A big waterfall
Puerto Iguazu Travel Blog› entry 7 of 33 › view all entries
October 28th, 2009 – by: lukeandsarah
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!).
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.
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.
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