Water, water everywhere!
Puerto Iguazu Travel Blog› entry 4 of 9 › view all entries
Well we survived the bus ride from Cordoba, which was surprisingly comfortable with food onboard and some very cheap wine to top it off. Arrived in Puerto Iguazu mid-morning and it was already hot, luckily able to check in to our room and once ready headed off to the main attraction - Iguazu Falls. You may remember these waterfalls from moments such as Roger Moore throwing Jaws off in a boat in Moonraker, bit in Indiana Jones 4 or the guy singing in his hot airballon at the end of the Honda advert. Or not!
Started at the Argentine side, short bus ride there and then three main trails to see the falls. First the lower trail, which takes you to the bottom of some of the falls, and we were mesmerised already! The power of the water was amazing and the rainbows! Then onto a short upper trail, before heading for the main trail called the ´devils throat´ - which takes you right to a platform in front of main larger falls, where you get nice and wet while amiring them! Great fun :-) Could have watched them for hours. Another amazing thing about this area was the amount of butterfiles around, I guess because it was spring, but there were loads. Most were bright yellow but there were lots of other varieties with intricate patterns on the wings, some of which kept landing on us and we got pictures of a fair few. Ended the day with a nature trail which we thought would be nice and short but was longer than expected. At first we didn´t really see much wildlife but on the way back we were rewarded with some monkeys and a strange hopping mammel (no idea what it was).
So today off to Brazil, invloves two buses, border crossing and losing an hour. After the bus rides and a short rain shower going along the road to the National Park when the heavens opened, and boy did it chuck it down. Some folks were looking for wood to build an ark. Once at the park entrance brought a plastic poncho and readied ourselves for the invitable drenching. Bused further into the park had a quick dry lunch by now the torrential tropical thunderstorm had been downgraded to a downpour. Our frist stop was next to the waterfall where the awesome power could be understood. This wasn´t even the main part but things were to get better. Along a walkway out across the raging water to the edge of the ´Devil´s Throat´section, slightly lower than the Argentine side but about twenty times wetter. Spray from the falls drifted across putting pay to any chance of keeping dry. But it was worth it, to stand on the edge of that much of nature´s power was amazing. Back on terra firma continued along the path with ever expanding views of the series falls, 85% of them are on the Argentine side.
This has been the highlight so far and the section we´ve been looking forward to the most. Tomorrow we take our last long distance bus from Foz do Iguacu (Brazil) to Sao Paulo. Hopefully will have dried off by then!
Iain & Becca.