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Second attempt at the falls was met with lovely clear blue skies (waterproofs were in the bag anyway).
As soon as we walked through the entrance to the park, the camera was straight out as we spotted a toucan in the trees above the pathway. Instead of taking the tourist train, we took the walk through the jungle to the waterfalls access area. As it was 730am and no other tourists had arrived yet we were hugely excited at spotting a Jaguar or other big cat. Silly really. Got to see mosquites instead.
We then took the 'upper walk' along the top of the first set of falls. The scenery was amazing, with seven different falls to look over the top of surrounded by jungle. The ´lower walk´ took us to the bottom of the falls through more jungle and past some Coatis which look like long-tailed raccoons.
We took a boat to an Isla San Martin where we stood in the spray of the second largest of the falls and walked a loop around the island through dense jungle to view more falls, hundreds of lizards on the paths, and stood across the river from Brazil.
Back on the mainland, we got the train to the trail of the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat). The trail took us along a walkway suspended above the river and allowed us to be David Bellamys with our wildlife spotting. One such wonder was spotting a funny-shaped rock about 5 metres below the walkway. The funny shape was a caiman (alligator type thing) basking in the sun. We watched him until he took a dip then continued toward the growing noise of the thunderous Devil's Throat waterfall. The views, sheer noise and awe of this main waterfall was just unbelievable. It is HUGE!!! As we peered over the rail, the bottom of the falls was not visible because of the mass of spray. As we took photos galore, shouted to each other over the deafening thunderous noise, and waved at Brazil, we couldn't help ourselves from summing up the waterfall as 'awesome' (sorry to be so American). Basically you wouldn't want to be in your canoe going the wrong way near this thing.
A wonderfully fantastic experience (except the sunburn) that we hope you can sort of see from the piccies.