic bags to put all of our stuff in, so we knew we would get soaked!  The boat driver went so close to the falls, I thought we were going to get sucked up into the pounding water!

NIKOLAS VERSION

After we left Bariloche, we spent one whole day in Buenos Aires.  The next day we took a plane to Iguazu and the flight was delayed by 2 hours and boy was my mom mad.  She was mad because she wanted to explore the Brazilian side.  We only got 3 hours which was enough time.  The falls were awesome. We went to the Devil’s Throat, where we get soaked and the water was freezing.  We got some great photos. The falls were very loud and we were so close to the falls and  it was amazing to see all the beautiful falls. Then we went back to the hostel and they had the smallest pool we had ever seen.

Our room was ok but the bathroom was not ok.  But the people were really nice.  The next day we went to the Argentina side and that had a lot more things to see.   We did this boat ride that was so cool and  we went right up to the falls and got soaked and I was wearing my bathing suit and it was very cold water. 

We kept seeing these animals (called a Coati) and  I thought they looked like an ant eater but mom said they look like raccoons with a long noses.  

My favorite things in Argentina.
1. Snowboarding in Bariloche.
2. Soccer and basket ball at the YMCA.
3. The horseback riding in Bariloche.
4. The boat ride in Iguasu.
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