A Trip into the Jungle
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After the relaxing three days in Mendoza, my sister and parents and I were off to Iguazu, Argentina, home of the Iguazu Falls. These falls are just breathtaking. They span miles between the Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina borders. We were lucky enough to see both the Brazil and Argentina sides. The view from Brazil is more panoramic and you can see all of the falls. From the Argentina side you can actually stand at a viewpoint above the largest waterfall and take a boat tour into the waterfalls. Seeing both sides gave us a better picture of how huge the waterfalls really are. You can even see them from miles away from the airplane! Its cool because on the way to the Brazil side of the falls you stop on this bridge where you can see three countries at the same time: Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.
We stayed at the Sheraton resort which is actually inside the Iguazu National Park. This allowed us to see many little creatures and birds that we might have missed if we stayed in Iguazu City. Our very first activity was trying a Brazilian drink called a caiprinia (lime, sugar cane liquor and sugar). Yum yum...we had many of these over the trip. We then took a night walk of the park. They only do this walk when there is a full moon, so needless to say, not very often. It was amazing to see the falls at night. At this point we had not seen them during the day so we had no idea what to expect. You could not see much at first but you could hear the water pouring down off the water fall.
I saw my first toucan! Very interesting flight pattern. Sometimes I wasn't quite quick enough with the camera, but I did manage to take a blurry picture of what looked like an armadillo. I had no idea that they even lived in South America! If you have a chance to visit these falls, please do. It really made our trip special. Spending time in a big city is great and fun and definitely has its merits, but getting a chance to see the natural wonders of a country really hit home with me. I come from an area with extreme natural beauty and I'm constantly searching for those 'take your breath away' views. When I went to Iguazu, I had no breath...really. I took so many pictures of the same waterfall that it was almost ridiculous. But eventually I whittled down the photo album to about 80 pictures (which is good for me!).