A big waterfall

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Iguazu Falls
Argentina, we've discovered, is an amazingly diverse place. Our first 20 hour bus journey up from the south consisted of mile after mile of Patagonian scrub/desert, Puerto Madryn to BA (another 18 hours) was mainly grassland and our third epic bus ride up to Puerto Iguazu saw the landscape turn tropical. I'm definitely reminded of Uganda here, from the reddish dust covering the roads to the thick grass to the heat and humidity.

Given the distance we've covered this does all make sense, but to experience such diversity within a single country caught us a little by surprise. A week after freezing in the Patagonian wind we've spent the last few days trying not to move too much between 12 and 3, with temperatures into the 30s (inside with fans going!).
Getting wet

But of course the main reason for this trek up to Argentina's northeast was always to see Iguazu Falls, not just to enjoy some sunshine! I can't really offer up a description of the Falls that seems adequate; "wow" is the best I have. We were told that two months of heavy rain have left Iguazu 3/4 times bigger than normal - given that we had to shout to each other to be heard, I can well believe it. Hopefully the photos convey something of the majesty of this place.

The experience was made all the better by going on a boat ride - getting up close and personal with some of the falls for a nice shower, taking on rapids, being broadsided by waves and generally being drenched through by spray etc. We did this first so that we could dry out in the sun afterwards (good move) while we walked along the various platforms giving us view after stunning view.
Garganta del Diablo (Devil's throat)

The wildlife also deserves a mention, especially as the first big lizard we encountered caused Sarah to put her shoes on and stand on the bench for a while. Added to the growing list of animals we've seen this trip were: Coatis (racoon like), a Giant River Otter (we think that's what it was), Tapir, loads of butterflies, various tropical birds and, of course, lizards.

Fantastic day all round, seeing one of wonders of nature and not caring that we were surrounded by tourists for the best part of 9 hours, Although it does have to be said that having adult pushchair things for certain types of tourist were an interesting addition...

Next stop is Salta as we begin to look northwards to Bolivia and beyond.

sylviandavid says:
adventurous day!
Posted on: Jan 22, 2010
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Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls
Getting wet
Getting wet
Garganta del Diablo (Devils throa…
Garganta del Diablo (Devil's thro…
Cloud of yellow butterflies
Cloud of yellow butterflies
Puerto Iguazu
photo by: jeffy