Iguaçu, It'll Blow Your Mind!

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Igacu from the Brazilian side
I have one word to start this blog entry with - 'Wow!

saturday and Sunday we went to see both side sides of the falls and it was just mind-blowingly amazing. Saturday we started with the Brazilian side, first up we decided to go abseiling (or rappelling as every other country seems to call it), how Cienna talked me into it I'll never know given my dislike of heights but after my initial protests to the instructor along the lines of 'no you can't make me' when asked to sit back into the harness I did it it and the view was just superb. Apparently I whizzed down quite quickly, although I thought I was going at a snails pace. Next we walked the main trail, we'd been told by some of the other guys in the hostel that you get absolutely drenched so we took rain jackets as well wearing the quickest drying things we had.
One of the many Pixote's wandering around - do not feed them people!
Also been warned that the racoons were quitew aggressive and sure enough the feisty little buggers were chasing us down the path (I was particularly keen to avoid them as long claws plus shorts would not have been a good combo). You could in fact stay quite dry if you wanted to if you avoided going down the viewing platform to 'The Devils Throat', but where's the fun in that? we'd stopped at several other points along the path to take shots of amzing panorama after amazing panorama, I think I must have taken over 200 photos, but in places like this you just can't but help get carried away. So back to the Devils Throat - we  did indeed get soaked (I think running though naked would have been a better option) and the sound was so defeaning, it was  like continuous thunder (I took a movie on my camera in an attempt to convey just how loud it really was), the spray off the falls was like the fine rain with get in the UK, you think you're aren't that wet then the next think you know its like you took a shower with your clothes on.
The walkway to The Devil's Throat...we're going in!
I couldn't taje too many pictures here for fear of trashing my camera but I still got a few well timed shots, at the expense of my umbrella, RIP cheapo umbrella from Salvador you served me well and perished in the name of a good cause!
We'd also bought tickets to see visit the bird park just outside the main park, and after drying off and grabbing some lunch off we went. I have to say I was a little skepctical about the bird park before we went in and expected it to not be all that impressive and a bit tacky, it turned out to be the best value for money activity we did all day (its Rs$25). I'm a real sucker for animals and I've had a real affinity with birds since I was little so I got a big kick about what we saw inside; although intially we could only see the birds in enclosed aviaries you then moved onto  ones you could walk through and get up close and personal.
This gives you an idea of how close you can get
The sheer array of different  varities was impressive and they were all beautiful in either their colour or appearance. There were so many different types of parrot, Ibis and toucans (these were my favourite) and some of them were clearly quite tame as they get you within touching distance, some were happy for you to stroke them or even would hop on your arm. The Toucans were so fluffy and their colours so vivid they looked like stuffed toys, we got some amazing pictures - Flickr envy here we come!

Sunday we took an organised tour through our hostel to the Argentinian side as it was easy and quicker to have them help with the border crossing formalities (another passport stamp - woop woop!), to be honest we had such a jam packed dayI was glad we took the tour to fit it all in.
Up close and personal to this beast of a waterfall.
As well as visiting the park itself we splashed out (no pun intended) on a poweboat trip under the falls, I´d thought about doing one of these in New Zealand but they seemed so over priced for such a short space of time, I'm glad I waited for this moment to finally go for it and part with the cash. The Argentinian side is cheaper to do the boat trip and you get a longer boat ride, we had to wait a little while as the initial scheduled boat trip was already full so we took the top trail first, its difficult to describe al of the trails as I think even gushing out every superlative I can think of still won't convey what a magnicificent sight Igacu is, as natural wonders go its up there in my all time top picks that's for sure and I can see why the German guy I met in Paraty raved about it so much (he claimed it was better than Angel, Niagra and Victoria falls and he'd been to all of them).
A toucan at the bird park
the boat ride, although pricey, was such good fun and you also get an infomrative jeep tour on the way to the dock. as part of teh boat ride before you get under the falls themselves the stop to let you take photos before stowing everything you value in waterproof bags before they drown you in the falls, although randomly I wasn't as soaked as the day before (I wanted my money back at that point). It blew the socks of the abseiling but then I'm such a water baby anyway that it was always going to out-do it for me.
We'd saved the best trail for last, it took you right above the Devils Throat as oppose to under it as you are on the Brazilian side, it was just superb and so mesmerising. I just took photo after photo as the water and light changed with each picture as the spray shortens and lengthens the rainbows depending on how powerful the water plunges over the falls, these were even better than the one's I saw at Milford Sound and they were pretty spectacular.
I heard so many people say they could have stayed there at the viewing point all day and we actually managed to do just that until the park staff kicked us out to close up.
A brilliant day was then further rounded off with some rather good sushi with the English guys in our room, not quite as good as what I had in Sao Paulo but still good none-the-less.
The next day Cienna and the guys both left to head their seperate ways, so I had the day to myself and after rinsing a serious amount of cash over the past two days I decided to have a cheap day getting food from the supermarket, stocking up with snacks for the Pantanal and chilling by the pool starting to plan out Bolivia as I knew time was going to be an issue.
Relaxation was also required in preperation for the stupidly early flight the next day to Campo Grande.
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Igacu from the Brazilian side
Igacu from the Brazilian side
One of the many Pixotes wandering…
One of the many Pixote's wanderin…
The walkway to The Devils Throat.…
The walkway to The Devil's Throat…
This gives you an idea of how clos…
This gives you an idea of how clo…
Up close and personal to this beas…
Up close and personal to this bea…
A toucan at the bird park
A toucan at the bird park
Me and my Macaw friend
Me and my Macaw friend
On the Argentinian side of Igazu f…
On the Argentinian side of Igazu …
The biggest freakin Mate cup Ive…
The biggest freakin' Mate cup I'v…
Me at Igazu
Me at Igazu
On the speedboat about to get up c…
On the speedboat about to get up …
Charlie, Jo and Sienna are a bit m…
Charlie, Jo and Sienna are a bit …
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