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ANDREI - What can I say? The Falls were just spectacular! And it can only be better than this because we arrived here in the dry season with less water flowing!
We indulged in the "Super-Cama" fully-flat bed-seats for the coach trip up from Buenos Aires - 150 pesos (37 pounds) well spent as we got some sleep on the 15 hour ride! Accompanying us were the equally well-rested Gordon and Cari. Thus, as recommended by many friends, we checked into our hostel in Puerto Iguazu on the Argentinian side then got the bus across the border to check out the Brazillian side of the Falls solely for the afternoon.
The only things that spoiled that first day were the few hordes of Japanese tourists. Living up to stereotype, these older travellers hunted in packs and proceeded to hog the viewpoints as every single one sought to have the same photo taken with a sole tourist in! At one point they were ducking in in front of us as we were lining up to take photos! Is that why the younger Japanese are happy to travel in far smaller numbers and keep themselves far more discrete?
Day 2 was spent at the Argentinian side, where you can get much closer to the Falls themselves thanks to the well-made walkways and paths through the undergrowth.
We dried off back on the beach on Isla San Martin with a packed lunch then headed up to the "Circuito Superior", at the top of the Falls. This is where we stood at the top of a number of the smaller falls on the way to the Garganta del Diablo. It all got a bit to my head at this point and a question popped out of my mouth to Kerry and Salta Bossetti.
Anyways, once we reached the Devil´s Throat, we were simply mesmerised by the amount of water hurling itself off the precipice! I took some water-flecked photos as a warm day turned into brief storms of torrential rain being thrown over us thanks to the swirling winds and the ample spray from the plummetting water. A true natural wonder of the world.
The power of the water was underlined on the walk back when we passed the concrete remains of the old walkway that ran over the upper part of the Falls - destroyed during violent waterflow in the last year or two!